Friday, February 6, 2009

Steel Gossamer

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It's truly amazing when the new and the old blend in a new synthesis for the new century. This is the inner courtyard of the British Museum in London, a 19th century structure, but which now contains the 'reading room,' almost a euphemism as it is a towering oval structure whose design seems to be an homage to the Library of Congress in Washington. The space between has been domed over with an incredible geodesic lattice of steel and glass, and the stonework of the old buildings has been cleaned to reflect the polished marble of the new. Set Roman, Egyptian and Sumerian relics against this backdrop and you have a very strong statement about social and political power bound up with custodianship of some of the most famous of antiquities. December 2006, Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic exposure. Image by Mike.

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