Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Snake Bag

Snake Bag by Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei Libero exhibition, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
“Snake Bag” by Ai Weiwei, 2008
“Ai Weiwei. Libero” exhibition
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi
Florence, January 2017

“The most compelling installation, however, deals with the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 in which thousands perished. Ai has funnelled his outrage into several composite sculptures in the years since embarking on his own investigation into the disaster, an enquiry that has blamed the guilty and contributed to his ongoing harassment by the authorities. In Snake Bag (2008), 360 identical backpacks stitched together into a serpentine line stretching across an entire wall recalls the 5,000 schoolchildren killed in the tragedy when the metal supporting new buildings buckled and collapsed.” (Up, up Ai Weiwei, The Florentine)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Le Théâtre Rond

Le Théâtre Rond, The Round Theatre, Place Gabriel Kaspereit, Quartier Saint-Georges, Paris
Former “Le Théâtre Rond” (The Round Theatre)
Place Gabriel Kaspereit
Quartier Saint-Georges, 9e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Monday, April 24, 2017

Palazzo Salviati

Palazzo Salviati, Venice
Palazzo Salviati, Dorsoduro
Canal Grande, (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

“Palazzo Salviati is a palace on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro district (or sestieri) in Venice, northern Italy. It is situated between the Palazzo Barbaro Wolkoff and Palazzo Orio Semitecolo. The building was built as a shop and the furnace of the Salviati family between 1903 and 1906, designed by the architect Giacomo Dell'Olivo. The company was founded in 1859 by Antonio Salviati. In 1924 the building underwent a major renovation, which involved the addition of an extra floor and the placement of a large mosaic façade. Structurally the façade is relatively simple, with arched doors on the first and third floors and matching arched windows on the second floor. Attention is drawn to the mosaic figures that cover most of the façade, with a very large mosaic in the center of the building and smaller mosaics over the doors on the first floor and at the top of the third.” (Palazzo Salviati, Wikipedia)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

European Robin

European robin, 9/11 Memorial Garden
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
London, September 2016

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chiesa del Sacro Cuore

Chiesa del Sacro Cuore (Church of the Sacred Heart) by Lando Bartoli, 1962
Via Capo di Mondo
Florence, January 2017

“Ludovico da Casoria, a Franciscan priest, founder of the Congregation of Frati Bigi, had the church built between 1874 and 1877, on the model of San Salvatore al Monte. The church is situated in Firenze (Campo di Marte). In 1941 it became a parish church and the building was completely restructured by the architect Lando Bartoli between 1956 and 1962. For the extremely modern bell tower the architect was assisted by Pier Luigi Nervi. There is a stained glass window of the Resurrection by Marcello Avelani, bronze doors and ceramic saints by Angelo Biancini, mosaic Stations of the Cross by Giovanni Haynal, a cruzifix by Umberto Bartoli, a 16th-century Madonna and Child, a Last Supper by Giovanni Stradano and the Apparition of the Sacred Heart by Antonio Ciseri (1880).” (Sacro Cuore, Wikipedia)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Doctor Robert Monument

Doctor Robert monument by Josep Llimona i Bruguera, Plaça de Tetuan, Barcelona
Doctor Robert monument by Josep Llimona i Bruguera, 1910
Plaça de Tetuan
Barcelona, March 2017

“The square's central area contains the Doctor Robert monument by the sculptor Josep Llimona. Robert was a professor of internal pathology at the University of Barcelona. He was appointed mayor of Barcelona in 1899 and elected to the Spanish Parliament in 1901. The monument was built in Plaça de la Universitat between 1904 and 1910, commissioned by mayor Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The monument was dismantled in 1940 during the Franco dictatorship and moved to Plaça de Tetuan in 1985.” (Plaça de Tetuan, Wikipedia)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Italian Clock

Italian Clock by Giuseppe Valadier, Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica), Piazza San Pietro Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome
Italian Clock (with the Rome time) by Giuseppe Valadier, 1785
Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)
Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square)
Città del Vaticano (Vatican City)
Rome, April 2013

See also: Oltremontano