In her travel theme this week, Ailsa asked for circles. Who am I to say no?
I threw in a few orbs and spheres, too, beginning with Jimenez Deredia’s phenomenal chocolatey sculpture, Recuerdo Profundo, which I was fortunate enough to see near the Colosseum in Rome in July 2009. A few more snaps from that exhibit are on my flickr stream here.
Istanbul, March 2012
This one I found near the Galata Bridge in Istanbul. What’s not to love about this version of the Crescent Star?
Musee Olympique, Lausanne, 31-Aug-2008
There are lots of circles to be found at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne that have nothing to do with the five rings. Above is the view up from the library level.
Sticking with the Olympic theme, this is a bit of graffiti decorating some shrapnel damage to a wall of the 1984 Olympic bobsled run on Trebević Mountain just outside of Sarajevo. The hour or so I spent there, strolling down the destroyed and graffiti-covered run with just the sounds of forest birds and bugs as a soundtrack, remains the most surreal I’ve experienced in recent memory. There’s a high-speed video –and a few more pics– of that stroll here.
1984 Olympic Bobsled run, Trebević Mountain, near Sarajevo.
Vietnamese People’s Air Force Museum Hanoi, 27-Oct-2010
This is at the Vietnamese People’s Air Force Museum, or Bảo Tàng Phòng Không – Không Quân, in Hanoi. How many of these countries still exist? Below, a ‘Do Not Enter’ variation, seen in Paris.
Fun with road signs. Paris, April 2012
Above, Istanbul again, fresh catch caught from the Galata Bridge. Below was taken in London this past August, just before I watched this guy getting man-handled by private cops.
London, Aug 2012
Shanghai, May 201
This is a 10-second exposure taken inside the Bund Tourist Tunnel that runs under the Huangpu River in Shanghai. It’s hideously tacky but a fun place to take long-exposures. There are four more here.
Dicobole Lancant le Disque, by Mathieu Kessels
We return briefly to the Olympic theme with Mathieu Kessels’ Discus Thrower at the Royal Museum of Art in Brussels and conclude in Shanghai with these orbs that you’ll see when you exit the hideously tacky Bund Tourist Tunnel. Full circle.
Shanghai, May 2010
Now, go check out more circles, spheres and orbs at Ailsa’s Weekly Challenge here.