The balcony probably wanted to be deeper, but the alley wanted to be wider and turn left. Some negotiation seems to have occurred between those two entities. The result is delightful because the balcony nourishes the alley and the alley nourishes the balcony. This seems to be a definition of beauty: beauty happens when entities draw their raison d'êtreand wholeness from the extent to which they are complementary parts of an interlocking whole.
I took this picture in the small station de ski of Meribel, in the French Alps some ten years ago. The richness and simplicity of the ornament in the railing strikes me to this day - just a void shape.
So much is achieved in such a simple way, just sawn wood. And infinite care for every inch of one's surroundings.
This seems to be the only thing that matters: infinite care for every inch .
I do not know the location of this court painted by Chilean artist Guillermo Munoz Vera, but I feel like arriving at a well prepared banquet. Everything was taken care of, to the last detail.
In any given place, each component of the surroundings transmits a message, conveys an essence, emits a set of feelings. Moving around any place is listening to the myriad of messages being transmitted. These messages can be intelligent, pleasant, delightful - if made with devotion, tenderness, respect. This place seems to have been carefully built: hand-painted azulejos, flowerpots, flowers, trees, fallen leaves, still water, trellises, plaster, trimmed shrubs, filtered sunlight, reflection on water, objets trouvés..