I like to draw what I call “architectural masterpieces.” (Left: Brown University / Right: Oxford University and a street in Cambridge.) They are, in retrospect, the perfect embodiment of where both mathematical aspects and artistic approaches meet to create something extraordinary. It elucidates a fine line between geometric expression and abstract thinking. I mean just picture it, absorb those intricate designs each coordinated and aligned symmetrically in order to not only provide a functional use as a building, but also to satisfy a viewer’s sight at any time of day. I really think that if there has been any marks that the people in the past have engraved, it is these monumental structures that leave a lasting legacy. It is the foundational footprint that does not need any languages or words at all to soak in, only an open mind and willingness to appreciate what surrounds you.
This may be the main reason as to why I’m in love with cities, even ones I’ve never been to. Being exposed to a diverse range of cultures from an early age, I have a constant yearning to travel, explore, and soak in different countries. Time seems to stop when traveling. In a fast-moving era polluted with intangible waste, it is sometimes almost necessary to disconnect. I always believed that culture could best be felt by physically being there. No matter how great tapestries feel, how soothing Parisian music sounds, or how mouth-watering Cachaça tastes, it only represents a scintilla of India, France, and Brazil.
It is these architectural masterpieces that help us appreciate different regions of the word better. They are there to remind us of mankind’s achievements from the past and encourage us to continue to do so in the future. The images drawn do not do justice to what they incapsulate both externally and internally –it is only a mere replica transferred with pen and paper. I may not be very convincing, but you will know it when you are there, standing in front of these buildings; you will realize the beauty that these architects portray.