The Henry Miller Library Stage is Dead; Long Live the Henry Miller Library Stage

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As you may have heard, the Henry Miller Library stage bit the dust.

It was a great stage whose time had sadly passed.  To paraphrase The Lion King: it was some “circle of life” stuff.

You see, when the stage was first constructed, about a decade ago, utility was the operative word.  The Library was sewing its wild oats and the number of performances was growing exponentially.  A stage was needed, sooner rather than later.

So, working with local builders, we put one together using wood that was basically lying around – something quick, simple, and durable.   Looking back, we succeeded.  See?

Spunky lil' guy

The stage was one tough cookie, withstanding torrential winter storms and countless bands, festivals, and weddings.

But now a new opportunity presents itself.

Remember: the Henry Miller Library is located in a redwood canyon; the aesthetic possibilities for a new stage are staggering.  Which is why we are very excited for our new stage, a stage of 100% recycled redwood that will blend function and artistic elements to create a fully integrated whole.

We want the new stage to essentially stand alone as a piece of art in and of itself.  Who wouldn’t?

The concept isn’t new; the official term is “organic architecture.”  Hey, I saw your eyes glaze over; bear with me here – the concept states that the structure should…

“…promote harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design approaches so sympathetic and well integrated with its site that buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.”

The old stage. Reduced to rubble. Bummer.

Now, we admit, this wasn’t a conscious thing.  No one really consciously aspires to be Frank Lloyd Wright.  But it makes sense.

The Henry Miller Library stage, more so than the storefront itself, is the “face” of the Library.

I mean, just imagine if we put some some big, ugly, metal structure, totally aesthetically disconnected from the towering redwoods behind it, the earthly folk art strewn across the grounds, the avocado and persimmon trees, the constant flow of music, art, and cool people.  It’d be gross!  You’d hurl.

So of course a stage – like any other structure – can be viewed as a piece of art, especially in the integrated context of its immediate surroundings.

So we’re building a new stage.  That’s the short and long of it.

We’ll keep you posted!

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  • Anonymous

    Asked questions in the obit comment space which were already here for me to find an answer to! Let’s see if I make it West with enough time to loiter around youse guys a few days this Spring. Un abrazo desde Puerto Rico.

  • Karen

    How do I send you the photos from my wedding in 2006 on that beautiful stage???

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