Sunday, February 1, 2015

Albrecht Thaer

Albrecht Daniel Thaer by Christian Daniel Rauch and Hugo Hagen, Schinkelplatz, Berlin
Albrecht Daniel Thaer by Christian Daniel Rauch and Hugo Hagen, 1860
Berlin, September 2011

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Commerce by Jean-Antoine Injalbert, Pont Mirabeau, Paris
“Commerce” by Jean-Antoine Injalbert, 1896
Pont Mirabeau
Paris, July 2014

See also: The City of Paris - Abundance

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mercato di San Lorenzo

First floor, Mercato Centrale (Central Market)
Piazza del Mercato Centrale
Florence, April 2014

“At the Mercato Centrale, in the San Lorenzo area, you'll find a diverse selection of shops offering visitors quality food from all over Italy, most of which are managed by the 3rd or 4th generation owners. Here, hospitality is a defining characteristic and shoppers can taste exhibited products. From April 23, the first floor of Florence's Central Market is open again. The market's renewed space of 3000 mq now offers 500 seatings and hosts 12 workshops, a restaurant, a pizzeria, a brewery, the Chianti Classico shop, a bookshop and a cooking school. Among the first floor new workshops you'll find cheese, bread, gelato, chocolate, pasta and cold cuts shops exhibiting the best food products from Italy.”
(Around Florence: 5 food markets, Turismo in Toscana)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Angel's Wings

Angel's Wings by Thomas Heatherwick, Paternoster Square, City of London, London
“Angel's Wings” by Thomas Heatherwick, 2000
Paternoster Square, City of London
London, September 2014

“The artworks, which have been likened to ‘angel's wings’, also act as cooling vents for a London Electricity substation. Heatherwick developed the design through experimenting with the repetition of isosceles triangles to form a complex helical form. The ‘wings’are constructed from stainless steel which has been blasted with tiny glass beads to create a satin finish. Stanhope and Mitsubishi Estates commissioned the sculpture as a new focus for Bishop's Court, at the western end of the square.”
(Designer Thomas Heatherwick, Architects' Journal)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Temple of Hercules Victor

Temple of Hercules Victor, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Rome

“The design of the round temple is Greek and there were two types. The first was the monopteros which consisted of a circular arrangement of columns which supported a circular system of beams which carried a cupola. Within this arrangement would be placed a representation of the deity the to whom the temple was dedicated. This type of temple did not incorporate a cella and therefore the statue of the god or goddess would be visible to passers-by. The second type of round temple was the peripteros which did incorporate a cella, had a greater number of columns forming a circular colonnade carrying an entablature supporting with a beam system and roof or cupola. (Guhl and Kroner, 1995) The Temple of Hercules we are discussing is of the second or peripteros type.”
(The Temple of Hercules, The Illustrated History of the Roman Empire)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rue Copernic

Plaque remembering the victims of the 1980 bombing
Synagogue of the Union Libérale Israélite de France
Rue Copernic, 16e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

(In memory
Jean Michel Barbé, Philippe Bouissou
Hilario Lopez Fernandez, Aliza Shagrir
killed during the odious attack
committed against
this synagogue
on 3 October 1980

Monday, January 26, 2015

Luna Piena

Luna Piena, Full Moon by Judi Harvest, Vallaresso, Venice
“Luna Piena“ (Full Moon) by Judi Harvest
Vallaresso vaporetto stop, San Marco
Venice, September 2012

“After years illuminating Venice's Vallaresso / San Marco Vaporetto stop, Judi Harvest's monumental Luna Piena (Full Moon) is now on view at the Linea Arianna glass factory in Murano. A glowing marvel of steel and 2,070 masterfully hand-blown Murano glass spheres, Luna Piena was transported in July 2014 to Linea Arianna, where Harvest has been collaborating with Murano glassblowers for over two decades. Harvest will host a Moon Dance event September 9 from 6-9 pm at the Linea Arianna.“