Recently the Agriculture Hall was renamed Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture as the original Morrill Hall was torn down. The old building was deemed too far gone to restore. We now have a plaza in its place with a cheesy kisok containing three computer monitors and a noisy computer built into a column. The monitors do not work, and the column is faced on one side with a vented copper plate. The copper will not be there long. The plaza is nicely done, and will look better once plants have a chance to do their thing.
When the university built a connecting building from Natural Resources to Plant Biology it did two things. One, it blocked one of my favorite entrances to the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, and two, put in place a wall sculpture which only looks OK in a reflection.
Along Okemos Road just about a mile north of Grand River Avenue is a low area that floods each winter & spring or just about any other time when there are heavy rains. With a little study of the map I learned that the stream that runs through there is called Pine Lake Outlet. It appears to be the source of much the flooding water. It is obviously an attractive area.
The Oratory is an impressively large building for the very small place that Ave Maria is as it stands. The cathedral lets light in at its peak, and in these mirrored windows at the rear. The front of the building is meant to be impressive, it is but I liked all the structure and shapes that the rear of the building had to offer.
There are some gloriously beautiful buildings on campus, and then there are many that were built in the sterile boxy rush of construction in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It is amazing what a good reflection in the Red Cedar River will do for one of those buildings!
Reflection on the Martyrs
I do not remember why we were standing in the street in front of the the Randolph Hotel in Oxford. My son pointed out the Martyr’s Memorial across the street from our position. Somewhere in all of that I turned and noticed the reflection in the large windows in the facade of the Randolph. They had been observing the Martyrs for some time before I came along.