El Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.
Ricardo Bellver (madrileño), 1877, bronze
This is the featured sculpture at the center of the roundabout Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. It’s a magnificent statue. I can almost feel the tension in his right arm, resisting against the snake wrapped around his wrist. I never thought a sculpture of the fallen angel could be so beautiful, so powerful. I find it also sad, a sad story. How could an angel, a spirit at such a high level, fall so far? I don’t want to know. My Borch map says that Madrid has an altitude of 667 meters. This statue is said to be at 666 meters above sea level.
Gárgolas, Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.
Francisco Jareño, 1885, bronze and stone.
These are gargoyles that compose the fountain at the base of the monument of El Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. I was captivated by the detail in the creatures faces. There are two different face designs, alternating at each side. Water spouts from their mouths, as well as, from the mouths of the serpents below them. If you stare at the eyes long enough, they’ll start to move.
Leones, Parque del Retiro, Madrid on Flickr.
Parque del Retiro is a wonderful park to roam around in. The weather in December has been beautiful, sunny clear skies, cool fresh air, just a delight. There are plenty of areas to explore. One of the most popular is within the Monumento a Alfonso XII. People were taking in the sun, relaxing, and paddling boats. I enjoyed this scene along the waters edge, with lions.
Librería San Ginés, Madrid on Flickr.
This is an outdoor bookstore attached to the side of Iglesia de San Ginés. When I first saw it, I thought it was a lovely scene. At the end of the walkway is a red sign for the Chocolatería San Ginés. It’s a famous place where you can get some churros con chocolate.
RBS Building, Amsterdam on Flickr.
This building is in the Zuidas area of Amsterdam. It has details which make the building stand out, without being overly outlandish. The colored glass glows, backlit by the interior lights, at night.
Lex van Deldenbrug, Amsterdam on Flickr.
This is a newly completed pedestrian canal bridge in Amsterdam Zuid. I like the simple design and color scheme. I think it’s quite pleasant. The red brick color path is for bicycles. Don’t get in the way of those bicycles.
Calle de Toledo, Madrid on Flickr.
I took this photo from under Arco de Toledo, looking out toward Calle de Toledo. I waited until just before sunset so that the golden sunlight would make the church towers glow. I stood in the spot for about an hour, waiting for the right moment. I took several shots in both horizontal and vertical orientation. This is one of the better ones.
Big Black Boot
I’ve been wearing this thing for a few weeks now. I only need to wear it for a few more days, then I’m done with it. I figured the least I could do is draw it, to give it some respect.
House Design Exploration #1
I used my Lego Architecture Studio kit to build a house design sketch in 3D. Before I started, I had a rough idea of what I wanted to build. But, I thought I’d use the bricks to inspire some creativity and help develop the design. The scale and proportions aren’t exact. But, this exploration helped to get a better sense of the form and outer features.
I was pleased with the outcome. My next step will be to elaborate on these ideas in the form of a detailed drawing.