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zehcoutinho January 10 2013 07:47 PM

Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Hello, I want to share a catch of mine while watching the 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' episode.

Part of the building in the image of planet Delta Vega's lithium cracking plant looks exactly the same as the Palácio da Alvorada (Palace of Dawn), Brazil's official presidential residence, by famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

The pictures shows it well.

http://imageshack.us/a/img710/1152/startrekalvorada.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img593/5674/p...rada303200.jpg

Melakon January 10 2013 08:24 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
The matte painting was by Albert Whitlock, whose career spanned 60 years. He did several paintings for TOS, and some of them show a similar architectural style.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Albert_Whitlock

A beaker full of death January 10 2013 08:45 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Very interesting, and not surprising. Niemeyer, who just died last month or so, specialized in 60s-style futuristic architecture. All of Brasilia is full of it.

zehcoutinho January 10 2013 08:53 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Yes, his flowy curvy style definitely seems futuristic, specially back then. I like this quote of him: "I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein."

Gary7 January 10 2013 09:40 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Very interesting--nice catch. I wouldn't be surprised if in the interest of saving time, matte background artists borrowed from available designs of the day. A rather peculiar placement for this particular architectural piece, but in the end it works.

Reminds me a little of this inspiration that also took place, in The Cage:

http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/w...age_arches.jpg

Robert Comsol January 10 2013 09:50 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Great observation! Now, I know why this structure in WNM looked so familiar. Niemeyer was a great architect, it's sad he is no longer among us.

Bob

scotpens January 11 2013 03:59 AM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Those parabolic arches and curved star shapes are iconic of 1960s design, probably because they suggest flight or the trajectory of a rocket -- an emblem of the dawn of the Space Age.

They showed up in furniture, wallpaper and tile patterns, and set design for TV shows.


plynch January 11 2013 04:11 AM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Duh - bah - gak - I'm stunned. I . . . I . . . Great GooglieMooglies. I had to get the earphones on for Debbie doing that. Then, the quartet, the the the dancers. WOW. Thanks for the amazing awfulness. One of the best things I've seen on this board, frankly.

Gary7 January 11 2013 09:19 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
^ It's stuff like this that I hope makes us so kitschy for extraterrestrials that they'll be fascinated rather than revolted (because there's plenty of other stuff to make one run in fear of what's in our crazy primal minds).

ssosmcin January 13 2013 07:04 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
How I wish I was an Oscar Niemeyer wiener....

BoredShipCapt'n January 14 2013 03:14 PM

Re: Oscar Niemeyer in Star Trek
 
Quote:

scotpens wrote: (Post 7518100)
Those parabolic arches and curved star shapes are iconic of 1960s design, probably because they suggest flight or the trajectory of a rocket -- an emblem of the dawn of the Space Age.

They showed up in furniture, wallpaper and tile patterns, and set design for TV shows.


Thanks for that. I'd waited all my life for a definitive version of that song, and there it is. :D


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