The dots and straight lines are from glue that used to hold some tiles or similar panels above the doors on an old store front in downtown Birmingham. The partial script is some of the lettering from the store’s name that was on the wall underneath the tiles.
Anyone of a certain age most likely knows exactly why I chose the name for this photo. In case you are not of a certain age may need this:
Deep contemplation or deep sleep? Who says you can’t do both at the same time?
You might remember this red chair from a previous post (here). Well, a couple of years later it’s found a spot in our new home (this time in the morning rather than afternoon light) and life is still good.
An unusual stain left by a long-gone leave on the sidewalk. At first I thought it was just dampness or dirt or both but it has survived at several weeks and a rainstorm or two.
I found this curious; while the main building structure was modern enough to still look modern today, the plumbing fixtures in Maison la Roache were decidedly not modern. I guess that’s how you tell it was an original from the early days of the modern architecture movement, not a recent one.
On our recent Wisconsin trip, our friends took us to the Little Bohemia Lodge, the scene of a shootout between the FBI and John Dillinger and his gang (which included Baby Face Nelson) in 1934. Some of the bullet holes from that fight are still there and today are a minor tourist attraction. Dillenger and company survived the fight; not so an unlucky bystander shot down the road by some overzealous FBI agents. Dillinger did of course succumb to FBI bullets sometime later outside a theater in Chicago, given up by the famed lady in the red dress (who may or may not have actually been wearing the red dress as she promised the FBI she would).
Walther Gropius was the founder of the Bauhaus School, the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century. In 1913 he published an article The Development of Industrial Buildings which included a number of photographs of columnar concrete American grain elevators. These grain elevator photos greatly influenced Le Corbusier. Their simple shapes and large unadorned expanses of concrete became a dominant characteristic of Corbusier’s designs. Having photographed grain elevators extensively, to a large degree because of my attraction to the light as it plays across their simple geometries, it’s no surprise I also found Corbusier’s work equally interesting.
Another interesting, perhaps a little confusing combination of various surfaces and lines.