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Tucked away in Southern Oregon is a most unexpected architectural marvel: the Patterson Bridge. Completed in 1932, this dramatic river crossing owes its decidedly Manhattan air to the tapering and setback of its four pylons, which produce a rather striking contrast against its Tuscan order arches and Venetian windows.
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To mark the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the British staged 3 naval battles in London's Hyde Park, including Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. The fleets were composed of scale frigates specially commissioned for the reenactment (compliments of a Napoleonic budget).
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Some theory: If X is invited to a meeting and Y is similar to X, then Y is invited to the meeting with p>>0; and if Z is in turn similar to Y, then so are they, and thus the meeting grows. Discomfort arises by the intransitivity of this similarity relation, while an all-hands is almost surely prevented (at the thermodynamic limit) by conflicting schedules.
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Cleopatra lived closer in time to 'yeet' being added to English language dictionaries than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Here are her maidservants, simultaneously lamenting their majesty's death and the impending inclusion of that term:
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From the as-yet-untitled series, this is "Le Gros Michel".
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I'm just going to leave this here:
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In the early 1630s, a Roman composer by the name of Gregorio Allegri wrote a song that was never to be sung outside the Sistine Chapel. That was until 1770, when a 14-year-old boy transcribed it from memory after hearing it twice. So impressed, the Pope did not prevent its publication. That boy was W.A. Mozart.
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Not long ago @aviationdoctor.eth shared a modern example of Art Deco – here’s my response. This is Rose Hill, a 45-story Manhattan skyscraper by Rockefeller that opened in 2021. Big fan of the buttresses with bottom-lit chevron reliefs, which I find produce an appearance that is simultaneously imposing and refined.
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One can scarcely imagine the thrill of witnessing 'naumachiae'—staged naval battles held in Roman amphitheatres. The rapid transition between water- and land-based performances seems to have been a major draw, a testament to both the scrupulous demands of Rome's spectators and the technical prowess of its engineers.
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“Le confiseur” – delicacies from the approaching collection.
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The idea of a world's fair traces back to a British society founded in 1754 by artist William Shipley, now the Royal Society of Arts. Below is the James Barry painting depicting the annual awarding of prizes. Shipley is seen seated lower left and Elizabeth Montagu standing centre left (women weren't barred from entry).
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Built by Nero after the Great Fire of 64 AD, the Domus Aurea embodies peak Ancient Rome, with a rotating dining room simulating the movement of the heavens and an artificial lake that likely hosted its own navy. The palace was buried following Nero's death, and the lake was drained to become the site of the Colosseum.
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Spotted this gem on a recent walk with @sidshekhar along London’s Victoria Embankment. The 12-story edifice, known as Shell Mex House, opened in 1932 and was once the headquarters of a joint venture by Shell and BP. With a diameter of 25 ft, its clock face surpasses that of Big Ben, making it the largest in London.
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The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was perhaps the most impressive exposition in history, more than filling the shoes of the 1889 Paris Expo that had introduced the Eiffel Tower. The fairgrounds were drained to form canals in which gondolas, operated by native Venetians, provided a most unique mode of transport.
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Friends, happy to share that I will be helping host /science with @eulerlagrange.eth and @aviationdoctor.eth . You may know me for my interests in the arts, but I am in fact a statistical physicist by profession. Looking forward to promoting a quality discussion on all things concerning the natural world.
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“La Cappadoce” – an Anatolian winter scene from the impending series.
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Being one of the few major Art Deco works in Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1913) is also one of the first to be made of reinforced concrete, itself conceived in France just a few decades prior. Its principal façade is adorned with an iconic three-part low relief by Rodin student Antoine Bourdelle.
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In 1683, Sophia of Hanover commissioned French landscaper Martin Charbonnier to expand the gardens of Herrenhausen Palace. The transformation saw its hunting grounds turned into a preposterously large lattice of hedged lawns and water parterres, separated by ornate walkways and surrounded by a single moat-like canal.
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“Le luthier” - the latest in a series of reveals from the forthcoming suite.
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The cathedral-like ribbing of the Los Angeles Times building is exemplary of larger commercial developments from the late Art Deco period. Designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann—best known for his work on the Hoover Dam—the building received a gold medal at the 1937 Paris expo.
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