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.