Friday, May 26, 2017

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Campo dei Frari, San Polo, Venice
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Campo dei Frari, San Polo
Venice, September 2013

“The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is a church in Venice, northern Italy. One of the greatest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The church is dedicated to the Assumption. The Franciscans were granted land to build a church in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took over a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city after that of San Marco, was completed in 1396. The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. As with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice. The Frari is a parish church of the Vicariate of San Polo-Santa Croce-Dorsoduro. The other churches of the parish are San Barnaba, San Ludovico Vescovo, Santa Maria del Soccorso and Santa Margherita.” (Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Wikipedia)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ilona

The 242 ft yacht “Ilona”, built by Amels, West India Dock, Isle of Dogs, London
The 242 ft yacht “Ilona”, built by Amels in 2004
West India Dock, Isle of Dogs
London, September 2016

“The 73.81 metres (or 242 ft) long custom built yacht was launched by Amels in the Netherlands in 2004 and she has also refitted in 2006, and 2012. She is classed as one of the world’s top 100 largest private yachts and has the unusual feature of a helipad, when she was built the helicopter could be stowed in a hangar below deck. In the latest refit, the helicopter garage was replaced by a large 10m by 3m swimming pool. Estimated to have cost 100 million dollars, the Super Yacht Ilona is owned by one of Australia’s richest men, businessman Frank Lowy who made much of his fortune developing shopping centres with the Westfield Group. Lowy has also been one of the main individuals responsible for developing professional football in Australia in the last decade. Unusually for a Super Yacht owner, Lowy and his family have used the yacht to travel extensively around the world and the boat is the fourth yacht called Ilona which has been built and launched for the owner.” (Super Yacht Ilona arrives in West India Dock, Isle of Dogs Life)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eve

Copy of “Eve” by Lot Torelli, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Piazza del Duomo, Florence
Copy of “Eve” by Lot Torelli, 1886
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower
Piazza del Duomo
Florence, May 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

El Cap de Barcelona

El Cap de Barcelona (The Head of Barcelona) by Roy Lichtenstein, Passeig de Colom, Barcelona
El Cap de Barcelona” (The Head) by Roy Lichtenstein
Passeig de Colom
Barcelona, March 2017

The Head of Barcelona, or El Cap de Barcelona in Catalan, is a 64-foot sculpture done by American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The sculpture stands tall on the waterfront in the heart of the city. Made out of concrete and ceramic, it is an abstract rendition of a woman's head and appears exactly how one would expect a Lichtenstein sculpture to be. Lichtenstein did not start experimenting with three-dimensional art until the late 1970s, and prior to this his main focus was on pop art. He mainly painted on large canvases and his paintings resembled comic-strip art; his signature use of bold primary colors, thick dark lines, thought bubbles containing context and sound effects, and dots used as a method of shading, can be seen in most of his works from 1961 and later, starting with his painting Look Mickey.” (El Cap de Barcelona, Wikipedia)

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Piccolo Teatro

Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano, Teatro Grassi, Via Rovello, Milan
Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano (Little Theatre of the City of Milan)
Teatro Grassi, Via Rovello
Milan, November 2016

“The Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano is a theatre in Milan, Italy. Founded in 1947, it is Italy's first permanent theatre, and a national ‘teatro stabile’, or permanent repertory company, and is considered a theatre of major national and European importance. The theatre has three venues: Teatro Grassi, in Via Rovello, between Sforza Castle and the Piazza del Duomo; Teatro Studio, which was originally intended to be the theater's rehearsal hall; and Teatro Strehler, which opened in 1998 with a seating capacity of 974. Its annual programme consists of approximately thirty performances. In addition, the venue hosts cultural events, from festivals and films, to concerts, conferences, and conventions, as well as supporting the Paolo Grassi Drama School.” (Piccolo Teatro, Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Paternoster Vents

Paternoster Vents or Angel's Wings by Thomas Heatherwick, Paternoster Square, City of London, London
Paternoster Vents” (or “Angel's Wings”) by Thomas Heatherwick, 2002
Paternoster Square, City of London
London, September 2016

“Paternoster Square is part of a development in a high-profile, sensitive location, next to St Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is a new public space containing a pre-existing underground electricity substation. This substation required a cooling system with outlet and inlet vents, but the client team was unhappy with the proposed solution for a single large object as it would turn the surrounding space into a corridor. The studio made use of the two existing holes in the concrete slab covering the substation, to reduce the overall size of the vent object by splitting the outlet part into two smaller vents – saving significant space by setting the inlet ducts into the ground using grilles flush with the pavement. The aesthetic design is derived from experiments with folded paper, scaled up to 11m in height; the vents retain the proportions of the A4-size paper used in these experiments. The Vents are fabricated from 63 identical, 8mm thick, stainless steel isosceles triangles welded together and finished by glass bead blasting. The Vents are a permanent installation, available for the public to visit.”
(Paternoster Vents, Heatherwick studio)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Palazzo Corsini al Prato

Palazzo Corsini al Prato by Bernardo Buontalenti, Via il Prato, Florence
Palazzo Corsini al Prato by Bernardo Buontalenti, 1594
Via il Prato
Florence, April 2017

“Palazzo Corsini al Prato was created by Renaissance architect Bernardo Buontalenti in 1594, who amongst his many great works, is said, not unimportantly, to have invented Italian gelato. The building was commissioned by an aristocrat with a passion for botany who wished to have a villa in the city centre, surrounded by a large park. (Well, who doesn’t?) A few years later, however, construction had to be interrupted due to the aristocrat’s financial difficulties. It was only continued in 1620 when the Corsini family bought the property. Filippo Corsini had Gherardo Silvani create an Italian garden, adorned with statues that can still be found today. Skillfully done, the difference in height between the statues creates an effect that makes the garden look even bigger than it really is.” (Hidden from view, The Florentine)