Beauty Cult

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Classical Addiction has showcased many blogs on the great beauty that is in Russia; from the Amber Room, Alexander Palace Catherine Palace  and  The Hermitage.  I was unfamiliar with Sochi and am really enjoying all aspects of this beautiful location for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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View of  Sochi with its 90 miles of waterfront on the Black Sea.  It is geographically located entirely within European Russia with the Caucasus Mountains falling on the Asian side.

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Sochi has a humid subtropical climate with mild winter temperatures of 52 degrees in the day and 39 degrees at night from December through March.  It is a beautiful location for the Winter Olympics.

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The Opening Ceremony was very impressive.  Here are some memorable pictures.

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The scale was enormous.  It must have been quite an experience to be in this venue which was created just for the opening and closing ceremonies.

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Like the Chinese Opening Ceremony they had images projected on the floor and the latest technology using a computer operated gantry system to move these huge light sculptures through the space.  Multi-Dimensional painting is most certainly the theater experience of the future.

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They have the fabulous onion domes which added a surreal portrayal to the unfolding of Russian history.

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Their Peace Dove was my absolute favorite.

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Beautiful Sochi

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Sochi Arboretum

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St. Vladimir Church

 

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Summer Theater

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 February 13, 2014  Posted by at 12:20 pm Architecture, Beauty Cult, Travel No Responses »
Apr 012013
 

Flowers are nature’s fleeting works of art, whether captured by the camera or an artist they look so beautiful as a collection framed within a wall panel.

I love botanical prints and found a great selection of  antique botanical prints.  Here are some by Ellen Wilmott which were done in 1910.  They are $95.

Photographers today are doing amazing work with flowers.  I love when they zoom in on blossoms.  Joyce Tenneson has a beautiful collection in her book Intimacy.  Her compositions are lovely and would be fabulous framed in a series.

Some fleeting beauties captured.

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A Beautiful book Flowers by Carolyn Roehm.  Amazing photography.  You can flip through this book on Amazon to see the contents.  I am happy it is Spring and gathering these images has been so much fun.

 April 1, 2013  Posted by at 5:31 pm Beauty Cult, Gardens, Fountains, Sculpture No Responses »
Mar 282013
 

Sculpture has been an important part of our culture since ancient times.  It endures through the ages and gives us a direct communication from the culture that created it.

Three dimensional art offers different angles, views and the play of light giving more emotive power to the piece.

Sculpture interacts with nature and the environment where it is placed.

Art helps us define who we are and what we find beautiful.  It can be used to enhance an otherwise uninteresting niche in our home or be a constant source of encouragement or comfort to us.

“A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and shape of things, and it’s not just the shape of one thing, but the shape of anything and everything; the hard, tense strength, although delicate form of a bone; the strong, solid fleshiness of a beech tree trunk.”  Henry Moore

Sculpture is on my dream list.  A white marble female body and a bronze male by Richard MacDonald.