Thursday, June 30, 2011

Trip to New York City [Day Five, June 30, 2011]

Trip to Staten Island..

Street performance at Battery Park..

Streets of New York City [Battery Park]

The Bull..

Flatiron Building..

Madison Square Park..
My favourite from the day! Love It!

Rockerfeller Center..

Rockerfeller Center..

Rockerfeller Center..

Streets of New York City..
Love this sculpture. Any information is welcome!

Streets of New York City..

Streets of New York City..

Columbus Circle..

Columbus Circle..

Grand Army Plaza..
Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads, by Ai Weiwei..

Grand Army Plaza..
Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..


New York City [Columbus Circle: USS Maine National Monument]

USS Maine National Monument
Sculptor: Attilio Piccirilli (colossal group and figures)
Architect: Harold Van Buren Magonigle
Foundry: Juno Williams Bronze Foundry, Inc., New York
Cast: September 1, 1912
Dedicated: May 30, 1913
Location: Columbus Circle..
Opening on Central Park at the Merchant's Gate entrance.

A national memorial to the 266 killed in the disaster. The names of the sailors who perished on the Maine are inscribed on the pedestal.

Colossal group in gilt bronze

A faux warship and pool

New York City [Columbus Circle: Columbus Monument]

Columbus Monument..
Designed by Sicilian sculptor Gaetano Russo..
It was erected as part of New York's 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Americas..
Completed: 1905..
Donated to the City of New York by the Italian-American community..
Location: Intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South,West 59th Street.. [Southwest corner of Central Park]
It is the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.

Wikipedia informs..
Completed in 1905 and renovated a century later, the circle was designed by William P. Eno – a businessman who pioneered many early innovations in road safety and traffic control – as part of Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for Central Park, which included a "Grand Circle" at the Merchants' Gate, its most important Eighth Avenue entrance..

The total height of the plinth, pedestal, column and sculpture is 77 feet, enabling passerby to see the monument from miles away on a clear day.

Statue of Columbus..

The pedestal features an angel holding a globe. It is variously called, Genius of Geography, Genius of Columbus, Genius of Discovery..

Bronze relief..
Columbus ship anchored in the Caribbean with men watching as he takes his longboat to the shore..

Bronze relief..
Columbus makes his first landfall..

Bronze relief..
Eagle holding shields of Genoa and the U.S.

Ships representing Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria..

The statue of Columbus in the middle of Columbus Circle, with the Time Warner Center in the background..

Trip to New York City [Day Four: June 29, 2011]

Statue of Liberty..

Statue of Liberty..

The Red Cube - by Isamu Noguchi..
My kind of thing!!

Ground Zero..

George Washington Memorial..
where George Washington took his oath as the First President of the United States of America..

George Washington Memorial..
where George Washington took his oath as the First president of the United States of America..

New York Stock Exchange..

The Bull..

A Stranger..

Crossed the Brooklyn Bridge..

Brooklyn Bridge..

Bowling Green Park... One of New York's oldest parks..

Empire State Building..

Shopping at Macy's..

New York trip..
Day Four [June 29, 2011]
Some highlights of the day. There are many more images, but hardly any time.. More images and more description will be added, when I am back in Chicago!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New York City: Sculptures at United Nations Plaza..

General Assembly Bldg..

The flags of the UN members fly along the UN plaza in alphabetical order, with flag of Afghanistan [first member in alphabetical order] at the corner of 48th street and flag of Zimbabwe [last member in alphabetical order] flies at the corner of 42nd street..

Knotted Gun by Carl Fredrik Reutersward..
Gift of Luxembourg..
UN Visitor's Plaza..

Sfera con Sfera /Sphere within Sphere - by Arnaldo Pomodoro [1996]
Gift of Italy..
UN Visitor's Plaza..

Good Defeats Evil - by Zurab Tsereteli [1990]..
Good is represent by St. George and Evil by Dragon. The dragon's body is made up of US and Soviet missiles [American Pershing II missile and Soviet SS 20 missile]
Gift of Soviet Union..

There are many more sculptures in the UN plaza, but I could photograph only these..