Potala Palace, winter residence of the Dalai Lama for 1300 years in Lhasa, Tibet
Harry Potter cosplay in front of real life Hogwarts Alnwick castle in Northumberland. The castle was used for exterior shots in the movies
After achieving a fair amount of success and financial leeway during the 1960s and early 1970s, Salguti staked out a small plot of land in rural Spain. There, he began work on a project that he wouldn’t have to sell, or exhibit for approval. A short walk out of the center of Sasamón, Salguti made a decision to create a Casa/Museo, that would house him as artist, and all of his works.
Geopiece of the Day: Sigmund Freud had an awesome couch
Could you imagine a better place to contemplate the meaning of life and other deep thoughts? Do you want to become one with your inner self and urges and be one with the world? Well there is no better place than the couch of Sigmund Freud.
The couch has actually had a rough life. Being born and raised in Bergasse, Vienna the homestead of the celebrated father of psychoanalysis the couch enjoyed a wonderful homelife.
The couch had the imperative to enjoy such varied and famous patients as novelist Hilda Doolittle, who feared that a second World War was about to happen, which turned out to be a valid concern. The Rat Man, a young lawyer obsessed with rats and the Wolf Man Sergei Pankejeff, who had dreams about wolves in his childhood a manifestation of his depression.
The couch continued travelling to London with Freud and found its final resting place in the London home now turned museum.
As a celebration of Freud´s 157th birthday the museum made a public call to fund restoring the upholstery for a mere £ 5000. The slogan for the couch still stands today: “possibly the most famous piece of furniture in the world”
Depicting the Vairocana Buddha originating from Brahman texts and representing the concept of emptiness in buddhism the statue rises in the province of Lushan County, Henan, China. It was built in 2002 and stands 153 meters tall on a hill to increase the magnificence of its presence.
The construction of the Buddha was sparked by an international event that echoed in media around the world and sparked a huge public outcry. The destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001 by the ruling Taliban. Condemnation of the mistreatment of the cultural heritage sites lead to the established of a new sight to enjoy for generations to come.
Size comparison (Vairocana on the left)
The statue overseas the Foquan temple which was built during the chinese Tang dynasty, whose rulers dominated imperial China between 618 – 907 AD. Take something old and something new and create a heritage.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the sleepy Italian town of San Fruttuoso on the Italian Riviera. A submerged Christ of the Abyss stretches his arms skyward from the ocean floor in the bay. The sculpture was created by Guido Galletti after an idea of Italian diver Duilio Marcante. The statue was placed near the spot where the sea claimed its first scuba diving victim of Italy. It depicts Christ offering a blessing of peace, with his head and hands raised skyward.
The commemorative display was cast with metal molten from medals awarded to soldiers in the second World War. Ship parts of warships and submarines were included in the casting process. You could say that the artist transformed a commemoration of war into a message of peace.
The statue is transformed by corrosion and sea creatures slowly reclaiming the ocean space for itself and enhancing the look of the art.
On the bank of the Tuul River, east of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar a 40m tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback rises on the steppes the ancestral grounds of the Mongolian horde. The statue is hollow in the center and visitors can make their way to the head of the horse through its chest and neck. From the very top of the horse tourists can enjoy a panoramic view.
The future of architecture in the past. Sitting atop a mountain like an abandoned flying saucer, this giant structure looks like it was created on another planet. The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was built in another era, however, one that long ago crumbled along with the way of life it embodied. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Bulgaria moved into a new age of parliamentary democracy.
This week we are looking at japanese entries on our world map and start of with Tokyo Big Sight, a nickname for the Tokyo International Exhibition Center. The building not only stands out for its architectural style but is also one of the main event locations in Japan for trade shows and events and is scheduled to host events like wrestling, fencing and taekwondo in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japanese culture is of course a little different from western ideas so many exhibitions are quite strange to mainstream audiences.
For example Comiket the world´s largest self published manga fair held twice a year. One of the many grassroot art and culture movements in Japan.
Or the yearly International Anime Fair held at the Big Sight. The event is famous for giving out the Tokyo Anime Awards, prizes for creations in the field of animation, to both foreign and local artists.
The Eye if the Sahara, also known as the Richat structure, is a geological wonder deep in the sahara desert. It has also been characterized as a geological bullseye and the exact origins and causes are not universally agreed upon.
The shape, spanning 50 km from edge to edge features zones of different erosions and is to flat for a meteorite impact and could be an eroded volcanic dome. The layers have eroded away leaving a shape of a peeled onion with many different layers of stone. The layers range from Proterozoic in the center to Ordovician at the edges. The whole area therefore displays rock that could have formed up to 2.5 billion years ago to 400 million years ago.
The structure shows all the specific characteristics of a maar, a low relief vulcano. Although today we only know of low volcanoes that are up to 8 km in size and usually they are filled with water, according to the origin of their name derived from the latin “sea”. Maybe we are looking at the remains of a monster.
The deadliest mountain in the world
Annapurna, a name that strikes terror into the heart of the most seasoned climbers under the high UV-intensive mountain sun.
Climbers attempted to scale Annapurna mountain range for fifty years before finally reaching its peak in 1950. It may only be the tenth highest of its kind in the world but it is still more than 8000m high and every seasoned professional trying to conquer the mountain has a 41 percent chance of never making it down to safety again.
Death Trap Peak
183 people have gone up but only 130 have survived to tell the tale. 53 people have died trying. This makes the mountain the most dangerous to climb in all the world. Other mountains have established base camps and tourism, like Mount Everest, where you can buy a complete training, oxygen for only a few hundred dollars a bottle and guides that push you up the mountain side. Annapurna is much more dangerous than that.
This is also reflected in the number of ascents of a meager 130 compared to more than 5000 ascents of Mount Everest who claims 4.3 fatalities for every 100 successful summits.
Most professional climbers hint that the south face of the moutain is the most dangerous route of all the 8000 mountains. The route contains big ice cliffs and seracs which are hard to climb and treacherous to evaluate.
Seracs of Annapurna
The seracs are huge columns of ice that form at glacier crevasses leaning in every direction. They are brittle and deadly as they may topple at any time even in the most stabilizing cold weather conditions. In order to get to the peak climbers must traverse this wasteland facing the danger of falls, collapses and entrapment.
There are more than 7,650 skyscrapers crowding the skyline of Hong Kong right to the edge of the harbour. The former British imperial city and now China´s finest special administrative region, wow what a mouthfull, is visited by scores of tourists every year. Where do the get the best view of the city? Victoria Peak.
View of Hong Kong at night from Victoria Peak
Tourists seek out the vertical city often search for a place to see the night sky and take in a little nature and quiet. That is why Victoria Peak is visited by more than ten million people a year, to be exact 10,088,493 people, only about three million people more than the population of Hong Kong.
The mountain is locally known as just “The Peak”, which would make an awesome Hollywood blockbuster movie title. You heard it here first, coming in Summer 2014 by Warner Brothers.
View of the Peak
The exploration of the mountain startet in the early 19th century when European residents and explorers discovered the panoramic view of the city the Peak had to offer. Europeans who enjoy colonialism but not the tropical climate of the Hong Kong bay area soon realized that Victoria Peak offered a more temperate climate and began plans to flee the warmth for cooler prospects.
Comfort sparked ingenuity and in 1881 the British started putting together plans for a railway to climb the Peak. It opened a mere 45 years later, talk about British efficiency, in 1926.
Up, up we go
The old times called for a strict class system in the railway and led to a rather enjoyable listing of who could ride in which carriage. First class was reserved for colonial officers and residents of the Peak. Second class for military and police forces and if you were not lucky enough to enjoy a position of power you had to ride with livestock in the lowest category. The main question that remains is whether you had to buy a ticket for your chicken or if it could ride on your lap?
To this day the Peak remains one of the most important tourist attractions in Hong Kong and the railway still guides visitors to the top.