The entire Dylan project at Point Dume in
Malibu was a macabre experience melding talent and chaos.
Direction for the finishing details of the residence came
under the artful tutelage of eccentric sculpter Robert
Gilbert, who was a strong believer in individualism. When he
approached an out of work finish carpenter (who was just
learning how to lay bricks) to see if he had any ideas for
the upcoming ocean view veranda, John August stretched the
truth more than a little when he replied, "sure." He then
proposed a novel concept for creating fluid motion with
rectangular objects, based largely on his exposure to Greene
& Greene masonry in Pasadena and the flamboyant George
McDavitt, who was already doing incredible stonework on the
project. What eventually evolved was a highly stylistic way
of laying bricks which could encompass constantly changing
three dimensional curves with absolute linear resolution.
Or, in other words, no dead ends. This curvilinear approach
sparked a wave of copycat masonry throughout the Malibu
area. It all began here.