Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Victor Lundy

Victor Lundy is an American mid-centruy modern architect known for his sculptural sense and for his innovative engineering. A leader of the Sarasota School of Architecture, for the most part, his structures are gracefully curved, but not all of them, the United States Tax Court Building in Washington D.C., for example, is a series of large blocks.

Lundy drew a lot as a child and eventually attended New York University to study architecture. Later, after the war, Lundy attended Harvard. Before that and interested in rebuilding Europe after the war, at age nineteen he enlisted int eh the Army Special Training Program but was thrown into the infantry. He served in the U.S. Infantry Division and Lundy basically sketched hs way through the war drawing whatever everything around him. Wounded, a surgeon noticed and asked him to sketch a new medical procedure that the surgeon was developing and that reassignment caused Lundy to miss  eight months on the front lines and may have saved his life. Lundy filled twenty-four small three inches by five inches spiral sketchbooks but only eight have survived. Lundy donated the sketchbooks to the Library of Congress in 2009. They contain 158 pencil drawings.

I think Lundy is best understood at a glance by his images. This is Duck Go Images [victor lundy], the photos show all these sketches and more, along with photographs of his surviving architecture.

Lundy is alive and still drawing at his home in Houston Texas.


edutcher said...

There's a very good pictorial book, "WWII", with commentary by James Jones ("From Here To Eternity") that shows the work of combat artists.

Whatever else he did, Lundy paid his dues in the War.

AllenS said...

I only wish that I could draw like that.