Architecture

Makomanai Cemetery Buddha

The Makomanai Cemetery is on the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan. This 1500 ton stone Buddha sat alone, above ground for fifteen years. The cemetery hired architect Tadao Ando to change the relationship of the Buddha to the cemetery. He did this by building a hill of lavender plants around the statue and the results are spectacular.

Watch the video full screen. It has no sound that I know of but it’s perfect in silence.

Update: My friend Joy Brown found this video of the building of the hill around the Buddha.

[via Colossal]

Reflections on the High Line

Reflections on the High Line

High Line, New York.

I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.

At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?

In contact with heaven

in contact with heaven

Flickr member Carsten Heyer took this dramatic image of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

This is all about being close enough to this amazing and very large structure so that looking up at it foreshortens the towers.

You can see a similar effect in my shots of some amazing tulip trees on the Appalachian Trail near here.

Lunch atop Rockefeller Center

The reason this particular construction project was so well documented was that it was Rockefeller Center.

No one, not even the photographers, is wearing safety equipment.

The subjects and the photographer are unknown, but the photo is one of the most iconic of all time. With Central Park in the background, 11 men casually have lunch 800 feet above Manhattan. In this short piece by Time Magazine, archivist Christine Rouselle explores the story behind this historic image.

[via Devour]