Don Justo and the fragment

Gizmodo has a short piece on 88 year-old Justo Gallego Martinez, who has been the sole designer, engineer, and construction worker on an extraordinary 24,000 square foot cathedral built from reclaimed materials in Madrid since 1961. As Don Justo nears the end of his life there is no end in sight. James Rogan, director of a recent documentary about the project, shares an interesting insight that I think applies to the things many people do:

Justo says his only concern is to finish the cathedral, yet at every turn he has made it impossible for himself to finish it: everything has been started; nothing has been finished. But if the cathedral were ever completed what would he do? He seems to have absorbed the Romantic ideal of the fragment: unfinished works that are historical ruins before they are even finished.

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Don Justo and the fragment