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NYPL 53rd st by Ten Arquitectos

In a neighborhood dense with high-end retail, luxury residences, and blue-chip institutions and offices, this 30,000 square foot branch library will fulfill a much-needed role as a public space and a touchstone for the local community and visiting tourists. Despite the library’s site being predominantly below grade and set at the base of a new 40-story hotel, TEN Arquitectos’ design transforms the dark, subterranean space into an inviting, open and light-filled civic landscape in the heart of Manhattan.


On this day in music history: July 29, 1973 - Led Zeppelin plays three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Touring in support of their then current album “Houses Of The Holy”, the concerts are filmed for inclusion in the film “The Song Remains The Same” (released in October 1976). Before the last show, box office receipts totaling $203,000 are stolen from the safe deposit box at the Drake Hotel where band are staying. The box office receipts disappear sometime between the time the bands road manager Richard Cole and their attorney place the money in the hotel’s safe. Zeppelin’s personal manager Peter Grant holds a press conference discussing the situation. After a complete investigation, the money is never recovered and no one is ever charged in the theft.

Sculpture of Art Deco

Sculpture of the Art Deco period was mainly designed to decorate office buildings, public squares, and private salons. It was almost always representational, usually of heroic or allegorical figures related to the purpose of the building. Themes were usually chosen by the patron, and abstract sculpture for decoration was extremely rare. It was frequently attached to facade of buildings, particularly over the entrance.

Allegorical sculptures of dance and music by Antoine Bourdelle were the essential decorative feature of the earliest Art Deco landmark in Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, in 1912. Aristide Maillol reinvented the classical ideal for his statue of the River (1939), now held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Paris City Museum of Modern Art, and the esplanade in front of the Palais de Chaillot, facing the Eiffel Tower, was crowded with new statuary by Charles Malfray, Henry Arnold, and many others.

In the United States, many European sculptors trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, came to work; they included Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore Lincoln Memorial. Other American sculptors, including Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, had studied with Auguste Rodin in Paris. The 1929 stock market crash largely destroyed the market for monumental sculpture, but one grand project remained; the new Rockefeller Center. The American sculptors Lee Lawrie and Paul Manship designed heroic allegorical figures for facade and plaza. In San Francisco, Ralph Stackpole provided sculpture for the facade of the new San Francisco Stock Exchange building.

One of the best known and certainly the largest Art Deco sculpture is the Christ the Redeemer by the French sculptor Paul Landowski, completed between 1922 and 1931, located on a mountain top overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. François Pompon was a pioneer of modern stylized sculpture. He was not fully recognized for his artistic accomplishments until the age of 67 at the Salon d'Automne of 1922 with the work “Ours blanc”, also known as “The White Bear”, now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

One genre of the sculpture was called “the Chryselephantine statuette”, named for a style of ancient Greek temple statues made of gold and ivory. One of the best-known Art Deco salon sculptors was the Romanian-born Demétre Chiparus, who produced colourful small sculptures of dancers. Other notable salon sculptors included Ferdinand Preiss, Josef Lorenzl, Alexander Kelety, Dorothea Charol and Gustav Schmidtcassel.

Parallel with these more neoclassical sculptors, more avant-garde and abstract sculptors were at work in Paris and New York. The most prominent were Constantin Brâncuși, Joseph Csaky, Alexander Archipenko, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, Gustave Miklos, Jean Lambert-Rucki, Jan et Joël Martel, Chana Orloff, and Pablo Gargallo.


Day 12: Square Enix Shop Artnia, Shinjuku Tokyo (yes I went a lot of places today including a quick stop at Studio Ghibli lol and visited the Hanzomon shrine and did lots in the evening!) I used to a massive Final fantasy fanboy as a teen when Final Fantasy 7 came out and have probably reached level 99 and completed everything in the game around 6 times and made FF8 and FF9 my life when they came out too :D but FF10 onwards lost me and 13 made me feel for a long time that I’d never play another FF game again but il give 15 a go sometime! Anyway… this place was tricky to find and the other day somehow I managed to walk in the opposite direction for a couple of miles :S so I was super pleased about finding this place today! And I’d read about it online and knew there was lots of cool FF7 stuff especially the precious materia…. awww it was so cool seeing that display in real life! There’s a waterfall coming down from their ceiling above surrounding the materia and the lines of water land in black sponge so as they don’t splash, the room is filled with display cases filled with really expensive figures from lots of different FF games!

Theres meant to be a huge life sized Sephiroth in a glass case in the floor somewhere but i think that’s maybe their actual Square Enix office! I took lots more pictures of all the figures but I can only post 10 here :( and on the other side of the white merch shelves there was a Square Enix cafe and bar! Though I didn’t buy anything! Check out the pan of the display room I took! And the FFVII remake statues of Cloud and Barrett!


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                                                  Part Three

                                                 Part Four

                                                 Part Five

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Bucky Barnes was someone you never thought that could lead you to danger after your sex filled summer - it led to only that. After months of playing between the sheets, you were suddenly in the line of work you never expected to be - part of the Avengers. With the help of the team, you learn to transform into something else. Someone else.

Word Count: 2,470

Notes: Cursing, Angst, Some fluff.

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You are My Heaven Pt 2 [End] (Steve Rogers fic)

Characters: reader, Steve, Sam, Natasha (mentioned), Maria Hill

Summary: Falling for a good man, who happened to be her training partner, was unavoidable. What if you can’t stay away, even after heartbreak? Is it possible to be friends with some one you’ve fallen for? Life rarely unfolds the way we hope it would. (Events take place after CATWS)

Warnings: lil fluff, lotta angst. Heartbreak. I’m sorry.

Word Count: 2.8k

Song Inspiration: Litost by X Ambassadors

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A/N: This one hurt. Once again, I drew from my own personal experiences, so it took a lot out of me to write. I hope you enjoy it? I’m considering an epilogue, so let me know if that is of interest! Please let me know your thoughts! Special thanks to @buckyywiththegoodhair for helping edit. Bless you!  

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The next morning after a maximum of 3 hours sleep, you dabbed on some concealer to hide bags under your eyes and got dressed. Hopefully you could blame your ‘illness’ on not looking your best. Once you arrived, it seemed you didn’t have to worry. Apparently Nat was a little too good at telling the story that you’d been sick. When you walked into work, everyone was shocked that you were “up and around” so soon. It was like you had the plague or something.

Assuring everyone you were fine, the office was back to business as usual. However, partway through your first day back, a mission report update arrived from Steve. Upon seeing the email, your breath quickened with a twist of your still-tender heart. You sought refuge in the bathroom until the pain in your chest subsided and tears dried. 

The rest of your week passed without incident, the only unusual being your lack of visiting the gym. Even without Steve there, too many memories lingered. You kept yourself distracted by catching up on work and spending time with the other Avengers. That weekend, you actually made an effort to go out with friends and socialize. The pain in your chest still lingered, but less sharply than before.

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“I had my baby when I was only six months pregnant. He was born weighing one pound and with only one kidney. He was as small as my hand. No clothes would fit him, and he spent three months in the hospital. He couldn’t take milk for a long time. But today he has no problems at all.

I’ve noticed that, these days, a lot of babies are born prematurely. Nobody can get pregnant, and if they do, they will often have a miscarriage. I feel that a lot of it is because of the tainted food and all of the chemicals everywhere. Nowadays, there are so many restrictions as to what pregnant women can eat. Back in the day, you could eat whatever you wanted, and all the babies were born normal. It makes me scared to have another kid. But at least I know all of the potential problems, so I can prepare myself.”

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