Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Building and Renewal

I came across this skeletal structure on the north coast of Cornwall. It looked dramatic and I wondered what it had been. Maybe someone can explain what used to be here? Whatever happened the building was, in all likelihood, constructed with the best of intentions. Buildings are usually inaugurated with some ritual - in some sense design and shaping of buildings bring order to chaos. But in psychotherapy sometimes we have to "take the roof off", to detach from the everyday world and strip everything down to essentials to reconstruct. I like to think that whatever enterprise inhabited this structure has re-established somewhere else on an altogether different basis. Perhaps conditions changed and the enterprise adapted. In so doing the original building had to be abandoned and was reconstructed in a new location using the much of the original material.