Chinese-American architect IM Pei turned 100 this week. To celebrate, Dezeen selected 10 of his most iconic buildings from a career that spans seven decades.
His architecture is identifiable through its strict geometries – combinations of circles, squares and triangles that manifest in both two and three dimensions in plan, section and elevation. The firm’s oeuvre ranges from a curving brick chapel to soaring glass-sheathed skyscrapers, and includes museums, libraries and civic centres in locations across the globe.
Identified from the top:
Le Grand Louvre, Paris, France, 1989
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China, 1990
Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China, 2006
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, 2008
Dallas City Hall, Dallas, USA, 1978
Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan, 1963
Miho Museum, Kyoto, Japan, 1997
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, USA, 1995
Kennedy Library, Boston, USA, 1979
National Gallery of Art East Building, Washington DC, USA, 1978
20-Foot Tall Bamboo Lanterns Light Up San Francisco
These Chinese lanterns entitled Sui Sui Ping An – Peace All Year Round
by Hong Kong artist Freeman Lau
were so mesmerizing in the dark. They were magical against the majestic San Francisco City Hall back draft.
I enjoyed taking pictures and walking among the tall 16-20 foot colorful lanterns while breathing in the cool air.
The exhibit is free and will be around until March 2017.
The term “Art Deco” comes from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts), the World’s fair held in Paris, France from April to October 1925. It was derived by shortening the words “Arts Décoratifs” in the title of the exposition.
Up until recently Billy Penn hadn’t taken a bath for 12 years! The sculpture that sits atop City Hall recently underwent a 6-week restoration process. Sculptor Alexander Milne Calder created a small model of William Penn (found in our American Art galleries) in preparation for the large sculpture atop City Hall.
“Model for the Statue of William Penn,” 1889, after original 1886, by Alexander Milne Calder (On loan from Mr. and Mrs. Set Charles Momjian)