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LAPC #173: Architecture and PPAC #21

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.

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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.

Masonic Lodge was rented by the Masons including member, James Monroe.

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.

Clementina Rind’s 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

Ancient Architecture

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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  1. The architecture along Las Vegas Boulevard is so interesting with its high rises, iconic replicas, and influences from various styles– it’s almost like a big kid playground.

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  2. I spent quite a while searching through my main supply of photos and labeling them architecture in Bridge. But so many of my architecture pictures are not fabulous. Either the picture is not great, or the architecture is not stunning.

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  3. Thanks for joining us this week Marsha. Williamsburg was a great idea. I’ve not been there in many years but remember it well. We have a similar spot here, not nearly as extensive, at Middleton Place. Always a fun visit. Your images are a fond reminder for me and your post is an excellent mix of themes!

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    • It’s funny, though I couldn’t find too many pictures I hadn’t already used of the two together in which they were both good pictures. And I didn’t take additional pictures of the buildings if I did of the statue or vice versa. 🙂

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  4. I loved Colonial Williamsburg and not just for the buildings – the costumed enactors were wonderful, staying so in character and in period 😀 Tuzigoot looks really interesting too. We went to similar places in NM but missed out on this when in AZ years ago!

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    • Yes, I didn’t give them any credit, but they were amazing. When teachers go through this week-long program, they interview these actors, and they have professors speak about various topics in classroom settings. The days started at about 7:00 am with breakfast at one of the taverns with a lecture from the “tavern owner”, and ended at 9:00 pm with a dance, or concert, or night walk through town. It was AMAZING! Tuzigoot was amazing, but no guides. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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