Rustico

Limestones of silver, grey

Sedimentary

Skeletal fragments of marine organisms

Italian charm

Carved

into homes.

 

 

 

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Re-construction or destruction?

In order to re-build and re-construct – whether a place is affected by natural disaster, conflict or is just experiencing a rejuvenation – there is some form of perturbing, painful and distraught level of destruction which is usually involved. We are reminded of the amount of soil, wires, cement and steel that are involved to build the spaces in which we live and work.

Through modern construction materials such as bulldozers, cranes and diggers, we are able to create strong foundations for something new. At the same time, we can destroy what was, erasing old memories and spaces as if they never existed.

This is modern development at its best…and worst.

 

Chasing wrought-iron shadows in Český Krumlov

While yesterday’s post celebrated the colours of Český Krumlov, today’s post uses a mono filter to focus on the use of wrought-iron in the medieval city. An architectural gem that is often integrated into Czech architecture and design, this post focuses on how the material is used in signs and details but also how it casts unique shadows that travel across time.

The colours of Český Krumlov

The small medieval city of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic is a beautiful reminder of what life might have been like in the past. A fairytale place bursting with colourful architecture, sgraffito-clad walls, wrought iron signs and curving archways across narrow lanes.