Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Széchenyi lánchíd (Széchenyi Chain Bridge) by William Tierney Clark, seen from the Budavári Palota (Buda Castle), Budapest
Széchenyi lánchíd (Széchenyi Chain Bridge) by William Tierney Clark, 1849
Seen from the Budavári Palota (Buda Castle)
Budapest, September 2017

“The Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark and built by the Scottish engineer Adam Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. It was opened in 1849. It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometre Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.” (Chain Bridge, Wikipedia)


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Dome

Millennium Dome by Richard Rogers, 1999
Millennium Way, North Greenwich
London, September 2014

“The Millennium Dome, also referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large dome-shaped building, originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium of the Common Era. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London, England, the exhibition was open to the public from 1 January to 31 December 2000. The project and exhibition was the subject of considerable political controversy as it failed to attract the number of visitors anticipated, with recurring financial problems. All of the original exhibition and associated complex has since been demolished. The dome still exists, however, and it is now a key exterior feature of The O2. The Prime Meridian passes the western edge of the Dome and the nearest London Underground station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee line.” (Millennium Dome, Wikipedia)


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Rearing Horse

Grande Cavallo Impennato” (Rearing Horse) by Aligi Sassu, Via Brera, Milano,
“Grande Cavallo Impennato” (Rearing Horse) by Aligi Sassu, 1969
Via Brera
Milano, November 2016

“Located in Via Brera in the very center of Milan, in front of the Accademia di Brera and its Pinacoteca as well as the house where the artist lived for a long time, this large work manifests the component of myth which Sassu manages to bestow on sculpture when he moves out of the field of ceramics or small sculptures, which are characterized by more refined, precious effects and a lyrical tone. Two of the five versions of this work are in the garden of the Confcommercio building in Milan and in Piazza della Repubblica in the Republic of San Marino.” (Large Rearing Horse, Aligi Sassu)


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Palác Adria

Palác Adria (Adria Palace) by Josef Zasche and Pavel Janák, Jungmannova / Národní, Nové Město, Prague
Palác Adria (Adria Palace) by Josef Zasche and Pavel Janák, 1926
Jungmannova / Národní, Nové Město
Prague, September 2017

“This Rondocubist palace with rich sculptural decoration was built from 1923–1924 at the corner of Národní Avenue and Jungmannova Street. The gallery is located on the building's first floor, and its exhibitions are prepared by the Association of Art Critics and Theorists (Sdružení výtvarných kritiků a teoretiků). In addition to exhibitions, it also holds lectures, discussions and other events relating to contemporary art.” (Critics’ Gallery – Adria Palace, Prague.eu)


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Red Car & Flowers

Shutter by Joel Arroyo, Vila de Gràcia, Barcelona
Shutter by Joel Arroyo (@lupanarlunar)
Vila de Gràcia
Barcelona, March 2017


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Piazzale degli Uffizi

Piazzale degli Uffizi
Florence, April 2017


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Schöner Náci

Schöner Náci (Lamár Ignác) by Juraj Meliš, Café Mayer, Hlavné námestie, Staré Mesto, Bratislava
Schöner Náci (Lamár Ignác) by Juraj Meliš, 1997
Café Mayer, Hlavné námestie, Staré Mesto
Bratislava, September 2017

“Schöner Náci or Schöne Náci (real name Ignác Lamár, Hungarian: Lamár Ignác) was a renowned Bratislava character (German: Stadtoriginal) of the mid-20th century. He was born in Petržalka on 11 August 1897 (then Hungary), and died of tuberculosis in Lehnice on October 23, 1967 (then Czechoslovakia). He was originally buried in Lehnice, but his remains were reburied in Bratislava's Ondrejský cemetery on September 2, 2007. Schöner Náci was the son of a shoemaker and grandson of a famous clown, also Ignác Lamár, and was inspired by the latter's example to bring happiness to the streets of the city. He walked around the Old Town and in particular the stretch from Michael's Gate to the river, in top hat and tails, greeting women with the words, ‘I kiss your hand’ in German, Hungarian and Slovak. He received free food from several of the city’s cafes, and supported himself with occasional cleaning work.” (Schöner Náci, Wikipedia)


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Priapus

Herma of Priapus, by Alexander Stoddart, Vincent Square, Pimlico, London
Herma of “Priapus” by Alexander Stoddart, 2007
Vincent Square, Pimlico
London, September 2014

“Stoddart's practice of encoding classical references in his sculpture is shown in the herm of Priapus that was installed in Vincent Square, London, last summer. Priapus, the Greek fertility god, is shown in rustic mode, ‘as though he was appearing on Gardeners' Question Time’. One hand carries a pair of shears, in acknowledgement of the nearby Royal Horticultural Society. There is a learned inscription about shepherds, the gist of which is that the modern world has gone to pot. Further evidence comes from a drawer in Stoddart's study. From it he produces a phallus. This should have been attached to the herm, as it would have been in the Classical era, but Stoddart, anticipating objections by the planners, did not think he could get away with it. ‘Girls go around half-naked, there is lewdness and innuendo everywhere, children dress like prostitutes to go to school,’ he fulminates, ‘but you can't show Priapus with a phallus.’” (Alexander Stoddart: talking statues, The Telegraph)


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Courtyard of Palazzo Brera

Courtyard of Palazzo Brera by Giuseppe Piermarini, 1780
Via Brera
Milan, November 2016

“Palazzo Brera or Palazzo di Brera is a monumental palace in Milan, in Lombardy in northern Italy. It was a Jesuit college for two hundred years. It now houses several cultural institutions including the Accademia di Brera, the art academy of the city, and its gallery, the Pinacoteca di Brera; the Orto Botanico di Brera, a botanical garden; an observatory, the Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera; the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, a learned society; and an important library, the Biblioteca di Brera.” (Palazzo Brera, Wikipedia)


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Karlskirche

Karlskirche (St. Charles's Church), Kreuzherrengasse, Vienna
Karlskirche (St. Charles's Church), 1737
Kreuzherrengasse
Vienna, September 2017

Karlskirche (St. Charles's Church) is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. Widely considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna, as well as one of the city's greatest buildings, Karlskirche is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, one of the great counter-reformers of the sixteenth century. Located on the edge of the Innere Stadt, approximately 200 meters outside the Ringstraße, Karlskirche contains a dome in the form of an elongated ellipsoid. Since Karlsplatz was restored as an ensemble in the late 1980s, Karlskirche has garnered fame due to its dome and its two flanking columns of bas-reliefs, as well as its role as an architectural counterweight to the buildings of the Musikverein and of the Vienna University of Technology. The church is cared for by a religious order, the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star, and has long been the parish church as well as the seat of the Catholic student ministry of the Vienna University of Technology. Next to the Church was the Spitaler Gottesacker. Antonio Vivaldi was buried there.” (Karlskirche, Wikipedia)


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mercat del Born

Mercat del Born by Antoni Rovira i Trias, La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

Mercat del Born is a former public market and one of the most important buildings in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain constructed with iron. Located in the lower and eastern side of the la Ribera neighborhood, it is the largest covered square in all of Europe and marked the start of Modernisme in Catalan architecture. The market is rectangular, with two large domed, intersecting buildings, and 4 smaller naves. The structure is supported on cast iron columns with a flat roof covered in glazed tile.” (Mercat del Born, Wikipedia)


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Torre d'Arte

Torre d'Arte (Tower of Art), Via dello Studio, Florence
Torre d'Arte (Tower of Art)
Via dello Studio
Florence, April 2017


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Matthias Fountain

Mátyás kútja (Matthias Fountain) by Stróbl Alojs, Budavári Palota (Buda Castle), Budapest
Mátyás kútja (Matthias Fountain) by Stróbl Alojs, 1904
Budavári Palota (Buda Castle)
Budapest, September 2017

“Matthias Fountain (Mátyás kútja) is a monumental fountain group in the western forecourt of Buda Castle, Budapest. Alajos Stróbl’s Neo-Baroque masterpiece is one of the most frequently photographed landmark in the Hungarian capital. It is sometimes called the ‘Trevi Fountain of Budapest’. The group depicts a hunting party led by Matthias Corvinus, the king of Hungary. The bronze figures are standing on heaps of rocks against the backdrop of the northern facade of the former Castle Church. Water is running down between the cracks of the boulders. The whole theatrical arrangement bears resemblance to the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome although it is on a much smaller scale.” (Matthias Fountain, Wikipedia)


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Basilica of San Domenico

Basilica of San Domenico, with the Siena Cathedral in background, seen from Viale XXV Aprile, Siena
Basilica of San Domenico with the Siena Cathedral in background
Seen from Viale XXV Aprile
Siena, April 2017

“The Basilica of San Domenico, also known as Basilica Cateriniana, is a basilica church in Siena, Tuscany, Italy, one of the most important in the city. The church was begun in 1226-1265, but was enlarged in the 14th century resulting in the Gothic appearance it has now. However, aspects of the Gothic structure were subsequently destroyed by fires in 1443, 1456 and 1531, and further damage later resulted from military occupation (1548-1552). It is a large edifice built, like many contemporary edifices of the mendicant orders, in bricks, with a lofty bell tower on the left (this was reduced in height after an earthquake in 1798). The interior is on the Egyptian cross plan with a huge nave covered by trusses and with a transept featuring high chapels. The church contains several relics of St. Catherine of Siena, whose family house is nearby.” (Basilica of San Domenico, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The She-wolf of Siena

The She-wolf of Siena, Piazza di Postierla, Siena
The She-wolf of Siena
Piazza di Postierla
Siena, April 2017

“The origins of Siena are uncertain, but the city long promoted the belief that it was founded by Senius and Ascius, the sons of Remus (the twin brother of Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome), hence the image of the Lupa Senese (the she-wolf suckling two infants), which one sees throughout the town. ​Following the murder of their father, Senius (who gave his name to the city) and his brother Ascius were forced to flee Rome on horseback, riding respectively on a black horse and a white horse, hence the two colours of the Balzana, the city’s coat of arms.” (The Wolf of Siena, Walking Tours of Florence & Siena )

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Žižkov Television Tower

Žižkov Television Tower by Václav Aulický, Mahlerovy sady, Prague
Žižkov Television Tower by Václav Aulický, 1992
Mahlerovy sady
Prague, September 2017

“The Žižkov Television Tower (Žižkovský vysílač) is a unique transmitter tower built in Prague between 1985 and 1992. Designed by the architect Václav Aulický and the structural engineer Jiří Kozák, it stands high above the city's traditional skyline from its position on top of a hill in the district of Žižkov, from which it takes its name. The tower is an example of high-tech architecture. The structure of the tower is unconventional, based on a triangle whose corners are growing up in steel columns, consisting of three tubes with a double steel wall, filled with concrete. They support nine 'pods' and three decks for transmitting equipment. One of the three pillars extends considerably higher than the others, and this provides both the necessary height for some antennas, along with the structure's rocket and gantry appearance. In its time it was a unique technology, which authors have patented. The tower stands 216 metres (709 feet) high, altitude of the observatory is 93 m, the hotel room altitude is 70 m, restaurants altitude is 66 m, with a capacity of 180 people. Three elevators transport passengers at a speed of 4 m/s. Three of the pods, positioned directly beneath the decks at the top of the tower, are used for equipment related to the tower's primary function and are inaccessible to the public. The remaining six pods are open to visitors, providing a panoramic view of Prague and the surrounding area. The lower three, approximately half-way up the length of the pillars at 63 metres (207 feet), house a recently refurbished restaurant and café bar.” (Žižkov Television Tower, Wikipedia)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Greek Warrior

Equestrian statue by Duret and Bosio, Cirque d'hiver (Winter Circus), Paris
Greek warrior by Astyanax-Scévola Bosio, 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-Elysées), 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)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Turret on a Corner

Turret on a corner, Via Ventisette Aprile, Via Santa Reparata, Florence
Turret on a corner
Via Ventisette Aprile / Via Santa Reparata
Florence, May 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Slovak National Theater

Slovenské národné divadlo, Slovak National Theater, Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Staré Mesto, Bratislava
Slovenské národné divadlo (Slovak National Theater)
Ganymédova fontána (Ganymede's Fountain) by Viktor Oskar Tilgner, 1888
Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Staré Mesto
Bratislava, September 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Paragliding in Barceloneta

Paragliding in Barceloneta, Barcelona
Paragliding in Barceloneta
Barcelona, March 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giardino delle Varesine

Giardino delle Varesine, Via Joe Colombo, Milano
Giardino delle Varesine (Varesine Garden)
Via Joe Colombo
Milano, November 2016

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fat House

Fat House by Erwin Wurm, Upper Belvedere, Vienna
“Fat House” by Erwin Wurm, 2003
Upper Belvedere
Vienna, September 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Duke of Devonshire

London
Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire by Herbert Hampton, 1910
Junction of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall
London, September 2014

“The statue of the Duke of Devonshire is a Grade II-listed outdoor bronze sculpture of Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, the leader of three British political parties between 1875 and 1903, and is located at the entrance to Horse Guards Avenue, Whitehall, London, England. A work of the sculptor Herbert Hampton, it was unveiled in 1911. The statue is around 4 metres high and rests on a plinth around 5 metres high. The inscription on the plinth gives the Duke's name, title, honours (KG for Knight of the Garter; he is depicted wearing his Garter robes) and year of birth and death. A committee headed by the Marquess of Lansdowne secured permission for the statue's location and the sculptor's design was approved by Edward VII in 1909 and completed the following year. The Marquess of Lansdowne unveiled the statue on 11 February 1911.” (Statue of the Duke of Devonshire, Whitehall, Wikipedia)


Monday, November 20, 2017

Street Musicians

Street musicians, Piazza della Repubblica, Florence
Street musicians
Piazza della Repubblica
Florence, April 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

World Judo Championships

2017 World Judo Championships statue by Fodor-Lengyel Zoltán, 2017
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Széchenyi István tér
Budapest, September 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ramon Berenguer III

Equestrian statue of Ramon Berenguer III by Josep Llimona i Bruguera, restored and cast in bronze by Frederic Marès, plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran, Barcelona
Equestrian statue of Ramon Berenguer III by Josep Llimona i Bruguera, 1888
Restored and cast in bronze by Frederic Marès, 1950
Plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran
Barcelona, March 2017

“This life size bronze equestrian statue of Ramon Berenguer III was sculpted by Frederic Marès and inaugerated in 1950. Located in Plaça Ramon Berenguer el Gran, the monument is a replica of an earlier statue which was created by Josep Llimona for the Barcelona Universal Exposition of 1888. The Count, who ruled Barcelona from 1097 to 1131, is portrayed in regal pose riding his horse Danc. The ancient Roman walls of Barcelona and the medieval Palau Reial make a perefect backdrop.” (Monument to Ramon Berenguer the Great, Barcelona Lowdown)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tower of the Hours

Torre delle Ore (Tower of the Hours), Via Fillungo, Lucca
Torre delle Ore (Tower of the Hours)
Via Fillungo
Lucca, October 2017

“The Torre delle Ore or Torre dell'Orologio is a clock-tower or turret clock located on Via Fillungo in central Lucca, region of Tuscany, Italy. Medieval Lucca, like many medieval cities in Italy abounded with private towers, built for protection, exemplified best today by the remaining towers of San Gimignano. This tower, the tallest in Lucca, was acquired by the government in the 14th century, and in 1390, it was decided to house a clock. In Lucca, the nearby Torre Guinigi with the scenographic tree-scape at the top is more visited. It is now owned by the Comune of Lucca. The present mechanism of the clock dates to the 18th-century. It is unclear what the face of the clock and the mechanism consisted in 1390. Earlier clock towers did have hour markings. In 2015, it is possible to climb to the tower and view the mechanism. There is a legend associated with a young woman who sold her soul to the devil, but was captured by the devil trying to stop the time of the clock.” (Torre delle Ore, Wikipedia)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

V Tower

V Tower by Radan Hubička, Milevská, Prague
V Tower by Radan Hubička, 2017
Milevská
Prague, September 2017

V Tower is a skyscraper under construction in Prague, Czech Republic. It will be the highest residential building in the Czech Republic with 104 metres in height and 30 floors. An example of modern Czech architecture, the building will be divided into a pair of towers which are to be linked at two-thirds of their height, above which they will continue upwards separately. This will allow for the tower to expand in size as it rises whilst minimising its ground appropriation, leaving space for terraces around the outside of the building. The larger area towards the top of the towers is where the residential apartments will be, resulting in the highest apartments having more space than those which are slightly closer to the bottom of the towers.” (V Tower, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Polypores Fountain

Polypores Fountain by Jean-Yves Lechevallier, Rue Modigliani, Quartier de Javel, Paris
Polypores Fountain by Jean-Yves Lechevallier, 1983
Rue Modigliani
Quartier de Javel, 15e arrondissement
Paris, July 2006

“The intersection between Balard and Saint Charles streets, offers a nice cozy square facing one of the entrances of the André Citroën garden. A peculiar fountain which remember a plate or shell stacking decorates the center. A few thin water dashes seep into it. Often, a pigeon finds the top of the fountain as a nice place to perch.” (La Fontaine de la place Modigliani, Paris by the Water)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gate of Palmyra

Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch (Gate of Palmyra), Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch (Gate of Palmyra)
Piazza della Signoria
Florence, April 2017

“At the centre of Palmyra is a spectacular colonnaded street. This thoroughfare interconnects with smaller side streets of similar style, linking together the city’s temples and major public buildings. At the middle of it there was Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch, or ‘gate of Palmyra’ as it is known by the Syrian people. This Roman archway was one of the most beautiful of the many notable monuments in the ancient city, built in the third century CE by Septimius Severus. In the late summer of 2015, the arch, together with a number of other important structures on the site, was reduced to rubble by extremists who had occupied the ancient city since the spring. The Institute for Digital Archaeology was, at that time, in the early stages of a documentation and cultural heritage protection project in collaboration with the people of the region. Plans were made to create a large scale reconstruction of one of the well-known structures from the site for public display using a combination of computer-based 3D rendering and a pioneering 3D carving technology capable of creating very accurate renditions of computer modelled objects in solid stone. The goal was to use this installation as a means of sending a message of peace and hope, of demonstrating how new technologies can contribute to the process of restoration and reconstruction, and drawing attention to the importance of helping to protect and preserve the history and heritage of peoples under threat all over the world. The arch – reconstructed thanks to Institute for Digital Archaeology in Oxford and the TorArt society in Carrara – has been on public display on London’s Trafalgar Square, New York’s City Hall Park, and at Dubai’s World Government Summit. It has become a true global symbol of the triumph of cooperation over conflict, optimism over despair, and human ingenuity over senseless destruction.” (Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch, Muse Firenze)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bulgarian Partisans

Pamätník bulharských Partizan (Memorial of the Bulgarian Partisans) by F. David, Vajanského nábrežie, Prague
Memorial of the Bulgarian Partisans by F. David, 1949
Vajanského nábrežie
Bratislava, September 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Oliver's Wharf

Oliver's Wharf by F. & H. Francis, Wapping High Street, Wapping, London
Oliver's Wharf by F. & H. Francis, 1870
Wapping High Street, Wapping
London, September 2014

“Built for George Oliver ‘in the Tudor gothic style, this wharf handled general cargo but had special facilities for tea’. Bought for redevelopment in 1972, it was the first warehouse in Wapping, and one of the first of all the old warehouses, to be converted into housing, yielding twenty-three very expensive luxury flats. It has been described as ‘the most architecturally sophisticated warehouse’ in its street ” (Oliver's Wharf, The Victorian Web)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Door Knocker

A curious door knocker
Via Saragozza
Bologna, June 2015

Friday, November 10, 2017

Prince Eugene of Savoy

Equestrian monument to Prince Eugene of Savoy, by Anton Dominik Fernkorn, Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Vienna
Equestrian monument to Prince Eugene of Savoy, by Anton Dominik Fernkorn, 1865
Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square)
Vienna, September 2017

“On the plaza, there are two equestrian statues designed by Anton Dominik Fernkorn with socles by Eduard van der Nüll. The statue of Archduke Charles of Austria, modelled on a popular painting by Johann Peter Krafft, was inaugurated already in 1860. It was meant to glorify the Habsburg dynasty as great Austrian military leaders, though they just had suffered a crushing defeat at the bloody Battle of Solferino. The second statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy was inaugurated in 1865, one year before the Austrian defeat in the Battle of Königgrätz.” (Heldenplatz, Wikipedia)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Sherry-Netherland

The Sherry-Netherland and GM Building, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street, New York
The Sherry-Netherland and GM Building
Fifth Avenue at 59th Street
New York, September 2008

“The Sherry-Netherland is a 38-story apartment hotel located at 781 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 59th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was designed and built by Schultze & Weaver with Buchman & Kahn. The building is 560.01 feet (170.69 m) high, and was noted as the tallest apartment-hotel in New York City when it opened. The building is located in the Upper East Side Historic District, created in 1981.” (The Sherry-Netherland, Wikipedia)

“The General Motors Building is a 50-story, 705 ft (215 m) office tower at 767 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. The building, which is bound by Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue between 59th Street and 58th Street, is one of the few structures in Manhattan to occupy a full city block. With 1,774,000 net leasable square feet, the tower sits on the site of the former Savoy-Plaza Hotel and affords views of Central Park. It was designed in the international style by Edward Durell Stone & Associates with Emery Roth & Sons and completed in 1968.” (GM Building, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Farmacia di San Marco

Former Farmacia di San Marco, St Mark Pharmacy, Via Cavour, Florence
Former Farmacia di San Marco (St Mark Pharmacy)
Via Cavour (Closed since 1995)
Florence, April 2015

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Living-Space

“Living-Space” by Fat Heat and Bea Pántya, Arany Janos utca, Budapest
“Living-Space” by Fat Heat and Bea Pántya, 2016
Arany Janos utca
Budapest, September 2017

“While walking around in Budapest’s 5. district you might stumble upon a strange building between the usual gray ones. This 28 meter giant, standing on its wooden legs gives a curious look from it’s windows to the people walking by on the streets. The mural is the creation Fat Heat and Bea Pántya, and it was executed within this years Colourful City Budapest festival. But it’s not just an other mural, it really can come alive. With the help of the recent technology of augmented reality, the artist dwelled into the depth of animation to make it move. So now all you have to do to reanimate it, is to walk there, have your smartphone with you, download and launch the LARA application and turn your phone against the wall.” (Living-Space, Fat Heat)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Alexandre Dumas

Monument to Alexandre Dumas (père) by Gustave Doré, place du Général-Catroux, Quartier de la Plaine-de-Monceaux, Paris
Monument to Alexandre Dumas by Gustave Doré, 1883
Place du Général-Catroux
Quartier de la Plaine-de-Monceaux, 17e arrondissement
Paris, July 2011

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sallustio Bandini

Statue of Sallustio Bandini by Tito Sarrocchi, Piazza Salimbeni, Siena
Statue of Sallustio Bandini by Tito Sarrocchi, 1880
Piazza Salimbeni
Siena, April 2017

“Sallustio Bandini (19 April 1677 – 8 June 1760) was an Italian archdeacon, economist, and politician. He was an advocate of free trade, and removal of local feudal tariffs and tolls. He wrote an influential piece on this subject, titled Discorso Economico sopra la Maremma di Siena, published posthumously in 1775. Approximately two years before his death, Bandini donated his private library to the University of Siena, under the agreement that the almost 3000 volumes would be made publicly available. From this donation the Biblioteca della Sapienza was formed, now known as Biblioteca Comunale degli Intronati. Bandini was born Sallustio Antonio Bandini in Siena to a prominent local family. His father was Patrizio Bandini and his mother was Caterina Piccolomini di Modanella, a member of the influential Piccolomini nobility. He was their third son. Bandini is memorialised for his enlightened discourse on economics with a statue in the centre of Siena's Piazza Salimbeni, by the main entrance to Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, who commissioned the work. The statue was completed by Italian sculptor Tito Sarrocchi in 1880, more than a century after Bandini's death.” (Sallustio Bandini, Wikipedia)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Prague Castle Guard

Prague castle guard, Pražský hrad (Prague Castle), Prague
Prague castle guard
Pražský hrad (Prague Castle)
Prague, September 2017

“Castle Guard (Czech: Hradní stráž) is a specific and autonomous unit of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic directly subordinate to the Military Office of the President of the Czech Republic. Its main task is to guard and defend the seat of the President of the Czech Republic at the Prague Castle.” (Prague Castle Guard, Wikipedia)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Gargoyle in Münzstraße

Residential and commercial building by Poentsch & Bohnstedt, Münzstraße, Berlin
Residential and commercial building by Poentsch & Bohnstedt, 1893
Münzstraße 21/23
Berlin, September 2011

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Genius of Victory

Il Genio della Vittoria (The Genius of Victory) by Urbano Lucchesi, Piazza XX Settembre, Lucca
Il Genio della Vittoria (The Genius of Victory) by Urbano Lucchesi, 1897
Piazza XX Settembre
Lucca, October 2017

“The last civic monument by Urbano Lucchesi dedicated to the Fallen in the Battles for the Fatherland and in particular to the date of the capture of Rome because, to use the words of Antonio Mordini, «history has no finer date than 20 September». The convincing allegory of the Winged Genius, rising above the imposing monument to the Fallen in the Battles for the Fatherland in piazza XX Settembre in Lucca, was particularly appreciated for its ideological and political value: «that figure which from the top of the grotesque pyramid, surmounted with live ivy, extends its right arm in the gesture of offering a votive crown to be placed on the altar, which recalls the memorable event which sealed the Unity of Italy in the Eternal City and consecrated the triumph of freedom over theocratic and imperial despotism, is felt with vigour and, if the harshness of some of its parts is removed, can without doubt be considered one of the best sculptures of our artist.” (Percorso tra i monumenti risorgimentali a Lucca, Città di Lucca)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Blue Church

Church of St. Elizabeth (Kostol svätej Alžbety), Bezručova, Bratislava
Church of St. Elizabeth (Kostol svätej Alžbety)
Bezručova
Bratislava, September 2017

“The Church of St. Elizabeth (Slovak: Kostol svätej Alžbety, Hungarian: Szent Erzsébet templom), commonly known as Blue Church (Modrý kostolík, Kék templom), is a Hungarian Secessionist (Jugendstil, Art Nouveau) Catholic church located in the eastern part of the Old Town in Bratislava, present day Slovakia. It is consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II, who grew up in the Pressburg Castle (pozsonyi vár). It is referred to as ‘The Little Blue Church’ because of the colour of its façade, mosaics, majolicas and blue-glazed roof. It was initially part of the neighboring gymnázium (high school) and served as the school chapel.” (Blue Church, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Learning to Paddle

Kids learning to paddle, South Dock, Canary Wharf, London
Kids learning to paddle
South Dock, Canary Wharf
London, September 2016

Monday, October 30, 2017

Torre del Filarete

Torre del Filarete (Filarete Tower), Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle), Piazza Castello, Milan
Torre del Filarete (Filarete Tower)
Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle)
Piazza Castello
Milan, November 2016

“In 1450, Francesco Sforza, once he shattered the republicans, began reconstruction of the castle to turn it into his princely residence. In 1452 he hired sculptor and architect Filarete to design and decorate the central tower, which is still known as Torre del Filarete. After Francesco's death, the construction was continued by his son Galeazzo Maria, under architect Benedetto Ferrini. The decoration was executed by local painters. In 1476, during the regency of Bona of Savoy, the tower with her name was built.” (Sforza Castle)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

DC Tower 1

DC Tower 1 by Dominique Perrault, Donau City, Donaustadt, Vienna
DC Tower 1 by Dominique Perrault, 2013
Donau City, Donaustadt
Vienna, September 2017

“DC Tower 1 is 220 metres high (250 metres including the antenna spire) which makes it the tallest skyscraper in Austria as it will be 18 metres higher than Millennium Tower, which was leading that ranking before. The DC Tower 1 was officially finished with an opening ceremony on Feb 26, 2014 by Buzz Aldrin. DC Tower 2 is expected to be 168 metres high which will make it Vienna's fourth tallest building. Due to the global financial crisis 2007, ground breaking had to be delayed several times. Eventually construction was started on 17 June 2010. After slightly more than three years, DC Tower 1 is outwardly complete, while works inside the building are on-going. Work will start on DC Tower 2 after DC Tower 1 has been fully completed. Most of the available floor space will be used for offices. Baxter International has been confirmed as one of the largest tenants at DC Towers. The upper floors will be used for sky lofts, while the first 15 floors will house a four-star hotel operated by the Spanish Sol Meliá Group. There will also be a restaurant in one of the top floors. As of June 2012 tenants have been confirmed for 50 percent of the floor space according to the owner WED (Wiener Entwicklungsgesellschaft für den Donauraum).” (DC Towers, Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

World Trade Center Barcelona

World Trade Center Barcelona, Moll de Barcelona, Barcelona
World Trade Center Barcelona, 1999
Moll de Barcelona
Barcelona, March 2017

“World Trade Center Barcelona is a business park located in Barcelona, opened on 22 July 1999. This business centre is located on the waterfront close to the city centre, and has 40,000 m2 of rented office and a conference centre, conventions and meeting spaces with 20 different rooms. WTCB building structure was inspired by the shape of a boat surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, and created by American architect Henry N. Cobb. The arrangement of the four buildings in a circle creates a central plaza of 2,500 m2, where shops and restaurants provide services to the users of the complex. The four towers house offices for rent, a congress centre and the Hotel Grand Marina. Complex design allows to rent offices from 40 to 3,000 m2 in a single plant. The flexibility of space is also a feature of the convention centre, offering the possibility of organising meetings of 8 to large events with up to 1,500 attendees.” (World Trade Center Barcelona, Wikipedia)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Matteo Civitali

Statue of Matteo Civitali by Arnaldo Fazzi, Palazzo Pretoriale, Piazza San Michele, Lucca
Statue of Matteo Civitali by Arnaldo Fazzi, 1893
Palazzo Pretoriale, Piazza San Michele
Lucca, October 2017

“Matteo Civitali (1436–1502) was an Italian sculptor and architect, painter and engineer from Lucca. He was a leading artistic personality of the Early Renaissance in Lucca, where he was born and where most of his work remains. He was trained in Florence, where Antonio Rossellino and Mino da Fiesole influenced his mature style. He is known to have sculpted statues of Adam, Eve, Abraham, Saints Zacchariah and Elizabeth, and others for the chapel of San Giovanni Battista in Genoa Cathedral. He is mentioned with the name of Matteo Civitali by Vasari in his biography of Jacopo della Quercia, and appears to have taken up the art of sculpture at the age of 40 years, after years of practicing as a ‘barber’ (surgeon).” (Matteo Civitali, Wikipedia)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Dunánál

A Dunánál (By the Danube) by László Marton, Monument dedicated to the poet Attila József, Kossuth Lajos tér / Antall József rakpart, Budapest
“A Dunánál” (By the Danube) by László Marton, 1980
Monument dedicated to the poet Attila József
Kossuth Lajos tér / Antall József rakpart
Budapest, September 2017

“Attila József, (1905-1937), one of the greatest Hungarian poets of the 20th century. Although his first poems were published when he was 17, real renown came only after his death. József was attracted by Marxist ideology and became a member of the then-illegal Communist Party. In 1932 he launched a short-lived literary periodical, Valóság, and in 1936 became one of the cofounders of the review Szép Szó. In his own poetry József presented intimate pictures of proletarian life. He immortalized his mother, a poor washerwoman, and made her a symbol of the working class. He created a style of melancholy realism, infused with irrationality, through which he was able to express the complex feelings of modern men and reveal his own faith in life’s essential beauty and harmony.” (Attila József, Encyclopædia Britannica)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Torrefazione Fratelli Boasi

Torrefazione Fratelli Boasi (Boasi Brothers Coffee Roasting), Vico Inferiore del Ferro, Genoa
Torrefazione Fratelli Boasi (Boasi Brothers Coffee Roasting)
Vico Inferiore del Ferro
Genoa, April 2016