Philippe Weisbecker is a French architect who started a career as illustrator during the 1970’s. He worked on commission for several major magazines and then shifted to his original production in the late 1990’s.
His research aims at depicting some elements of daily life (from accessories, to tools, to buildings) which have been untouched by the changing of fashion and kept their forms and inner beauty through time. For Weisbecker, greenhouses are one of these elements.
In “Greenhouse studies” he collected pictures of this architectural type obsessively pairing black and white xeroxes with his simple sketches of the Greenhouse shapes. The drawings reduce the subject to the barely minimum entity able to represent its form.
I have always been interested by ‘things’and in trying to understand the feeling of an object, or the mystery of it. That’s something that fascinates me about greenhouses: their mystery — the fact they preserve an interior world you can’t immediately access from the exterior. I really love the idea of not being able to see inside.
The greenhouse is absolutely perfect for the purpose it serves and, because it’s designed so simply, and so well, its form will never change. Philippe Weisbecker
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