WATERCOLOUR OF MARTELL HALL SHOWING ICONICALLY ENGINEERED COLUMN SURFACES.
This watercolour perspective was painted by Tanya Hunter to illustrate the typical scale and form of the Video Masonry designs that can be applied to columns. The Building and Grounds Committee were willing to cary out a design of this sort, however time was pressing and JOA advised them that the iconic engineering already planned for the floor and ceiling would ensure that Martell Hall would be very beautiful, very intelligent and a breakthrough in the field of a 'symbolically engineered' architecture that included what would previously have been called 'decoration' or even 'art'.
The column-designs shown here were originally prepared and fully worked out to a number of 3,600 images, for the Judge Institute. That project spent all of the money required to carry out a finished Iconic Engineering, in the sense of erecting the 3,600 A3-sized curved plaster tiles, and was also donated $225,000, but the British nerve failed. Whereas the Texan, to its everlasting credit, did not.
Duncan Hall, Rice University, Houston