Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Coach & Horses, Bruton Street

Coach & Horse, Bruton Street, Mayfair, London
Coach & Horses, Bruton Street
Mayfair, City of Westminster
London, September 2014

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Madonna di Piazza

Madonna di Piazza, Palazzo d'Accursio, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
“Madonna di Piazza con bambino” by Niccolò dell'Arca, 1478
Palazzo d'Accursio, Piazza Maggiore
Bologna, June 2015

“Also notable is the terracotta high relief of Madonna di Piazza (1478) on the wall of the Palazzo Comunale in Bologna. In the marked drapery folds is seen the influence of Jacopo della Quercia and also traces of the dynamic naturalism of his contemporary Andrea del Verrocchio.”
(Niccolò dell'Arca, Wikipedia)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gabriella Plays with her Hair

Gabriella gioca con i capelli, Gabriella Plays with her Hair by Sergio Cappellini, Giardino della Gherardesca, Four Seasons Hotel, Florence
“Gabriella gioca con i capelli” (Gabriella Plays with her Hair) by Sergio Cappellini, 1989
Giardino della Gherardesca, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Florence, April 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sacrificial Anode

Sacrificial Anode by Eilis O’Connell, Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London
“Sacrificial Anode” by Eilis O’Connell, 2007
Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf
London, September 2014

“Made in varying materials from steel and bronze to plastics and found objects, Eilis O’Connell’s sculptures show her meticulous attention to surface detail and close observation of the world around her. A ‘sacrificial anode’ refers to an anode attached to a metal object, such as a boat or underground tank, in order to inhibit its corrosion.This sculpture was purchased following O’Connell’s exhibition in Jubilee Park in Spring 2013. Two other sculptures by the artist, Under and Over II and Under and Over IV are found in 50 Bank Street.”
(Art on the Estate, Canary Wharf Group PLC)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Pius XII

Statue of Pope Pius XII by Antonio Berti, Piazzale del Verano, Rome,
Statue of Pope Pius XII by Antonio Berti, 1967
Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls
Piazzale del Verano
Rome, April 2013

Thursday, September 24, 2015

La Samaritaine

Former department store La Samaritaine, Paris
Former department store La Samaritaine
1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“Paris’s answer to Grace Brothers, a sprawling department store that has stood derelict for 10 years, is finally to be reborn as a riverfront hotel and a luxury supermarket for tourists. After endless legal wrangles. France’s highest administrative court has decided that part of the spectacular site near the Pont Neuf could be reconstructed in an adventurous, modern style. The original La Samaritaine building, an icon of Art Nouveau architecture, will be preserved and turned into an upmarket hotel with a rooftop restaurant. An adjoining building, a later addition and already partly demolished, will be reconstructed as a luxury brand ‘supermarket’ with a wavy glass front that has already been nicknamed by its critics ‘the shower curtain’.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

San Luca Express

San Luca Express
Via Massimo D'Azeglio
Bologna, June 2015

See also: Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca - Portico di San Luca

San Luca Express is the tourist bus service which connects the historical centre of Bologna to the Basilica of San Luca, from Thursday to Sunday and on public holidays. On board of a modern train equipped with multilingual audio guides, passengers will easily reach the top of the hill from where the beautiful sanctuary of San Luca dominates the city.”
(San Luca Express, Bologna Welcome)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Narrowboat, Little Venice, London
Narrowboat used as home
Little Venice, Paddington
London, September 2014

“A narrowboat or narrow boat is a boat of a distinctive design, made to fit the narrow canals of the United Kingdom. In the context of British Inland Waterways, ‘narrow boat’ refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals (where locks and bridge holes would have a minimum width of 7 feet (2.1 m); some locks on the Shropshire Union are even smaller). The term is extended to modern ‘narrowboats’ used for recreation and more and more as homes, whose design and dimensions are an interpretation of the old boats for modern purposes and modern materials.”
(Narrowboat, Wikipedia)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Three-Way Piece: Points

Three-Way Piece: Points by Henry Moore, Revson Plaza, Columbia University, New York
“Three-Way Piece: Points” by Henry Moore, 1967
Revson Plaza, Columbia University
Morningside Heights
New York, September 2008

“The curvaceous bronze form’s three ‘feet’ rest on a bronze platform set in a concrete cylindrical base. With no clear back or front, “Three-Way Piece” encourages the viewer to walk around the sculpture and observe the campus from different vantage points. Its placement on the north end of Revson Plaza emphasizes the viewer’s elevated position on a pedestrian bridge above Amsterdam Avenue. The undulating surfaces echo the round walls of St. Paul’s Chapel to the northwest but contrast to the linear beams of Jerome Greene Hall to the southeast.”

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Caffè del Borgo

Caffè del Borgo, Borgo dei Greci, Florence
Caffè del Borgo, Borgo dei Greci
Florence, April 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Faceted Column

“Faceted Column” by Stephen Cox, 1999
Chiswell Street / Finsbury Pavement
London, September 2014

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Luigi Galvani

Statue of Luigi Galvani by Adalberto Cencetti, Piazza Galvani, Bologna
Statue of Luigi Galvani by Adalberto Cencetti, 1879
Piazza Galvani
Bologna, June 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

On the Quai

Between the Square du Vert-Galant and the Pont Neuf, Île de la Cité, Paris
Between the Square du Vert-Galant and the Pont Neuf
Île de la Cité, 1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dante in Padua

Statue of Dante Alighieri by Vincenzo Vela, Loggia Amulea, Prato della Valle, Padua
Statue of Dante Alighieri by Vincenzo Vela, 1865
Loggia Amulea, Prato Della Valle
Padua, September 2013

Monday, September 14, 2015

Southern Ramp

Southern ramp of the Millennium Bridge, Bankside, Southwark, London
Southern ramp of the Millennium Bridge
Bankside, Southwark
London, September 2014

Sunday, September 13, 2015

MS Franziska

MS Franziska, Reederei Hadynski, River Spree, Schloßplatz, Berlin
“MS Franziska” (Reederei Hadynski)
River Spree, Schloßplatz
Berlin, September 2011

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Portico di San Luca

Portico di San Luca, Bologna
A section of the 3.8 km long Portico di San Luca
Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
Bologna, June 2015

“While a road now leads up to the sanctuary, it is also possible to reach it along a (3.8 km) monumental roofed arcade (Portico di San Luca) consisting of 666 arches, which was built in 1674-1793. It was meant to protect the icon as it was paraded up the hill. A yearly procession from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary goes along this path. Originally the arches held icons or chapels erected by the patron family.”

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Untitled (Yellow)

Untitled (Yellow) by Steven Gontarski, One Kingdom Street, PaddingtonCentral, London
“Untitled (Yellow)” by Steven Gontarski, 2001
One Kingdom Street, PaddingtonCentral
London, September 2014

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sisto Bridge

Ponte Sisto, Sisto Bridge by the architect Baccio Pontelli, Rome
Ponte Sisto (Sisto Bridge) by the architect Baccio Pontelli, 1479
Across the river Tevere (Tiber)
Rome, May 2010

See also: Ponte Sisto

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rue de Rivoli

Porticoes, rue de Rivoli, Paris
Porticoes, rue de Rivoli
1er arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Monday, September 7, 2015

Lourdes C

Tugboat Lourdes C, IMO 9170341, Giudecca canal, Venice
Tugboat “Lourdes C”
Giudecca Canal
Venice, September 2013

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Leños & Carbón

“Leños & Carbón, Colombian restaurant, Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London
“Leños & Carbón”, Colombian restaurant
Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark
London, September 2014

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pope Gregory XIII

, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
Statue of Pope Gregory XIII by Alessandro Menganti, 1578
Palazzo d'Accursio, Piazza Maggiore
Bologna, June 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Chimera by Dario Tironi, Giardino della Gherardesca, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence
“Chimera” by Dario Tironi, 2014
Giardino della Gherardesca
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Florence, April 2015

See also: Chimère - Chimera of Arezzo

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the work of Italian artist Dario Tironi is evident proof. While most people look at discarded objects and see only trash, he sees precious materials for his beautiful sculptures. Old toys, discarded computer components, broken calculators, even plastic bottles, they're all part of Tironi's recycled universe. Similar to Robert Bradford, who uses old toys for his sculptures, and Leo Sewell, the young Italian artist manages to glue together various junk items and create detailed sculptures of people and animals, and gives everyone who sees his art a whole new perspective on the concept of recycling.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

London Pride

London Pride by Frank Dobson, Royal National Theatre, South Bank, Lambeth, London
“London Pride” by Frank Dobson, 1951 (placed in 1987)
Outside the Royal National Theatre
South Bank, Lambeth
London, September 2014

Tuesday, September 1, 2015