Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Maréchal Joseph Gallieni

Monument to maréchal Joseph Gallieni by Jean Boucher, place Vauban, Paris
Monument to maréchal Joseph Gallieni by Jean Boucher, 1926
Place Vauban, 7e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rotonda degli Scolari

Rotunda, church of St. Mary of the Angels, Florence
Rotonda degli Scolari (Scholars' Rotunda), originally by Filippo Brunelleschi
Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli (Church of St. Mary of the Angels)
Via degli Alfani / Via del Castellaccio
Florence, April 2015

“In 1434, Filippo Brunelleschi was commissioned by the Medici family to design an oratory for the monastery. It was located at the corner of the property, along the outer wall. Though construction was rapid, it was halted due to funding problems in 1437. In 1503, the shell was given a simple wooden roof, but the structure deteriorated rapidly. The building, which was used for various purposes, was patched up and given its modern appearance in the 1930s. It was given to the university and thus its more modern name Rotonda degli Scolari (‘Scholars' Rotunda’).”

Monday, October 12, 2015

Boiler Suit

Boiler Suit by Thomas Heatherwick, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond Road, Southwark, London
“Boiler Suit” by Thomas Heatherwick, 2007
Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond Road
Borough of Southwark
London, September 2015

“The exciting new scheme is his studio’s first commission for the National Health Service and brings together a huge number of improvements which will benefit patients, visitors and staff alike. These include widened pavements for better pedestrian access; a one-way traffic system, with designated drop off points; improved signage and lighting; and a new shop for the Friends of Guy’s Hospital.
At the centre of the scheme is the Boiler Suit, a unique façade designed to encase the boiler house which powers Guy’s Hospital. The Boiler Suit is made up of 108 undulating tiles of woven stainless steel braid and is illuminated at night to provide a distinctive welcoming beacon for staff and visitors arriving at hospital in the dark.”

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Libreria Cappelli

Spider weaving its web, Cappelli family's coat of arms, Piazza GalvaniBologna
Former Libreria Cappelli (Cappelli Bookstore)
Cappelli family's coat of arms
Piazza Galvani
Bologna, June 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cour Puget

Cour Puget, Richelieu wing, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Cour Puget, Richelieu wing
Musée du Louvre
Paris, July 2014

See also: Four Captives

“This courtyard, designed by the architect Lefuel, was among the buildings occupied by the Finance Ministry between 1871 and 1989. The glass roof, added in 1993, is similar to that of the Cour Marly. The space is devoted to outdoor statuary from the 17th to the 19th centuries.”
(Cour Puget, Louvre)

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Deposition from the Cross

Mosaic of the Deposition from the Cross, western façade lunette above the Portal of St. Alipius, St Mark's Basilica, Venice
“Cristo deposto dalla croce” (The Deposition from the Cross)
Western façade lunette above the Portal of St. Alipius
Basilica di San Marco (St Mark's Basilica)
Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square)
Venice, September 2013

See also: The Last Judgment - First Lunette

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Broken Sublime

Broken Sublime (The Invention of Tools) by Marc Quinn, Somerset House, London
“Broken Sublime (The Invention of Tools)” by Marc Quinn, 2015
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
Somerset House, Strand
London, September 2015

“Four monumental sculptures by Marc Quinn will be presented in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court this September and October. Forming two bodies of work entitled Frozen Wave and Broken Sublime (2015), the sculptures originate from the remnants of shells. This installation is the first time the works will be presented outdoors and the sculptures will be amidst the courtyard’s fountains, underlining the works’ connection to water.”