Sunday, July 23, 2017

Torre della Pagliazza

Torre della Pagliazza, Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, Florence
Torre della Pagliazza
Piazza Sant'Elisabetta
Florence, April 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Montjuïc Communications Tower

Montjuïc Communications Tower by Santiago Calatrava, Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring), Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc, Barcelona
Montjuïc Communications Tower by Santiago Calatrava, 1992
Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring)
Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Montjuïc Communications Tower, popularly known as Torre Calatrava and Torre Telefónica, is a telecommunication tower in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, with construction taking place from 1989 to 1992. The white tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. The 136-metre (446 ft) tower is located in the Olympic park and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame. The base is covered with trencadís, Gaudí's mosaic technique created from broken tile shards. Because of the tower's orientation, it works also as a giant sundial, which uses the Europa square to indicate the hour.” (Montjuïc Communications Tower, Wikipedia)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Street Musician

Street musician, Via Garibaldi, Genoa
Street musician
Via Garibaldi
Genoa, April 2016

Thursday, July 20, 2017

100 Regent Street

Number 100 Regent Street, Mayfair, London
Number 100 Regent Street, Mayfair
London, September 2016

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mary Magdalene

Painted wood Mary Magdalene by Desiderio da Settignano
Painted wood Mary Magdalene by Desiderio da Settignano, 1464
Church of Santa Trinita, Piazza Santa Trinita
Florence, April 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Party Headquarters

French Communist Party Headquarters, place du Colonel-Fabien, Paris
French Communist Party Headquarters
Place du Colonel-Fabien
Quartier du Combat, 19th arrondissement
Paris, July 2005

Monday, July 17, 2017

Casa Isolani

Casa Isolani (Isolani House), Strada Maggiore, Bologna
Casa Isolani (Isolani House)
Strada Maggiore
Bologna, Jene 2015

“Dominating the entrance to Strada Maggiore, one of the main streets of Medieval Bologna, is the doorway to the Casa Isolani. This is one of the most interesting examples of Roman-Gothic architecture in Bologna. The tall wood structure marks the beginning of the Corte Isolani, a covered passageway that connects two of the most monumental areas of Bologna. The complex of Isolani buildings, restored and opened to the public in 1999, still belongs to the family that gave it its name. It crosses the courtyards and atriums that line the shops, offices, and residences, continuing all the way to the Piazza Santo Stefano.” (Corte Isolani, ItalyGuides.it)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kayaking along the Thames

Kayaking along the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, London
Kayaking along the Thames
Between London Bridge and Tower Bridge
London, September 2016

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Green Balcony

A green balcony, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence
A green balcony
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Florence, April 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Casa Trias

Casa Martí Trias i Domènech by Juli Batllevell, Parc Güell, Barcelona
Casa Martí Trias i Domènech by Juli Batllevell, 1905
Parc Güell
Barcelona, March 2017

“October 1900 saw the start of work on dividing the site into levels, with building work proceeding at a good pace. On 4 January 1903, a description published in the Anuari de l’Associació d’Arquitectes (Association of Architects Year Book) noted that the two entrance pavilions had been constructed, as well as the main flight of steps, the shelter for horse-drawn carriages, the outer enclosure, the viaducts and part of the great esplanade, together with the water evacuation system. By 1907 events were already being held in the great square, from which we know that the hypostyle room was entirely covered by then, while the tiled bench running around it was completed in 1914. The first person to buy a plot in the Park, in 1902, was a friend of Güell, lawyer Martí Trias i Domènech, who commissioned architect Juli Batllevell with building his villa. At the same time, the works contractor, Josep Pardo i Casanovas, built a show house, designed by Gaudí’s assistant Francesc Berenguer, to encourage sales. Gaudí himself moved there in 1906 to live with his father and niece. Shortly afterwards, in 1907, Eusebi Güell converted the old mansion (Casa Larrard), that was already there when he bought the site for development, into his usual residence. Over those years, a large number of civic events were held in the great square, with the owner’s approval. The complex conditions for sale of the plots, under old emphyteusis (lifetime leasehold) contracts, the lack of a suitable transport system and the highly exclusive character of the development all made it unviable. A lack of buyers led to the works being abandoned in 1914, with only two of the sixty houses envisaged having been built. The park thus became a large private garden, which Güell allowed to be used for public events, while it began to appear in tourist guides to Barcelona as one of the attractions of the city.” (Over a hundred years of history, Park Güell)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sant’Eufemia

Sant'Eufemia church, Fondamenta Sant'Eufemia, Giudecca, Venice
Chiesa di Sant'Eufemia (Sant'Eufemia church)
Fondamenta Sant'Eufemia, Giudecca
Venice, September 2013

“It was initially built in the 9th century in the Venetian-Byzantine style. It was restored and rebuilt several times, finally in the 18th century, when the façade was altered, stucco applied to the central nave and the ceiling vaults of the interior and three altarpieces added - ‘Jesus among the Doctors’ in the Chapel of St Francis, a 1771 'Visitation of the Virgin' by Giambattista Canal and ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ by Jacopo Marieschi (the third of these has now been moved elsewhere). The ceiling painting is also by Canal in the style of Tiepolo and shows scenes relating to the church's patron saint - her baptism in the left aisle, the saint in glory in the central nave and episodes from her life in the right aisle. Its right side overlooks the Giudecca canal and has a portico with Doric style columns, taken from the nearby church and monastery of Santi Biagio e Cataldo during the latter's 1593 restoration. In a niche inside the porch is a Gothic-style image of the ‘Holy Bishop’ below a 14th century crucifixion with donors in the Byzantine style, set in a three-faceted bezel. Its interior is a three-nave basilica, whose original columns and capitals survive. A chapel now houses the remains of Blessed Giuliana of Collalto, translated there in 1822, again from santi Biagio e Cataldo. The left aisle also houses an 18th century marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Christ by Gianmaria Morlaiter in the left, whilst the firsts altarpiece in the right aisle houses the central part of a triptych of saint Roch and the angel under a lunette of the Virgin and Child, both by Bartolomeo Vivarini and dating to 1480. The presbytery also houses a painting of the Last Supper by Benfatto Alvise Dal Friso, from the Veronese school.” (Sant'Eufemia, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Of Saints and Sailors

Detail of Of Saints and Sailors by Benedetto Pietromarchi, St Mary Axe, City of London, London
Detail of ‘Of Saints and Sailors’ by Benedetto Pietromarchi, 2016
St Mary Axe, City of London
London, September 2016

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Abundance

The statue of the Abbondanza (Abundance) by Pietro Tacca, Homage to Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens), Florence
Statue of the “Abbondanza” (Abundance) by Pietro Tacca, 1636
Homage to Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens)
Florence, January 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Delivery Bike

Delivery bike, Deutsche Post, Rudi-Dutschke-Straße, Berlin
Delivery bike, Deutsche Post
Rudi-Dutschke-Straße
Berlin, September 2013

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Siena Cathedral

Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Duomo di Siena Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Siena
Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, 1348
(Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption)
Duomo di Siena Siena Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo
Siena, April 2017

Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is a medieval church in Siena, Italy, dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Previously the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Siena, from the 15th century the Archdiocese of Siena, it is now that of the Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino. 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)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cormorant

Cormorant by the Thames, Battersea Park, London
Cormorant on the Thames
Barttersea Park
London, September 2016

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pinocchios

A bunch of plastic Pinocchios, Galleria degli Uffizi, Uffizi Gallery, Florence
A bunch of plastic Pinocchios
Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
Florence, April 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gare de Neuilly - Porte Maillot

Gare de Neuilly - Porte Maillot, Boulevard Pereire, Quartier des Ternes, Paris
Gare de Neuilly - Porte Maillot, 1854 (1871)
Boulevard Pereire
Quartier des Ternes, 17th arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fountain of Neptune

Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) by Giuseppe Valadier (architect), Giovanni Ceccarini (sculptor), Piazza del Popolo, Rome
Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), 1823
By Giuseppe Valadier (architect), Giovanni Ceccarini (sculptor)
Piazza del Popolo
Rome, April 2013

“Fountains by Giovanni Ceccarini (1822–23), with matching compositions of a central figure flanked by two attendant figures, stand on each side of the piazza to the east and west, flanked by neoclassical statues of The Seasons (1828). The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) stands on the west side, Neptune with his trident is accompanied by two dolphins. Rome between the Tiber and the Aniene on the east side, against the steep slope of the Pincio, represents the terminal mostra of the aqueduct. Dea Roma armed with lance and helmet, and in front is the she-wolf feeding Romulus and Remus.” (Piazza del Popolo, Wikipedia)





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Broad Family

The Broad Family by Xavier Corberó, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London, London
“The Broad Family” by Xavier Corberó, 1991
Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“Corberó's family members evoke a range of human feelings we all share – togetherness and separation, safety and vulnerability, innocence and experience. Approaching from a distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were hunks of rock. As you come closer the individual characters take shape, closer still and you’ll see a gentle humour woven into the work – in the ball, the dog and a pair of polished, lace-up shoes peeking out. Of great interest to visiting sculpture students, the scale of the basalt pieces is impressive, yet the distance between each figure is also important - a family group where each individual has its own space – something we all welcome at times. Considered by many to be Spain’s premier living sculptor, Corberó's roots are firmly in the Catalan artistic tradition. The son and grandson of artists and artisans, he is now based in Barcelona, a city he has perhaps influenced more than any artist since Gaudí. Many of his massive works line major boulevards, and he created the medals for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.” (The Broad Family, Broadgate)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Piazza Santa Croce Fountain

Santa Croce fountain, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Fountain (restored in 2017)
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, April 2017

“On November 27, 2015, at the culmination of three days of sumptuous celebrations, the fairytale marriage of the son of Indian millionaire Yogesh (‘Yogi’) Mehta, Rohan and his bride Roshni took place in piazza Ognissanti. Only disappointed that Rohan could not, for health and safety reasons, arrive at the ceremony by elephant, the groom’s father, whose personal fortune is said to top 665 million euro, paid for it all. Mehta is the founder of the Petrochem empire, based in Dubai, with offices in Mumbai, Antwerp and London, as well as in Singapore and China. The marriage cost the entrepreneur an estimated eight million euro. About a third of this money went into the coffers of the City of Florence as payment for the use of public land and as tourist taxes generated by the 500-plus wedding guests staying in luxury hotels around town, whilst an additional 58,000 euro was earmarked to restore the fountain in piazza Santa Croce.” (The piazza Santa Croce fountain, The Florentine)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Las Golondrinas

One of the Las Golondrinas tourist boat, seen from Plaça Rosa dels Vents, Barcelona
One of the “Golondrinas” tourist boat
Seen from Plaça Rosa dels Vents
Barcelona, March 2017

Barcelona Mar offers for 1h30' the opportunity to visit the port, coastline and beaches of Barcelona. The ship sails from the Portal de la Pau (next to the Drassanes pier, under the Colón monument), and travel 9 miles sailing along the coast of Barcelona showing the main buildings that make up the city skyline. It is a perfect activity for children, as it is a unique opportunity to enjoy nature and different view of the city, while allowing you to discover all its emblematic monuments, symbols of the culture of Barcelona.” (Las Golondrinas de Barcelona)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Coffee Cups

Coffee cups chandelier, illy Caffè, Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano
illy Art collection chandelier, illy Caffè
Piazza Gae Aulenti
Milano, November 2016

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Red Hat

Around the London Fashion Week 2016, Lexington Street, Soho, London
Around the London Fashion Week 2016
Lexington Street, Soho
London, September 2016

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Equità

Equità, Equity, by Vincenzo Danti, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence
“Equità” (Equity) by Vincenzo Danti, 1566
Piazzale degli Uffizi
Florence, April 2017

“Vincenzo Danti was born in Perugia in 1530. At the beginning of his career, he followed his father's footsteps and studied as a goldsmith. In 1555, at just 25 years old, he creates the large bronze statue of Pope Julius III which is placed just outside the Cathedral in Perugia. Danti lives for a while in Rome where he further deepens his knowledge of the art of goldsmith and studies carefully the works of the great master, Michelangelo. The figure of Buonarroti is extremely important for Danti, so much important that he is later nicknamed as Michelangelo's apprentice, even though it is likely they never even met. Thanks to his fame of an ‘infant prodigy’, he is invited to work for the Medici family in Florence. It is Cosimo I de' Medici himself that invites him upon advice by Sforza Almeni, who is Medici's great counselor and from Perugia himself. Danti works in Florence from 1557 to 1573. During these years he becomes a famous and well-appreciated Renaissance artist by creating some masterpieces such as Honour Triumphs over Falsehood (today in the Bargello museum), Virgin with Child in Santa Croce and the two statues of Equity and Rigor at the Uffizi Gallery. Despite his success, he leaves Florence in 1573 and goes back to Perugia where he dies three years later in 1576.” (Vincenzo Danti, Michelangelo's greatest apprentice, Visit Florence)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral, Pla de la Seu, Barcelona
Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia
(Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia)
Pla de la Seu
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia), also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain. The cathedral was constructed from the 13th to 15th centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th century. The cloister, which encloses the Well of the Geese (Font de les Oques) was completed in 1448. In the late 19th century, the neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches. The roof is notable for its gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical.” (Barcelona Cathedral, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Palazzo San Giorgio

Genoa
Palazzo San Giorgio
Piazza Caricamento
Genoa, April 2016

“The Palazzo San Giorgio or Palace of St. George (also known as the Palazzo delle Compere di San Giorgio) is a palace in Genoa, Italy. It is situated in the Piazza Caricamento. The palace was built in 1260 by Guglielmo Boccanegra, uncle of Simone Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa. For the construction of the new palace, materials were used from the demolition of the Venetian embassy in Constantinople, having been obtained from Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII as a reward for Genoese aid against the Latin Empire. Stone lions, the emblem of Venice's patron St Mark were displayed as trophies on the facade by her bitter rival, the Republic of Genoa. The palace was intended — through the creation of a civil-political center — to separate and elevate the temporal power of the Republic's government from the religious power of the clergy, centered on the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. In 1262, Guglielmo Boccanegra was deposed and forced into exile. The palace was used for a time as a prison; Marco Polo was its most famous resident and it was there that he dictated his memoirs to Rustichello of Pisa. In the 15th century, the palace became home to the Bank of Saint George.” (Palazzo San Giorgio, Wikipedia)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Angel Musician with Flute

Angel Musician with Flute by Carl Milles, Thomas More Square, Wapping, London
“Angel Musician with Flute” by Carl Milles, 1991
Thomas More Square, Wapping
London, September 2016

“The Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) began creating angel musicians in 1918 on the death of his closest friend, the composer Emil Sjögren in 1918. The original Angel Musician with Flute was a memorial statue, but it was followed by angels with trumpet, tuba, panpipe and clarinet. They stand, singly and in small bands, in gardens mainly in Sweden and the US, where Milles was a teacher for many years. His naked figures often offended delicate American sensibilities - he used to say that he had a ‘fig-leaf maker on retainer’. Milles worked for a while in the studio of Auguste Rodin. When he left he feared being written-off as a mere imitator of the great man, so he deliberately struck out on his own path to create figures that seem to fly or float, supported by discrete steel pillars. This one was placed in Thomas More Square when it was built in 1991, unveiled by art collector and modern architecture fan Lord Palumbo.” (Thomas More Square E1, Ornamental Passions)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Konnubio

Konnubio restaurant, Via dei Conti, Florence
Konnubio restaurant
Via dei Conti
Florence, April 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel

Hôtel Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel (hôtel Nikko), quai de Grenelle, Front de Seine (Beaugrenelle), Quartier de Grenelle, Paris
Hôtel Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel (hôtel Nikko), quai de Grenelle
Front de Seine (also known as Beaugrenelle)
Quartier de Grenelle, 15th arrondissement
Paris, July 2014

“The Front de Seine district is the result of an urban planning project from the 1970s. It includes about 20 towers reaching nearly 100 m of height built all around an elevated esplanade. That esplanade is paved with frescos that can be seen only from the elevated floors of the towers. As opposed to Italie 13, the design of the towers is much more varied. The Hôtel Novotel Paris-Tour Eiffel (formerly known as Hôtel Nikkō), for instance, has red-encircled windows, while the Tour Totem consists of a stack of several glassed-blocks. A newly redesigned shopping centre, the Centre commercial Beaugrenelle has opened in 2013.” (Wikipedia)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Arco del Meloncello

Detail of the Arco del Meloncello, by Carlo Francesco Dotti, Via Saragozza, Bologna
Detail of the Arco del Meloncello, by Carlo Francesco Dotti, 1732
Via Saragozza
Bologna, June 2015

“The Arco del Meloncello is an 18th-century Rococo structure in Bologna, that forms a pedestrian portico over the road (hence an arch); it is part of the Portico di San Luca, a long arcade that sheltered the walk from the Cathedral of Bologna to the hillside Sanctuary of San Luca, Bologna. It lies beyond the gates of the Porta Saragozza, outside the former city walls of Bologna. The arch solved the problem of a site where two roads intersected at right angles, and allowed the foot traffic of the pilgrims to proceed above the road, Via Saragozza, uninterrupted. The architect was Carlo Francesco Dotti won the commission during a competition in 1714, and created the scenographic arrangement with the help of Francesco Galli Bibiena during 1721 to 1732. In the early twentieth century, in a project supervised by Tito Azzolino, the arch was raised a few meters to allow passage of a train underneath.” (Arco del Meloncello, Wikipedia)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Red Heart

Red heart cycle stand by Graham McLoughlin, Beak Street, Soho, London
Red heart cycle stand by Graham McLoughlin
Beak Street, Soho
London, September 2016

“Cyclehoop teamed up with Hackney based artist Graham McLoughlin and the British Heart Foundation to place 14 #HeartsOfLondon cycle stands across Central London. This installation is designed to promote cycling in the city and celebrate British design, but more importantly, raise awareness for the work of the British Heart Foundation. Accompanying the heart-shaped hoops are a sticker, stating ‘Share the love by making a donation to the British Heart Foundation — all you need to do is text ‘LNDN86 £5’ to 70070.’” (Lovehoops Installed around London, CycleHoop)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Infinite Column

“Colonna infinita” (Infinite Column) by Park Eun-sun, San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain), Florence
“Colonna infinita” (Infinite Column) by Park Eun-sun, 2016
San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain)
Florence, April 2017

“The sculptures by Park Eun Sun, who has previously exhibited in various Italian landmarks and been awarded for spreading Korean culture abroad, merge notions of the colourful East and the elegance of Italian style. Columns, spheres and cubes carved out of striped marble strive to emphasize the Romanesque style that lives on in Tuscany today, as well as representing the eastern concept of perfect balance. Each work contains a fracture in one way or another, symbolizing thoughts, neurosis, fears and anger, although the sculptures continue to stand strong.” (Park Eun Sun exhibition in Florence, The Florentine)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona
Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki, 1990
Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring)
Passeig Olímpic, Montjuïc
Barcelona, March 2017

“Palau Sant Jordi (St. George's Palace) is an indoor sporting arena and multi-purpose installation that is part of the Olympic Ring complex located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, it was opened in 1990. The maximum seating capacity of the arena is 16,670 for basketball, and 24,000 for musical events. It is the largest indoor arena in Spain. The Palau Sant Jordi was one of the main venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics hosting the artistic gymnastics, handball final, and volleyball final events. Today, it is used for all kinds of indoor sport events as well as for concerts and other cultural activities, due to its great flexibility.” (Palau Sant Jordi, Wikipedia)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Yellow House

Yellow house, Fondamenta della Giudecca, Burano, Venetian Lagoon, Venice
Yellow house, Fondamenta della Giudecca
Burano, Venetian Lagoon
Venice, September 2013

Sunday, June 18, 2017

City Hall

City Hall by Foster and Partners, The Queen's Walk, Southwark, London
City Hall by Foster and Partners, 2002
The Queen's Walk, Southwark
London, September 2016

“City Hall was constructed at a cost of £43 million on a site formerly occupied by wharves serving the Pool of London. The building does not belong to the GLA but is leased under a 25-year rent. Despite its name, City Hall is not in and does not serve a city (according to UK law), which often adds to the confusion of Greater London with the City of London, which has its headquarters at Guildhall. In June 2011, Mayor Boris Johnson announced that for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the building would be called London House.” (City Hall, Wikipedia)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Via dei Benci

Door handle with knocker, Via dei Benci, Florence
Door handle with knocker
Via dei Benci
Florence, April 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

GSW Headquarters

Berlin
Detail of a facade, GSW Headquarters by Sauerbruch Hutton, 1999
Kochstrasse, Kreuzberg
Berlin, September 2011

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fruit on Display

Fruit on display, Via di Città, Siena
Fruit on display
Via di Città
Siena, April 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

300 Years

The Cathedral School of St. Saviour and St. Mary Overie, Redcross Way, Southwark, London
Sculpture celebrating 300 years of the school, 1704-2004
The Cathedral School of St. Saviour and St. Mary Overie
Redcross Way, Southwark
London, September 2016

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hare Krishna Dancers

Hare Krishna dancers, Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Hare Krishna dancers
Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
Florence, April 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monk Parakeet

Monk parakeet on a tree, Pla de Palau, Barcelona
Monk parakeet on a tree
Pla de Palau
Barcelona, March 2017

“Seven species of parrot are thriving right here in urban Barcelona—the highest number of parrot species in any European city. ‘We don’t think temperature is a factor,’ said Abel Julien of the Institut Català d’Ornitologia, who has studied birds in Catalunya for more than 30 years and works as a nature tour guide. ‘They will stay in their colonised environments provided there is enough food for them throughout the year.’ First spotted in the city in 1975, their numbers were estimated at a mere 50, but with a vertiginous growth rate, there are now thought to be more than 10,000 parrots living in the Barcelona metropolitan area. Among the species in Barcelona are monk parrots, named thus for the hood-like markings on their crown and nape of bright-green and grey feathers. At less than 30 centimetres in length, they are considered tiny for a parrot. Larger than the monks—think parrot-on-pirate-shoulder size—rose-ringed parakeets have powder-blue napes, tropical-green breasts and flesh-coloured or scarlet bills.”
(Birds of a feather: Barcelona's tropical parrots, Metropolitan Barcelona)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Scilicet

Detail of the monument to the twinning of Rome with Paris, by Félix Joffre, Via Parigi, Rome
“Scilicet” by Félix Joffre, 1956
Monument to the twinning of Rome and Paris
Via Parigi
Rome, April 2013

“In front of the Hall is a gift (1961) from the twin-city of Paris (since 1956), a Roman column with the bronze caravel on the top (heraldic symbol of Paris). Behind the hall along Via Parigi conspicuous remains of buildings demolished to make way for the Baths. It also contains works that came to light during the excavation works performed in Rome and in its surroundings, such as the Venus of Cyrene or the Girl from Antium, realized by Greek sculptors of the fifth century BC. Inside the building the visitor can admire frescoes of the Republican Age.” (Octagonal Hall of Diocletian Bath, RomeTour.org)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes (heritage tomatoes), Holland Street, Bankside, Southwark, London
Heirloom tomatoes (heritage tomatoes)
Holland Street, Bankside, Southwark
London, September 2016

“An heirloom tomato (also called heritage tomato in the UK) is an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) heirloom cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years. According to tomato experts Craig LeHoullier and Carolyn Male, heirloom tomatoes can be classified into four categories: family heirlooms, commercial heirlooms, mystery heirlooms, and created heirlooms. They are grown for a variety of reasons, such as for food, historical interest, access to wider varieties, and by people who wish to save seeds from year to year, as well as for their taste, which is widely perceived to be better than "conventional" tomatoes. They usually have a shorter shelf life, but are generally more disease resistant than most commercial tomatoes, except for specific disease(s), for which a commercial hybrid was bred to be resistant.” (Heirloom tomato)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Underpass of the Cure

Sottopassaggio delle Cure (Underpass of the Cure), Piazza delle Cure, Florence
Sottopassaggio delle Cure (Underpass of the Cure)
Piazza delle Cure
Florence, April 2017

“Underneath the sottopassaggio in Piazza delle Cure is an art exhibit unlike any other in Florence. The admission is free, the hours of operation are up to the visitors, the curator is self-appointed and, best of all, there are no lines. Ten years ago, local residents would suggest that you take the long way around the passage. This space was occupied by the homeless and the general environment was not exactly welcoming. That was before Salvatore moved in. Salvatore, the guardian of sottopassaggio delle Cure, has taken charge and restored the safety and beauty into the tunnels. He works on his own schedule, but generally you can find him at his post in the main hallway of the sottopassagio. The accommodations are simple: a little chair and table where he sits and talks to visitors.”
(The beauty beneath, The Florentine)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Torre Realia BCN

Torre Realia BCN by Toyo Ito, Plaça d'Europa, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
Torre Realia BCN by Toyo Ito, 2009
Plaça d'Europa, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, March 2017

“The office building – orthogonal in form and positioned perpendicular to the central axis of Plaza Europa (at 30o to Gran Vía) – marks the end of the plaza and engages in a dialogue with the bordering structures symmetrically located on the other side of Gran Vía (two orthogonal towers perpendicular to the axis). This is even more apparent when one sees that when the core of the office building reaches the façade it is cut by an invisible vertical plane that is aligned with the central axis of Plaza Europa.” (Porta Fira Towers, ArchDaily)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Carlo Cattaneo

Monument to Carlo Cattaneo by Ettore Ferrari, Via Santa Margherita, Milano
Monument to Carlo Cattaneo by Ettore Ferrari, 1900
Via Santa Margherita
Milano, November 2011

“Cattaneo was born in Milan; he died in Castagnola, close to Lugano in the Swiss canton of Ticino, where he had spent the last twenty years of his life in exile. A republican in his convictions, during his youth he had taken part in the Carbonari movement in Lombardy. He devoted himself to the study of philosophy, hoping to regenerate the Italian people by withdrawing them from romanticism and rhetoric, and turning their attention to the positive sciences. In this period, Cattaneo met philosopher Giandomenico Romagnosi and he ‘was especially attracted by Romagnosi's emphasis on practical solutions and interdisciplinary work’. Developing some intuitions coming from his mentor, Cattaneo expounded his ideas in a review founded by him in Milan in 1839, called II Politecnico. He resided at the Palazzo Gavazzi from 1840 until 1848.” (Carlo Cattaneo, Wikipedia)


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Spaccanapoli

Central Saint Giles by Renzo Piano, St Giles High Street, Camden, London
Central Saint Giles by Renzo Piano, 2010
St Giles High Street, Camden
London, September 2016

“Acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano is to literally brighten up the lives of Londoner’s on their way to Covent Garden from Oxford Street. Aiming to bring a sense of ‘joyous vibrancy’ to the area by Centre Point, he has proposed cladding 20 different facets of Central Saint Giles, a mixed-use development by Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company, with red, orange, green and yellow glazed ceramic cladding. As the cladding is installed a striking new landmark will emerge defined by dramatic facades of primary colours which at first glance appear a bold contrast to this too long neglected corner of central London.”
(Renzo colours London, World Architecture News)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Buddha's Hand

Buddha's hand, fingered citron, at a spring trade show, Giardino dell'Orticultura (Horticultural Garden), Via Bolognese, Florence
Buddha's hand or fingered citron, at a spring trade show
Giardino dell'Orticultura (Horticultural Garden)
Via Bolognese
Florence, April 2017

Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, or the fingered citron, is an unusually shaped citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections, resembling a human hand. It is called Buddha's hand in Chinese (佛手柑), Japanese (仏手柑), and Korean (불수감). The different cultivars and variations of this citron variety form a gradient from ‘open-hand’ types with outward-splayed segments to "closed-hand" types, in which the fingers are kept together. There are also half-fingered fruits, in which the basal side is united and the apical side fingered. The origin of this kind of citron is commonly traced back to the Far East, probably northeastern India or China, where most domesticated citrus fruits originate.” (Buddha's hand, Wikipedia)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Barcino

Barcino by Joan Brossa, Plaça Nova, Barcelona
“Barcino” by Joan Brossa, 1992
Plaça Nova
Barcelona, March 2017

“In the Plaça Nova, in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, almost touching the wall of the former Roman city, seven giant letters contrast with their historic backdrop. They are part of the alphabet created by Joan Brossa to spell out the word Barcino, the principal name of the Colonia Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino, which was the origin of present-day Barcelona. The letters, six of them made of bronze and one of aluminium, are bolted to the ground and make up a fun and original display, very much in keeping with this Barcelona-born artist's visual poems. Although the letters spell out a single word, each one is a work of art in its own right, and as a whole they create an interplay with the perspective and their surroundings. Surroundings which are defined by the cathedral, the wall, and the reproduction of an archway from the Roman aqueduct, which begins to emerge next to the sculpture.” (Barcino, Turisme de Barcelona)