Thursday, 4 February 2016

On a High in Atlanta

Follow me to the High Museum in Atlanta 
Rather I was in The High Museum of Art.  This is home to an exciting collection of classic and contemporary art and was just round the corner from where I was staying.

Trying to find the entrance the person I asked said “Follow me” Minutes later we were both in the ticket line, he was in front turned to me and gave me his second ticket (museum members get two tickets each time they visit!).  This was a great start.

I had been here before some ten years ago. Then as now it was the remarkable architecture by Richard Meier that astonished me. A series of spaces and shapes in geometry set together in a thrilling way!

One has to set the Collections to one side and just stand or sit to relish the space.

Five minutes from the High - great piazza

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Frank’s Furniture Illustrated

How about this for your office?

Within the wonderful white walls of the High Museum in Atlanta sits this lovely piece of furniture, two pieces actually both by Frank. Frank Lloyd Wright another architect with whom I am infatuated. 

He is generally considered as the foremost American architect of the 20th century. He designed more than a thousand buildings including the Guggenheim in NYC.

Atlanta's Skyline
Furniture was vital to Wright’s thinking. He believed that architecture, interiors and furnishings must arise from the same principles.  This desk and chair reflects circular shapes and brick colour of the S. C. Johnson & Son Building for which they were made. With frames of cast-aluminium piping cantilevered work surface, swinging rather than sliding drawers and removable wastebaskets – ingenious! 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

The wonder of Worcester

The wonder that is Worcester 
Worcester Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin, loiters by the River Severn. It is only minutes from where we were staying with super-chums Chris and Liz.
We paid our customary visit.

George Gilbert Scott has been here too: Worcester was extensively restored from 1857 to 1874. The Victorians loved a clear view throughout a church; consequently 17th century screens and panelling were removed from Worcester’s Choir and organ casing in 1864 - moved up the road to Sutton Coalfield

The Norman work started earlier in 1089, what survives today as the largest Norman crypt in England. So tour guide Russell told me. The Norman work was completed by 1170.

King John was buried here 1216 and soon after rebuilding in the Early English style began, starting at the East end and moving west (Decorated).

The Black Death 1348 - 1350 put a break on things.

Work resumed (Perpendicular) in parts of the Nave.

And after Henry VIII had done his rampage, 250 or so years later the Victorians moved in.  Bless 'em 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Christ Church Oxford: A cathedral in your pocket.

There was a lull in the weather, sunshine, so off to Oxford Christchurch, one of the cathedrals yet to visit. Christ Church Oxford: A cathedral in your pocket.

Oxford, the spiritual home of Le Carre and Charles Ryder, boasts one of the smallest Anglican cathedrals.

Romanesque aplenty thanks to the Augustinian monks who started work in 1150, to build a monastery church. Henry VIII founded Christ Church College and the church became a cathedral.

The Becket Window, c.1332, is the oldest in the cathedral with a rare panel showing the martyrdom of Thomas Becket. Much later Edward Burne-Jones contributed the St Frideswide window colourful glass telling the story of this local saint. Bringing us bang up to date is the Bell Alter by Jim Partridge (2000) dedicated to Bishop George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, who opposed the bombing of German cities in WWII.

Christ Church is unique as it serves as a cathedral and a college chapel.
Choir Stall end carving