Following the tradition of the visual presentation of Utopian literature, these two illustrations are about an architectural fable that tells a voyage of Ghost Architect, Virgin Courtesan and Eunuch-Jester.

 

(The ship of fools carries three passengers to the World of Eroticism.)

After the fierce storm, a faint sound comes to Ghost architect’s ears. “We are on canal” says Eunuch-Jester. “Look! There are Femme-Maison [1] & Homme-Moulin” says Virgin Courtesan.

 “No! No!” Ghost Architect says, because he becomes horny by those words.

To calm himself down, he tries to recall sacred aphorisms. “Form follows function. [2]” “Less is more. [3]” and “Ornament and Crime [4]”. “Ornament? No way.” say Ghost Architect.

As soon as that word grazes his phallus tip, he cannot resist the excitement.

Virgin Courtesan shouts at him. “That’s no good! All abstract ideas are already gone with the Burrasca [5].”

(Three on the deck.)

Eunuch-Jester talks about what he saw. “I saw a miserable cathedral. A stuffed architecture eviscerated and filled with space.”

 “I throw down the Main ouverte [6].” Virgin-Courtesan talks about what she did. “Don’t blame me. In lieu of that, I sent a boat with my architectural vagina.”

Ghost Architect says. “That’s all water under the bridge. Bye, bye the World of Sex.”

(An entry to a chthonian place, so-called the fifth world)

They come in sight of a huge egg of which the group of singing building form the yolk. 

Being free from the abstraction, Ghost Architect gets an erection by the song of the blissful orgasm.  Eunuch-Jester and Virgin-Courtesan jump on his penis and shot for joy.

“To the anus of the erotic world.”

 

 

[1] The Femme-Maison (1946–47) series of paintings by French American artist Louise Bourgeois address the question of female identity.

[2] Sullivan, Louis H., "The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered". Lippincott's Magazine (March 1896): p. 403–409

[3] The phrase from the poem of Robert Browning adopted by 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a precept for Minimalist design and architecture.

[4] The book “Ornament and Crime” by Austrian architect Adolf Loos.

[5] Burrasca means storm in Italian.

[6] Main ouverte that means Open hand in French is a frequent theme in Architecture of Le Corbusier.

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