Sunday, October 1, 2023

After the Coronation

After the Coronation..., Modified Social Bench by Jeppe Hein, The Queen's Walk, South Bank, Lambeth, London

After the Coronation...
Modified Social Bench by Jeppe Hein
The Queen's Walk
South Bank, Lambeth
London, May 2023

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Monkey statue

Monkey statue by Giulio Cipriani, Piazza Tanucci, Florence

Monkey statue by Giulio Cipriani, 1956
Piazza Tanucci
Florence, January 2023

Friday, September 29, 2023

Chafariz de São Paulo

Chafariz de São Paulo (Saint Paul fountain), Praça de São Paulo, Lisbon,

Chafariz de São Paulo (Saint Paul fountain)
Praça de São Paulo
Lisbon, April 2019

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Castello dell'Imperatore

Castello dell'Imperatore (Emperor's Castle), Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, Prato

Castello dell'Imperatore (Emperor's Castle)
Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri
Prato, May 2022

“A castle with crenellated walls and towers. Built for the medieval emperor and King of Sicily Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor,[1] it was built in Prato, Italy on top of a previous fortification of which two towers remain. When Frederick II died building was stopped and the interior was never finished. The castle is open to the public and although some destruction took place during the fascist regime, reconstruction work has begun and is ongoing. It is possible to climb the stairs up to the top of the castle walls and walkways for a bird's eye view over the surrounding city of Prato. It was built between 1237 and 1247 by Riccardo da Lentini.” (Castello dell'Imperatore, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Josefskirche am Kahlenberg

St. Josef auf dem Kahlenberg (St. Joseph on Kahlenberg), Josefsdorf, Vienna

St. Josef auf dem Kahlenberg (St. Joseph on Kahlenberg)
Josefsdorf
Vienna, June 2018

“In 1628, Ferdinand II gave a plot of green land on the Josefsberg (also Josephsberg, today known as the Kahlenberg), to the Camaldolite Order. There, they founded their settlement, the Camaldolese Hermitage. Eleven years later, construction was mostly complete but would not be finished until 1683. In that year, St. Joseph’s Church was heavily damaged by fire due to the Second Turkish Siege of Vienna. During this siege, the city was freed by a relief army from there onwards, an event which the church still commemorates in its foyer today. The new construction of St. Joseph’s Church was not entirely completed until 1750. In 1783, it was sold to Leopold Kriegl and consecrated two years later. By 1847, this St. Joseph’s Church had already fallen into extensive ruin, when it was sold to Klosterneuburg after Kriegl went bankrupt. The church was acquired by Johann Finsterle, a Viennese master locksmith in 1852, who then had it restored and rededicated. Since 1906, the chapel has belonged to the Resurrectionists who have renovated it at high cost.” (St. Joseph on the Kahlenberg, Vienna Trips)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Headquarters of Telecom Italia

Regional Headquarters of Telecom Italia, Viale Guidoni, Novoli, Florence

Regional Headquarters of Telecom Italia
Viale Guidoni, Novoli
Florence, January 2023

Monday, September 25, 2023

L'Hemisfèric

L'Hemisfèric by Santiago Calatrava, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), Valencia

L'Hemisfèric by Santiago Calatrava, 1998
Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences)
Valencia, September 2022

“L'Hemisfèric (1998) – an IMAX Cinema, planetarium and laserium. The building is meant to resemble a giant eye, and has an approximate surface of 13,000 m². The Hemisfèric, also known as the planetarium or the ‘eye of knowledge’, is the centerpiece of the City of Arts and Sciences. It was the first building completed in 1998. Its design resembles an eyelid that opens to access the surrounding water pool. The bottom of the pool is glass, creating the illusion of the eye as a whole. This planetarium is a half-sphere in a concrete structure 110 meters long and 55.5 meters wide. The shutter is built of elongated aluminum awnings that fold upward collectively to form a brise soleil roof that opens along the curved axis of the eye. It opens to reveal the dome, the "iris" of the eye, which is the planetarium or Ominax theater. The structure is divided in half by a set of stairs that descend into the vaulted concrete lobby. The underground spaces are illuminated with the use of translucent glass panels within the walking path. The transparent roof is supported by concrete arches that connect to the sunken gallery. There is a remarkable echo in the building and if two people stand at the two opposite pillars inside of the eye they can speak with each other.” (City of Arts and Sciences, Wikipedia)