Friday, November 27, 2015


Playground with submarine, Paris-Plages, Pont au Change, Paris
Playground with a “submarine”, Paris-Plages
Seen from the Pont au Change, 4e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“The puns are endless, but so is the sand. Paris-Plages is back for its thirteenth season. The annual project turns the banks of the city's famous river into a beachy getaway for locals and tourists to enjoy. Urban beach lovers have numerous spots to choose from along the river, each offering mounds of soft, artificial sand and oversized deck chairs. At the the Louvre beach, visitors can practice tai-chi and rollerblade. And complimentary concerts, dance parties, beach volleyball, ice cream carts and free libraries abound.”
(‘Paris-Plages’ Is Back, Huffington Post)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Punta della Dogana

Punta della Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute, seen from the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Punta della Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute
Seen from the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice, September 2013

“The museum's art is housed in and around the Dogana da Mar building. It was built between 1678 and 1682 as a customs house. The arcade styles reflect their construction in different eras. Atop the building are statues of Atlas, built to represent the supremacy of the Republic of Venice. The two slaves hold a golden ball upon which Giuseppe Benoni's Fortune stands. The 17th-century statue turns in the wind. The last renovation of the building was done by Alvise Pigazzi in 1838.”
(Dogana da Mar, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Hunger

Broken Sublime (The Hunger) by Marc Quinn, Somerset House, London
“Broken Sublime (The Hunger)” 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.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

1 Police Plaza

1 Police Plaza, Headquarters of the NYPD, Park Row, Civic Center, New York
1PP or 1 Police Plaza by Gruzen and Partners, 1973
Headquarters of the New York City Police Department
Park Row, Civic Center
New York, September 2008

“Gruzen & Partners was so ‘successful in obtaining commissions in the civic center area,’ Mr. Goldberger wrote in ‘The City Observed: New York,’ that the blocks around the Municipal Building ‘seem at first glance to consist entirely of structures of its design.’ These include 1 Police Plaza, a monumental, red-brick, waffle-iron of a building, and a striking departure from typical government architecture when it was completed in 1973; the boldly sculptural Chatham Terrace towers of 1965, where the play of light and shadow on concrete recalls the work of Le Corbusier; and the sinuous Chatham Green of 1961, a slender slab of apartments in the form of a shallow S.”

Monday, November 23, 2015

Checked Luggage for a Lifetime

Consigne à vie, Checked Luggage for a Lifetime, by Arman, Cour de Rome, Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris
“Consigne à vie” (Checked Luggage for a Lifetime) by Arman, 1985
Cour de Rome, Gare Saint-Lazare, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

See also: Consigne à vie - L'Heure de tous - Drapeaux - Everybody's Time

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Garibaldi in Bologna

Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi by Arnaldo Zocchi, Via Indipendenza, Bologna
Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi by Arnaldo Zocchi, 1901
Via Indipendenza
Bologna, June 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Paddington Railway Station

Interior of Paddington railway station, London
Interior of Paddington railway station
Praed Street, Paddington
London, September 2015