From myth to modern architecture
Crystal has always fascinated people, due to its interplay with light, but also due to the characteristic, asymmetrical form. In many different cultures, myths and legends focus on crystal. Crystal seems to emanate a very special energy, which was instrumental in awakening the interest of artists, architects, designers and scientists:
This fascination might be connected to the fact that, due to its natural origins and its artificial appearance seems to combine organic and inorganic aspects.
Since Sir Joseph Paxton gave his glass exhibition hall in London the name Crystal Palace in 1850, the English word ‘crystal’ has also become a synonym for the material of glass in architecture. No small part of the architecture of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries has repeatedly attempted to bring the material of glass into connection with the external form of crystal.
Here you will find interesting and worth knowing facts, stories and projects focusing on crystal and crystal forms in art, architecture, science and historic objects.
Author: Rainer Hawlik