Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

Fragments of a hologram rose: Re-seeing Blade Runner

“The postcard is a white light reflection hologram of a rose […] Holding it carefully between thumb and forefinger, he lowers the hologram toward the hidden rotating jaws. The unit emits a thin scream as steel teeth slash laminated plastic and the rose is shredded into a thousand fragments […] Parker lies in darkness, recalling the thousand fragments of the hologram rose. A hologram has this quality: recovered and illuminated, each fragment will reveal the whole […] from a different angle”
 
    - Fragments of a Hologram Rose by William Gibson, first published 1977

BR - LA arch (Rizzoli)
BR - LA arch 2 (Rizzoli)
BR - LA arch 3 (Rizzoli)

Three photographs of Art Deco and Moderne buildings in Los Angeles, of the type sampled by the production to glean visual references for the series of large-scale miniatures initially thought sufficient to create visual effects footage for the Spinner flight sequences (Rizzoli)

BR - min bldgs
BR - min bldgs 2

The miniatures under fabrication. Note the architectural detail, the retrofitted pipes and the remarkably convincing overall appearance

BR - roof shot

Exceptionally rare on-set photograph of the absorbing rooftop shot, meant as a bridge between the miniatures and the smaller-scale Hades landscape. Two models and a painted backdrop made up the set piece, here being filmed. The footage has not surfaced in any form

BR - precinct model

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