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)