Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday & Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe and Friday on a 19th century French clock, Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Friday and Robinson Crusoe on a 19th century French clock
Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti
Florence, May 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Empty Lot

Empty Lot by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Assembling “Empty Lot” by Abraham Cruzvillegas, 2015
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
Bankside, Southwark
London, September 2015

“In 2015, Cruzvillegas accepted the Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission; his work, 'Empty Lot' is on display between 13th October 2015 and 3rd April 2016.[14] The work consists of 240 wooden triangular plots bordered with wooden frames, filled with 23 tonnes of soil collected from different parks and gardens across London (including Hackney Marshes, Peckham Rye, the Horniman Museum and Buckingham Palace). The entire work is raised on two large stepped, triangular scaffolded platforms, overlooked by growing light, and interspersed with smaller sculptural works.” (Abraham Cruzvillegas, Wikipedia)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bowl of Hygieia

Via Cesare Battisti, Via Porta Nova, Bologna
Old public lamp with the Bowl of Hygieia outside a pharmacy
On the corner of Via Cesare Battisti with Via Porta Nova
Bologna, June 2015

“Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of hygiene, and the daughter of Asclepius. Asclepius' symbol is his rod, with a snake twined around it; correspondingly, Hygieia's symbol is a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem and poised above it.” (Bowl of Hygieia, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nikolai Masalov

Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child by Yevgeny Vuchetich, Soviet War Memorial, Treptower Park, Berlin
Soviet soldier by Yevgeny Vuchetich (Евгений Вучетич)
Sowjetisches Ehrenmal (Soviet War Memorial)
Treptower Park, Treptow-Köpenick
Berlin, September 2011

“The focus of the ensemble is a monument by Soviet sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich: a 12-m tall statue of a Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child, standing over a broken swastika. According to Marshal of the Soviet Union Vasily Chuikov, the Vuchetich statue commemorates the deeds of Sergeant of Guards Nikolai Masalov, who during the final storm on the center of Berlin risked his life under heavy German machine-gun fire to rescue a three-year-old German girl whose mother had apparently disappeared.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In Gondola

In gondola on the Grand Canal, Venice
In gondola on the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

Monday, August 22, 2016

Notre-Dame d'Espérance

Notre-Dame d'Espérance, rue de la Roquette, Paris
Notre-Dame d'Espérance by Bruno Legrand and Jean-Luc Le Roy, 1997
Rue de la Roquette / rue du Commandant-Lamy
Quartier de la Roquette, 11e arrondissement
Paris, July 2006

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Palazzo delle Esposizioni by Pio Piacentini, Via Nazionale, Rome
Palazzo delle Esposizioni by Pio Piacentini, 1893
Via Nazionale
Rome, April 2013

“The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is a neoclassical exhibition hall, cultural center and museum on Via Nazionale in Rome, Italy. Designed by Pio Piacentini, it opened in 1883. It has housed several exhibitions (e.g. Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista, Mostra Augustea della Romanità), and was temporarily modified during the fascist era due to its style being thought to be out of step with the times. The building is owned by the City of Rome and the museum is administered by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, an agency run by the City's Office for Education and Culture. It has a 139-seat cinema, a 90-seat auditorium, a cafe, a large 240 person restaurant, a library and a multi-functional room known as the Forum.” (Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Wikipedia)