The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Showing posts with label Murano. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Murano. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ventanas-Fenêtres-Windows

Balcony. México City
From Ohm Building. Chelsea, NYC
Murano, Italy
Presidente Hotel. Mexico City
Rockefeller Building. NYC

“Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”
― Arthur C. Clarke


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Monday, March 4, 2013

Murano Glass

Street Glass Installation. Murano. Venice, Italy

"Simplicity is complexity resolved."
–   Constantin Brancusi, sculptor
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Murano





Murano 2010

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It lies about 1.5 km north of Venice and measures about 1.5 km (0.93 mi) across with a population of just over 5,000 (2004 figures). It is famous for its glass making, particularly lampworking. It was once an independent comune, but is now a frazione of the comune of Venice.
Murano was settled by the Romans, then from the sixth century by people from Altinum and Oderzo. At first, the island prospered as a fishing port and through production of salt. It was also a centre for trade, through the port it controlled on Sant'Erasmo. From the eleventh century, it began to decline as islanders moved to Dorsoduro. It had a Grand Council, like that of Venice, but from the thirteenth century Murano was ultimately governed by a podestà from Venice. Unlike the other islands in the Lagoon, Murano minted its own coins.
Early in the second millenium, hermits of the Camaldolese Order occupied one of the islands, seeking a place of solitude for their way of life. There they founded the Monastery of St. Michael (Italian: S. Michele di Murano). This monastery became a great center of learning and printing. The famous cartographerFra Mauro, whose maps were so crucial to European exploration of the world was a monk of this community. The monastery was suppressed in 1810 by French forces under Napoleon in the course of their conquest of the Italian peninsula, and the monks finally expelled in 1814. The grounds then became Venice's major cemetery.
In 1291, all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires. In the following century, exports began, and the island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrorsAventurine glass was invented on the island, and for a while Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe. The island later became known forchandeliers. Although decline set in during the eighteenth century, glassmaking is still the island's main industry. [Wiki]

Fri Dec 16, 2011
This week's challenge:
'Meditative'.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sudden Moments






















but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Windoor

Window

Door
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