Εν όψει του τραγικού τρομοκρατικού χτυπήματος στη Γαλλία αναδημοσιεύουμε για τους αγγλομαθείς φίλους του blog το άρθρο του Στέλιου Ράμφου που δημοσιεύθηκε στην Αγγλική έκδοση της Καθημερινής μετά την 11η Σεπτεμβρίου του 2001.
Following the terrorist attack in France yesterday we hereby release the article written by Mr. Ramfos in September of 2001 for the horrible ordeal in New York on September 11th.
New York is center and horizon. On her roads you can be thrilled by the colorful volume of people united not massively by the everyday lifework, the tender dizziness of a wind, stringed and percussion diffuse music, and mainly by the tension – not that of the depression but of the unlimited. You don’t feel anything closed: you meet the panorama of the future. You are fascinated by the mystery of the infinitely open to the locally, defined, the authenticity of a fever, from which the great city continuously reborn. In New York the urge of life itself has taken shape.
This city steps on, does not stand. You don’t feel the agony of space, that supports other gigantic buildings , and the pressure of the limits evaporates as the skyscrapers charging to the space. The skyscraper does not offer, like the Pyramids, support to the eye, so that the sight should not be lost to the equable vastly of the desert. If it provided support to the eye ,this would be against the sense of the free space.
The skyscraper is born by the eye which dives to infinity in order to share it. For not being narrowed by any limits, thanks to the skyscrapers New York raises and lines her body in connection to the time. So instead of the will to step on the ground, it steps on the will and the material becomes immaterial. This appears to the steal highs as tension, that ejects the gravity to elsewhere and else wise. Hence the drank of freedom caused by even the most typical walk about to roads of Manhattan. with the skyscrapers the space waves to light blue, while their axonometric perspective produces discontinuity, that is new time. It is not about static volumes; their form represents potential shape geometrically extending in perpetuity.