People built with no money and the "dirt beneath their feet" for thousands of years since the beginning of time and human existance. We build our little "bird nests" with whatever materials we have at hand, no matter what part of the world we are from. They built with the trees in the forests, or the mud from the river, or stone from the mountain, or sand from the desert; whatever materials they literally had "at hand." The earth beneath their feet.
Why should I be so different?
And so we begin...
It took more than 100 years to build the spectacular Gothic churches and monasteries; three generations of laborers who could not read or write, with one architect who knew Geometry, Trigonometry and more. It is these unsung workers are the "heroes of the ages" in my book.
The Victorian Web.org: This scholarly and educational website, which more than two dozen organizations have honored, contains 55,000 documents — some entire book chapters — on Victorian art, architecture, and design, economics, gender matters, literature, political and social history, religion, and science and technology. Leading publishers send books to the site to be reviewed, and major museums and galleries have shared thousands of images and related material with us. The University of Computense Madrid has thus far translated several thousand documents into Spanish, and a French group has begun translating the Ruskin section. [a Landow.com project]
George P. Landow, Professor of English and the History of Art, Brown University