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Wednesday, December 5,.,'197'3
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By JIM KENTCH
"Briarwood," said my friend
David. And Briarwood it was.
So we duly toked up, floated
over the Yost Fieldhouse and
hitched a ride out to that great
shopping center-
Now David is a socialist and
regarded the long line of cars
waiting to enter the parking lot
as 'a socio-political-economic phe-
nomenon. But I had come for the
aesthetics of it all, and regarded
the scene - the parking lot sea
and the walled shopping mall -
in aesthetic terms, as an existen-
tial siege of Troy.
The light was what first im-
pressed us when we left the world
of Achilles for that of Stanley
Kubrick. The natural light enter-
ing through the numerous sky-
lights combined with the artificial
light to produce a flat, stale ef-
fect.
The skylights had sloping sur-
faces with square and triangu-

Aopei
lar apetures. The artificial lights
were clustered in constellations
of four and also had sloping sur-
fazes.
It was hard to tell which dom-
inated, the natural or artific-
ial light - an object cast sev-
eral dim shadows.
Briarwood abounds in modern
art. First we saw a golden cube,
pitched on its corner so that it
can spin like the one in front of
the Administration Building. But
this one is hollow and not mas-
sive like the Big Black Cube.
As it spins its surface reflects
the lights around it.
The diag of Briarwood is a
split-level arrangement of foun-
tains, benches, and more purple
carpet. There are several foun-
tains connected by a terraced
system of water runways. The
shopers parading by the foun-
tains give the scene a kinetic
effect.
"This is the navel of this

rs

in

wonderland

place," declared David. "This is
the center of worship. What it
needs is an altar, an e a r t h
mother statue."
Just then a bride and groom
in full wedding regalia approach-
ed. They stopped and had their
picture taken in front of the
fountain. David gnashed his teeth
at the fitness of it.
But a Christmas centerpiece
currently occupies the diag. San-
ta is receiving suppliants in a
pink and white house among cot-
ton snow, tinsel, white pine trees
and animated animals. A teen-
aged girl in a green sequin dress
with white fur trim assists St.
Nick.
We walked on, David commen-
ing on the average salary of the
average shopper and I wonder-
ing where the good old red and
green Christmas colors were
when a giant Sucret stopped us.
That's what it looked lke. It
was a transparent deep rurple
disc resting on its edge. Thoughts
of the Platonic cough drop danc-
ed in my head as David and I
played mind games locking at
each other through it.
But then the bride and groom
came up to the giant disc and
stared at it. Sure enough, they
posed for a picture in front of it.
"This is a giant hymen!"
screamed David in epiphany,
scaring everyone but me away.
"And this bride is the virgin
sacrificing her hymen to t h e
idol!"
I grabbed him by the arm and
led him away, wondering at the
ill effects of majoring in anthro.
We escaped down a side route
where lurked the best work of
art in the place. It consisted of
two orange circular shafts ha -
moniously bending and twisting
about. It seemed about to t , 1
over. It was dynamic and phalli,
more like a loaded revolver than
anything else.
Two ten-foot metal shafts next
caught our eye. They were four
inches square and clustered in
groups of two. On their shiny sid-
es diagonal rows of lights made
them appear like abstract ema-
ciated Christmas trees. T h e i r
tops sloped like the bottoms of
the light fixtures.
Retracing our steps back to h
middle way, we took a closer loik
at the stores, some of which
stood out as works of art.
People! Music! Food!
BACH CLUB
presents an evening of
Renaissance Dnce Music
Recorders, Krumhorns,
Vils, & Voices
performing works of
BRADE, SUSATO, MORLEY,
MUNDAY, BYRD, LOCKE
& anonymous
featuring
THE TAUSEND DUKATEN
Thurs., Dec. 6-8 p.m.
Greene Lounge E. Quad
ADMISSION 75c
(this week only)
ASSORTED WINES & CHEESES
SERVED AFTERWARD
EVERYONE WELCOME
No musical
knowledge necessary
Further info:
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"Mister Music" has a purple,
orange, blue and yellow stucco
front. As we walked in, a mural
of circular mirrors transformzd
us into Shoppers in Wonderland.
The store is long and narrow
with a deep blue and purple car-
pet on the floor and walls. Tne
terraced cream stucco ceiling
had light sockets from whi :'1a
soft red and blue glow emanat-
ed. The music was as soft as the
lighting. Dante, I thought.
"0 my God!" said David. 'Do
you know what this store is?
It's a vagina!"
He was right. Despite his soc-
ialism David is a keenly sexual
being. We were feeling the room
rather than seeing it. So much
for Dante.
It was a sigh of sexual relief,
then, that we withdrew into the
next store. This wasralso a mum-
sic store and had red and yellow
sheets of clear plastic hanging
from the ceiling. The carpet wac
also red and yellow. It had a
warm orange efect, like u glow-
ing fire-and was just a s t : p
away from little Alex's niur:
store in A Clockwork Orange.
Both Kubrick and Peter Max
must have inspired the decor of
Nadon's clothing store. On the
front and inside are curving mir-
rors. Yellow, orange and purple
stripes move continuously around
the interior. Bright lights illum-
inate each level. A yellow, blue,
orange cream and brown flower-

ed carpet makes the inevitable
rock music easier to hear.
Looking down the promenade
we saw a moving mob of shop-
pers rustling their packages and
talking of no money down -
easy credit. The succession of
skylights and projecting artific-
ial lights drew our eye down the
passage of the completely inter-
iorized emporium.
"Let's do," said David. "I
don't like the stares we're get-
ting." The high school kids, the
30 year-old hipsters with habies
and the middle-aged avatars of
conspicuous consumption d i s-
played a cultivated fashion con-
sciousness. They regarded our
generally nihilistic appearance
with distrust and moneyed scorn.
I had forgotten how we looked,
something not easy to do at
Briarwood. The phallic sculpture
and the sinuously curving lines
(an abstract mimesis of the fe-
male body, I thought) had taken
my mind off the overwhelming
sense of light. Everything w a s
glittering and sparkling with a
shiny newness, a mirror which
constantly reflected superficial-
ities.
"Let's go," I agreed.
On the way out David mut-
tered, "I bet their money's green
and red." I didn't ask if he was
referring to the red of Santa,
type AB or Lenin.

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