Week 10 | Thoreau
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately." - Henry David Thoreau
From his beloved book, Walden—a record of his communion with nature, confrontation with the "essential facts of life," and quest for enlightenment. Thoreau exalted nature and eschewed formal religion, and his pursuit of simplicity was at once practical and spiritual.
To visually capture the spirit of Thoreau's words, we reimagined the dense crossing branches in the deep woods as pointed Gothic arches. Gothic architecture—characterized by soaring spaces and elegant symmetry—was structured to inspire awe, to draw one’s attention up and to create a sense of weightlessness. Spend some time alone in the woods, and it becomes clear from where the architects drew their inspiration.