The Rectory, Congresbury, North Somerset
Two stone heads for the price of one.
The Rectory was built in the late 15th century, and features many carved stone heads as ‘stops’ to the arched windows.
I can’t find any detailed descriptions of the heads, but these two remind me very much of Edward III and, presumably, his wife Philippa of Hainault.
Edward died in 1377 after a reign of fifty years, but is it likely that he would be commemorated on a Somerset building a century later?
The way through the woods … to Blaise Castle, Henbury, Bristol
Cottage, Blaise Hamlet, Henbury, Bristol
One of the cottages built for workers near Blaise Castle House in the early 19th century in the spirit of the picturesque.
Yes, it’s blurry, but it’s got heart…
A hammerhead shark made from objets trouvés swims menacingly past the window of second-hand shop Happytat, Stokes Croft, Bristol. It is accompanied by a swordfish characterised by a hedge-trimmer and, appropriately, a fish-slice.
In an equal display of exuberance a rhino and a bull on wheels adorn the shop’s interior, as seen below. Continue reading “Sculpture 5: shark”
Redundant arched gateway, Congresbury, Somerset
Great Court roof, British Museum, London
Yes, it’s been done before but I love the beautiful manner in which the roof spanning the Great Court has been conceived and executed, with the former Reading Room retained in its central position. Continue reading “Abstract 4”
Roman female head, Northamptonshire, in British Museum
According to the British Museum this stone head is “probably a finial from a monumental tomb alongside Watling Street”.
With its mix of British and Roman styles, the distinctive carving of the eyes recall ‘Celtic’ heads such as this medieval corbel from Pembrokeshire while the other details, such as the flatness of the sculpture, are reminiscent of Roman theatre masks.
Such an arresting expression, even in its damaged state.
Arno’s Grove Underground Station, London, taken on a Blackberry mobile
An aesthetically pleasing drum-shaped structure built in the 1930s.
Apparently one of twelve Great Modern Buildings chosen by The Guardian in 2007.
Avenue of plane trees, St George’s Park, Bristol
Shadows playing on park’s path.
Early spring promise.