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inclement weather hides mountains…

One of the best things about flying to north Italy is the view you get as you fly over the Alps at this time of year. I have made this trip many many times and these spiky, snow clad mountain tops never stop giving me a little thrill every time i see them…except this time, when for the first time in my travels, they were completely hidden by the weather… goddammit! Still there were some nice cloud formations as we approached Milan, providing the first glimpse of recently flooded rice fields that so characterise the Lombardy and Piedmont landscapes…

stop motion from photos taken from my htc phone…result not too bad

shopping and the weather…

The weather is MENTAL here, its very warm but it rains most days or nights, big crazy ass thunderstorms that come in from the surrounding mountains with incredible cloud formations … so beautiful…

…it really looked like this, i have not tampered with this picture…

Meanwhile shopping is an interesting experience…around Medellin and a lot in Moravia you can’t always go in, instead you stand outside behind thick iron bars while someone serves you from within…

general store

…a lot of people convert the front of their homes into tiny stores, this is a miniature liquor store under someone’s stairwell…

…this place sells bread and cheese…

…the drugstore…

…but there is a lot of beauty in these little stores, mainly from the hand painted ads painted at the entrances…

EL ANGELITO – LOVE LIFE AND WHAT YOU DO


society of the spectacle…

Transsolar + Tetsuo Kondo architects: Cloudscapes

below the clouds…

above the clouds…

“The ability to touch, feel and walk through the clouds is a notion drawn from many of our fantasies. Gazing out of aeroplane windows, we often daydream of what it might be like to live in this ethereal world of fluffy vapour

walking under, above and inside the clouds…

…and speaking of pure spectacle Olafur Eliasson was also here with a work called Your Split Second House:

bloody difficult to photograph…3 ropes whirl round and round. Water runs down them and creates a rhythmic thrashing sound as it hits the ground. All this happens in the pitch dark and is illuminated only by sporadic strobe lighting…It was fun, nothing more nothing less but not on a par with some of his more epic works.

A split second is the space between 2 seconds. The gap between past and future; not just the part of now that is a void, seemingly frozen in time. In it nothing changes. What might change is the way we relate to it. Habitual coordinates such as subject and object, gravity and anti-gravity are freed up. This feeling of reconstituting our way of experiencing the world can happen suddenly, in a jolt. We do not feel the split second, but only realize afterwards that we have lived through one.” Olafur Eliasson

…another appearance from the art peeping tom…my companion mutters that this is like a Pistoletto mirror, putting the audience into the picture…

outside…

more architecture biennale 2010 on this blog:

plenty of money and full colour brochures

arsenale

other pavilions

rural urbanism and rethinking happiness

more giardini

venice biennale of architecture

madonna blu/madonna rosa…

…Speaking of Oropa, when i go there, i tend to buy one of these small statues every year.

This wee madonna turns out to be a rather brilliant predictor of the weather. When it is sunny and/or dry, she is blue as above…and when rain comes…like today…

…she turns pink (when i take her home to Scotland she remains mostly pink…!). Works every time…honest!

travel update…

…i interrupt this series of archival salone posts to celebrate the fact that i finally made it onto my plane…and we were not alone up there…

Crazy cloud formations towards the end of the alps…incidentally, i posted this photo on my Blipfoto account and this was one of the comments i got:

In shipping we call this ‘a near miss’ regardless if you use the zoom function. The relative speed should have been in the +1600 km/hr region when he was heading into opposite direction. A remarkably shot. Can’t imagine NCA will be proud.  ~ GERT

I was too busy fumbling with my camera to worry about stuff like that…but i did think it was a bit close!

I did not tamper with the colour here, the sky was crazy blue…and no ash in sight.

Chasing the moon, which was odd as it was 2.20 in the afternoon.

Winding road and cloud shadows, am always looking for signs of life from the plane…still looking.