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Mosaic spheres

3 Jun
Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

Mirrors

Happy Monday, everyone! I have been away on a short trip, and in the next days I will share some impressions with you. Starting today, with some mosaic spheres which I found on a very famous square… can you guess where I was these days?

Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

Eye see you!

As far as eyes go, brown has always been my favourite color, so it’s not surprising that this one caught my eye!

Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

Canal houses

With this housey sphere, I think you can pretty much guess where I have been. And if not, the one below will leave no doubt whatsoever! ;)

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

I amsterdam

PS: the square is Museum plein in Amsterdam, behind the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. Check out their virtual tour by clicking on this link – you’ll love it!

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Mosaics

6 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Jewelled – Carrer Còrsega

Mosaics are quite wonderful, wouldn’t you agree? All those little pieces puzzled together to make a beautiful whole… In Barcelona we are lucky to have many mosaics gracing our buildings – sometimes in a figurative way, others in just a purely decorative manner.

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Pomegranate – La Rambla

Most mosaics in Barcelona stem from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, when the Modernisme movement was at its peak. It often used symbolism in its designs, such as the above pomegranate images, as well as Catalan nationalism, as is reflected in the Senyera below.

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Senyera – La Rambla

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Balcony bases – Carrer de l’Or

Sometimes the mosaic is purely decorative, as it is on the balcony bases in the image above. Pretty isn’t it?

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Shop front – Carrer Llibertad

The exterior of a shop selling electric supplies (above) is a gorgeous example of a later application of mosaics when it was used as an advertising form.

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Simplicity – Carrer  Larrard

The mosaics on Gaudí’s buildings are known all over the world, and are probably the most photographed. But it doesn’t make them any less sublime, even when they are are a mere combination of white tones (below). A neighbouring house has also used mosaics, albeit in a very simple form, to add some prettiness to its fence (above).

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Shades of white – Parc Güell

The former bull ring La Monumental was also decorated with mosaics, but in this case, in a Moorish style, with very striking results. Whenever I pass it, I always feel the need to stop for a bit, and admire its incredible beauty.

Today is an important day for those in the US,  as people cast their votes to either re-elect Obama or elect Romney as president. But it is also important for the rest of the world, for just like a mosaic, we are all puzzled together to form a larger whole, and therefore, what is decided in one country affects us all. I hope, that people will use their right to vote and chose wisely!

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Moorish – Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

Puzzled

2 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Parc Güell

Happy Monday! It was a weekend which ended in rain, thunder and cooling temperatures, as well as football madness here. How was your weekend? Today we’re going to get puzzled. Yes, puzzled! But not in a bad way. Quite the contrary, for I’m sharing examples of Barcelona’s mosaics with you. Ready?

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Parc Güell

Hugely popular in Barcelona’s Modernisme period, mosaics were widely used to decorate many of the buildings that were constructed at this time. Famous examples among these are of course Antoni Gaudí’s Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia.

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Up in smoke

25 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Just a few

Happy Monday, I hope you had a lovely weekend! In Barcelona (and on many places along the Mediterranean coast) we celebrated Sant Joan this weekend, as a way to honour the Summer solstice. Since a lot of bonfires and fireworks went up in smoke, I thought it would be suitable to share Palau Güell’s chimneys with you today. Enjoy!

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Brick beauty :: 2

Each and every chimney at Palau Güell is different from the next, and each is a work of art, whether they be decorated with glazed tiles (broken to suit the ‘trencadis’ style), glass shards, stones or the humble brick, they are all gorgeous in their own way. Here, see for yourself…

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Mind the mosaic!

7 Sep copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

La Rambla

It’s mid week and I fancy some mosaics. Does that sound alright to you? Mosaics were used widely during the Modernisme period that Barcelona is famed for, and can still be seen around the city today – here are a few examples…

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