This Demolition squad caught my eye … though quite a few of them had moved away by the time I plucked up courage to click in front of them!
The building is right next to President’s House where I was waiting to pick him up. I don’t know why you don’t believe me? Maybe because I wasn’t there to meet him 🙂 though I wonder if he would have let me drive him if I was. I mean, he has opened up the street to the common man and we can actually drive past his gate now. Not possible for many years with the security situation, but possible since he took office.
These workmen are probably refurbishing in preparation for business moving back into the street – formerly called Prince Street but changed in a frenzy of patriotic post independence fervour to Sir Baron Jayatilleke Mawatha: quite a few mouthful when you have to give directions.
Many buildings are being restored to former glory under a programme which commenced at the end of the civil war. “Glory’ not in terms of modern day marvels of chrome and glass but rather of historical and cultural glory for these buildings from our colonial past have a charm and character of their own.
Posted in response to Trabloggers MM challenge to find beauty around you. His last post was on ‘interesting walls’ and this fits in quite well.
but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines! (Frank Lloyd Wright, Americas famous architect.)
No vines were visible at the new Hamad International Airport in Doha. The lighting and minimal use of colour, the absence of extraneous fittings and accessories – except in the ‘activity areas’ – emphasise the architects pride in his work which needs no adornment. It certainly was very striking and is my response to Angles challenge of Photrablogger – along with the contrastingly humdrum ‘Angles of my Abode’ … and a little visitor who turns mundane into beautiful.
Maybe I’ll grow some vines when she leaves 🙂
Bricks is the theme of Photrablogger’s MM Challenge #12 and I thought these will fit in well for photos on brickwork.
Section of wall Old Square Mantua
The first picture is a close up of a wall in the Old Square in Mantova, a UNESCO heritage site. The pattern of white stone on the wall of 15th century Palazzo Ducale, gives it an enchanting ‘lacey’ look … like Chantilly lace on brick !!!
A bigger picture – more motifs,more enchantment. The pattern of small hollow squares visible may be due to restoration work as they are too ordered to be fallen bricks. If you look closely you can see where windows appear to have been walled up. It adds to the mystery!!
The angular buttresses on palace roof are duplicated on on the opposite side of the square – see below. The entire square may have been part of the Palace (I need to read the guidebook). Perhaps the different designs represent different quarters. The white insets are visible in a more frugal way on one wall. You can see that repairs have been carried out where the pattern is interrupted. And note that the other wall is pure brick – with no aesthetic extras. The chimney indicates it may have been the kitchen area … elementary my dear Watson 🙂
Old Square, Mantua
Old Square, Mantua
And how it looks now – contrasting old with new, ochre wall with blue windows . Old and new blend so seamlessly.
A toast to buildings that stand the test of time .
Postcript : We travelled to Mantova frtom Milan to meet Rev. Sr. Teresina – former Professor of Christology in Sri Lanka, who had travelled from Carpi, to meet us halfway, the day after we arrived in Milan. These pictures were taken whilst enjoying a delicious our first Italian meal her famous wine celebrating our meeting after five years.
I had initially ‘cropped’ our table from the picture to focus only on architecture. On second thoughts however, I kept in the bottle of wine, for a building this beautiful and this enduring, surely deserves a toast.
So, a toast to buildings with workmanship and materials that endure … and a toast likewise to enduring friendships.