Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Children

“My Children” by Allister Bowtell, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London
“My Children” by Allister Bowtell, 2002
Duke of York Square
London, September 2016

“Allister Bowtell, who has died of prostate cancer aged 66, was a fine sculptor, an exuberant model maker for television and films, and a larger than life character. He was a former chairman of Chelsea Arts Club - one of the few to be hauled before his own disciplinary committee - a leading light of the London Sketch Club and vice-president of the Vesta Rowing Club. His best-known recent work was the bronze sculpture of two children playing, commissioned by the Cadogan Estate for the Sloane Square refurbishment in London. He made the statues of Melpomene and Euterpe for Oxford's Bodleian Library. In contrast, for television he made models for Dr Who, including the original cybermen, and an edible bunch of flowers for Benny Hill. He made Rod Hull's emu, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee for Jonathan Miller's Alice. He made props for Monty Python and The Goodies, and body moulds for The Joys of Sex. He made a giant pack of Bubblicious chewing gum that blew enormous bubbles for a TV commercial. When he was asked for a model of a drowned man, he naturally wanted to river-test it. Before long, a concerned citizen called the police, doubtless reporting that the dead man's friends were being callously irresponsible. According to legend, three policemen arrived, the most senior of whom said, ‘It's all right, it's that bugger Bowtell again,’ and went on their way.” (Allister Bowtell, The Guardian)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Polizia Municipale

Polizia Municipale (Municipal Police), Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Polizia Municipale (Municipal Police)
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, May 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, 1908
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth). It was inaugurated February 9, 1908. The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. The Palau won the architect an award from the Barcelona City Council in 1909, given to the best building built during the previous year. Between 1982 and 1989, the building underwent extensive restoration, remodeling, and extension under the direction of architects Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz. In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau. Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó (Catalan song).” (Palau de la Música Catalana, Wikipedia)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Giardini Luzzati

Luzzati Gardens, Genoa
Giardini Luzzati (Luzzati Gardens)
Piazza Giardini Luzzati
Genoa, April 2016

Sunday, August 13, 2017

St Christopher's Place

St Christopher's Place, Barrett Street, Marylebone, London
St Christopher's Place
Barrett Street, Marylebone
London, September 2016

Saturday, August 12, 2017

San Gaetano

San Gaetano, also known as Santi Michele e Gaetano, Piazza Antinori, Florence
San Gaetano, also known as Santi Michele e Gaetano
Piazza Antinori
Florence, May 2017

“The church was built for the Theatine order, who obtained funding from the noble families in Florence, including the Medicis. Cardinal Carlo de' Medici was particularly concerned with the work, and his name is inscribed on the façade. Building took place between 1604 and 1648. The original designs were by Bernardo Buontalenti but a number of architects had a hand in building it, each of whom changed the design. The two most important architects were Matteo Nigetti and Gherardo Silvani. The church is also known as the Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano, because it was built at the site of a Romanesque church, San Michele Bertelde, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The new church was dedicated to Saint Cajetan, one of the founders of the Theatine order, though the church could not formally be named after him until his canonisation in 1671.” (San Gaetano, Wikipedia)

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Amazon

Equestrian statue by James Pradier, Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus), Paris
Amazon by James Pradier, 1852
Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus), rue Amelot
Quartier de la Folie-Méricourt, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“Two equestrian statues framed the entrance: a seductive Amazon by James Pradier on the left (which is said to have been modeled after the famous equestrienne, Antoinette Lejars, and was the second version of a statue whose first version adorned the façade of the Cirque des Champs-Eysées), and a Greek warrior by Duret and Bosio, on the right. Frieze and statues are still in evidence today, but the Victory holding a lantern, which originally topped the building, has long disappeared.” (Cirque d'Hiver, Circopedia)