Lebbeus Woods - The Chair
No. No. That is incorrect. That is not the name of this but for some reason tumblr user cruces felt the need to add this name. It is incorrect and the correction is important.
Lebbeus Woods became a mentor to me in correspondence over the short few past years before he died this past November. It’s painful to see his art, design and creations misappropriated or incorrect information attached. Especially this specific design as it has a story of misappropriation behind it.
This is not called “The Chair”
This is “Neo-mechanical. Tower (Upper) Chamber”. It was drawn in 1987 and published in the collection “Centricity” and then again in color in 1992 in his book “The New City”.
On January 18, 1996, Lebbeus Woods went to the theater to see “12 Monkeys”. Apparently he was not amused; a week later he notified Universal Studios that he considered the interrogation room to be an unauthorized reproduction of his work.
The director, Terry Gilliam, admitted that he reviewed a copy of the book that contained the drawing “Neomechanical Tower (Upper) Chamber”, and that he discussed it with both the producer, Charles Roven, and the production designer, Jeffrey Beecroft. Film Imitates Art
The court found that a comparison of “Neomechanical Tower (Upper) Chamber” and the footage of the interrogation room in 12 Monkeys demonstrated that “the movie had copied Woods’ drawing in striking detail.” The court cited the fact that:
“…the wall and floor were composed of a visibly jointed grid, the walls had the same worn texture, and a horizontal shelf and apron near the top of the vertical rail. The chairs themselves consist of four rectangular planes, arm-rests with diagonal supports, etching on the chair back.”
The court also noted the both spheres were suspended in front of the chair from a metal framework with similar surface designs.
The judge ruled for Prof. Woods, a result that would require Universal Studios pull all copies of the movie from world-wide circulation after only a month’s run. Universal would be able to subsequently release film after the scenes in containing the offending chair had been excised to the cutting room floor, a fate that had befallen the Devil’s Advocate.
Showing that he had a sense of humor after all, Lebbeus Woods allowed Universal to continue distribution of the movie, chair and all, for a high six-figure cash settlement.
If you are going to come up with credit for images you post at least get them right.
Fascinating story. Also, good work, Attribution-Police!