Architecture is literally Building with Geometry...

Here is a photograph contributed by my friend Jeff Chester,

a photographer, taken in Munich, Germany , summer 2010...

Obviously we have a strong vertical composition in this photograph:

huge columns, many stairs, the enormous building facade,the huge historical lamp-post like a monument and the complementary

smaller street lamp-post, etc. And even the focus of our attention, the humanly alive female walking up the central staircase...

is a vertical bright softness of life and color, in this otherwise grey dormant weighty overbearing edifice from a bygone era...

And there is a trick in this photograph, (there is always a trick in a Jeff Chester photograph :-) to the observant viewer, upon care-full examination through the majestic columned portico to the building facade background:

which is not really a building, but rather a painted mural ("Trompe L'Oeil") to aesthetically hide the ongoing

'urban renewal' construction directly behind it... :-)

This is a photograph to delve into... time and space and culture...

"The building in the foreground is the Bavarian National Theater in Munich -- home of the Bavarian State Opera


The building with the trompe l'oeil is known as the Residenz -- home of the rulers of Bavaria for 500 years


"The hanging of large murals on the sides of buildings during renovation is quite common here."

Thank you Jeff... for "Edifice Rex"... more photographs are forthcoming for your architectural eye-candy...

to be continued...


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another splendid example of a DK Book: Dorling Kindersley, London


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