Saturday, December 20, 2014

On Top of The O2

Climbers on the top platform of The O2, Millendium Dome, North Greenwich, London
Climbers on the top platform of The O2
Drawdock Road / Millennium Way
Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich
London, September 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bronze Doors

Bronze doors by Igor Mitoraj, Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs, Rome
Bronze doors by Igor Mitoraj, 2006
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
(St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs)
Piazza della Repubblica
Rome, April 2013

See also: Testa Addormentata - Tindaro - Centauro - Tindaro Screpolato - Colosse - Ikaria

“The symbolic potential of Mitoraj’s art made it ideal for religious commissions, which included two sets of bronze doors – at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome in 2006 and, three years later, at the Jesuit church of Matka Boża Łaskawa in Warsaw. Towards the end of his life, Mitoraj divided his time between Italy and Poland, where he was laden with awards, from the Vittorio De Sica prize of 2001 to an honorary degree from the Kraków Academy in 2007 and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, conferred two years ago.”
(Igor Mitoraj obituary, The Guardian)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dormer Windows

Paris
Institution nationale des Invalides, Les Invalides
Boulevard des Invalides, 7e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rui Rui

Rui Rui by Jaume Plensa, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice
“Rui Rui” by Jaume Plensa, 2013
Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti
Venice, September 2013

Rui Rui (2013) will be installed in the garden of Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti on the north side of the Accademia bridge. Though fabricated in cast iron, the sculpture appears like a hologram, fugitive despite its great materiality. The sculpture continues Plensa’s focus on the human figure, specifically the head, a subject he explores in awe-inspiring scale such as the majestic Echo (2011, Madison Square Park, New York) and Dream (2009, St. Helens, Liverpool, U.K.). Rui Rui is captured in silent meditation, her eyes closed in a dream. The sculpture invites a similar moment of quiet contemplation for all who encounter the work, as they pass through Venice’s labyrinthine canals and streets.”
(Jaume Plensa at the Venice Biennale, Richard Gray Gallery)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Torsion II

“Torsion II” by Charles Hadcock, 2011
Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf
London, September 2014

See also: Verticil

Monday, December 15, 2014

NHow Hotel Berlin

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss, Stralauer Allee, Friedrichshain, Berlin
NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss
Seen from the other side of the Spree
Stralauer Allee, Friedrichshain
Berlin, September 2013

“Aligning with the existing storehouses the four-star ‘nhow Berlin’ Music and Lifestyle Hotel by the Spanish nh-group is located between the River Spree to the south and Stralauer Allee to the north containing 304 rooms and two restaurants, a convention center with a ballroom, a spa area and an underground car park. The structure of the building and the façade design reflect the special location of the building. A huge cantilevered cube cites the motif of a crane cabin, whereas the façade’s surface mingles into the ubiquitous brown stone materiality at the formerly important city harbor of Osthafen.”
(Music & Lifestyle Hotel nhow, NPS Tchoban Voss)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chimera

“Chimère” (Chimera) by Henri Alfred Jacquemart, 1860
Fontaine Saint-Michel
Place Saint-Michel, 6e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014