Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Catalan Folk Song

“La canción popular catalana” (The Catalan Folk Song) by Miguel Blay, Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, Barcelona
“La canción popular catalana” (The Catalan Folk Song) by Miguel Blay, 1907
Palau de la Música Catalana by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, 1908
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt
Barcelona, March 2017

“In 1905, Blay was approached by Modernist architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner to create a group of sculptures for the facade of El Palau de Musica Catalana, a concert hall in Barcelona. The building is known for its Art Nouveau style and is made up of a mix of glass, metalwork, sculpture, and ceramic mosaics. Miguel Blay created a group of sculptures titled “La canción popular catalana” (The Catalan Folk Song) for the facade of the building. The sculptures depict different characters of varying social classes: children, peasants, sailors, etc. In the center, there is a female figure that represents the Catalan song. Above her the patron saint of Barcelona, Sant Jordi, stands holding a sword, protecting her and the other sculptures. It is said to show that people of all classes can enjoy the traditional Catalan music.” (Miguel Blay, Wikipedia)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, Piazza del Campo, Siena

“The Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is a palace in Siena, Tuscany, central Italy. Construction began in 1297 and its original purpose was to house the republican government, consisting of the Podestà and Council of Nine. The outside of the structure is an example of Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences. The lower story is stone; the upper crenelatted stories are made of brick. The facade of the palace is curved slightly inwards (concave) to reflect the outwards curve (convex) of the Piazza del Campo, Siena's central square of which the Palace is the focal point. The campanile or bell tower, Torre del Mangia, was built between 1325 and 1344 with its crown designed by the painter, Lippo Memmi. The tower was designed to be taller than the tower in neighboring rival Florence; at the time it was the tallest structure in Italy. It was fitted with a mechanical clock during the mid-14th century. Its design has been used as the basis for several other campaniles including the Dock Tower in Grimsby, England constructed in 1852 and the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower in the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham (completed in 1908).” (Palazzo Pubblico, Wikipedia)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Moretto da Brescia

The Madonna and Child with Saints by Moretto da Brescia, National Gallery, London
“The Madonna and Child with Saints” by Moretto da Brescia, 1545
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
London, September 2016

“The saints include Saint Jerome (with his lion) and Saint Joseph (with his flowering staff). The original destination of this altarpiece was probably a chapel or Franciscan church dedicated to Saint Bernardino, who is shown with his monogram of the name of Jesus (IHS) and three mitres at his feet. The mitres are inscribed with the three bishoprics of Urbino, Siena and Ferrara which the saint refused to accept. Also represented are Saint Francis (showing his stigmata), Saint Nicholas of Bari (holding three gold spheres), Saint Catherine of Alexandria (accepting a ring from Christ, in allusion to her vision of a ‘mystic marriage’), and Saint Clare holding the monstrance.” (The Madonna and Child with Saints, The National Gallery)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Snake Bag

Snake Bag by Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei Libero exhibition, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
“Snake Bag” by Ai Weiwei, 2008
“Ai Weiwei. Libero” exhibition
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi
Florence, January 2017

“The most compelling installation, however, deals with the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 in which thousands perished. Ai has funnelled his outrage into several composite sculptures in the years since embarking on his own investigation into the disaster, an enquiry that has blamed the guilty and contributed to his ongoing harassment by the authorities. In Snake Bag (2008), 360 identical backpacks stitched together into a serpentine line stretching across an entire wall recalls the 5,000 schoolchildren killed in the tragedy when the metal supporting new buildings buckled and collapsed.” (Up, up Ai Weiwei, The Florentine)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Le Théâtre Rond

Le Théâtre Rond, The Round Theatre, Place Gabriel Kaspereit, Quartier Saint-Georges, Paris
Former “Le Théâtre Rond” (The Round Theatre)
Place Gabriel Kaspereit
Quartier Saint-Georges, 9e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Monday, April 24, 2017

Palazzo Salviati

Palazzo Salviati, Venice
Palazzo Salviati, Dorsoduro
Canal Grande, (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

“Palazzo Salviati is a palace on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro district (or sestieri) in Venice, northern Italy. It is situated between the Palazzo Barbaro Wolkoff and Palazzo Orio Semitecolo. The building was built as a shop and the furnace of the Salviati family between 1903 and 1906, designed by the architect Giacomo Dell'Olivo. The company was founded in 1859 by Antonio Salviati. In 1924 the building underwent a major renovation, which involved the addition of an extra floor and the placement of a large mosaic façade. Structurally the façade is relatively simple, with arched doors on the first and third floors and matching arched windows on the second floor. Attention is drawn to the mosaic figures that cover most of the façade, with a very large mosaic in the center of the building and smaller mosaics over the doors on the first floor and at the top of the third.” (Palazzo Salviati, Wikipedia)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

European Robin

European robin, 9/11 Memorial Garden
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
London, September 2016

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chiesa del Sacro Cuore

Chiesa del Sacro Cuore (Church of the Sacred Heart) by Lando Bartoli, 1962
Via Capo di Mondo
Florence, January 2017

“Ludovico da Casoria, a Franciscan priest, founder of the Congregation of Frati Bigi, had the church built between 1874 and 1877, on the model of San Salvatore al Monte. The church is situated in Firenze (Campo di Marte). In 1941 it became a parish church and the building was completely restructured by the architect Lando Bartoli between 1956 and 1962. For the extremely modern bell tower the architect was assisted by Pier Luigi Nervi. There is a stained glass window of the Resurrection by Marcello Avelani, bronze doors and ceramic saints by Angelo Biancini, mosaic Stations of the Cross by Giovanni Haynal, a cruzifix by Umberto Bartoli, a 16th-century Madonna and Child, a Last Supper by Giovanni Stradano and the Apparition of the Sacred Heart by Antonio Ciseri (1880).” (Sacro Cuore, Wikipedia)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Doctor Robert Monument

Doctor Robert monument by Josep Llimona i Bruguera, Plaça de Tetuan, Barcelona
Doctor Robert monument by Josep Llimona i Bruguera, 1910
Plaça de Tetuan
Barcelona, March 2017

“The square's central area contains the Doctor Robert monument by the sculptor Josep Llimona. Robert was a professor of internal pathology at the University of Barcelona. He was appointed mayor of Barcelona in 1899 and elected to the Spanish Parliament in 1901. The monument was built in Plaça de la Universitat between 1904 and 1910, commissioned by mayor Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The monument was dismantled in 1940 during the Franco dictatorship and moved to Plaça de Tetuan in 1985.” (Plaça de Tetuan, Wikipedia)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Italian Clock

Italian Clock by Giuseppe Valadier, Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica), Piazza San Pietro Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome
Italian Clock (with the Rome time) by Giuseppe Valadier, 1785
Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)
Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square)
Città del Vaticano (Vatican City)
Rome, April 2013

See also: Oltremontano

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Goose Wing Entrance

The Goose Wing Entrance, London
The Goose Wing Entrance, Cross Bones graveyard
Union Street, The Borough, Southwark
London, September 2016

“In John Constable's vision, The Goose is the spirit of Cross Bones, protecting her outcast children. Local artist-woodworker Arthur de Mowbray drew on this vision, and the Invisible Gardener's idea for ‘a cloister’, to create this stunning entrance structure, which symbolises The Goose protectively spreading her wing over visitors as they enter the garden. It serves both as a shelter and as a rainwater harvester; rain runs down through timber gutters into the pond. Carved into the beams, you can read one of the poems from The Southwark Mysteries - ‘Here lay your hearts, your flowers...’ - which is recited at all the vigils, as well as John's dedication to those buried at Crossbones. Arthur also created the timber seats built into the drystone wall beds, and our garden tool shed, known as The Clink, complete with a carving of a gargoyle of the Bishop of Winchester spitting water onto a goose's back. All the wood used in Arthur's creations was sustainably sourced personally by him.” (History, Crossbones)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tacca's Fountain

Fountain with sea monsters by Pietro Tacca, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence
Fountain with sea monsters by Pietro Tacca, 1629
(With Bernardino Radi and Francesco Maria Bandini)
Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
Florence, January 2017

“Two bronze fountains originally destined for Livorno (c. 1629), still in a highly Mannerist style indebted to Flemish Mannerist goldsmith's work for their grotesque masks and shellwork textures, were set up instead in Piazza della SS. Annunziata, Florence.” (Pietro Tacca, Wikipedia)

See also: Sea Monsters (Livorno Daily Photo)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring), Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc, Barcelona
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, renovated in 1985-89
(Built as Estadio de Montjuic by Pere Domènech i Roura, 1929)
Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring)
Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc
Barcelona, March 2017

“Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, formerly known as the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc and Estadio de Montjuic) is a stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Originally built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition in the city (and Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin), it was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The stadium has a capacity of 54,000 (67,007 during the 1992 Olympics), and is located in the Anella Olímpica, in Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of the city which overlooks the harbor. In 2001 the stadium was renamed after the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya Lluís Companys, who was executed at the nearby Montjuïc Castle in 1940 by the Franco regime.” (Wikipedia)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Armani & Vuitton

Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton stores, Palazzo Taverna, Via Montenapoleone, Milan
Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton stores
Palazzo Taverna, Via Montenapoleone
Milan, November 2016

“The Palazzo Taverna is a late Neoclassical mansion in Milan, Italy, designed by Ferdinando Albertolli in 1835. It is located at 2, Via Montenapoleone, in the Porta Nuova district of the city. The building is notable in that it is reminiscent of Milan's Royal Villa and of country houses in general as the main body of the building is set back to form a courtyard next to the street. The entrance consists of an Ionic colonnade supporting a parapet. The two lateral sections have giant pilasters surmounted by triangular tympani. Today the mansion houses a Louis Vuitton store.” (Palazzo Taverna, Wikipedia)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Only Children Bench

Only Children Bench by Pablo Reinoso, Riverwalk, Westminster, London
“Only Children Bench” by Pablo Reinoso, 2016
Riverwalk, Westminster
London, September 2016

“Riverwalk is located by the river Thames, near the Tate Britain and next to Henry Moore sculpture Locking Piece, which has been on display in Riverside Walk Gardens, since 1968. In line with Stanton William’s architecture and especially in keeping with one of Henry Moore's most symbolic works, Pablo Reinoso has create two bench-sculptures in black steel. Only Children Bench, created to be used by the children as a playful area and We Watch You Too Bench, an other bench-sculpture which provides an area for quiet contemplation in the Riverwalk grounds, whose name is an amusing reference to the MI6 which is just opposite.” (Pablo Reinoso art at Riverwalk, Custot Gallery Dubai)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Maestà Tradita

Maestà tradita by Gaetano Pesce, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence
“Maestà tradita” by Gaetano Pesce
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Florence, January 2017

“Thought for the public area in connection with its historical, artistic and religious context, Pesce’s new sculpture will be displayed in Piazza Santa Maria Novella close to the extraordinary facade of the basilica designed by Leon Battista Alberti on a previous installation. His monumental sculpture represents a woman wrapped up in a long cloak: she is a sort of Mater Matuta (like the one at the Florence Archeological Museum), and also an archetype inspired by the Christian Maestà. Therefore, the sculpture is the contemporary echo of the very famous Madonna Rucellai – which was commissioned to Duccio di Boninsegna in 1285 by the Laudesi confraternity for their chapel in Santa Maria Novella church. At the end of the sixteenth century, it was moved to the Rucellai chapel of the Dominican church, while in the XX century, it arrived at the Uffizi Museum. The Maestà Tradita is seated on a throne that is on an high pedestal itself. However, her figure of queen and mother clearly shows signs of pain. Her cloak is also her body, her uncovered body and her nude skin. It is a grazed, scourged body and an uncovered skin exposed and marked by verbal and physical abuse and violence. A big and heavy rusted metal sphere is tied to the right foot of the woman, with a strong chain as a symbol of the slavery that thousands of women are still suffering in many countries of the world.” (Gaetano Pesce, Maestà Tradita, Museo Novecento)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Creatrix Hand

La main créatrice, The Creatrix Hand, by Michel Serraz, Notre-Dame-du-Travail, rue Vercingétorix, Paris
“La main créatrice” (The Creatrix Hand) by Michel Serraz, 1989
Church of Notre-Dame-du-Travail, rue Vercingétorix
Quartier de Plaisance, 14e arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Santissima Annunziata del Vastato

Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Piazza della Nunziata, Genoa
Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato
Piazza della Nunziata
Genoa, April 2016

“The church was begun by the Franciscans in 1520 in a site previously occupied by the small church of Santa Maria del Prato, belonging to the Humiliati. Works were however halted in 1537, and in 1591 the Lomellini family continued the reconstruction, directed by Taddeo Carlone. In the early 17th century the rich Baroque decoration was executed, with Andrea Ansaldo in charge of completing the works, and in particular the dome. The current Neoclassicist façade dates to 1830-1840s, designed by Carlo Barabino. The church was damaged by Allied bombings during World War II.” (Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Green Wall

Green wall, Edgware Road tube station, Marylebone Road, London
Green wall, Edgware Road tube station
Marylebone Road
London, September 2016

“The visually stunning green wall has taken just a month to install and, as well as having practical environmental benefits, is an attractive leafy addition to Marylebone Road. It features a total of 15 plant varieties crafted into a multi-coloured and patterned design. Studies across Europe and the USA have shown the potential of vegetation, including trees and plants, to trap PM10. The air quality benefits of this wall will be monitored by scientists from Imperial College London. The green wall is just one of a range of innovative and targeted measures being introduced by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, to deliver cleaner air in London at places where particulate matter (PM10) pollution is highest.” (Stunning green wall unveiled at Edgware Road Tube station, Transport for London)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Art Institute of Florence

Art Institute of Florence, Piazzale di Porta Romana, Florence
Istituto d'arte di Firenze (Art Institute of Florence)
Piazzale di Porta Romana
Florence, January 2017

“The Art Institute of Florence opened in 1869 as a school of carving, was converted in 1880 to a trade school for the decorative arts, and finally became an industrial and artistic institute in 1919. Since 1924, the Institute has been located on the premises that housed the royal stables of the palace of Palazzo Pitti, very close to the Porta Romana, in the middle of a park that borders on the Boboli Gardens. The Royal Stables and its environs are located near the surviving walls of Florence. It has long been the center of controversy for being improperly used as an access point to the Boboli Gardens or as a parking lot for automobiles. It is from here that Robert and Sienna seek access to the Boboli Gardens in the novel Inferno. A project was recently approved for the improvement and redevelopment of this green space. Today, the Institute is called the Art School of the Porta Romana (Liceo Artistico di Porta Romana) and it houses the most interesting collection of plaster models in Italy, especially models of the art of the Florentine Renaissance. Over the years, 3000 plaster casts of important masterpieces of sculpture have been collected here dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. The most important models are those related to the works of Donatello and those from the collection of the Accademy Gallery.” (Liceo Artistico di Porta Romana, Florence Inferno)


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sant Francesc de Sales

Church of Sant Francesc de Sales by Joan Martorell, Passeig de Sant Joan, Barcelona
Church of Sant Francesc de Sales by Joan Martorell, 1885
Passeig de Sant Joan
Barcelona, March 2017

“One beautiful example of this is the Church of St. Francis de Sales on the Passeig de Sant Joan, one of the broad avenues leading up from the old city to the new. The church is considered the finest Neo-Gothic structure in the city, and the greatest example of the work of Joan Martorell i Montells, one of Gaudí’s teachers and an important influence on his pupil’s understanding of both surface treatment and interior space. Despite its Victorian uprightness, it anticipates in its decoration some of the wildness of Modernista decoration with which Gaudí and others would come to define late 19th and early 20th century Barcelona.” (Sant Francesc de Sales, Catholic Barcelona)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Piazza Santo Stefano

Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna
Piazza Santo Stefano
Bologna, June 2015

Piazza Santo Stefano also known as Piazza delle Sette Chiese (Seven churches square) is a piazza of Bologna, Italy. It is a pedestrianised triangular space near the beginning of Via Santo Stefano, both of which are named after the Basilica of Santo Stefano which is located on the piazza. Often used for cultural events, flea-markets and concerts, it has porticos along both long sides (North-East and South-West) with the Basilica occupying the short (South-East) side. To the left of the Basilica is a complex of buildings joined by the powerful medieval Isolani family. From the left side you can reach Strada Maggiore (formerly the Via Aemilia) via the Corte Isolani passage which was created in renovations to the Palazzo Isolani in 1999. On the right is Palazzo Bolognini Amorini Salina, notable for its frieze with terracotta heads, and the ‘Case Tacconi’, a good example of Bolognese merchant houses of the fifteenth century.” (Piazza Santo Stefano, Wikipedia)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Lovers on Horseback

Lovers on Horseback by Sophie Ryder, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London
“Lovers on Horseback” by Sophie Ryder, 2013
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
London, September 2016

“Ryder graduated in 1984 in Combined Art at the Royal Academy of Arts, receiving a diploma in painting. She was encouraged to develop her studies in sculpting. Most of Sophie Ryder's sculptures are of mythical creatures and humans and animals. She uses animals to explore human emotions and showing that feelings can be read.” (Sophie Ryder, Wikipedia)

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Tabernacle of Sant'Ambrogio by Giovanni della Robbia, Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, Florence
Tabernacle of Sant'Ambrogio by Giovanni della Robbia, 1525
Piazza Sant'Ambrogio (Borgo La Croce / via de' Macci)
Florence, January 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hotel Porta Fira

Hotel Porta Fira by Toyo Ito, Plaça d'Europa, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
Hotel Porta Fira by Toyo Ito, 2010
Plaça d'Europa, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, March 2017

“The hotel tower was designed with an organic form and appears to change as one moves around it. Given the building’s geometrical complexity, the façade is divided into two skins. The inner skin is a sealed envelope based on a light curtain-wall solution with aluminium and glass panels designed to fully meet all acoustic, thermal and sealing requirements. The exterior façade acts as a second skin that provides texture and accommodates the tower’s variable geometry. The skin is made of independent aluminium tubes whose ends are attached to ball-and-socket joints that allow for the desired torsion.” (Porta Fira Towers, ArchDaily)

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fuoco io son

Fuoco io son (Fire I Am) by Denise Gemin, Calle Bressagio, Murano, Venice
“Fuoco io son” (Fire I Am) by Denise Gemin, 2007
Calle Bressagio, Murano
Venice, September 2012

Monday, April 3, 2017

London Bridge Staircase

London Bridge Staircase by Bere Architects, London Bridge / River Walkway, London
London Bridge Staircase by Bere Architects, 2016
London Bridge / River Walkway
London, September 2016

“The new staircase is cantilevered over the River Thames, connecting London Bridge and the River Walkway on the north bank of the Thames. It is clearly identifiable and its curved landings offer panoramic views across the river and spectacular views of Tower Bridge. The new route is spacious and light, and benefits from natural surveillance, ensuring people now feel comfortable and safe when walking between the Bridge and the Riverside. The site was identified by bere:architects as suitable for a new staircase, in spite of its many constraints. It is hemmed in by London Bridge and the Riverside Walkway beneath, and sits directly above London Underground's Northern Line. Furthermore, no vertical load could be carried by London Bridge at this location, and no loads could be put into the river wall beneath, nor directly into the river bed. So a series of 13.5 metre piles were drilled extremely carefully into neighbouring land, to avoid penetrating the Northern Line underground tunnel directly below. The staircase was prefabricated off-site by the marvellous Littlehampton Welding, and lowered into place over the side of London Bridge over a series of weekend road closures, with Mackley Construction acting as a superbly capable main contractor. Capita performed the role of structural engineer, Keller took care of the specialist piling design and installation, and Quentin Newark of Atelier Works designed the exquisite information panels.” (London Bridge Staircase, bere:architects)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ceramic Grill

Ceramic grill, Giotti Ceramiche, Borgo Ognissanti, Florence
Ceramic grill, Giotti Ceramiche
Borgo Ognissanti
Florence, January 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hôtel Gaillard

Hôtel Gaillard, place du Général-Catroux, Hôtel Gaillard, place du Général-Catroux, Paris
Hôtel Gaillard, place du Général-Catroux
A detail of the seen from rue de Thann
Quartier de la Plaine-de-Monceaux, 17e arrondissement
Paris, July 2011

“The building remained empty, until the mansion was sold to the Banque de France in 1919 to become one of its branches. The rehabilitation works were made by architect Alphonse Defrasse between 1919 and 1921, and by interior decorator Jansen. It was listed historic monument by a bylaw of April 12, 1999. At the end of 2014, the Banque de France will open a Cité de l'économie et de la monnaie in the building. It will be a place dedicated to the discovery of economic concepts. The winning team that will carry the project is constituted by Ateliers Lion (Yves Lion) for the architecture, François Confino for the museography, and Eric Pallot as specialist of historic monuments.” (Hôtel Gaillard, Wikipedia)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Santa Maria in Trivio

Santa Maria in Trivio by Giacomo del Duca, Piazza dei Crociferi, Rome
Santa Maria in Trivio by Giacomo del Duca, 1575
Piazza dei Crociferi
Rome, April 2013

“In Mariano Vasi's 19th-century guidebook, the church is referred to as Santa Maria a Trevi. According to tradition, the church was founded by the Byzantine general Belisarius in the 6th century. Allegedly, he found the church to expiate for deposing Pope Saint Silverius in 537. Previously the church had been known as Santa Maria in Fornica. This was recorded in an 11th-century inscription on the wall of the church. In 1571 the church was given to the Order of the Crociferi. Between 1573 and 1575 the architect Giacomo del Duca rebuilt the church, designing e.g. the innovative pediment above the entrance door.” (Santa Maria in Trivio, Wikipedia)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rush Hour

Rush Hour by George Segal, Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, London
“Rush Hour” by George Segal, 1987
Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate
London, September 2016

“Rush Hour resonates with most of us – it’s the end of the day and we want to get home. Like us, these six bronze figures look fairly impassive as they brave the London weather in their damp looking raincoats. Yet there is something unique here - Segal created this sculpture from live models, encasing them in wire mesh and plaster bandages, before cutting each cast open to free the model, rejoining the mould and casting bronze figures from the plaster versions. And so was born one of Broadgate’s most popular pieces of art.” (Rush Hour, Broadgate)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Mother of Armenia

“The Mother of Armenia by Vighen Avetis, Piazza San Felice, Florence
“The Mother of Armenia” by Vighen Avetis, 2013
Piazza San Felice
Florence, January 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Denial of Peter

Denial of Peter by by Josep Maria Subirachs, Passion Façade, Sagrada Família
Detail of the “Denial of Peter” by Josep Maria Subirachs, 1986
Passion Façade, Sagrada Família
Carrer de Sardenya
Barcelona, March 2017

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano at night (Milan Cathedral), Piazza del Duomo, Milan
Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) at night
Piazza del Duomo
Milan, November 2016

“In November 2012 officials announced a campaign to raise funds for the cathedral's preservation by asking patrons to adopt the building's gargoyles. The effects of pollution on the 14th-century building entail regular maintenance, and recent austerity cuts to Italy's culture budget has left less money for upkeep of cultural institutions, including the cathedral. To help make up funds, Duomo management launched a campaign offering its 135 gargoyles up for ‘adoption.’ Donors who contribute €100,000 (about $110,505) or more will have their name engraved under one of the grotesque figures perched on the cathedral's rooftop. The figures serve as drainage pipes.” (Milan Cathedral, Wikipedia)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

St George Wharf

St George Wharf riverside development, St George Wharf, Lambeth, London
St George Wharf riverside development
St George Wharf, Lambeth
London, September 2016

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Museo Annigoni

Museo Annigoni, Annigoni Museum, Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio, Florence
Museo Pietro Annigoni (Pietro Annigoni Museum)
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio
Florence, January 2017

“Twenty years after his death, in November 2008, a permanent museum dedicated to Pietro Annigoni was inaugurated in Florence's Villa Bardini. It is the most extensive collection of Annigoni's masterworks yet assembled. The paintings and bronzes there originally belonged to Annigoni and his family and were purchased by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.” (Pietro Annigoni, The Florentine)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Casa Batlló

Detail of the roof of Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona
Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí, 1909
Passeig de Gràcia
Barcelona, March 2017

“Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the centre of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Gaudí's assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió also contributed to the renovation project. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality. Like everything Gaudí designed, it is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís). The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudí's home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.” (Casa Batlló, Wikipedia)

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rose Window

Rose window seen from the inside, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (Cathedral of Saint Lawrence), Piazza San Lorenzo, Genoa
The rose window of the Cathedral seen from the inside
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (Cathedral of Saint Lawrence)
Piazza San Lorenzo
Genoa, April 2016

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fish Weathervane

Old Billingsgate Market weathervane, Old Billingsgate Walk, City of London, London
Old Billingsgate Market weathervane
Old Billingsgate Walk, City of London
London, September 2016

“Old Billingsgate Market is the name given to what is now a hospitality and events venue in the City of London, based in the Victorian building that was originally Billingsgate Fish Market, the world's largest fish market in the 19th century. The first Billingsgate Market building was constructed on Lower Thames Street in 1850 by the builder John Jay, and the fish market was moved off the streets into its new riverside building. This was demolished in around 1873 and replaced by an arcaded market hall designed by City architect Horace Jones and built by John Mowlem & Co. in 1875, the building that still stands on the site today. In 1982, the fish market itself was relocated to a new site on the Isle of Dogs in east London. The 1875 building was then refurbished by architect Richard Rogers, originally to provide office accommodation.” (Old Billingsgate Market, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Grapes by Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei Libero exhibition, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
“Grapes” by Ai Weiwei, 2015
“Ai Weiwei. Libero” exhibition
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi
Florence, January 2017

“A recurrent theme is how the new tramples down the old. To make Grapes (2015), Ai created a dynamic sculptural shape with a dozen or more seventeenth-century Qing dynasty wood stools famous for their uniquely practical construction. But by being restructured into art, the stools are robbed of their age-old function. ” (Up, up Ai Weiwei, The Florentine)

Monday, March 20, 2017

King Louis XIV

Equestrian monument in honor of King Louis XIV by François Joseph Bosio, 1828
Place des Victoires
Quartier du Mail, 2nd arrondissement.
Paris, July 2014

“In 1793, the Place was renamed Place des Victoires-Nationaux (National Victories Square), and a wooden pyramid was erected on the site of the destroyed statue. In 1810, under the rule of Napoléon I, a nude statue of the General Louis Desaix replaced the pyramid. However, following the abdication of Napoléon, the statue was taken down and its metal was used to create a new statue of Henry IV on the nearby Pont Neuf. In 1828, the restored Bourbon king, Charles X, commissioned the current equestrian statue, which was sculpted by François Joseph Bosio. Louis XIV, dressed as a Roman emperor, sits on a proud horse rearing on its hind legs. An iron fence encircles the twelve-meter-high statue.” (Place des Victoires, Wikipedia)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Palazzo Zagnoni

Lion shaped door handle, Circolo della Caccia, Hunting Club, Palazzo Zagnoni (Palazzo Spada), Via Castiglione, Bologna
Lion shaped door handle, Circolo della Caccia (Hunting Club)
Palazzo Zagnoni (Palazzo Spada), Via Castiglione
Bologna, June 2015

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Number 1 London Bridge

Number 1 London Bridge by John S Bonnington Partnership, London Bridge Street, Southwark, London
Number 1 London Bridge by John S Bonnington Partnership, 1986
London Bridge Street, Southwark
London, September 2016

“John S. Bonnington Partnership designed the No. 1 London Bridge building on the south side of the London Bridge in London. It has a 13 story tower with another 10 story section clad in pink granite and stainless steel. The distinctive front of the building is cut out of the corner with a skylight cut out at the top. The office complex was completed in 1986.” (Number 1 London Bridge, Architecture Revived)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Funerary Monument

Funerary monument to Silvia Marini de Rogati by Mario Moschi, Cimitero delle Porte Sante, Florence
Funerary monument to Silvia Marini de Rogati by Mario Moschi, 1948
Cimitero delle Porte Sante (Porte Sante Cemetery)
San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain)
Florence, December 2016

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Naumburg Bandshell

Naumburg Bandshell by Tachau and Vaught, Central Park, New York
Naumburg Bandshell by Tachau and Vaught, 1923
North end of Mall, Central Park
New York, September 2007

“In 1923, the acoustically outdated Bandstand was replaced by the Naumburg Bandshell. It encouraged new audiences for classical music in the informal and beautiful setting of Central Park. Today, it is the Park's only Neo-Classical building, thoughtfully centered and nestled between the two projecting pergola viewing points. It admirably reflects the architect William G. Tachau's own Ecole des Beaux-Arts classicist and historicist training. Such greats as Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington have entertained at the Bandshell, as well as Victor Herbert, whose statue is just a few steps away from that of Beethoven. Those statues, as well as the other 49 statues throughout the Park, are given a cleaning every summer by the Central Park Conservancy. The Conservancy also built and maintains the beautiful and unique wooden benches surrounding the nearby trees, based on an original bench design introduced to Central Park in the mid-19th century to protect the young elms as park-goers gathered under their shade to enjoy classical music performances.” (Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park Conservancy)

“The design of the Bandshell has historic precedents in the Pantheon of Rome, or more closely, the Imperial Russian pleasure park’s pavilion at Gatchina Palace, by Vincenzo Brenna, his ‘Eagle Pavilion’ of the 1790’s, and the later work of the architect F.G.P. Poccianti, his ‘Cisternone’ at Livorno of 1829-42.” (Detailed History, Naumburg Bandshell)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Madonna dell'Orto

Bell Tower of the Madonna dell'Orto, Campo Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio, Venice
Bell Tower of the Madonna dell'Orto
Campo Madonna dell'Orto, Cannaregio
Venice, October 2012

“The bell tower, in brickwork, was finished in 1503. It has a square plan, with pilasters strips on the sides leading to the cell with circular mullioned windows. Four semicircular tympani divided the cell from the upper cylindrical tambour with an onion dome in Eastern style. On the sides are four statues of Evangelists of Pietro Lombardo's school; on the summit is a statue of the Redeemer, in white marble. The old bells, the largest being from 1424, were replaced in 1883.” (Madonna dell'Orto, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Queen of Hoxton

Queen of Hoxton bar & club Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London
Queen of Hoxton bar & club
Curtain Road, Shoreditch
London, September 2016

Monday, March 13, 2017

Porta Romana

Porta Romana, Roman Gate, Piazzale di Porta Romana, Florence
Porta Romana (Roman Gate)
Piazzale di Porta Romana
Florence, January 2017

“The Porta Romana, once known as the Porta San Pier Gattolino was the southernmost gate in the 13th-century walls of the Oltrarno section of Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy. It stands at the confluence of a number of roads: accessed from north by Via Romana, Via de' Serragli, and Viale Francesco Petrarca. In addition, a central road along the Boboli Gardens begins near the gate, and allowed the inhabitants of the Pitti Palace to exit and enter Florence with minimal travel on city streets. Beyond the gates are the Via del Poggio Imperiale and Via Senese. The latter led to Siena and points south such as Rome, hence the name. When the majority of the defensive walls of Florence were razed in the 19th century, only a few, and sometimes partial gate structures were left standing including Porta San Gallo, Porta San Niccolo, and this gate with a snippet of merlonated wall.” (Porta Romana, Florence, Wikipedia)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Light Vessel No 13

Das Feuerschiff, Trinity House Light Vessel No 13, City Sporthafen, City Marina, Vorsetzen, Hamburg
“Das Feuerschiff”, Trinity House Light Vessel No 13
City Sporthafen (City Marina), Vorsetzen
Hamburg, May 2003

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Oltremontano Clock by Giuseppe Valadier, Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica), Piazza San Pietro Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome
Oltremontano Clock ( with the average European time) by Giuseppe Valadier, 1785
Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)
Piazza San Pietro Saint Peter's Square
Città del Vaticano (Vatican City)
Rome, April 2013