Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Here's the obligatory Thanksgiving pictures:

Everyone is excited about the turkey!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

More Madison

Madison has some lovely new architecture. This library has gorgeous design elements. Including an amazing ceiling. It turns out it was designed by a Minneapolis firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. along with Potter Lawson, Inc. of Madison

I don't know if you can tell, but it says library up the side of the building (right in the middle.)

Look at the ceiling in the picture above. It is really pretty.
The art center was designed by Cesar Pelli and is absolutely stunning. They have a fountain of lights hanging down from the dome.

The staircase has a pair of jagged light bars down the stairwell.

In another part of the building is a gift shop, and the contemporary art museum. They were celebrating their triennial.  These stairs up to the gallery are glass.

Here's a shot through the window from the stairs.

From the outside, the arts center looks like this.


And here am I in a Hotel mirror.

Friday, 22 November 2013

A Trip to Madison

Here's the Concourse Hotel an independently owned hotel in Madison. I like it. My room is a little blemished and old. My vinyl chair has worn off-color spots, but the room is clean and nice.

I took a short walk to the Capitol. It is a lovely building.

It was built in the early 1900s and is the only Capitol building built on an isthmus. There is a statue on the top of a personified Wisconsin. The capitol is very lavish inside has a dome with halls leading off in each of hte directions of the compass and with round chambers.

There are 43 different kinds of stone used in the Capitol building. The center is under the cupola and is open all the way from the ground floor up to the cupola.

here is a large mural on the ceiling. The whole building is modeled on the Doge's palace in Venice.

There are four large mosaics personifying justice, government, liberty  and something else I've forgotten (maybe truth) under the cupola.


Saturday, 16 November 2013

One Third Bound Off

Here's the state of the Niebling melange. I don't think it is going to stretch out right. Oh well! The edge I've done thus far is ruffly (not what I wanted, so I'm making a tighter edge from now on.