Friday, October 31, 2008
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There is a large mound in Rome that stands as a testament to early urban culture, design and influence. The mound is called Monte Testaccio and it is composed almost entirely of fragments of broken ceramic vessels or "amphorae". The volume of these transport containers indicate the amount of food and transport needed to support the Roman Empire. MORE HERE
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Also today, a post on Gladding McBean, an architectural and industrial Terra Cotta factory just outside Sacramento. Examples can be seen throughout california, including here, the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles. Many of you have also seen the terra cotta sewer pipes periodically being replaced. These photos were taken at the Gladding McBean factory. Major production.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Even though it is really warm now in San Francisco, the summer garden is in decline. So, just a few images from the garden this year. Carrots, pole beans, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, small onions, and various little bits. Plus a small piece I made in nebraska circa 1999.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
My father-in-law's foundry Covert Ironworks cast all of the new bells on El Camino Real throughout California. The bells are actually cast in a "pig iron", so they thud, rather than ring.
We have a smaller bell (above) from the Santa Barbara Mission bell tower. Our bell is made from a ductile cast iron, and has a booming ring.
A few works from Droog Design including two from Tejo Remy. The classic chest of drawers and the Rag Chair. Also, the "Do Break Vase" by Frank Tjepkema & Peter van de Jagt. The vase is lined with rubber, allowing the owner to break the vase, without compromising it's usability. Thus each object becomes unique.