Friday, December 30, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Myrrh is a natural gum-like resin from the Commiphora Myrrha tree. It was used as a perfume and because it was thought to have an intoxicating effect it was also used medicinally. Frankincense is also a sap like substance taken from the Boswellia Sacra tree. Like myrrh. it was used in perfumes it was also as incense.
Friday, December 16, 2016
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.