Monday, December 31, 2012

Robot Buzzer

Robot-head buzzer, campo dei Mori, Venice
Picturesque robot-head door buzzer
Campo dei Mori, Cannaregio
Venice, October 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben - My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love by Dmitri Vrubel, East Side Gallery, Mühlenstraße, Berlin
«Господи! Помоги мне выжить среди этой смертной любви»
„Mein Gott, hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben“
(My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love)
by Dmitri Vrubel, East Side Gallery
Mühlenstraße, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Berlin Wall - Test the Rest - Stay Free - Without Title - Sonic Malade - Vergesst mir die Liebe nicht - Niemandsland - Many Small People - Curriculum Vitae

“... and the Russian artist Dimitri Vrubel's ‘Mein Gott hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben’ (Dear God, help me to survive this fatal love), a picture of Honecker and Brezhnev's brotherly kiss. This ensemble of paintings was officially opened in September 1990 as the East Side Gallery; known worldwide, it is extremely popular with visitors to Berlin.”
(East Side Gallery,

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Scramble, Fighter Command Panel, The Battle of Britain Monument by Paul Day, Victoria Embankment, London
“Scramble”, The Battle of Britain Monument, First Panel - Fighter Command
Paul Day sculptor, Donald Insall Associates architects
Victoria Embankment
London, October 2009

See also: The Observers

“That classic moment, when the signal to ‘Scramble’ is given, had to take centre stage. It is the very symbol of the Battle. In this case, the pilots surge off the wall, out of their picture and onto the pavement, into our world, a reminder to say that these men really did exist and do those incredible things.”

Friday, December 28, 2012

Henri Farman

Homage to Henri Farman and the Voisin brothers by Paul Landowski, rue Henry-Farman Paris
Homage to Henri Farman and the Voisin brothers by Paul Landowski, 1929
Rue Henry-Farman, 15e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

See also: King Edward VII - The Sons of Cain

“If we pass over his tentative hops during September 1907, we can mark October 1907 as the month of his first powered and sustained flights (including one at Issy of 2,530ft on October 26), and January 1908 as the month of his first powered, sustained and controlled flying, in that he made the first officially observed kilometre circuit on January 13, and to won the Prix Deutsch-Archdeacon. Henri Furman was also the first
true and proper powered aeroplane pilot of Europe. Santos Dumont’s best ‘flight’ in 1906 —when he was adjudged to have made the first powered flights in Europe— was only some 720ft, after which he speedily abandoned his ingenious but impractical and virtually uncontrollable aircraft, and did not make a significant aeroplane flight of any kind until 1909. Furthermore, neither Delagrange nor Blériot, despite their good efforts in 1907, were able to fly properly until well into 1908. For the academic, it should be said that one finds Farman‘s Christian name spelt both ‘Henry’ and ‘Henri’ during 1907 and 1908, with Henri appearing on the tail-unit side-curtains of his Voisin biplane, and on his own designed machines of l909.”

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Delivery Boats

Delivery boats on the the Canal Grande, Grand Canal, Venice
Delivery boats on the the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
seen from the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)
Venice, October 2012

“The system of transport, for example, with the fast Grand Canal cutting across the slower-moving smaller canals, was a model of its kind. The waters of the lagoon have also ensured that the city remained of a manageable size; it did not sprawl, and its only suburbs were the other islands that had an intrinsic life of their own.”
(Peter Ackroyd, Venice: Pure City)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Charité Bettenhochhaus

Charité Bettenhochhaus, Campus Mitte, Berlin
Charité Bettenhochhaus, Campus Mitte
Berlin, September 2011

“Soon, Ber­lin was divided. The Mitte cam­pus fell into East Ger­man prop­erty, bor­der­ing the Ber­lin Wall to Moabit. The Char­ité was announced the lead­ing hos­pital of the ‘cap­ital of the GDR’ and soon received a new build­ing, which still dom­in­ates the sky­line over North­ern Mitte. The Betten­hoch­haus (bed high rise) with its twenty-one floors and con­nec­ted sec­tions still rises high above the cam­pus. After the Wall came down and when fin­an­cial issues affected local polit­ics, the Char­ité gradu­ally merged with the former West-Berlin campi in Wed­ding and Steglitz.”
(Charité Campus Mitte, Finding Berlin)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mother Playing

Mother Playing by Chaim Gross, Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus, New York
“Mother Playing” by Chaim Gross, 1961
Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus
New York, September 2007

An identical sculpture is installed in Miriam's Garden at Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem.
(Art @ Hadassah Study Group)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Paris in the Springtime

Paris in the Springtime by David Shillinglaw, Ben Slow, Paris Free Walls, MSA Gallery, rue Amelot, Paris
“Paris in the Springtime” by David Shillinglaw
Paris Free Walls, MSA Gallery
Rue Crussol / rue Amelot, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ponte delle Guglie

Ponte delle Guglie, Bridge of Spires, Canale di Cannaregio, Venice
Ponte delle Guglie (Bridge of Spires)
Canale di Cannaregio, Cannaregio
Venice, October 2011

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Test the Rest

Test the Rest by Birgit Kinder, East Side Gallery, Mühlenstraße, Berlin
“Test the Rest” by Birgit Kinder, East Side Gallery
Mühlenstraße, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Berlin, September 2011

See also: Berlin Wall - Bruderkuß - Stay Free - Without Title - Sonic Malade - Vergesst mir die Liebe nicht - Niemandsland - Many Small People - Curriculum Vitae

“The longest section of the Berlin Wall still standing lies north of the bridge Oberbaumbrücke in the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain borough. This 1.3-kilometer-long section of the Wall along Mühlenstraße was painted in the spring of 1990 by artists from 21 different countries who produced 106 large-scale murals. Some of the best-known images include Birgit Kinder's ‘Test the best,’ a painting of a Trabi (an East German car) breaking through the Wall...”
(East Side Gallery,

Friday, December 21, 2012


Steam Tug Portwey, South Quay, West India Docks, London
Steam Tug Portwey (built 1927)
South Quay, West India Docks
London, October 2009

“A fine example of a small steam coastal and river tug, the twin screw, coal-fired Portwey was ordered from Harland & Wolff, Govan, in October 1926 for barge and collier towing duties with the Portland & Weymouth Coaling Co. at Weymouth. Her enginers were built by W. & D. Henderson, Glasgow, and she was launched on 10 August 1927 and completed on 28 April 1928.”
(Portwey, National Historic Ships UK)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dream on Board

Dream on board, rent a Ferrari or a Lamborghini for 89 Euro / 20 minutes, place de la Concorde, Paris
Rent a Ferrari or a Lamborghini for 89 Euro / 20 minutes
Place de la Concorde, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Campo San Vio

Street artist, Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro, Venice
Street artist, Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro
Venice, September 2012

“Over the water lies the Campo San Vio, a fine platform from which to watch the traffic on the Canal Grande. The reason this little square opens out onto the water is that the houses on that side were demolished in order to make it easier for the doge and his entourage to disembark for the annual thanksgiving service in the church of saints Vito and Modesto (contracted to Vio in Venetian); held on the saints’ joint feast day, June 15, the service commemorated the defeat of the Bajamonte Tiepolo revolt, which occurred on June 15, 1310. The church itself was demolished in 1813; the walls of the chapel that took its place (St George – the city’s Anglican church) are encrusted with stone fragments taken from the Tiepolo palazzo, which was destroyed in punishment for their treason.”
(Jonathan Buckley, The Rough Guide to Venice & the Veneto)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Amazone zu Pferde, Mounted Amazon by Louis Tuaillon, Kolonnadenhof, Museum Island, Berlin
“Amazone zu Pferde” (Mounted Amazon) by Louis Tuaillon, 1896
Kolonnadenhof (The courtyard with colonnades in front of
Neues Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie)
Museumsinsel Berlin (Museum Island)
Berlin, September 2011

Monday, December 17, 2012

Engine 24

FDNY Engine 24, 2000 Seagrave 1000/500, Spring Street, SoHo, New York
FDNY Engine 24 (2000 Seagrave 1000/500) and crew
Spring Street, SoHo
New York, September 2008

“Engine (fire helmet front color: black) is the basic firefighting apparatus. Its main job is to put water on the fire. It is responsible for securing a water supply from a hydrant or some other form and for suppressing the fire.”
(New York City Fire Department, Types of Apparatus, Wikipedia)

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Ironwork, Pont de Bir-Hakeim, formerly Viaduc de Passy, Paris
Ironwork on the Passy side of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Originally named Viaduc de Passy, 16e arrondissements
Paris, July 2012

“Des écussons ornés des sobres initiales VP (pour Ville de Paris) sont présents sur les grilles de certaines stations, notamment celles qui protègent les voies lorsqu'elles deviennent aériennes. Ils sont réalisés en fonte.”
(Le patrimoine de la RATP, Flohic, 1996)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Camel in Venice

Bas-relief of a camel, Palazzo Mastelli, rio della Madonna dell'Orto, Venice
Bas-relief on the façade of Palazzo Mastelli or ‘del Cammello’ (of the Camel)
Rio della Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio
Venice, October 2012

“Diagonally opposite the church, on the other side of the canal, stands the Palazzo Mastelli, former home of the mercantile family of the same name. The facade of the much-altered palazzo is a sort of architectural scrap-album, featuring a Gothic top-loor balcony, thirteenth-century Byzantine fragments set into sixteenth-century work below, a bit of a Roman altar set into a column by the corner, and a quaint little relief of a man leading a laden camel – hence its alternative title, Palazzo del Cammello.”
(Jonathan Buckley, The Rough Guide to Venice & the Veneto)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Berlinwasser Holding AG

Berliner Wasser Holding AG Haus III by Christoph Langhof, Stralauer Straße, Berlin
Berliner Wasser Holding AG corporate headquarters
Haus III by Christoph Langhof, 2000
Stralauer Straße
Berlin, September 2011

“Company was founded in the year 2000 and is the holding company of the Berlin Water Group (a public but state-run utility), which was created in the process of the restructuring of the Berlin Water Works in 1999. The headquarters of the Berlin Water Works is made up of three components, with House I and II by the Berlin architect Joachim Ganz and House III designed by LANGHOF ' (which is how Langhof styles his firm name).”
(Berlinwasser Holding AG, Haus III, UNL Image & Multimedia Collections)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument by Richard Westmacott, Park Lane, Mayfair, London
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington as “Achilles”
Wellington Monument by Richard Westmacott, 1822
South-western end of Park Lane, Mayfair
London, October 2009

“The cost of £10,000 was donated by British women. The bronze came from cannons captured in military campaigns by the Duke of Wellington at Salamanca, Vittoria, Toulouse and Waterloo. This was London’s first public nude statue since antiquity and despite its fig leaf it was still controversial. The entrance gates to Hyde Park were too low to get it through and a hole had to be knocked in the adjoining wall.”
(Monuments in Hyde Park, The Royal Parks)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Léon Blum

Monument to Léon Blum by Philippe Garel, place Léon-Blum, Paris
Monument to Léon Blum by Philippe Garel, 1984
Place Léon-Blum, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“Finally, an impressive, larger-than-life statue of Blum was completed in 1986 by the sculptor P. Garel; temporarily housed in the Jardins des Tuileries, its permanent location is yet to be determined.”
(Joel Colton, Léon Blum: Humanist in Politics, 1987)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Glass Rooster

Glass rooster in a shop window, Venice
Glass rooster in a shop window, somewhere in Dorsoduro
Venice, September 2012

“The main fondamente of Murano are given over almost entirely to shops selling glasswork, and it’s difficult to walk more than a few metres on this island without being invited to step inside a showroom – and once inside, you’re likely to be pressured into forking out for some piece of kitsch which may not even have been made here. However, some of the showrooms have furnaces attached, and you shouldn’t pass up the chance to see these astoundingly skilful craftsmen in action, even if they’re only churning out little glass ponies and other silly knick-knacks.”
(Jonathan Buckley, The Rough Guide to Venice & the Veneto)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Block der Frauen

Block der Frauen, Block of Women by Ingeborg Hunzinger, Rosenstraße, Berlin
Block der Frauen (Block of Women) by Ingeborg Hunzinger
Berlin, September 2011

“The headquarters of the Jewish section of the Gestapo was just around the corner, within earshot of the protesters. A few salvos from a machine gun could have wiped the women off the square. But instead the Jews were released. Joseph Goebbels, in his role as the Nazi Party Director for Berlin, decided that the simplest way to end the protest was to release the Jews. Goebbels chose not to forcibly tear Jews from Aryans who clearly risked their lives to stay with their Jewish family members, and rationalized that he would deport the Jews later anyway. But the Jews remained. They survived the war in Berlin, registered officially with the police, working in officially authorized jobs, and officially receiving food rations.”

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Giuseppe Garibaldi by Giovanni Turini, Washington Square Park, New York
Giuseppe Garibaldi by Giovanni Turini, 1888
Washington Square Park
New York, September 2007

See also: Garibaldi in Rome - Giuseppe Garibaldi - Garibaldi in Venice

“The sculptor, Giovanni Turini (1841–1899), who also designed the bronze bust of Mazzini unveiled in Central Park in 1878, was a volunteer member of Garibaldi’s Fourth Regiment during the war between Italy and Austria in 1866. Donated by New York’s Italian-American community, the bronze statue on a granite pedestal was dedicated in 1888, the sixth anniversary of Garibaldi’s death.
By the 1960s, a good-luck ritual developed among New York University Finance students in which each new student in the School of Finance tossed a penny at the base of the Garibaldi Monument at the start of the school year. Acknowledging this tradition and reinforcing its commitment to the community, the university sponsored a wreath-laying ceremony in 1961 to honor the centennial anniversary of Italy’s unification.”
(Giuseppe Garibaldi, Washington Square Park, City of New York Parks & Recreation)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Vandal Heart

Vandal Heart stencil by Nick Walker, boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris
“Vandal Heart” stencil by Nick Walker
Boulevard Beaumarchais at rue Scarron
Quartier Saint-Ambroise, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

External link: Nick Walker new mural in Paris

Friday, December 7, 2012


Gondolas on the Grand Canal, Venice
Gondolas on the the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
seen from the Ponte dell'Accademia
Venice, September 2012

“There were ten thousand gondolas in the sixteenth century, many of them festooned with ornaments and carvings. This encouraged displays of showmanship and rivalry among the wealthier Venetians, who were allowed few opportunities of conspicuous consumption in public. Such a spirit was of course to be resisted by a Venetian state that curbed individualism of any sort in the name of collective brotherhood. So the ornamentation was, in a decree of 1562, forbidden. That is why the gondolas became black.”
(Peter Ackroyd, Venice: Pure City)

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Giraffe, Kunsthof courtyard, Oranienburger Strasse, Berlin
Giraffe, KunstHof Berlin, Oranienburger Straße
Berlin, September 2011

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Park Lane Underpass

Tiles inside the Park Lane pedestrian underpass, from Aldford Street to Hyde Park, Mayfair, London
Park Lane pedestrian underpass, from Aldford Street to Hyde Park
Mayfair, City of Westminster
London, October 2009

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cirque d'hiver

Cirque d'hiver, Winter Circus, rue Amelot, rue des Filles-du-Calvaire, Paris
Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus), rue Amelot
Quartier de la Folie-Méricourt, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“The circus is an oval polygon of 20 sides, with Corinthian columns at the angles, giving the impression of an oval building enclosing the oval ring, surrounded by steeply banked seating for spectators, very much like a miniature indoor Colosseum. A low angled roof is self-supporting like a low dome, so that there is no central pole, as under a tent, to obstruct views or interfere with the action. The building was designed by the architect Jacques Ignace Hittorff and opened as the Cirque Napoléon, a compliment to the new Emperor of the French Napoleon III. The sculptor James Pradier was called upon to provide exterior bas-reliefs of Amazons, and Francisque Duret and Astyanax-Scévola Bosio sculpted the panels of mounted warriors.”
(Cirque d'hiver, Wikipedia)

See also: Saint Michel terrassant le démon - La Justice Consulaire

Monday, December 3, 2012

Madonna dell'Orto

Church of the Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio, Venice
Church of the Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio
Venice, October 2012

“At this church, a good reason to walk to this remote northern district, you can pay your final respects to Tintoretto. The brick structure with a Gothic front is famed not only because of its paintings by that artist but also because the great master is buried in the chapel to the right of the main altar. At the high altar are his Last Judgment (on the right) and Sacrifice of the Golden Calf (on the left).”
(Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince, Frommer's Portable Venice, 6th Edition)

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Storchenpaar, Couple of Storks by Hans-Detlef Henning, Berlin
Storchenpaar (Couple of Storks) by Hans-Detlef Henning
Monbijou Park
Berlin, September 2011

“As a precaution, all the palace windows had been bricked up already in 1940, but the entire building was gutted during an air raid in November 1943 and almost entirely destroyed. The ruins were left in place until 1959, when the East Berlin Magistrate—against the strenuous objection of museum professionals and parts of the West Berlin public— ordered the final demolition, apparently out of an ideological motivation similar to what prompted the breakup of the likewise heavily damaged Hohenzollern city palace in 1950. Only a few names remain as testimony to the former existence of the palace: on the grounds between Oranienburger Straße and the Spree there is a shady refuge of three hectares with a children's open-air swimming pool, today’s Monbijou Park. Nearby there is a Monbijou Square, a Monbijou Street, and a Monbijou Bridge for pedestrians connecting both banks of the Spree at the north end of Museum Island.”
(Monbijou Palace, Wikipedia)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Statue of Cornelius Vanderbilt by Ernst Plassman, design by Albert De Groot
(The only remaining fragment of a 150-foot-long bronze frieze)
South facade of Grand Central Terminal
New York, September 2008

“The Commodore looks pretty spiffy, set against the newly cleaned limestone of the south facade of Grand Central Terminal. All brushed up and polished, the four-ton statue of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt is half a century older than the 1913 Beaux-Arts building. Actually, it is a mere fragment of a 150-foot-long bronze frieze illustrating the steamship and railroad magnate's accomplishments. Unlike the statue, it has disappeared without a trace.”