Friday, December 9, 2016
This pop art sculpture by American artist Roy Lichtenstein was commissioned for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. It is titled 'El Cap de Barcelona'; in English 'The Head of Barcelona'. If you look closely you'll see an interpretation of a female face. The sculpture seems to pay homage to the images of Picasso and to the mosaic techniques employed by architect Antonio Gaudi; both of whom lived and worked in Barcelona. The sculpture is right along the waterfront where the long street Via Laietana terminates and stands as a bright, iconic, whimsical and majestic element.
Friday, December 2, 2016
The other day I got involved in a discussion about the virtues of Mies van der Rohe's concept of 'Less is More'; an often heard expression that outside of the architectural community is seldom attributed to the German architect who first uttered the words. For this reason I decided to post this photo of the Barcelona Pavilion; the very essence of less is more. Perfect proportion, perfect detailing, exquisite use of materials and completely stripped of all unnecessary embellishment or decoration.
I created this photo using one of the black and white settings on my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Designed for the 1929 International Exposition this iconic structure features marble, onyx and travertine extensively. It's a very open and perfectly proportioned structure - being there one has a feeling of perfect order and calmness. Interestingly, there are no light fixtures, fire extinguishers, exit signs, thermostats or other 'architectural acne' on any wall surfaces. There is no need for any artwork because the building is work of art in itself. It's a simple and quite perfect building.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Wikipedia has this to say about the memorial:
Aluminium from a Royal Canadian Air Force Handley Page Halifax of No. 426 Squadron that had crashed in Belgium in May 1944 was used to build the roof of the memorial, which was designed to evoke the geodetic structure of the Vickers Wellington. The Halifax, LW682 OW/M, had been removed from a swamp in 1997 with three of the crew found still at their posts. They were buried with full military honours in Geraardsbergen and the remains of the aircraft were sent to Canada. Some of the metal was used for the restoration of a Halifax in Trenton, Ontario, and the rest was melted down by the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta. The Museum provided ingots for the memorial to commemorate the 10,659 of 55,573 Bomber Command aircrew killed during the war that were Canadian
Although we visited in summertime many months before Remembrance Day and not at a time when any official events were being held the memorial was strewn with poppies and cards of thanks. Stirring stuff.