This is Ethan, he’s nine and is balancing on a pole in the middle of where his house was before the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla. He’s a super sweet, energetic and curious nine-year-old whose mom Kelly refers to as “my little engineer.”
Ethan’s house was two blocks from Plaza Towers Elementary School where he rode out the tornado. His mom said she has to limit his watching of the Weather Channel because severe weather bulletins make him nervous. He’s not excited to start school, but thinks it will be ok.
It appears that another iconic piece of Oklahoma City architecture will be razed soon. Modernist architect John Johansen’s Mummer’s Theater, now Stage Center, built in 1970, has been purchased by an investment firm which plans to build a 20-story office tower.
The modernist building has had a litany of problems for a long time, and not enough capital interest to address them accordingly. It’s sad, because it seems like Oklahoma City has a history of ignoring old structures until it’s too late, particularly in the core of the city. There were some valiant efforts made to save the building, one of the most exciting being a push to turn it into a children’s museum, but to no avail.
So, last summer I shot a bunch of abstractions of this abstract structure with my old twin lens. I haven’t really done anything with them and since the official word is out on the demise of the building now seems like a good time to show some of the shots. Click the first image for a slideshow.