Architecture Quote #258

Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary, 1906

Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary, 1906

“I call architecture frozen music.”

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

Visiting Budapest I spent some time in Gresham Palace. This building is a prime example of the Hungarian secession architecture. Today it houses the Four Seasons Hotel. I enjoyed the intricate lines and repetitive geometric pattern looking up at the ceiling.

Stairway Quote #257

Stairway in an apartment house, Budapest

Stairway in an apartment house, Budapest,Hungary

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

ANONYMOUS

I have just spent a wonderful time in Budapest. Walking in the grand boulevard I entered an apartment house. I was intrigued seeing the pattern in the stairway on my way going up to visit an old lady.

Chicago Quote #226

The Bean

The Bean

“New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.”

NORMAN MAILER

The Bean (Cloud Gate), Sir Anish Kapoor’s public outdoor work, is an iconic landmark in Chicago. It is a favorite tourist attraction. It represents a modern city looking into the future. The distortion, the metallic reflection and the B&W conversion with the tiny diminutive human figures in the foreground of the vast oppressing buildings convey the sense of futuristic urbanisation. In addition, it is a great substitute for a pretty wide angle lens! đŸ™‚