September 10, 2004
The Right Tool for the Job

Frank Lloyd Wright, in 'A Testament':

'... a famous Japanese poet wrote a sign “please keep off the grass”; set it up on the freshly seeded lawn in front of his new house. Every morning the sign was gone. But he kept on for several more days, posting a new sign each morning which he had himself written. Each morning the sign was gone. In despair the poet asked advice of a friend: Said the friend, “Employ a sign-writer to make the sign.” The poet did. The sign stayed.'

(this reminds me of one John Cage's little one-minute stories, as heard in Indeterminacy [with David Tudor], as seen in Silence.)

Posted by dbrown at September 10, 2004 12:09 AM
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