art in city hall


IM Pei 

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.

01.30.17, San Francisco Civic Center

*Sony A600 mirrorless camera, unedited photos
Hidden America: Inside the secret rooms in landmarks across the US
Some of the country's most secret rooms are hiding in plain sight inside landmarks around the country - from a private apartment at Radio City Music Hall to an Art Deco tunnel snaking underneath the New Yorker Hotel.

Included in this look at “hidden” apartments, tunnels etc., are a few Art Deco spaces, like a secret apartment at Radio City and a tunnel connecting the New Yorker Hotel to Penn Station.

vividlasagna  asked:

question: was there as much of a coherent ideology behind art deco as there was behind modernism? and if so what was it?

Art Deco is a style not an ideology like Modernism.

Radio City Hall in New York City

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.

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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)