30 December 2007

[meme] ZehnKatzen's Weekly Winners #4: Lloyd Center Hypergammaspaces

1217. The fourth in an occaisional series (well, I've tried to make it weekly, but there's this life thingy, ja'know?). Meme central here.

I enjoy indoor spaces, especially spaces which enclose worlds which are small and large at the same time. Portland's famous Lloyd Center is just that sort of thing.

One of graphic design's central concepts in juxtaposition. Moving significant things next to significant other things creates a visual dependency, just as moving your significant things next to your significant other's things can create a sense of co-dependency:


At the end of the upper level of the food court is the office level of Lloyd Center. The Nephew™ (whose back is to us) mentioned the way the Apollo College sign near the Billy Heartbeat's (that burger joint in the background there) seems to imply that Apollo College (one of those modern-day churn-'em-out private vocational schools) offers sundaes, shakes, and hamburgers.

While we agreed that that would indeed be righteous, it was felt that Apollo should stick to milling out diplomas and let the burger stand do what it does best. We do, however, note that a pollo, in Spanish, means a chicken, so if that vocational school doesn't work out, they could transition into modern Mex food without much of a change to the name.

Again, interior spaces have thier own logic and reality. What I thought of when I sighted this line was the interior of the U.S.S. Cygnus from that risible yet oddly enjoyable Disney skiffy pic from 1979 The Black Hole.

Compare and Contrast:

The Cygnus' main corridor during a climactic scene:


The Lloyd Center's office level (low light, no tripod, gives a nice subjective feel):


See? I guess that's why they filmed Logan's Run in a shopping mall. These spaces just give themselves over to that use.

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3 comments:

Julie said...

Great photos, and great commentary...

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Thanks, Julie ... Now I want to get a copy of The Black Hole tho ...

Sarcastic Mom said...

Great shots! I didn't know that Logan's Run was filmed in a mall! What a trippy movie that is...

In looking at the photo before reading, I was thinking, "Hm, I've never heard of an Apollo College" Chain... Heh. ;-)