Monday, May 25, 2015

Metal Detector

At work with a metal detector near the Battersea Bridge, London
At work with a metal detector near the Battersea Bridge
Seen from Cheyne Walk, Chelsea
London, September 2015

“The Thames foreshore is potentially hazardous and some dangers may not always be immediately apparent. The Thames rises and falls by over 7.0m twice a day as the tide comes in and out. The current is fast and the water is cold. Anyone going on the foreshore does so entirely at their own risk and must take personal responsibility for their safety and that of anyone with them. In addition to the tide and current mentioned above there are other less obvious hazards, for example raw sewage, broken glass, hypodermic needles and wash from vessels. Steps and stairs down to the foreshore can be slippery and dangerous and are not always maintained.”

Sunday, May 24, 2015

KaDeWe Sculptures

Sculpture on KaDeWe building, Kaufhaus des Westens, Berlin
Sculptures on KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) department store
Wittenbergplatz, Schöneberg
Berlin, September 2011

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Orly Control Tower

Control tower, Aéroport de Paris-Orly, Paris Orly Airport, Essonne, Val-de-Marne, France
Control tower, Aéroport de Paris-Orly (Paris Orly Airport)
Essonne / Val-de-Marne
Paris, July 2014

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Procession of the Magi

Eastern Wall, Magi Chapel, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence
Eastern Wall, Magi Chapel by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1461
Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Cavour
Florence, April 2015

“The Chapel is famous for the series of wall paintings by Benozzo Gozzoli, with the Angels in Adoration in the rectangular apse and the ‘Journey of the Magi’ in the large hall. Painted during the years subsequent to 1459, but in any case by 1463, they represent the masterpiece oft his painter, dedicated to a sacred subject but rich in traces of pomp and secular elegance with all the care that Cosimo and Piero de' Medici - as exigent buyers and connoisseurs of art - expected of him. Hosts of angels sing and adore on a rural background civilly portioned, like the typical Florentine countryside. While the magnificent procession of the Three Kings approaches Bethlehem accompanied by their respective entourages they enjoy the scene of a noble hunting party with falcons and felines along the way. The sumptuous and varied costumes with their princely finishings make this pictorial series one of the most fascinating testimonies of art and costume of all time. Among the followers of the Magi there are numerous family portraits.”
(Chapel of the Magi, The Museums of Florence)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Robert Milligan

Statue of Robert Milligan by Richard Westmacott, West India Docks, Canary Wharf, London
Statue of Robert Milligan by Richard Westmacott, 1813
In front of the Museum of London Docklands
West India Docks, Canary Wharf
London, September 2014

“Robert Milligan (1745-1809) was one of the leading figures behind the building of the West India Docks. He is mentioned on the large stone inscription on the western end of this block as being Deputy Chairman of the West India Dock Company. Of those who opened the dock in 1802 he was rated fourth after the Lord Chancellor, the prime minister (William Pitt) and the Chairman of the West India Dock Company. At the base of the statue there is a bas relief showing Britannia and a cornucopia in the foreground with sailing ship behind. A woman and children who are perhaps meant to be West Indian are also shown.”
(Canary Wharf and West India Docks, Exploring East London)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sala Sinopoli

Sala Sinopoli, Parco della Musica, Rome
Sala Sinopoli, Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro de Coubertin
Rome, May 2012

See also: Sala Santa Cecilia

“Parco della Musica was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Jürgen Reinhold from Müller-BBM was in charge of acoustics in the three concert halls; Franco Zagari was landscape architect for the outdoor spaces. The three large concert halls are Sala Petrassi, in memory of Goffredo Petrassi, about 700 seats; Sala Sinopoli, in memory of Giuseppe Sinopoli, about 1200 seats; and Sala Santa Cecilia, about 2800 seats. They are structurally separated to ensure soundproofing, though joined at the base by a continuous lobby. A fourth ‘concert hall’, called Cavea, is the open air theater recalling ancient Greek and Roman theaters. The fan-shaped layout is formed around the central piazza.”
(Parco della Musica, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Le Chien

Le Chien, The Dog by René Paris, Square Saint-Lambert, Paris
“Le Chien” (The Dog) by René Paris, 1928
Square Saint-Lambert, 15e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012