Have I mentioned that I have a passion for libraries? I do, you know. I am a card carrying member of my our local branch and seek them out whenever I’m travelling.
I think that the regard in which a community holds its public libraries speaks volumes about the place. 😉
ine my joy when lo and behold!, I wandered past this beauty….
ld not resist stepping inside … into this covered courtyard space or "promenade".
Designed to resemble the Roman Colosseum this main branch, on West Georgia Street, opened in 1995. The library itself is a nine-story rectangular structure which houses the usual library business – stacks and services.
surrounded by a freestanding elliptical, colonnaded wall. Here are reading and study areas which are accessed by bridges spanning skylit light wells. The library's internal glass facade overlook the glass-roofed courtyard.
space is formed by a second elliptical wall on the east side of the building and provides the entrance and, I suspect, lively and bright protection from Vancouver rainy winters.
utiful balance of form and function.
Very impressive, Vancouver!! I'd come back to visit any time of year just to further explore this library.
On my most recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I kept a promise with myself and made my way to the roof-top for a glass of wine while overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. A pretty spectacular and indulgent treat, I thought. (Especially as I was alone and the wine was not inexpensive)
To my absolute surprise and delight, I found here this extraordinary installation by Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas – The Theatre of Disappearance.
In this exhibit, the artist used the Museum itself as as inspiration. Each piece represents replicas of nearly 100 objects from The Met collection.
Each object is a fusion (or collage) of various, otherwise unconnected pieces from the collection, drawing from thousands of years of artistic production over several continents and cultures.
It’s is all rendered in the same black or white material and coated in a layer of dust.
It was equally eerie and mesmerizing. Simply breathtaking set against that magnificent backdrop.
I was happy to slow down and admire, taking it all in while juggling my wine glass with my camera.
If you are in NYC, the show runs until October 29, 2017 at The Met Fifth Avenue. I recommend it!
I really love libraries.
But even if your not a big library fan, this place is worth a visit. There’s always something interesting going on at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue.
If your lucky (like I was once), or a more organized traveller, you can take in any number of free public talks. I happen to walk off the street at the right time. But I’ve also I’ve enjoyed a number of intriguing exhibitions here. Most recently I saw the Love in Venice show, which explores some of what sets Venice’s history apart from that of the rest of Europe. But …. I digress. This post is about Doors ….
There are so many extraordinary doors and doorways here!
That ceiling!! Let’s peak inside …
What a space!!
If you do find yourself here, make some time to visit Bryant Park. Located directly behind the library, this park is actually built on top of the library’s collection (which is housed in a climate controlled space underground).
I’ve heard this place referred to as NewYork’s Livingroom. You can see everyone here: from tourists to locals, from businessmen to schoolchildren.
There’s a children’s area, complete with carousel and outdoor library.
And plenty of lovely places to enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee, some conversation, have your lunch, or maybe some quiet solitude in the midst of the busy city.
You could read a book!!
Norm’s Thursday Doors
We grabbed a coffee here – from the cutest little coffee venue ever. Just a couple of weeks ago.
Here in Borough Market in London.
The coffee was fantastic! And the vibe here was electric! The sights. The smells. The flavours! We stayed for lunch, which we picked up from a Somalian vendor … and it was delicious!
There were so many people.
Afterwards, we walked across London Bridge.
The news of yesterday’s attacks has me retracing our steps in my mind.
New York City has soooo many sights to visit. And there are just sooooo many things to do here. But, I guess I’m a creature of habit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of my favourite places to visit when I’m in NYC.
The MET is the largest museum in the United States and one of the most visited in the world. I’ve been here several times but have not seen the same exhibits twice.
Here are a few of the doors I walked through in this most magnificent building on my most recent visit.
Going up ….
This column is just a portion of one from the Temple of Artimis and is part of the Greek and Roman Sculpture Exhibition.
This exhibition was a fine prelude to the special installation which is on the rooftop. But more about that in a future post. For now we are looking at doors … and doorways.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.
We walked ALOT during our recent visit to London. Sooooo much to see. And so little time. But i would argue that the very best way to really see a city is from the street.
And I couldn’t help but collect a few photos of Doors along the way…..
The gates to Kensington Palace.
The Household Cavalry Door.
A pub door.
Doors at Shakesphere’s Globe Theatre
The Door to Spencer House
Near St. James Park.
A Fleet Street Door – and friendly doorman.
And, of course, the doors to Canada House … with Nelson’s Column reflected in the window.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors