I have lived in Aspen for 32 years and for many of them I have become defensive when my friends move downvalley, complaining that Aspen has changed. But, I say, we can still be in the wilderness in five minutes and are still a short distance away from the best skiing and music in the world. I am able live in employee housing, which although it may be falling down, still affords me unobstructed views of Ajax.
Then, as I was leaving L’Hosteria after dinner the other night, I looked up. Where was the mountain? There instead, beyond the big fence that warned me to stay out, was a very high, ugly box. I have since found out it is a new mixed-use building that will be adjacent to that new museum yet to be built.
I wondered, what are they thinking? So, I looked up a quote from the museum’s architect, Shigeru Ban, to get an idea of the thought process:
“In any design I always strive for a unified relationship between the structure and its surroundings. The design for the new Aspen Art Museum is a very exciting opportunity to create a harmony between Aspen’s existing architecture and the surrounding beauty of the natural landscape.”
Oh yeah, you might want to take a look at the finished product online.
We have not been able to buy a pair of plain underpants in town since Bullocks left us, but now that The Gap is closing we can no longer buy any apparel without a designer label.
Am I moving? No, but I cannot get quite so defensive when my friends complain that Aspen has changed.