Monday, March 29, 2010

A Cityscape: The Pavilion

A fabulous practical and participatory sculpture in bronze,
sheet copper, sculpted gardens and native stone paving, The
Pavilion stands in a circular greensward of about 10 acres
in the middle of an open park in a great modern city.

It is dedicated to news, the first edition of history.

Encircled by an elliptical drive, the blocks of the
community bound its outer reaches with sidewalk cafes, book
stores, clothing shops, banks and cinemas. In an outer ring,
there are food and discount stores served by auto parking.

In the interior of the park there are multiple antennas in
symmetrical and tuned array to support WiFi connections, HAM
radio frequencies, cell phone transmissions and commercial

The pavilion itself is circular, supported by cast iron
columns and surrounded by a fence filigreed with ivy leaves
made of sheet metal, all of it coated with epoxy resin and
painted black. Its roof is surmounted by a copper dome made
of vanes of sheet copper and protected by a lightning rod
with an integral weathercock built in.

It is heated by natural gas-fired braziers and radiant over-
head heaters, cooled by ceiling fans driven by solar cells
and wind power.

Naturally, the entire area is served by very large atomic
repeater clocks, all set to Greenwich Mean Time and easily
read by anyone with competent vision.

Who pays for it? The people who use the internet and all
its attendant space age communications technology pay for it
through their subscriptions to Internet Service Providers,
telephone and cell rates.

It is a common area for the good of the public through
enhanced communications.

If it is unfamiliar to the reader, there is a good reason
for that.

It exists only in the mind of The Legendary Jim Parks, a
chronic erector of memory palaces after the fashion of
Matteo Ricci.

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