Monday, September 25, 2017

David and Allegories

Copy of the David by Michelangelo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
Copy of the David by Michelangelo, 1504 (1873)
With sculptural figures of the four times of day
Piazzale Michelangelo
Florence, May 2017

“The square, dedicated to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has bronze copies of some of his marble works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. The monument was brought up by nine pairs of oxen on 25 June 1873.” (Piazzale Michelangelo, Wikipedia)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

La sardana

La sardana by Josep Cañas i Cañas, Carretera de Montjuïc, Montjuïc, Barcelona
“La sardana” by Josep Cañas i Cañas, 1965
Carretera de Montjuïc, Montjuïc
Barcelona, March 2017

“The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalan culture. The dance was originally from the Empordà region, but started gaining popularity throughout Catalonia during the 20th century. There are two main types, the original sardana curta (short sardana) style and the more modern sardana llarga (long sardana), which is more popular. Other more unusual sardanes are the sardana de lluïment and the sardana revessa.” (Sardana, Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Campiello dei Miracoli, Cannaregio, Venice
Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Campiello dei Miracoli, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a church in the sestiere of Cannaregio, in Venice, Italy. Also known as the ‘marble church’, it is one of the best examples of the early Venetian Renaissance including colored marble, a false colonnade on the exterior walls (pilasters), and a semicircular pediment. The organisation "Save Venice" restored the church over a period of ten years, from 1987 to 1997 (they had estimated as period of two years). The marble cladding contained 14 percent of salts, and was on the point of bursting. All marble cladding was removed, and cleaned in stainless steel tanks, in a solution of distilled water. The restoration was calculated to cost 1 million dollars, the final cost was 4 million dollars. The main altar is reached by a series of steps. The circular facade windows recall Donato Bramante's churches in Milan.” (Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Broadgate Circle

Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square
Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“As a highly regarded urban space, the recent alterations to the Circle have been proposed with a clear and concise rationale. The changes have dramatically enhanced the amenity and civic provision, whilst celebrating the original qualities of the Circle. The Circle is one of the best examples of the travertine use in the UK. The architectural detail and workmanship of the stone with interfacing materials is exemplary. Bronze anodised aluminium and Siberian larch have been used to complement the travertine, and this simple and elegant materials palette enhances the elegance of the Circle’s form and geometry. Nestled within the 54 travertine columns is the reconstructed first floor restaurant, which is completely open beneath. It is now a wider, triple aspect unit with commanding views over the Circle. The first floor cantilevers forwards and backwards from the columns, benefitting from a refined structural strategy which transfers the additional loads back to the original.” (Broadgate Circle, Arup Associates)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two Men in a Boat

Two men in a boat, Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, Florence
Two men in a boat
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli
Florence, April 2015

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Neue Synagoge

Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue), Oranienburger Straße, Berlin
Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue), 1866
Oranienburger Straße
Berlin, September 2011

“The front of the building, facing Oranienburger Straße, is richly ornamented with shaped bricks and terracotta, accented by coloured glazed bricks. Beyond the entrance, the building's alignment changes to mesh with pre-existing structures. The synagogue's main dome with its gilded ribs is an eye-catching sight. The central dome is flanked by two smaller pavilion-like domes on the two side-wings. Beyond the façade was the front hall and the main hall with 3,000 seats. Due to the unfavourable alignment of the property, the building's design required adjustment along a slightly turned axis. The Neue Synagoge is also a monument of early iron construction. The new building material (iron was previously not used in building construction) was visible in its use for the outside columns, as well as in the dome's construction. (Iron was also a core component for the now-lost floor structure of the main hall.)” (New Synagogue, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Aquila

Aquila (Eagle) fountain by Bruno Buracchini, Piazza Postierla, Siena
Aquila (Eagle) fountain by Bruno Buracchini, 1963
Piazza Postierla
Siena, April 2017

“The fountain of Aquila (eagle) contrada features Bruno Buraccini’s bronze sculpture of an eagle with wings partially extended and was inaugurated in 1965. It is located in a corner known as Quattro Cantoni where Via di Citta becomes Via di Stalloreggi, about 200 meters south of the Campo in Terzo di Città. Aquila’s saint day is the feast of the Nativity of Mary, celebrated on September 8.” (Siena's Contrada Fountains, La Bella Vita in Italia)