Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Temple of Agape

Temple of Agape by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan, Festival of Love, Southbank Centre, South Bank, Lambeth, London
Temple of Agape by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
Festival of Love, Southbank Centre
South Bank, Lambeth
London, September 2014

“A scaffolding structure was erected on the pedestrian embankment in front of the building to support the plywood shelter and signs, each of which was hand painted by Myerscough's team and a group of volunteers. Multicoloured geometric patterns cover the walls at the base of the structure, while a ramp with a black tiled pattern leads up and through the installation, towards a set of stairs that ascends to the foyer level of the Royal Festival Hall.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dante Alighieri

Statue of Dante Alighieri by Paolo Emilio Demi, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence
Statue of Dante Alighieri by Paolo Emilio Demi
Niche of the Uffizi colonnade
Piazzale degli Uffizi
Florence, April 2014

“Vincenzo Batelli, for that was the name of this clever Florentine printer, found it impossible to conceive of a niche as a purely architectural feature. Like so many others of his time, a niche, for him, was nothing other than an architectural backdrop to set off the fame and glory of some illustrious person, and thus a sort of vacant lot, just waiting for its guest of honour. The city of Florence and indeed the entire region of Tuscany was unrivalled for its lavish supply of geniuses, heroes, artists, poets and men of science. It would therefore be quite simple to fill each one of Vasari’s niches and still have plenty of the great and the good left over. Why not seize this golden opportunity to wed all these lonely widowed niches with their perfect spouse?”
(The strange story of the 28 statues, The Museums of Florence)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hahn/Cock

Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch, Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London
Hahn/Cock” by Katharina Fritsch, 2013
The Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square
London, September 2014

“There is simply no other way of putting it, and nor would earthy British wit have it any other way. A giant bright-blue cock – its feathers proudly upstanding, its coxcomb as stiff as a pennant in the breeze – has been erected in Trafalgar Square, London, and no double entendre is too good for it.”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Valentin Haüy

Paris
Statue of Valentin Haüy by Jacques Joseph Émile Badiou de la Tronchère, 1859
Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles (National Institute for Blind Children)
Boulevard des Invalides, 7e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Shed

The Shed by Haworth Tompkins, National Theatre, Theatre Square, South Bank, Lambeth, London
The Shed by Haworth Tompkins, National Theatre
Theatre Square, South Bank, Lambeth
London, September 2014

“The Shed stands in Theatre Square between the theatre and the river, and houses a 225-seat auditorium made of raw steel and plywood. A temporary foyer has been carved out from the space beneath the NT’s external terraces. The rough sawn timber cladding is a reference to the National Theatre’s board-marked concrete, while its corner towers refer to its bold geometries. It is built from 100% recyclable materials, is fitted out with re-used seating and is naturally ventilated: the four towers draw air through the building.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Salutation

Salutation” by Ralph Hicks, Sheffield Street, London
“Salutation” by Ralph Hicks, 2002
Sheffield Street, Holborn
London, October 2009