Monday, 16 March 2015
Palazzo Reale, Torino. The magnificent Scissor stairway designed by Juvarra in the early 1700's for Carlo Emanuele Savoia's wedding. The double stairway starts at the top and joins together on the middle ramp. Here you see the underside of that middle ramp and the final separation again into two passages that are the first ramp. Gossips of the time thought it an impossible task to build, so on completion Juvarra added a medallion to the stairway showing the face of a man with a serpents tongue...next to an open pair of scissors ready to chop it off! (see detail)
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
A lovely field trip brought me to Vezzolano Abbey in Albugnano Asti. The combination of limestone, terracotta and brick makes it surprisingly welcoming considering the austerity of its era. A beautiful cloister accompanies you towards their permanent nativity display that occupies impressively four sides of an entire room. The church is dedicated to the Madonna and as with all romanesque decoration in the area, every pilar, capital and column tells its own story, sometime our own imagination is as close as we will every get to unlocking their secrets!
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Working on wooden boards. It's not the same as a walk on the beach, but as a decorator I am the last one using the scaffolding, so if you love what your doing, it is a bit like being on holiday. A home away from home. You begin to learn the ins and outs: where to duck to avoid the iron bars, how to organize your work so you can stay in the sun longer, or avoid it, if it's August....and where to eat your lunch in peace. Down below people try to sneak a peek at what you are doing, but must wait! Fingers crossed it is a good surprise...but for collegues here is a preview. Shame that they couldn't hide the tubes.