Little Dramas Staged

abstraction as a method: affirm, negate, multiply, popularize, infinitize, invert

Cenotaph for Newton (1780-93)

»Oh Newton, if you have managed, with the light and the sublimity of your genius, to determine the figure of the earth, so it is my own project to envelop you with your own discovery. This is, in a certain manner, to have you being enveloped with yourself […].« (Etienne Louis Boullée (1728-1799)

Originally in French: »O Newton! Si par l’étendue de tes lumières et la sublimité de ton génie, tu as déterminé la figure de la terre, moi j’ai conçu le projet de t’envelopper de ta découverte. C’est en quelque façon t’avoir enveloppé de toimême. […].«

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