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Environments. page one concepts by: Anthony Davis.



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Environments
Wednesday, December 04, 2002
7:43 PM, Central Standard Time

Environments is about color, texture, light, demension, flavor, touch, smell, feel, and so on.   Environments is about many other experiences that take place inside or about a place of living.

When considering an environment you have to break it down to a few parameters:

Home / personal
Business / work
Business / public relations
Natural / residential yard.
Natural / landscaping around a place of business.
Natural / like a lake or a park or a wild life preserve or an undeveloped area.
Car / your very personal mobile environment.

One environment in particular takes me back to my years as a teen.

1971 Wynnewood Village Shopping Center, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas - Pier 1 Imports. Inside this popular retail store of imports from the world there was a more down home space, called the blacklight room. it was an area the size of a normal suburban living room but the walls and ceiling were covered in large sheets of reflective aluminum mylar sheeting, with flourescent black light posters of the times. That was my first environment I tried to re-create, inside my Mom and Dad's garage.

These were my materials of choice:

1. Reynold's aluminum foil

2. thumb tacks

3. black light bulbs - 48 inches long.

4. black light fixtures that held 2 - 4 foot tubular black lights.

5. twin or regular flat white cotton bed sheets

6. 8X8X16 hollow cynder blocks, either painted black, white or not at all.

7. 2X4 feet by 2 inch thick dark cork board.

8. cone and stick incense and brass holders and brass candle stick holders and scented candles.

9. a stereo that played regular stereo vinyl lp's.

10. a few couches and chairs purchased cheap from either a Salvation Army or Good Will or side of the road. eh heh! :)

11. There were posters that had been bought from a commercial store, already for the wall and there were home made posters.

12. The white bed sheets were splattered by the flourescent tempra paints until they looked fully multi-colored under the black lights.

13. The thumbtacked multi-colored bed sheets served as partitions creating about 4 individual areas and a main central hall.

14. huge foam rubber feet in the central  corridore.

15. Black posters splattered with millions of tiny drops of flourescent paint from brushes created the exact illusion of deep space when contrasted to the reflective aluminum foil and the deep blackness of the poster themselves.

16. A huge polyester cobra was our mascott for the envirenment we then called, the Cobra Club.

All this just by being in Pier 1's poster display room in 1971. Go figure ?)

Environments
Saturday, December 07, 2002
11:26 PM, Central Standard Time

Environments can be and usually are more about our home life. The size of our home depends on the size of our wallet.

But, even if you are in a cramped one bed efficiency you can have happy go lucky Feng Chui in your life :)

You can enjoy the natural wonders of the world outdoors. Nobody has to have a huge monolithic sized pocket book to enjoy what mother nature has to offer if you are willing to wonder beyond the limits of your domain.

I think of the back yard as an excellent source of personal down time. An environment that produces a solitude and quiet calm and privacy that can not be found anywhere in the public arena. So, if you have a back yard, be sure to make do with it. Don't just look at it from the back window of your kitchen, but instead, venture off into the private out door domain and share it with personal friends. No wonder the back yard garden and back yard swimming pool are the halmarks of a rich home environment.

Sun Room:


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This pic is of a one bedroom environment presentlyl occupied by my favorite doggins, Little Bit. 

The above image is a representation of a single living modual, that beds an individual and provides under bed storage space and the luxury of a built in television and stereo entertainment center, with a window that is convexed at a 45 degree angle to make it easy for the tennant to lay and lookup at the wonders of the skies. The windows can darken or lighten, or even change colors to variate the appearance of the outside world, in this case, the big open sky.

Environments is a project I was working on back in 7th grade, and still am at age 41.  I have been interested in environmental psychology and architectural design and have studied it at El Centro Jr. College at Downtown Dallas TX.

Limited to only one place to work, my parent's back yard garage, I endeavored to experiment with partitions, furniture, sound and lighting to create all sorts of Anthony-O-Gram types of environments. The materials and methods of the time, back in 1969, were, aluminum foil, white cotton sheets, thumbtacks, extension chords, blacklight paints, stereo system, concrete floors and throw rugs, misellaneous furniture bought at thrift stores or found on the side of the road, candles, inscence, blacklight posters, and posterboard, and my own personal artwork.

This set the beginning stage of my life long pre-occupation with the home and public environments and how they effected the person's individual state of mind.

I experimented with wild ideas, partially influenced by two major experiences,
1: Pier One Imports had a blacklight room full of posters that litterally glowed under it's lights.

2: 2001 A Space Oddessy was a movie that was so full of future and past images that overwhelmed my immagination from then on.
A third, and to a lesser degree, was the rock and roll music of the times. I realized at such an earlier age, that music, or sounds, and lighting, and immagery, or environment, worked together in ways that triggered off different moods.

When our next door neighbor, Mr. Foster, once stepped into the Cobra Club, as we called the garage, he was impressed, (but, I'm still not sure if it was a good or a bad impression!)

The Cobra Club had alluminum foil thumtacked over every wall surface in the garage and the ceiling. a hallway made of thumbtacked sheets splattered with flourescent paint and glowing in the light of several four feet long blacklights, or blue flood lights, lead you into three separate partitioned areas, one was the livingroom, and another the piano room, and the third was my study area. On top of the desk in the study area were numerous cartoon magazines, mad, and dagwood and blondie comic books. I spent many hours either at this desk, pencil or pen, in hand, copying the cartoons and developing my own personal artistic skills. Usually the medium was posterboard, or typing paper, black medium ball point pen, or no. 2 pencil. 

Other than draw picutures, I dabbled in my version of the first newspaper of the neighborhood; I called: The Cobra Times, but that went nowhere fast. The living room was full of cozy furniture, with rugs and beautiful blacklight posters on the walls and even some star paintings, black posterboard, with splattered multicolored blacklight paint, and a high fidelity stereo system given to me by my next door neighbor's son, who just wanted to be nice to me. I played music by 3 Dog Night, David Bowie, Yes, and Black Sabbath, and many other rock bands, and also some soundtrack albums, like James Bond, and Cop Show Themes, and so on. 

At eleven years of age I had begun the Cobra Club, and by age 16, after working half the summer at my father's place of employment; Hill Optical Co. On Harwood Street, in Downtown, Dallas, TX., I had been able to make Cobra Club into quite an environment for my self and my Best friend Ken Tyler, who shared many hours with me in the persuit of music, independence, and friendship. In other words, the Cobra Club was a proving ground, and a stepping stone for us both, to experience living on our own, at the early age of 11. 

Since we both were the same age and attended the same classes at school, we also listened to all the same music, and if it were not for my Ken's access to so much private music memorabilia, I wouldn't have had the kind of exposure to the world of music, so I thank you much Kenneth, wherever you are!

I realize today, at age 41, that the Cobra Club played a leading role in influencing my belief that the ENVIRONMENT is as important as the food we put in our mouths and the air we breath.

If it weren't for the Cobra Club in those earlier years of my young adulthood, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to compose my music, and my stories and artwork, and Ken really needed a place to get away from his over crowded home so he could have his privacy and time to enjoy his fine collection of music.


Quiet is one of the rarest experiences we know today in everyday life.  Noise is something we take for granted in the big city. Silence is one of the most effective influences on the cognitive mind. Noise, however stimmulates the emotional mind and causes us to react to everything, rather than instigate events in our own lives. We have to build up defenses to noise pollution, and visual pollution, which are the 2 primary ingredients in  the BIG CITY environment. Both are unavoidable, and both are very detrimental to social peace and civility.

There is a flat screen two way television set at the foot of a stereo bed that has an overhead light that can change hues and colors and brightness and the polygonal window that encases the full left side of the bed provides immediate viewing of the out side, in this case, from the 150th story floor of a New America Tower. 

Underneath the bed, at the foot of it, there are 8 dresser drawers with center pulls.

Have you been in a place that just felt right?

That's what I call an environment.
One such place is out in the open air at a lake up north in either Michigan or Wisconsin on a July night!

Such is the subject of environments, places I've been and liked, places I want to visit and places inside and outside I would like to create.

Environment 0001, Saturday, December 06, 2003, 9:03 PM Central Time

The box. A 20 x 20 x 20 cube solid white full of floor standing white cubes that contain green tropical plants, and every wall and the ceiling have a square window in the center that lets lots of day light flood inside. The floor is green indoor outdoor turf carpet. In the center of the cube is a round half spherical pool or bath.

THE COBRA CLUB:

Single level structure, with an 8 feet wide sliding door entrance to an open area about 22 feet deep by 18 feet wide and a ceiling heighth of approx. 10 feet.

Floor is concrete, covered by several Pier1Import  Persian type rugs and thick black fake fur rugs.  Ceiling and Walls covered by Reynold's Aluminum Foil, attatched to inside vertical wall studs using thumb tacks as fasteners.

Lighting provided by hooks and extension electrical chords and hanging flip switch light bulb outlets.  The light bulb of choice is the blue flood, 250 watt, the 4 foot long flourescent black light bulb mounted to the wall with screws into the wall studs.

Four individual areas are divided by partitions thumb tacked to the ceiling support beam rafters. The partitions are white cotton bed sheets, twin or full size. For effect, the partition sheets are spraypainted with water mixed with flourescent tempra, and layed on the floor and also splatterd with many random colors, creating a multi-colored splash of glow in the dark art.

In some areas of the Main living area, some shelves and tables exist. The coffee tables at the ends of the sofa are concrete block, painted with flourescent green or orange spray enamel paint, and the tops are a single sheet of cork, approx. half inch in thickness and about 2 feet by 4 feet, and topped off with a large rectangular pain of single strength glass.

The option to place a Playboy centerfold under the glass is a matter of good taste.
Wood-cork coasters are spread about the table to rest several cold glasses of iced cold Dr. Pepper. The beverage of choice.

Candles and Incense abound for aroma therapy. A Small portable stereo system, with two separate unmountable speakers, provides the best sound performance for such a small space. The speakers are separated to allow the finest delivery of sound from each and every record played.

Magazines of every type lay about the place. You can hang out at the Cobra Club, play music, read, sleep, eat and drink, talk even. Best of all there's the piano room, where I can go to play for hours on end, and a guitar and amp for those days when all you need to do is improvise.

The Cobra Club was the first environment created by Anthony Davis at age 11, in his Mom and Dad's 2 Car Garage.

THE PLANTARIUM:

Using a backyard cement patio and creating a carport is easy but, costly, about $2,000.00

The basic carport is a metal roof and a rear storage closet. I took it one step farther.

Using the existing wood base boards and the upper edges of the roof, also made of board, I took eye bolts and staggered them across the tops and bottom and then using clothesline wire,  I  threaded it in a zig zag pattern on the outside, and stapled cotton bed sheets until the entire East and West and South sides were covered except for a small gap to allow entry. Then I did the same thing with the inside, going the opposite direction with the wire through the eye bolts.

As it is a windy place, This City, Dallas. Using the sunlight, glowing through the sheets, casting shadows of the trees just outside, we had the environment to grow our plants. 

Inside the PLANTARIUM, were a random assorment of odd furniture, chairs, sofas, and tables, and many 13 gallon or larger plastic garbage can, bought at a local McCroy's at Wynnewood Village Shopping Center, with holes drilled into the bottoms and filled with bags of potting soil, we had everything we needed to start a Plant Planet. I knew it would take time, but, I was patient, and I began to grow apple and lemmon and a varitey of plants, some by the seed and others from seedling sprouts.

Everyone loved to hang out in the Springtime at THE PLANTARIUM. and play music, drink beer, smoke jays and shoot the shit.

All the while, I just spent my time daydreaming and writing poetry and engaging in idle philosophy with M. Helsem, another good friend of mine durring my youth.

A huge industrial drycleaners drum served as the largest plantarium holder for growing some herbs. At night, an upside down washing machine drum, painted flourescent pink, served as a light source, with a light bulb underneath, at night, shining brightly through the many small drain holes around it's outer walls. A few circular cut-outs of the constellations served as a backdrop for the PLANTARIUM to add a subtle refference to my Astronomy interrests.

Many a day were spent in this ENVIRONMENT and they are well remembered.

WALK IN AQUARIUM:

Once you enter the walk in aquarium room, you are surrounded by four glass walls, thirty feet wide and 25 feet high, filled on every side with water and marine life. You enter this ENVIRONMENT from underground.

The idea of framed wall inset aquariums sprang from the obvious place; The Aquarium Building at Fair Park, in Dallas Texas. I used to frequent that environment so often, that I always felt a deep loss when I had to return to the hum drum atmosphere of the ordinary world outside, homelife and reality in general. I grew to appreciate the exotic environments at the State Fair Park Grounds at an early age, and from then on I grew to despise the boring and ugly world that seemed to be 99% of the rest of the world.

I have seen the Ocean, at a poor vantage point, located at the south edge of Texas near Port Author, but when I saw the East shore of Lake Michigan, while spending a summer traveling up to the north, in particular, Wisconsin, near the Green Bay area, I was impressed with the waves, the cool winds, and the late summer nights fading into dusk ever so slowly in July. The fact is, I have this idea of a walk in aquarium that is less exotic, but equally admirable to experience on a budget. 

Taking a room you are not really using, you can stack three or four tall and wide aquariums, all around the room, and then frame them so that all you see are the windows to the waters, through the partitions, which will make it easy to get at the aquariums to feed the fish and clean them out. 

It would be nice if huge aquarium rooms were custom made for everybody, so they could buy a few pet fish and spend all day admiring them, sort of, as they entertain guests. A room that is actually round or hexagonal or even square or oval, that is wall to wall glass filled with water and fish would be an astronomical undertaking, but it is a cool idea, I believe.

PHONE ROOM:

Everyone loves to chat on line, I mean, the telephone line, via voice. You know, the old fashioned way people did before e-mail arrived to the present age.

Unlike the elaborate Study of modern Architectural design, the PHONE ROOM is a sound proof chamber, partitioned with double strength glass and full of microphones, and such, as would be found in a DJ's domain.

But, instead of a complex array of techno-paraphanallia, the PHONE ROOM is a simple place. You enter a double sliding glass door into a thick carpeted room. The furninture is leather and moulded plastic , wood and glass. The four glass walls, actually window walls, are framed in alluminum and have blinds to provide privacy as well as a dimmer switch to variate the light from 0% to 100% in 1% increments of variation. A Microphone and speakers filtered through a digital amplifier provide superior sound quality anywhere in the room. No need to wear a headset, and no need to put your mouth right up to a handset or a microphone. You can set, lay or stand and pace while conversing on your micro-telephone system or MICRO-PHONE and lay apon a comfortable sofa or bed and chat until you drop.

The idea is, if you could you would be there, in that room actually talking to somebody, so there is an option, that is soon to be a reality, which is a virtual reality video screen window, that enables you to chat and see who you are talking to and this is cool, because it really makes it seem like your're there in the same room, because DVD and Digital Video, the clarity of detail of nearly life like reality is a current reality in the world of commercial television and soon to be in a video screen desktop or window wall near you.

Everyone loves to chat on line, I mean, the telephone line, via voice. You know, the old fashioned way people did before e-mail arrived to the present age.

Unlike the elaborate Study of modern Architectural design, the PHONE ROOM is a sound proof chamber, partitioned with double strength glass and full of microphones, and such, as would be found in a DJ's domain.

But, instead of a complex array of techno-paraphanallia, the PHONE ROOM is a simple place. You enter a double sliding glass door into a thick carpeted room. The furninture is leather and moulded plastic , wood and glass. The four glass walls, actually window walls, are framed in alluminum and have blinds to provide privacy as well as a dimmer switch to variate the light from 0% to 100% in 1% increments of variation. A Microphone and speakers filtered through a digital amplifier provide superior sound quality anywhere in the room. No need to wear a headset, and no need to put your mouth right up to a handset or a microphone. You can set, lay or stand and pace while conversing on your micro-telephone system or MICRO-PHONE and lay apon a comfortable sofa or bed and chat until you drop.

The idea is, if you could you would be there, in that room actually talking to somebody, so there is an option, that is soon to be a reality, which is a virtual reality video screen window, that enables you to chat and see who you are talking to and this is cool, because it really makes it seem like your're there in the same room, because DVD and Digital Video, the clarity of detail of nearly life like reality is a current reality in the world of commercial television and soon to be in a video screen desktop or window wall near you.









 



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