Friday, March 24, 2017

Casa Batlló

Detail of the roof of Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona
Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí, 1909
Passeig de Gràcia
Barcelona, March 2017

“Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the centre of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Gaudí's assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió also contributed to the renovation project. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality. Like everything Gaudí designed, it is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís). The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudí's home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.” (Casa Batlló, Wikipedia)

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rose Window

Rose window seen from the inside, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (Cathedral of Saint Lawrence), Piazza San Lorenzo, Genoa
The rose window of the Cathedral seen from the inside
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (Cathedral of Saint Lawrence)
Piazza San Lorenzo
Genoa, April 2016

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fish Weathervane

Old Billingsgate Market weathervane, Old Billingsgate Walk, City of London, London
Old Billingsgate Market weathervane
Old Billingsgate Walk, City of London
London, September 2016

“Old Billingsgate Market is the name given to what is now a hospitality and events venue in the City of London, based in the Victorian building that was originally Billingsgate Fish Market, the world's largest fish market in the 19th century. The first Billingsgate Market building was constructed on Lower Thames Street in 1850 by the builder John Jay, and the fish market was moved off the streets into its new riverside building. This was demolished in around 1873 and replaced by an arcaded market hall designed by City architect Horace Jones and built by John Mowlem & Co. in 1875, the building that still stands on the site today. In 1982, the fish market itself was relocated to a new site on the Isle of Dogs in east London. The 1875 building was then refurbished by architect Richard Rogers, originally to provide office accommodation.” (Old Billingsgate Market, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Grapes

Grapes by Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei Libero exhibition, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
“Grapes” by Ai Weiwei, 2015
“Ai Weiwei. Libero” exhibition
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi
Florence, January 2017

“A recurrent theme is how the new tramples down the old. To make Grapes (2015), Ai created a dynamic sculptural shape with a dozen or more seventeenth-century Qing dynasty wood stools famous for their uniquely practical construction. But by being restructured into art, the stools are robbed of their age-old function. ” (Up, up Ai Weiwei, The Florentine)

Monday, March 20, 2017

King Louis XIV

Paris
Equestrian monument in honor of King Louis XIV by François Joseph Bosio, 1828
Place des Victoires
Quartier du Mail, 2nd arrondissement.
Paris, July 2014

“In 1793, the Place was renamed Place des Victoires-Nationaux (National Victories Square), and a wooden pyramid was erected on the site of the destroyed statue. In 1810, under the rule of Napoléon I, a nude statue of the General Louis Desaix replaced the pyramid. However, following the abdication of Napoléon, the statue was taken down and its metal was used to create a new statue of Henry IV on the nearby Pont Neuf. In 1828, the restored Bourbon king, Charles X, commissioned the current equestrian statue, which was sculpted by François Joseph Bosio. Louis XIV, dressed as a Roman emperor, sits on a proud horse rearing on its hind legs. An iron fence encircles the twelve-meter-high statue.” (Place des Victoires, Wikipedia)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Palazzo Zagnoni

Lion shaped door handle, Circolo della Caccia, Hunting Club, Palazzo Zagnoni (Palazzo Spada), Via Castiglione, Bologna
Lion shaped door handle, Circolo della Caccia (Hunting Club)
Palazzo Zagnoni (Palazzo Spada), Via Castiglione
Bologna, June 2015

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Number 1 London Bridge

Number 1 London Bridge by John S Bonnington Partnership, London Bridge Street, Southwark, London
Number 1 London Bridge by John S Bonnington Partnership, 1986
London Bridge Street, Southwark
London, September 2016

“John S. Bonnington Partnership designed the No. 1 London Bridge building on the south side of the London Bridge in London. It has a 13 story tower with another 10 story section clad in pink granite and stainless steel. The distinctive front of the building is cut out of the corner with a skylight cut out at the top. The office complex was completed in 1986.” (Number 1 London Bridge, Architecture Revived)