Monday, June 12, 2006

When did the Greeks visit?

As you drive past ridiculously huge mansions in Pondok Indah, or observe construction of new office buildings progressing as you gaze out from your traffic-bound vehicle each day, have you ever wondered why Greek architecture is so popular in Jakarta? It beats the hell out of me too, since I fail to understand why a couple of Doric columns flanking your front door is equated with opulence or style by Indonesian builders. Certainly, "big is better" for wealthy Indonesians, especially in the hair department, so perhaps a 10 meter Grecian column or four in the front garden is the ultimate status symbol for the privileged elite.

4 Comments:

Blogger patung said...

Yes, and the proud, roaring lions heads, and ugly Adonis statues, there are whole housing estates devoted to imitating ancient Greece and Rome in, of all places, Surabaya.

5:37 PM  
Blogger IndCoup said...

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http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/25/news/rejak.php

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11:21 AM  
Blogger Marek Bialoglowy said...

I think you haven't been to Kelapa Gading. I even wanted to shoot some photos around to show how "unique" taste ppl can have and use it to express their "glamorous" richnes. In summary: plastic golden spray coated greek columns, few plastic statues in front, ugly wal decorations, greek alike chapel in the backyard and other interesting structures.

7:57 PM  
Blogger The Editor said...

Marek Alphabet: I'm guessing the gaudy architecture at Kelapa Gading is at least partly due to another ethnic group who live in that suburb.

1:58 PM  

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