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La Muralla Roja

La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a post modernist housing project located in the area of Calpe in the Alicante region in Spain.  Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, the building appears as if it is emerging from the rocky cliffs it sits on.

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The structure is heavily influenced by the North African tradition of the casbah, a fort with high walls and few windows. The striking colours that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.

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La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The 50 apartments of the project a are linked by a series of uniform stairs, landings and bridges, giving the impression of interlocking cubes. The variations of spaces connect create a labyrinthine complex of shifting and ambiguous scale, designed to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross.

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

All images courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

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Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund is an American photographer and installation artist. She creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.

THE COLD WAR 1999 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

SHIMMERING MADNESS 1998 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

WALKING ON EGGSHELLS 1997 Copyright Sandy Skoglund 

 

CATS IN PARIS 1993 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

BODY LIMITS 1992 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

GATHERING PARADISE 1991 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

SQUIRRELS AT THE DRIVE-IN 1991 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

THE GREEN HOUSE 1989 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

MAYBE BABY 1983 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH 1981 Copyright Sandy Skoglund

All images copyright of the artist: http://www.sandyskoglund.com/

Sonnet 97

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness every where!
And yet this time removed was summer’s time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem’d to me
But hope of orphans and unfather’d fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or, if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.

by William Shakespeare (1609)

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William Eggleston

William Eggleston is an American photographer and one of the most influential photographers of the latter half of the 20th century,  widely credited with pioneering fine art color photography in his iconic depictions of the American South. Eggleston’s initial style was influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans.

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Photographs: © Eggleston Artistic Trust

To see more Eggleston’s work, visit: http://www.egglestontrust.com/

 

 

 

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The Mirrorcube

The Mirrorcube, designed by Tham & Videgard Architects is a room in the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden. Located 60 kilometres south of the Arctic circle.  This genuine hide-out is made of light-weight aluminum which is hung around the base of a single tree. Measuring 4x4x4 metres, the cube clad in mirrored glass.  The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

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I Have No Gun,But I Can Spit

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Some thirty inches from my nose
The frontier of my Person goes,
And all the untilled air between
Is private pagus or demesne.
Stranger, unless with bedroom eyes
I beckon you to fraternize,
Beware of rudely crossing it:
I have no gun, but I can spit.

-Wystan Hugh Auden