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Did Corb's glassy stare come from just one eye?

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Now I know Nelson had only one eye but I had a query from Charlie Boyle, one of my old students from Canterbury (1975-80), as to whether or not Le Corbusier had only one eye. Can anyone help?

Apparently Corb lost his right eye in a painting accident in 1917. Boyle is teaching in the School of Architecture in Papua New Guinea and is proposing getting his students to wear an eye patch and paint on the forthcoming anniversary of Corb's drowning.

Xenakis who worked for Corb and designed the Phillips Pavilion was blind in one eye. He later gave up architecture and became a composer - in fact he composed a piece with Edgar Varese for 400 loudspeakers to be played in the pavilion accompanied by slides chosen by Corb.

I have asked various architectural luminaries about this. Two said yes, Corb did have one eye, one has yet to answer and one didn't know but by way of a diversion sent me the information on Xenakis and the picture. Corb certainly seems to have a glassy stare in his right eye in that.

Now I know the silly season is upon us but this is a serious question. Answers please before you all go away with your buckets and spades.

Sam Webb, Canterbury, Kent, tel 01227 738296

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