What We Leave Behind
The ancient Greeks left temples on their mountainsides. Who were these Greek builders? Their temples suggest they yearned for order and clarity in an uncertain world.
What will we leave behind? The forerunner of the Greek temple was a modest wooden hut, the mythological primitive dwelling. Some of our buildings are humble, too, born of convenience, such as the car wash, the mobile home, the wedding reception tent, the tollbooth, and the outhouse. Another is ubiquitous to the South.
It offers twice the ice.
Twice the Ice dispensers serve ice in parking lots and strip malls across the Sun Belt. That’s because ice is an essential substance in the South. It cools a million drinks and calms a sore back. Have you ever had a picnic without an ice chest?
I’ll grant you that an ice dispenser may never have the elegance of Ancient Greece, but its iconic form is there for us, temple-like, offering coolness day and night.