Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sala Santa Cecilia

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

“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)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Honoré Champion

Tomb of Honoré Champion by Albert Bartholomé, Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris
Tomb of Honoré Champion by Albert Bartholomé, 1913
Montparnasse Cemetery, 14e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Padua Astronomical Clock

Replica of the astronomical clock made by Jacopo Dondi dell'Orologio, Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza dei Signori, Padua
Replica of the astronomical clock made by Jacopo Dondi dell'Orologio, 1428
Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza dei Signori
Padua, September 2013

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Notre Dame de France

Church of Notre Dame de France, Leicester Square, London
Roman Catholic church of Notre Dame de France
Leicester Square
London, September 2014

“It is a striking building with a circular ground plan, and lit principally by a central domed skylight. The shape is apparently the consequence of the building's history: the original structure was built not as a church, but as something called ‘Burford's Panorama’ - a sort of exhibition-cum-popular entertainment of the late 18th. Century, which was located in a large rotunda. By late Victorian times, this had become redundant and was purchased in 1865 by Fr. Charles Faure, SM, who had been asked by Cardinal Wiseman to establish a church for London's French community. A church, the first Catholic church to substantially use cast iron in its construction, was designed by the French architect, Louis Auguste Boileau, retaining the circular plan, and consecrated on 11th June 1868.”
(Notre Dame de France, Leicester Square, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Empire Diner

Empire Diner, Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, New York
Empire Diner, Tenth Avenue / West 22nd Street
New York, September 2007

“The Empire Diner, which graced the corner of Twenty-second Street and Tenth Avenue for thirty-four years, was a New York superstar. Its Art Deco façade had a cameo in Woody Allen's ‘Manhattan’ in 1979, it was depicted on the cover of this magazine in 2010, and it still flickers by in the opening credits for ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The food was nothing special, but they had live piano, and they were open all night long, even when far-west Chelsea was something of a foreboding wasteland. Many of the neighborhood’s pioneers agreed with the establishment’s tagline and self-assessment: the hippest diner on earth. In May, the Empire closed its doors, and, without substantial renovation, the proprietors of Coffee Shop have opened a new restaurant there called the Highliner. The body remains, but the soul has vanished.”
(The Highliner by Ariel Levy, The New Yorker)

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Beehive

Former honey merchant's sign, rue Pierre-Lescot, Paris
Former honey merchant's sign with giant bees
Rue Rambuteau / rue Pierre-Lescot
1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Statue of Saint Reparata

Statue of Saint Reparata by Amalia Dupré, Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
Statue of Saint Reparata by Amalia Dupré
Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flower)
Piazza del Duomo
Florence, October 2013

“Amalia Dupré (Florence 1845–1928) was a corresponding member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. She was taught by her father, Giovanni Dupré, a famed sculptor, whose Abel is in the Modern Art Gallery at the Pitti. You can find her work on the façade of the Duomo: she made the statue of St. Reparata and finished the statue of St. Zenobi for her father. In Casacalande, in Campobosso province, on the fourth Sunday of each September, her statue of the Virgin Mary is brought to the Chiesa delle Madonna della Difesa for the day’s religious festivities.”