Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Big Apple

I was In the Big Apple AKA... NYC the other week for my brothers wedding, Thought I would share some pictures of my trip. I had a great time met some great people saw some I haven't seen in years and went to see some great museums and some incredible architecture.
The first museum I went to was the American Folk Art Museum I love this place I couldn't take pictures but ome of my favorite things that I found was a plate by George Hubener redware potter in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania,1757-1828 with an inscription that read...."Out of the earth with understanding the potter makes everything" very cool. The outside of the museum is amazing it is clad in brass plates about 4x8 ft. that are suspended off the building about 6 in.
The next place i went was the new Museum of Arts and Design its located on Columbus Circle its a great building with a Glazed white tile facade it is a nice museum and walking around the lower part of the park and Columbus Circle was fun.
One of my favorite things to see when I'm in the city is look at the Terra-cotta buildings I there are several i went to see but my two favorite are the Flat Iron building this is probably the most well known Terra-cotta skyscraper.
But a must see building when in NYC is the Bayard building at 65 Bleecker st. it is the designed by Henry Louis Sullivan he was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright and the most well know architect of the period. and surprisingly this is the only building that he designed in New York City.
If you want to know more about terra-Cotta building check out the Bible on the subject Terra-Cotta Skyline by Susan Tunick its an incredible book.


Michael Mahan said...

Great pictures, Blane. Makes me want to visit my sister in NYC. She's been there for more than 15 years, and I've never seen her there. I didn't realize you were into architecture.

Blaine M. Avery said...

yea have always been a little, got into it a lot when I was building the studio one of my favorites is with Samuel Mockbee check him out I think you would like his projects. He had a program through Auburn University called the Rural Studio they build homes for disadvantaged people in rural Alabama. They build some of the most interesting building in the south with mostly found, salvage and donated material. But Dew Krose got me into architectural terra-cotta. The way they sculpt and moulded the cladding on the steel structures is amazing. No one builds that way any more, its for the most part a lost art.

Alan Defugue said...

yeah, these are amazing pictures!