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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Church Street Surplus

Church Street Surplus, Church Street, New York City
Church Street Surplus
Church Street
New York, September 2008

Monday, October 23, 2017

Old Fashioned Door Bells

Old fashioned door bells, Borgo Santi Apostoli, Florence
Old fashioned door bells
Borgo Santi Apostoli
Florence, May 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

“K”

K (Franz Kafka's Head) by David Černý, Quadrio Shopping Center, Spálená, Nové Město, Prague
“K” (Franz Kafka's Head) by David Černý, 2014
Quadrio Shopping Center
Spálená, Nové Město
Prague, September 2017

“This eleven-metre-tall statue is a technical marvel of the 21st century in Prague. Forty-two moving panels rotate to create the face of the famous Czech writer Franz Kafka. The statue created by the artist David Černý is installed near the Quadrio Shopping Centre and combines art with modern technology and the traditional ‘golden hands’ of Czech craftsmen. Watch ‘The Metamorphosis’. Wait for all of the panels to align and discover the face of Kafka!” (Franza Kafka Statue, Quadrio Shopping Center)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Palazzo della Mercanzia

Palazzo della Mercanzia, Piazza della Mercanzia, Bologna
Palazzo della Mercanzia by Lorenzo da Bagnomarino and Antonio di Vincenzo, 1391
Piazza della Mercanzia
Bologna, June 2015

“Seat of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts, Palazzo della Mercanzia has governed trading and business activities of Bologna since the late 14th century. In 1384 the building of Carrobbio open gallery (today's Mercanzia) was initiated under the direction of Antonio di Vincenzo and Lorenzo Bagnomarino in order to group together three buildings used as customs and toll house. For the gallery and the preparation of the hewn stone four stonecutters were called from Florence. The building was completed in 1391, but the elegant palace needed an extension in 1439 and restoration in 1484 following the fall of the de' Bianchi tower. In 1888 - 90 it was reintroduced, also in its polychrome traits, under the direction of Rubbiani and Tartarini. It was rebuilt in 1949 after a live bomb blasted nearby had made half of the façade collapse. Built in brick and Istrian stone, the façade shows two deep Gothic arches, uplifting it, as further highlighted by the raising of the level under the porch with the respect to the surrounding square. Over the arches, a small marble balcony juts out between the two mullioned windows, from which the judges of the merchants' court would read their sentences. An elegant spire rises above the balcony covering one of the dovetail merlons of the battlements on top of the building. According to local tradition at the stroke of the bell called ‘Lucardina’ bans and sentences of the merchant's court were read out-loud from this marble canopy. Instead the culprits of fraudulent bankruptcy were chained to a post placed before the central pillar of the gallery to be pilloried. The rooms and ambulatories of the building, despite the changes brought about with the passing of time, have kept the beauty of masterpieces untouched.”
(Palazzo della Mercanzia, Bologna Welcome)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Most SNP

Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising), Bratislava
Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising)
Bratislava, September 2017

“Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising), commonly referred to as Most Slovenského národného povstania or the UFO Bridge, and named Nový most (New Bridge) from 1993 to 2012, is a road bridge over the Danube in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane. It is an asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge with a main span length of 303 m (994 ft). Its steel construction is suspended from steel cables, connected on the Petržalka side to two pillars. The total length of the bridge is 430.8 m (1,413 ft), its width 21 m (69 ft), and it weighs 537 t (592 short tons). A special attraction is the flying saucer-shaped structure housing a restaurant, which since 2005 has been called UFO (previously, Bystrica), on the bridge's 84.6 m (278 ft) pylon. The restaurant is reached using an elevator located in the east pillar, and offers a good view over Bratislava. The west pillar houses an emergency staircase with 430 stairs. Nový Most has four lanes for motor traffic on the upper level and lanes for bicycles and pedestrians on the lower level.” (Most SNP, Wikipedia)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

San Michele in Foro

San Michele in Foro, Piazza San Michele, Lucca
San Michele in Foro
Piazza San Michele
Lucca, October 2017

“San Michele in Foro is a Roman Catholic basilica church in Lucca, Tuscany, central Italy, built over the ancient Roman forum. Until 1370 it was the seat of the Consiglio Maggiore (Major Council), the commune's most important assembly. It is dedicated to Archangel Michael. The church is mentioned for the first time in 795 as ad foro (in the forum). It was rebuilt after 1070 by will of Pope Alexander II. Notable is the façade, from the 13th century, with a large series of sculptures and inlays, numerous of which remade in the 19th century. The lower part has a series of blind arcades, the central of which includes the main portal. The upper part, built using plenty of iron materials to counter wind, has four orders of small loggias. On the summit, flanked by two other angels, is the 4 m-tall statue of St. Michael the Archangel. According to a legend, an angel's finger would have a huge diamond. On the lower right corner of the façade is a statue (1480) of the Madonna salutis portus, sculpted by Matteo Civitali to celebrate the end of the 1476 plague. The church interior has a nave and two aisles with transept and semicircular apse; the nave is supported by arcades on monolithic columns. From the southern transept rises the bell tower, built in the 12th-14th centuries, with a series of single, double and triple mullioned windows. The last floor was demolished during the rule of Giovanni dell'Agnello (1364-1368), Doge of Pisa.” (San Michele in Foro, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times by Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber, Hotel InterContinental Wien, Johannesgasse (facade on Lothringerstrasse), Vienna
“Sign of the Times” by Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber, 2016
Hotel InterContinental Wien
Johannesgasse (facade on Lothringerstrasse)
Vienna, September 2017

“It is one of the iconic images of the silent film era: In the movie SAFETY LAST! (1923), the distinctive, stoic Harold Lloyd is dangling from the hand of a huge clock on the outside of a skyscraper in New York. He is turning to the viewer for help while the clock face is inevitably torn from its anchorage and slowly tilting forward. His double is currently dangling from a building in Vienna – not quite as high above the canyons of Manhattan as Harold Lloyd, but at least between the 7th and 8th floors of the Hotel InterContinental. His exact remake. As big as the movies. This creative and film-related intervention was conceived by the Viennese artist group Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber, who, in the past, have repeatedly attracted a great deal of attention with their actions in public spaces.” (Sign of the Times, Viennale)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holy Apostles

Bell tower of the church of the Santi Apostoli di Cristo
(Holy Apostles of Christ) by Alessandro Vittoria 1575
Campo Santi Apostoli, Cannaregio
Venice, September 2013

“The 7th Century campanile was destroyed by the fire of 1105. Rebuilt 1450, renovated 1601-09 by Francesco di Piero, brought down by a storm in 1659 and rebuilt 1672-1720 to a design by Andrea Tirali. Jan Morris says that an 'old and simple' sacristan fell from the campanile soon after its completion in 1672(?) but was caught by the minute hand on the clock, and so was slowly lowered to a parapet as time passed.” (Santi Apostoli, The Churches of Venice)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Zsolnay Tiling

Colourful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs, Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok) by Samu Pecz, Fővám tér, Budapest
Colourful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs
Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok) by Samu Pecz, 1897
Fővám tér
Budapest, September 2017

“Pyrogranite refers to a type of ornamental ceramics that were developed by Zsolnay and placed in production by 1886. Fired at high temperature, this durable material remains acid and frost-resistant making it suitable for use as roof tiles, indoor and outdoor decorative ceramics, and fireplaces. Architects that used the material in their buildings include Miklós Ybl, Ödön Lechner, Béla Lajta, Samu Pecz, and Imre Steindl. It can be seen in buildings such as Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Museum of Applied Art, the Geological Institute, the Kőbánya Church, the Gellért Baths (all these buildings are in Budapest), the Town Hall in Kecskemét and many buildings, like the Post Office Palace, in Pécs.” (Zsolnay, Wikipedia)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Facade of San Miniato

Facade of San Miniato al Monte, Viale dei Colli, Florence
Facade of San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain)
Viale dei Colli
Florence, April 2015

“St. Miniato or Minas was an Armenian prince serving in the Roman army under Emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming a hermit and was brought before the Emperor who was camped outside the gates of Florence. The Emperor ordered him to be thrown to beasts in the Amphitheatre where a panther was called upon him but refused to devour him. Beheaded in the presence of the Emperor, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno and walked up the hill of Mons Fiorentinus to his hermitage. A shrine was later erected at this spot and there was a chapel there by the 8th century. Construction of the present church was begun in 1013 by Bishop Alibrando and it was endowed by the Emperor Henry II. The adjoining monastery began as a Benedictine community, then passed to the Cluniacs and then in 1373 to the Olivetans, who still run it. The monks make famous liqueurs, honey and herbal teas, which they sell from a shop next to the church.” (San Miniato al Monte, Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Industrial Palace

Middle hall of the Průmyslový palác (Industrial Palace) by Bedřich Münzberger, Výstaviště Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds), Areál Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague
Middle hall of the Průmyslový palác (Industrial Palace) by Bedřich Münzberger, 1891
Výstaviště Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds)
Areál Výstaviště, Holešovice
Prague, September 2017

“The Industrial Palace (Czech: Průmyslový palác) is an Art Nouveau (or Historicism) building, built by Bedřich Münzberger in 1891, which is used for exhibition purposes, but also for various cultural events. It is a glass building with steel construction and is divided into 3 independent parts, left and right wing and a middle hall with 51 m high clock tower. In 2008 the Palace was engulfed in a fire and the left wing burned. The left wing is currently being rebuilt.” (Výstaviště Praha, Wikipedia)

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Dome and the Bell Tower

The dome and the bell tower of the Duomo di Siena (Siena Cathedral), Piazza del Duomo, Siena
The dome and the bell tower of the Duomo di Siena (Siena Cathedral)
Piazza del Duomo
Siena, April 2017

“The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from a hexagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.” (Siena Cathedral, Wikipedia)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Čumil

Čumil (The Watcher) by Viktor Hulík, Rybárska Gate, Panská, Laurinská, Bratislava
“Čumil” (The Watcher) by Viktor Hulík, 1997
Rybárska Gate / Panská / Laurinská
Bratislava, September 2017

“The literal translation of the word Čumil is ‘the watcher’. There are two possible explanations for its name. The first rumour says that he is a typical communist era worker who is not bothered about the work he’s supposed to be doing. According to the second rumour, he's looking under the women’s skirts. Choose the one you like more... This most photographed statue of our city attracts tourists at the junction of Laurinská and Panská Streets. Since 1997, when it was first embedded in the ground, it has become one of the symbols of our Old Town. There is a story around this man sticking out of a manhole. The story says that a wish will come true for you if you touch the head of the man – if you keep it secret forever.” (Bratislava Statues, Welcome to Bratislava)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Villa Torrigiani

South facade of Villa Torrigiani, Camigliano, Capannori, Lucca
South facade of Villa Torrigiani
Camigliano, Capannori
Lucca, October 2017

“The first mention of the villa dates back to 1593, as belonging to the Buonvisi family. It was bought later by Nicola Santini, into whose family it passed. Santini rebuilt the south facade in the Baroque style at the end of the seventeenth century, probably in imitation of the architecture of Versailles where he was ambassador to the Republic of Lucca. The rebuilding involved the addition of two wings to the villa, and the modification of the front by the addition of a massive scale range leading to a serliana, duplicated on the upper floor with two balconies, decorated with statues. He also laid out new gardens. At the front, parterres were arranged around two pools. At the rear, a fountain was built as the focus of the garden, and another sunken ‘garden of Flora’ was laid out to the east. In 1816 Victoria Santini married into the eponymous Torrigiani family, who uprooted the existing garden to make an ‘English style’ park. Only the garden of Flora survived. Now the villa is owned by Fabio Colonna di Stigliano.” (Villa Torrigiani, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Library & Learning Center

Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid Architects, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Welthandelsplatz, Vienna
Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid Architects, 2013
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Welthandelsplatz
Vienna, September 2017
“The external appearance of the building is characterized by contrasting sections of light and dark. Colored fiber-reinforced concrete was used to construct the façade. The two building segments are separated by a seam of glass. The main entrance of the building faces the campus' central square, the WU Stage. The cantilevered roof extending towards the square makes the entrance instantly recognizable. The building's massive exterior is furrowed with narrow, canyon-like divisions and made up of two sections. Once inside, the Forum and the entry area are made to feel like extensions of the square outside. The generously proportioned atrium also serves as WU's main reception area. Wide, spiral ramps and stairways lead from the entry area up through the OMV Central Library, which extends funnel-like through 6 stories of the building. The top two floors are dedicated entirely to the library, where the wide, glass-fronted student work area offers a breathtaking view of Prater Park. The building's interior consists of a mix of self-study zones and student service units on the lower floors, combined with library space and spectacular views of the campus on the upper stories.” (Library & Learning Center, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pietro Metastasio

Monument to Pietro Metastasio by Emilio Gallori, Piazza della Chiesa Nuova (Moved in 1910), Rome
Monument to Pietro Metastasio by Emilio Gallori, 1886
Piazza della Chiesa Nuova (Moved in 1910)
Rome, April 2013

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fisherman's Bastion

Halászbástya (Fisherman's Bastion) by Frigyes Schulek, Szentháromság tér (Trinity Square), Budapest
Halászbástya (Fisherman's Bastion) by Frigyes Schulek, 1902
Szentháromság tér (Trinity Square)
Budapest, September 2017

“The Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Construction of the bastion destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century Dominican Church which had to be pulled down. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill. The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen's guild and this is the reason why it was called fishermen's Bastion. Other people say, it got the name from the part of the city, which lies beneath the tower. The guild of fishermen was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages.” (Fisherman's Bastion, Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Torre di San Niccolò

Torre San Niccolò (St. Nicholas Tower), Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, Florence
Torre di San Niccolò (St. Nicholas Tower)
Piazza Giuseppe Poggi
Florence, April 2015

“The Torre di San Niccolò used to be part of the old city walls that protected Florence. One of the entrance gates to the city as well as a watch station, San Niccolo is the tallest of the ancient city towers still standing today. From June to September this Medieval tower that goes back to 1324 is open for visits. Standing about 60 meters tall (about 200 feet) from the top of the crenellated terrace you get a 360° view of the city. From this unique vantage point along the river you can take in Piazzale Michelangelo's bronze David, the Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, the town of Fiesole as well as the Ponte Vecchio and all the other bridges that span the Arno.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Man Hanging Out

Zavěšený muž (Man Hanging Out) by David Černý, Husova, Staré Město, Prague
“Zavěšený muž” (Man Hanging Out) by David Černý, 1996
Husova, Staré Město
Prague, September 2017
“Dangling above one of the cobblestone streets in Prague’s Old Town is a statue that has caused more than a few people to be concerned that a man is about to plummet to his death, but fear not, it is simply a fake Sigmund Freud. First created in 1996, the work known as ‘Zavěšený muž’ (Man Hanging Out) is the vision of Czech sculptor David Černý, whose work can actually be found all across Prague. Many of Cerny’s works are seen as somewhat deliberately provocative, and this one is no different. The dangling Freud is surprisingly lifelike at a distance, and a number of people have sincerely taken it for a person in danger. However, it is simply a sculptural statement about intellectualism in the 20th century and Černý’s uncertainty about it.” (Man Hanging Out, Atlas Obscura)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scior Carera

Scior Carera (Milanese for ‘Mister Carera’), Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Scior Carera (Milanese for ‘Mister Carera’),
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Milan, November 2016

“The name ‘Carera’ is a corruption of the first word ‘Carere’ of the epigraph found below the statue. The sculpture is a marble bas-relief dating back to the 3rd century. It depicts a man wearing a toga, with the right leg slightly put forward; it has lost its arms as well as its head. The latter was replaced in the middle ages, supposedly to represent archbishop Adelmanno Menclozzi. Under the relief there is an epigraph with a sentence credited to Cicero, Carere debet omni vitio qui in alterum dicere paratus est (‘Anybody who wants to criticise someone should be free from all faults’). Another inscription below this one remembers the former collocation of the statue in Via San Pietro all'Orto as well as the role this statue has played in the 19th century during the Austrian rule of Milan; at the time, in fact, there was the common habit of attaching satirical political messages to the statue, much like what happened in Rome with Pasquino and other ‘talking statues’. In particular, the so-called tobacco riots that started the Five Days of Milan (whereby the Milanese quit smoking to cause an economical damage to the Austrians) was possibly initiated on 31 December 1848 by a message attached to Scior Carera.” (Scior Carera, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Slovak Radio Building

Slovak Radio Building, Mýtna ulica, Bratislava
Slovak Radio Building, 1983
Mýtna ulica
Bratislava, September 2017

“It is shaped like an inverted pyramid. Architects of this project were Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič and Barnabáš Kissling and it was completed in 1983. The project began in 1967. The building is 80 metres high and has a concert hall with a large concert organ. The first test broadcast was made in 1984 and regular broadcasting began on 27 March 1985. The building was included in a list of the 30 ugliest buildings in the world, but has been defended by Slovak architects.” (Slovak Radio Building, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Detail of Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross)
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, May 2017

“The Basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its most notable features are its sixteen chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils, and its tombs and cenotaphs. Legend says that Santa Croce was founded by St Francis himself. The construction of the current church, to replace an older building, was begun on 12 May 1294, possibly by Arnolfo di Cambio, and paid for by some of the city's wealthiest families. It was consecrated in 1442 by Pope Eugene IV. The building's design reflects the austere approach of the Franciscans. The floorplan is an Egyptian or Tau cross (a symbol of St Francis), 115 metres in length with a nave and two aisles separated by lines of octagonal columns. To the south of the church was a convent, some of whose buildings remain.” (Santa Croce, Wikipedia)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pink Rabbit

Giant 3D version of Durer's “Feldhase” (Young Hare) by Ottmar Hörl, Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Opernring / Operngasse, Vienna
Giant 3D version of Durer's “Feldhase” (Young Hare) by Ottmar Hörl
Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera)
Opernring / Operngasse
Vienna, September 2017

“The German artist, Albrecht Dürer, who hailed from Nuremberg, painted his now famous ‘Young Hare’ in 1502; it is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art and is housed in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. The pink sculpture is a giant interpretation of that famous painting. It was created by Ottmar Hörl, the president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg since 2005. In 2003, he created a large scale art installation of numerous hares in four shades of green, which were displayed in Nuremberg market square under the title ‘A large piece of hare’.” (Pink Rabbit!, Travel with Intent)