Posts Tagged ‘wonder’

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Wonder Wednesday

February 20, 2019

Lovely pic of a happy Nala by the character designer and supervising animator for the original (animated) film!

by Aaron Blaise

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Architecture Monday

February 18, 2019

I posted about the Sagrada Familia quite a few years ago (aside: it’s been four years?  Wow…) and every time I come across a picture of the nave it still floors me.  (Here’s a 360 interior shot that gives some sense of it – the interplay of all the elements in motion while walking would render it more magical still).  Still on my list of places to visit, though more and more I’m planning out in the future for when it is completed, if only because even the ancillary spaces are going to be something amazing.

Case in point:  A neighbor recently visited the cathedral and brought me a book that shows a picture of the “crossing room” – a room just above the main crossing of the nave and the apse, where the main tower is to rise, and it is, in a word, stunning.

The columns are continuation of the ones below, angled and formed to follow the structural forces without requiring exterior buttressing, creating these marvelous concentric rings of interplaying columns leading up to a whole gaggle of hyperboloids vaults that will be skylights… all punctuated by these angled and gem-like windows.  The floor itself is suspended by these columns, hovering over the vaults below, with raked steps perfect for both quiet contemplation or a choir or any number of things.  It is a thing of beauty, both spatially and structurally.

Here’s a 360 degree photo:

Even crazier is that the tower jutting above is going to be equally stunning in an entirely different way.  Where this room has columns enclosing an open centre, the tower will have a sculptural central element (housing a glass lift) sinuously rising to the tower’s full height surrounded by diamond windows and colourful tiling.

 

No photo yet – construction is just underway – but have a rendered video instead:

Just incredible.  The level of intricacy in both the work but also the number of rooms and spaces where you wouldn’t think there would be any, generated by following the conceptual underpinnings of the design to its fullest detail, all with the intent to create beauty over and over and over again.  Absolutely wondrous.

The Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi and countless others who have carried on the work.

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Wonder Wednesday

February 6, 2019

Amazing pillars of rock and lush greenery from the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park…

by Zhu Xiao

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Wonder Wednesday

January 30, 2019

In keeping with the recent theme!

Disneyland upon opening in 1955:

And here’s the same(ish) view of Disneyland just a few months ago:

It’s amazing to see how much Disneyland has grown, both in density and by expanding outward beyond the railway (not to mention California Adventure, most of which isn’t shown in the picture).  The railway itself has changed over the years, especially so for the new (and positively ginormous) Star Wars land, adopting a more sinuous route around the shortened river…

(It’s also fun to see how much has changed around the park — from groves to hotels and houses!)

 

 

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Wonder Saturday (aka Wednesday)

January 26, 2019

Missed the usual Wonder Wednesday post this week as it was in the midst of another wonderful day at Disneyland!

Meeting up with some old friends…

Chip and Dale were totally amused by my shirt, and spent several minutes alternately pointing themselves out, hiding the other’s picture, doing hearts over them, and so on, all in a rapid flurry of paws.  It was great!

Getting a deliciously big hug from Tigger…

I went with my friend Shadow Cheetah, who, as a costumer himself, totally loved watching all the mannerisms and especially interactions of the Disney characters with the guests.  It was also his first time to Disneyland, for which I was incredibly excited and honoured to be the one to introduce him to all the theme park magic.

Can’t say hi to Tigger without visiting Pooh as well!

Also finally got a chance to try out the new Guardians ride at California Adventure, and it’s a blast!  The Rocket animatronic in the antechamber was especially well done.  Only got a chance to ride it once, so only saw one of the six music/sequence combos.  More for next time!

Also got a chance to see the latest of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge construction.  You can get a great view from the second lift hill on Thunder Mountain, and what a view, oh my!  Night had fallen, but the land was still lit up letting us see just how big it is.  It. Is. Freakin. Huge.  I never grasped the scope of it until now.  Framed by the spires of Thunder Mountain, it filled the horizon to the edges of our vision with massive rock formations and a mess of buildings.  And it’s all looking great already, the detail and the level of craft I think is going to be mind blowing.

 

Click on the above to see it in a 360 degree panorama format!  (You may need to click on it a few times to get to the panorama feature)

To finish off the day we attended the Mickey and Minnie mouse 90th birthday dance party on Main Street.  With a gaggle of Disney songs remixed (quite well) into a dance beat, it was a rocking time as projections flowed over every facade down main street, accompanied by a thousand spotlights all waving in patterns to the beat (even around the castle, which was half-covered in scrim for maintenance — you can see it in the image above).

As the lights returned to normal and the after-party music began, Shade and I continued to dance away, eliciting cheers and “right on!”s from other guests as they began to stream towards the exit.  A powerfully fun end to a wonderful day.

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Philosophy Tuesday

January 22, 2019

“But mostly we just walked in companionable silence.  Which I think might be the meaning of life.  To be alongside people you love, fording the streams and climbing the hills together.”

John Green

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Wonder Wednesday

January 16, 2019

Check out this amazing view of the space shuttle Endeavour breaking through the clouds during a launch in 2011!

(I swear it also looks like it was taken through a tilt-shift lens, which gives it that miniature look, but it might just be the unique perspective playing with our perception…)