The Cloister (Mont Saint Michel) – B&W

The Cloister at Mont St Michel in Normandy is made of a multitude of small thin polished columns sculpted out of English granite. The perspective of its columns and arches can be arranged into endless geometrical patterns. Here are a few examples. April 2014. Saint Michael’s Mount (Normandy).  

In the name of democracy (B&W)

  For the past two days, all flags have been unfurled as a welcome to Chinese President Xi Jipin in Paris. Tibetan protesters had been carefully kept silent. All was done in the name of democracy of course, and no sacrosanct principle of democracy have been downtrodden. All is for the best in the best of... Continue Reading →

Escherian stairwell 2 (B&W)

By now you know my love for Escher and his zanyish constructions of impossible staircases in which eyeless characters climb from all sides. Here’s another of these real life Escherian stairwells. Arab World Institute (Jean Nouvel). January 2014

Mechanical Mashrabiya

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-JPeERCO2gEY/UtLooLTiU9I/AAAAAAAArXY/bALIHQryfqk/s800/antimuseum.com-ima-0113-4316.jpg The Arab World Institute is one of Jean Nouvel's most successful buildings, one of the rare architectural beauties of the infamous 1980s. It is known and remembered for its modern mechanical mashrabiya (not sure about the plural). Here are various views of these automatic shutters which are as many diaphragms which open themselves when... Continue Reading →

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