Thursday, June 30, 2016

Santa Maria dei Servi

The dome of the church of Santa Maria dei Servi, Largo Santa Maria dei Servi, Genova
The dome of the church of Santa Maria dei Servi
By Leonardo Bucci and Raffaello Trinci, 1972
Largo Santa Maria dei Servi
Genova, April 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hand Water Pump

Vintage hand water pump, Heinrich Zille by Thorsten Stegmann, Poststraße, Nikolaiviertel, Berlin
Vintage hand water pump, in background:
Monument to Heinrich Zille by Thorsten Stegmann
Poststraße, Nikolaiviertel
Berlin, September 2011

“Born in Dresden in 1858, Heinrich Zille’s family moved to Berlin when he was a child. A lithographer by trade, he became the first prominent artist to evoke the social development of the city as the tendrils of modernity reached Berlin, creating an instantly recognisable style in his drawings of everyday life and real people, often featuring the bleak Hinterhöfe (inner courtyards) around which so much of their lives revolved. Even during his lifetime Zille was acknowledged as one of the definitive documenters of his time, and since his death in 1929 his prolific photographic work has also come to be seen as a valuable historical record.”
(Lonely Planet, Berlin Travel Guide, 6th Edition)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Albergo Orologio

Art Hotel Orologio, Clock Art Hotel, Via Quattro Novembre, Bologna
Art Hotel Orologio (Clock Art Hotel)
Via Quattro Novembre
Bologna, June 2015

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Quartet

Four musicians playing, Market Building, Covent Garden, London
Four musicians playing
Market Building, Covent Garden
London, September 2015

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scenic Fiat 500

Nicely decorated Fiat 500, Via San Lorenzo, Genoa
A nicely decorated Fiat 500
Via San Lorenzo
Genoa, Aprile 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Place d'Italie

Place d'Italie by Thierry Vide, Grand Écran Italie, place d'Italie, Paris
“Place d'Italie” by Thierry Vide, 1992 (Collaboration with Kenzo Tange)
Grand Écran Italie, place d'Italie
Quartier de la Maison-Blanche, 13e arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

(Already posted on Instagram)

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Curious Door Handle

A curious door handle, Via Faenza, Florence
A curious door handle
Via Faenza
Florence, May 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Deutscher Hanfverband

Bike taxi with an ad of the Deutscher Hanfverband, German Hemp Association, Platz des 18. März, Berlin
Bike taxi with an ad of the Deutscher Hanfverband (German Hemp Association)
Platz des 18. März
Berlin, September 2011

(Already posted on Instagram)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Lift of Castelletto

Lift of Castelletto, Genova
The lift of Castelletto Levante (Levant), 1910
Piazza del Portello / Castelletto
Genoa, April 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

An Amazing Hat

London Fashion Week 2015, Brewer Street, London
London Fashion Week 2015
Brewer Street Commercial Park
Brewer Street, Soho
London, September 2015

Monday, June 20, 2016

Le Nove Botteghe

Le Nove Botteghe, The Nine Shops, Via Gioberti, Florence
“Le Nove Botteghe” (The Nine Shops)
In an inner court of Via Gioberti
Florence, October 2015

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Church of Sainte-Odile, Avenue Stéphane-Mallarmé, Paris
Église Sainte-Odile de Paris (Church of Sainte-Odile), by Jacques Barge, 1946
Avenue Stéphane-Mallarmé
Quartier des Ternes, 17th arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Columbus in Genoa

Monument to Christopher Columbus by Lorenzo Bartolini, Piazza Acquaverde, Genoa
Monument to Christopher Columbus by Lorenzo Bartolini, 1862
Piazza Acquaverde
Genoa, April 2016

“Statue of Columbus with long, flowing hair, dressed in a short Spanish tabard, and a large open cloak; his left hand rests on an anchor while his right is on the shoulder of a figure of America typified by a kneeling Indian maiden holding a cross in the right hand. At each of the four corners of the base, stands a smaller square pedestal, on each of which is a seated statue, representing Piety, Science, Constancy and Prudence.”
(Columbus Monument, René & Peter van der Krogt)

Friday, June 17, 2016


Messeturm, Trade Fair Tower, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage, Frankfurt
Messeturm (Trade Fair Tower)
Frankfurt, October 2002

“The MesseTurm (English: Trade Fair Tower) is a 63-storey, 257 m (843 ft) skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt, Germany. It is the second tallest building in Frankfurt, the second tallest building in Germany and the third tallest building in the European Union. It was the tallest building in Europe from its completion in 1991 until 1997 when it was surpassed by the Commerzbank Tower, which is also located in Frankfurt. The Messeturm is located near the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds. Helmut Jahn designed the Messeturm in a postmodern architectural style. Despite its name, the Messeturm is not used for trade fair exhibitions but as an office building.”
(Messeturm, Wikipedia)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Via Panzani

Tourists marching on, Via Panzani, Florence
Tourists marching on
Via Panzani
Florence, May 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Rebellion by Judy Boyt, East India House, Middlesex Street, City of London, London
“Rebellion” by Judy Boyt, East India House
Middlesex Street, City of London
London, September 2015

“This 5m-high bronze horse by Judy Boyt was commissioned by Standard Life and sits high on East India House, looking down on Petticoat Lane market.” (Rebellion,

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Victor Emmanuel II

Victor Emmanuel II of Italy by Francesco Barzaghi, Piazza Corvetto, Genoa
Equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
By Francesco Barzaghi, 1886
Piazza Corvetto
Genoa, April 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016


Bust of Dalida by Alain Aslan, Place Dalida, Montmartre, Paris
Bust of Dalida by Alain Aslan, 1987
Place Dalida, quartier des Grandes-Carrières
18th arrondissement, Montmartre
Paris, July 2011

“Since her death, Dalida has become a cult figure to a new generation of fans. In 1988, the Encyclopædia Universalis commissioned a poll, which was eventually published in the French newspaper Le Monde, and which aimed to reveal the personalities who had the greatest impact on French society. Dalida polled second, behind Général de Gaulle. She is also a gay icon in France. In 1997, the corner of the rue Girardon and rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris, was inaugurated as Place Dalida and a large bust in her memory was erected (which was quickly defaced with graffiti).”
(Dalida, Wikipedia)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Man Who Measures the Clouds

The Man Who Measures the Clouds by Jan Fabre, Arengario of Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Florence
“The Man Who Measures the Clouds” by Jan Fabre, 1998
Arengario of Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Florence, May 2016

“Both indoor and open-air, there are Fabre’s many faces and incarnations: the warrior, the knight, the philosopher, the worm and the beetle. Some of his self-portraits laugh at the human condition; some others are looking at the sky, sheltering from the rain, trying to light a cigarette. Many have horns and animal features. The ‘guards’ who name the entire project are, in fact, the small army of bronze beetles who stand on the bastions in defense of the fort, Fabre’s ‘angels of metamorphosis.’”

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hair by Fairy

Hair by Fairy, Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London
“Hair by Fairy”, Hair, Beauty & Nail Salon
Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
London, September 2015

Friday, June 10, 2016

Saint Stephen

Church of Saint Stephen, Piazza di Santo Stefano, Genoa
Chiesa di Santo Stefano (Church of Saint Stephen)
Piazza di Santo Stefano
Genoa, April 2016

“Santo Stefano is a church in Genoa, northern Italy. Located on a hill overlooking the central Via XX Settembre, it is one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture in the city. The church had been closed for much of the 20th century, until the restoration of the year 1946-1955, when it was reconsecrated.”
(Santo Stfeano, Wikipedia)

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Kaunas City Municipality Informations, Laisvės Alėja, Kaunas, Lithuania
“Kauno miesto savivaldybė informuoja”
(The Kaunas City Municipality Informs)
Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Boulevard)
Kaunas, Lithuania, September 1996

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

David Statuettes

Bright colored statuettes of the David by Michelangelo, Johnson & Relatives, Via del  Proconsolo, Florence
Bright colored statuettes of the David by Michelangelo
Johnson & Relatives, Via del Proconsolo
Florence, November 2015

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

White Hart Dock

White Hart Dock, Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, Lambeth, London
White Hart Dock, Albert Embankment
Vauxhall, Lambeth
London, September 2015

“In 2009, the Dock was cleaned and refurbished and Handspring Design were commissioned by London Borough of Lambeth to create the timber sculptures now seen in and around it. Made in Sheffield from sustainably sourced English Oak, the arches and the boats celebrate the meeting of land and river and remind us of the site's long history.” (White Heart Dock)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Piazza Fossatello

Public clock, Piazza Fossatello, Genoa
Public clock, Piazza Fossatello
Via del Campo / Via Lomellini
Sestiere di Prè
Genoa, April 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mistress Quickly

DUKW Miranda of London Duck Tours, London
The DUKW “Mistress Quickly” of London Duck Tours
Between Vauxhall Bridge and Lambeth Bridge
London, September 2015

See also: Cleopatra - Miranda

“All our Ducks are named after female Shakespearean characters: Mistress Quickly, Beatrice, Desdemona, Titania, Miranda, Elizabeth, Portia, Rosalind. Four of our Ducks took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3rd June 2012. Desdemona featured in the film ‘Nativity 2’ starring David Tennant. The ‘minions’ from the Movie ‘Despicable Me’ have enjoyed a tour. Rosalind was used in the hit US TV series ‘Band of Brothers’”
(Quirky Facts, London Duck Tours)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Searching for Utopia

Searching for Utopia by Jan Fabre, Piazza della Signoria, Florence
“Searching for Utopia” by Jan Fabre, 2003
Piazza della Signoria
Florence, May 2016

“The monumental sculpture ‘Searching for Utopia,’ Fabre's self-portrait riding a giant golden turtle (a symbol common to many religions) was recently installed on Piazza della Signoria, next to the equestrian statue of Granduca Cosimo I, a Renaissance masterpiece by Giambologna. It has already become a favorite among tourists with selfie sticks.”

Friday, June 3, 2016

Eternal Wanderer

Eternal Wanderer by Igor Golubev, monument to the Belarusan painter Yazep Drazdovich, Troitskoe Predmestie, Minsk
«Вечный странник» (Eternal Wanderer) by Igor Golubev, 1993
Monument to the Belarusian painter Yazep Drazdovich
Bogdanovich Street, Troitskoe Predmestie
Minsk, Belarus, September 1996

“Painter, sculptor, engraver, writer, poet, archaeologist, folklorist, teacher, traveler ... Yazep Drazdovich made a lot during his short life. Painter by profession, he has written scenic pictures of the history of the Principality of Polack, has introduced the national colors in the portraits of Prince Useslau the Sorcerer and Skaryna, wrote a historical novel ‘Virgin Forest Haradoĺsky’, published the first Belorussian book on astronomy ‘Orbits of Heaven’ (1930), dreamed about the publication of the monograph ‘Theory of movements in the cosmological aspect’ (1949)… He threw up Belarusian cities and towers on the Moon, created drawings of ‘space torpedoes,’ on which ‘earthly tourists’ have to take a trip to some planets of the solar system. Also he is known for recording folklore, processing popular vocabulary for dictionaries, studying the bed of Nyamiha river in Minsk, conducting the excavations in the towns of Zaslaue and Svir.”

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Bigo by Renzo Piano, Porto Antico, Old Port, Genoa
“Bigo” by Renzo Piano, 1992
Porto Antico (Old Port)
Genoa, April 2016

“A panoramic lift offering a 360° view on Porto Antico di Genova. Bigo was designed by architect Renzo Piano to offer you an amazing aerial view of one of the largest historical centres of Europe, rich of art. The lift cabin features an audio system and panels in Italian, English, French and German that describe the bell towers, towers, the typical slate roofs and ancient and modern buildings that stand out from the maze of ‘caruggi’. The comments on the history of the Ancient Port Area and Historical Centre are accompanied by a pleasant music background.”
(Bigo Panoramic Lift, Acquario di Genova)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Étienne Marcel

Equestrian statue of Étienne Marcel by Antonin Idrac, Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve, Hôtel de Ville, quai de l'Hôtel de ville, Paris
Equestrian statue of Étienne Marcel by Antonin Idrac, 1882
Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve
Hôtel de Ville, quai de l'Hôtel de ville
Quartier Saint-Merri, 4th arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“Étienne Marcel (between 1302 and 1310 – 31 July 1358) was provost of the merchants of Paris under King John II, called John the Good (Jean le Bon). He distinguished himself in the defense of the small craftsmen and guildsmen who made up most of the city population. As a delegate of the Third Estate, he played an important role in the general assemblies held during the Hundred Years' War. In 1357, he found himself at the head of a reform movement that tried to institute a controlled French monarchy, confronting the royal power of the Dauphin or heir to the throne.”
(Étienne Marcel, Wikipedia)