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far from the madding crowd

Sunday, March 16th, 2014 | tags: , , , , ,  |

video exhibit engagement boothsI was able to explore some artsy stuff on a Sunday during my recent Minneapolis visit. The Walker Art Centre was a real pleasure. I found myself enjoying the building almost as much as the exhibits. First, they had a brushed-suede alcove for watching film exhibits.


Next, for visitors suffering from Museum fatigue they’d provided plenty of comfortable seating with views of the local scenery rather than the thought provoking exhibits. I watched children sledding down the hillside. Apart from myself the seats were…

Public spaceEmpty.

DSCN2700Each corner that I walked around provided a new and interesting view of the architecture. There appeared to me more docents in the museum than visitors. I felt guilty looking at, and photographing, the building.  There will be another post on the fabulous exhibits, to compensate for my guilt. The corridors were….


Normally I have to wait, twist, and stretch to find a view of a building without people messing up the view. Not in the Walker Art Centre on a Sunday in March. It’s a place where you can be alone.

Maybe even lonely.



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park or enter

Sunday, October 5th, 2008 | tags: , , ,  |

Medical Museum,  Ambulances onlyA couple of signs outside of the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Medical museum left me completely discombobulated for all of 10 minutes.   How do these signs work together,   if at all?

Ambulances only

  • as Medical Museum exhibits?
  • as Medical museum visitors?
  • Can park when delivering  Medical Museum guests?
  • Can park outside the medical museum but their occupants have more pressing engagements than exploring the undoubtedly fascinating preceding accoutrements of their current treatments.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital building facade is very impressive.   Provision of a museum to enlighten the locals is a very thoughtful addition.

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moden interactive museums

Monday, February 25th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

The Victora and Albert Library is a living piece of history.   A free piblic library where the resources themselves are artefacts of beauty.

The internet provides information,   sometimes that information is beautifully packaged in ‘media experiences’.   The internet has not yet managed to add to its experience the package offered by old libraries of:

book scent

aging parchment texture

atmosphere of being surrounded by ancient books

the sound of librarian moderated silences

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Chandelier infiltration

Thursday, February 21st, 2008 | tags: ,  |

Dale Chihouly’s chandeliers are infiltrating big municipal building foyers from  the Benaroya hall in Seattle to the Victoria and Albert museum in London’s South Kensington. Have they infiltrated a foyer near you?

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free and fabulous

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 | tags: , ,  |

The Natural History Museum,  originally opened in 1881 and now open 7 days a week,   free to everyone.     It’s got Mammoth skeletons, literally, Mammoth!   Designed by a young manchester architect, Alfred Waterhouse, the building itself is a work of art.     Arches have spines and unique varied animals climbing them.

There are no rules posted about the use of cameras which meant I got a tiny-bit snap-happy.

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MC Escher & Vermeer

Sunday, June 19th, 2005 | tags: , , , , ,  |

Stories from the Hague #2

The “Het Palais” is a museum dedicated to the life and work of MC Escher.   I happily spent hours looking at his wonderful prints, reading about his life,   looking at photographs he’d  taken of his inspirations,   objects he’d owned,   watching videos,   playing in the virtual reality and with the optical illusions.  I’ve always admised Escher’s work.  Being able to visit a museum dedicated to  him  was a real treat.

I learned that Escher had designed a version of “Metamorphose” for the Hague Post Office.  

A short walk from Het Palais is the “Maurithuis”.   Another compact palacial gallery.  The contents of this Gallery were exquisit: Rembrandt,   Ruebens, Van Dyjck, Vermeer,  Frans Hals and others I’ve forgotten how to spell.   As with Het Palais,   the Palais itself is a fabulous place worht visiting.    The paintings were awe inspiring.    As  a novice,   I paid particular attention to the brush storkes and techniques used.  

I thought that I would never see “girl with a pearl earing” in my lifetime.  I shed a little tear of joy.

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Andrew Jackson State Park

Sunday, April 24th, 2005 | tags: , ,  |

Charlotte, NC: #10

Andrew Jackson state park is actually in South Carolina, less than an hours’ drive from Charlotte.  

The park is relatively small,   including an  ampitheatre.   It looked like a wonderful place to  BBQ and listen to live music.  

Andrew Jackson   was the 7th US president, known as ‘Old Hickory’  

There is some controversey about where he was born, Carolina or Tenessee.   The lady guide at the park described how every year they held a football match to decide who gets bragging rights to his birthplace for the year.   She was an actress in over 20 films including “The Patriot’   that was mainly filmed locally.   She speculated there probably were no bears left in Britain because they must have killed so many to make the uniform hats.   The actual museum,   though small was very child-friendly,   interactive,   they had examples of all the clothes used to make clothes that you could touch and example clothes that you could try-on.

She warned us about the fire-ants which were in adundance outside.   More gently and more noticable in their presence were huge bumble-bees in the air outside.   They were so big that I originally mistook them for Hornets.   Hornets are represented on Charlotte cities ‘flag’.   They were chosen becuase a British general likened being in charlotte to being in a Hornets nest.   The flag also reminds me of the Scottish national flag,   but it is not menitoned on any of the web-sites I’ve read so far.

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