Lens Artist, Tina Schell hosts us this week to find interesting architecture in Challenge #73. You can’t imagine the wonderful treasures in her post. The artists hope you’ll join them this week with some interesting architecture from around the corner or around the world. She also reminds us to “as always please stay safe and be kind.”
I’m going to add a little Public Art for Cee’s 21st post since art and architecture often go together.
Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.
Early New World Brick Buildings
“Even a brick wants to be something.”-Louis Kahn
A Little History
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia served as the capital of Virginia as well as the hub for the Revolutionary War. You can’t see the plan of the Capitol building from this perspective, but if you could look down from a plane, you would see it is shaped like an H. This H-shaped Capitol Building accommodated the governmental division between the upper and lower legislative houses.
In this Capitol, Virginia lawmakers pledged their lives and fortunes by declaring their freedom from England and forever changed the course of history in the New World.
During the week our group of teachers stayed in Colonial Williamsburg, some of us had the opportunity to make bricks by squishing mud and straw together with our feet.
Both residential and commercial buildings in Colonial Williamsburg were also made of brick.
During our teacher institute in Colonial Williamsburg, we researched one influential person in the late 1700s and (sort of) remained in character throughout the week. I was honored to become Clementina Rind, one of the first female newspaper editors in the country. This was her home.
“Architecture is inhabited sculpture.”– Constantin Brancusi
Newer Old Architecture
If you have been to New York, you probably saw the Empire State Building. I don’t know whether it’s insulting or complementary to copy, but Las Vegas has made a fortune doing it. There’s an unexplainable attraction to squeezing so many replicas of the world’s architectural wonders into a walkable distance.
Outside of the building are my examples of public art for the week – a fake Statue Of Liberty and a rollercoaster. There is much to say about Las Vegas in general, but one thing about the architecture on Las Vegas Boulevard is that the buildings are inhabited sculptures.
“I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.”–Tadao Ando
The final examples of architecture I want to share with you are here in Arizona in a place called Tuzigoot National Monument. Click the link to read my response to an early Which Way Challenge of Cee’s about Tuzigoot.
Now it’s your turn.
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