Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

World Art and Architecture

  1. Mar 5, 2006 #1
    In this thread I hope to share various things I find on the internet about various cultures around the world. I would like to find things about art and architecture mostly, but at this point its too early to tell. :smile: I was going to do this in the other thread I started on Santiago Calatrava, but the title was his name, which would not be right, and the content was all over the map. Most of what I put will be ripped off from sources, I hope thats ok, :tongue: .
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 5, 2006 #2


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    Why not learn the real culture?

    The architecture and the art isn't "real" culture. If that's what you want, then go for it.

    Culture to me is more like the lifestyle, attitude, and so on.

    That's what I usually talk about when people ask about Quebec and what not.
  4. Mar 5, 2006 #3
    My first entry is on the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. I thought this would be appropriate, as it is on the cover and throughout the chapters in James Stewarts, "Calculus, concepts and context."

    Naturally, I will start with the famous picture we have all seen in Stewart:

    http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/m/images/museu_gug.bilb.1.lg.jpg [Broken]

    http://www.mykreeve.net/bilbao/riverside_and_guggenheim_museum/guggenheim_bilbao_curves.jpg [Broken]

    http://lunapark.quuxuum.org/albums/Basque/guggenheim_04.sized.jpg [Broken]

    I find the spider to be very disturbing and out of place :smile:.


    ^I find this picture to be very important because it shows that the lines serve many functions. From this perspective, the lines follow the flow of the mountain as seen down the street in constrast to the linearity of the old style buildings. Its a nice departure from the norm.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/be/Guggenheim_detail.jpg [Broken]

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/de/Guggenheim-bilbao-jan05.jpg/800px-Guggenheim-bilbao-jan05.jpg [Broken]


    It’s interesting to note how the titanium panels change color from a golden tone to a muted steel depending on the sunlight.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2017
  5. Mar 5, 2006 #4
    Carrying on the theme of museums, for the time being: I will place the images in here from the last thread on Santiage Calatrava:

    http://www.digischool.nl/ckv1/architectuur/calatrava/milwaukee2.jpg [Broken]









    \/ This is one of my favorite images I found online, it reminds me of a magazine shoot from the 70's. It gives me the sensation of being inside a sanctuary, while outside it is a crisp cool day. The air is thick, if fills your lungs when you take a deep breath. You can taste the quality of the air. The kind of feeling you can only get on a cool fall day.




    ^The perfect contrast of the sterile and muted whites and grays with the vivid colors of life in the sculpture. It is a wonderful contrast.




    It's interesting to note that both this museum and the one in Spain are located near the water have have the feeling of a sail boat.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2017
  6. Mar 5, 2006 #5


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    What does the architecture of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao (designed by a Canadian) have to do with Spain's culture?
  7. Mar 5, 2006 #6
  8. Mar 5, 2006 #7
  9. Mar 5, 2006 #8


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor

    Nada! :biggrin:

    The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao has to do with the Guggenheim Musesum and Gehry. The only thing relevant to Spain is the fact that that particular museum is in Spain, and possibly contains some Spanish art.

    Culture is reflected in art and architecture as long as it is home grown, i.e. indigenous. I don't even know what 'culture' Gehry represents.

    All I know is that I have a adverse reaction to his buildings. But that's me. :rolleyes:

    As for the MAM, being an engineer, the waste of material comes to my mind.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2006
  10. Mar 5, 2006 #9


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Gold Member

    Gehry also designed the recently completed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, another strangely shaped building:

  11. Mar 5, 2006 #10
    I think it looks very nice. Can one of the mentors edit the name of this thread so that it says "World Art and Architecture." I gave it a poor title by calling it culture. Thanks.
  12. Mar 5, 2006 #11
    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center:

    Saul Baizerman
    Nike, bronze, 1949-1952


    Deborah Butterfield
    Woodrow, bronze, 1988

    Alexander Calder
    Octopus, steel, painted, 1964


    Alexander Calder
    The Spinner, aluminum, steel, paint, 1966

    Tony Cragg
    Ordovician Pore, granite, steel, 1989


    Mark di Suvero
    Arikidea, Cor-Ten steel, steel, wood, 1977-1982


    Mark di Suvero
    Molecule, steel, paint, 1977-1983


    Barry Flanagan
    Hare on Bell on Portland Stone Piers, bronze, limestone, 1983

    Wim Delvoye
    Caterpillar #5, laser-cut steel, stainless steel, 2002

    Frank Gehry
    Standing Glass Fish, 1986
    wood, glass, steel, silicone, Plexiglas, rubber
    264 x 168 x 102 in


    Charles Ginnever
    Nautilus, Cor-Ten steel, 1976

    Georg Kolbe
    Junge Frau (Young Woman), bronze, 1926
    Jacques Lipchitz
    Prometheus Strangling the Vulture II, bronze, 1944/1953

    Henry Moore
    Reclining Mother and Child, bronze, 1960-1961


    Standing Figure: Knife Edge, bronze, 1961

    David Nash
    Standing Frame, charred white oak, 1987

    Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
    Spoonbridge and Cherry, aluminum, stainless steel, paint, 1985-1988
    The spoon weighs 5,800 pounds and the cherry 1,200 pounds. :eek:

    Judith Shea
    Without Words, bronze, marble, limestone, 1988
    Tony Smith
    Amaryllis, Cor-Ten steel, paint, 1965/1968
    Kelly's Double Curve is in the background. ( I like these two)

    I don't think there is any problem here, I am not using them for profit and I have sourced the pictures.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook