This little piggy was stumped
IT is always a delight to come across this unusual pig tree stump on our regular walk along the banks of the Tweed near Peebles. We think he’s rather picturesque. Barney Campbell, Scottish Borders
IT was good to see Edinburgh New Town celebrated (‘The Athens of the North’, August 16), but for Hugh Buchanan to blame the crass mistakes of the city’s ‘Modernist’ planners on ‘the 1930s Czech architect Adolf Loos’ (below) is absurd and unfair. For a start, Loos— who was born in Moravia, but regarded himself as a citizen of the Austro-hungarian empire—died in 1933 and almost all of his work was carried out in the decades before and after the First World War.
Second, his famous essay Ornament and Crime was a witty criticism of the meaningless ornament, whether neo-baroque or Jugendstil, typical of late Habsburg Vienna. And, most important of all, Loos was essentially a Classicist himself—see his building in the Michaelerplatz in Vienna—and greatly admired the austere brick terraces of Georgian London.
Blame Le Corbusier for modern architectural insensitivity and ignorance if you like, but not the admirable Loos. Gavin Stamp, London