Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A few things everyone should know

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.5. Pay off your credit cards every month.6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it..9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.19. it’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.22. Over prepare, and then go with the flow.23. be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.24. the most important sex organ is the brain.25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'27. Always choose life.28. Forgive everyone everything.29. What other people think of you is none of your business.30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.33. Believe in Miracles34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.36. growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.37. Your children get only one childhood.38. All that truly matters in the end is that you are loved.39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.42. The best is yet to come.43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.44. Yield.45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift
46. Don’t spend your life WONDERING. Take chances. You might never know what really happens if you try.
47. Don’t settle for something less than what you deserve.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ten Most Unique Churches

Harajuku: Japanese Futuristic Church
This futuristic non Catholic church is located in Tokyo and it was first unveiled by the design firm of Ciel Rouge Creation in 2005. The ceiling is specially made to reverberate natural sound for 2 seconds to provide a unique listening experience for worshipers and tourists.

Saint Basil's Cathedral: The Red Square's Colorful Church

The St. Basil's Cathedral is located on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

A Russian Orthodox church, the Cathedral sports a series of colorful bulbous domes that taper to a point,

aptly named onion domes, that are part of Moscow's Kremlin skyline.

The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan.

In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ,

a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named.

Hallgr mskirkja: Iceland's Most Amazing Church

The Hallgrmskirkja (literally, the church of Hallgrmur) is a Lutheran parish church located in Reykjavk, Iceland.

At 74.5 metres (244 ft), it is the fourth tallest architectural structure in Iceland.

The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrmur Ptursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

State Architect Gujn Samelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937; it took 38 years to build it.

Temppeliaukio Kirkko: The Rock Church

The Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church) is a thrilling work of modern architecture in Helsinki.

Completed in 1952, it is built entirely underground and has a ceiling made of copper wire.

It was designed by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and completed in 1969.

They chose a rocky outcrop rising about 40 feet above street level, and blasted out the walls from the inside.

It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki and frequently full of visitors.

Cathedral of Braslia: The Modern Church of architect Oscar Niemeyer

The Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida in the capital of Brazil is an expression of the architect Oscar Niemeyer.

This concrete-framed hyperboloid structure, seems with its glass roof to be reaching up,

open, to heaven. On 31 May 1970, the Cathedral's structure was finished,

and only the 70 m diameter of the circular area were visible.

Niemeyer's project of Cathedral of Braslia is based in the hyperboloid of revolution which sections are asymmetric.

The hyperboloid structure itself is a result of 16 identical assembled concrete columns.

These columns, having hyperbolic section and weighing 90 t, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven.

The Cathedral was dedicated on 31 May 1970.

Borgund Church: Best Preserved Stave Church

The Borgund Stave Church in Lrdal is the best preserved of Norway's 28 extant stave churches.

This wooden church, probably built in the end of the 12th century, has not changed structure

or had a major reconstruction since the date it was built.

The church is also featured as a Wonder for the Viking civilization in the video game Age of Empires II:

The Age of Kings.

Las Lajas Cathedral: A Gothic Church Worthy of a Fairy Tale

The Las Lajas Cathedral is located in southern Colombia and built in 1916 inside the canyon of the Guaitara River.

According to the legend, this was the place where an indian woman named Mara Mueses de Quiones

was carrying her deaf-mute daughter Rosa on her back near Las Lajas ("The Rocks").

Weary of the climb, the Mara sat down on a rock when Rosa spoke (for the first time) about an apparition in a cave.

Later on, a mysterious painting of the Virgin Mary carrying a baby was discovered on the wall of the cave.

Supposedly, studies of the painting showed no proof of paint or pigments on the rock - instead,

when a core sample was taken, it was found that the colors were impregnated in the rock itself to a depth of several feet.

Whether true or not, the legend spurred the building of this amazing church.

St. Joseph Church: Known for its Thirteen Gold Domed Roof

The St. Joseph The Betrothed is an Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Chicago.

Built in 1956, it is most known for its ultra-modern thirteen gold domed roof symbolizing the twelve

apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome.

The interior of the church is completely adorned with byzantine style icons (frescoes).

Unfortunately the iconographer was deported back to his homeland before he was able to

write the names of all the saints as prescribed by iconographic traditions.

Ruica Church: Where Chandeliers are made of Bullet Shells

Located over the Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Serbia, the Ruica Church is a small chapel decorated with... with trench art!

Its chandeliers are entirely made of spent bullet casing, swords, and cannon parts.

The space the church now occupies was used by the Turks as gunpowder storage for over 100 years and it had to be largely rebuilt in 1920 after WWI. Though damaged by bombings there was an upshot to the terrible carnage of The Great War. While fighting alongside England and the US, Serbian soldiers on the Thessaloniki front took the time to put together these amazing chandeliers. It is one of the world's finest examples of trench art.

Chapel of St-Gildas: Built into the base of a bare rocky cliff

The Chapel of St-Gildas sits upon the bank of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. Built like a stone barn into

the base of a bare rocky cliff, this was once a holy place of the Druids.

Gildas appears to have travelled widely throughout the Celtic world of Corwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

He arrived in Brittany in about AD 540 and is said to have preached Christianity

to the people from a rough pulpit, now contained within the chapel.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Obama... Read this...

Dear Mommy,
I am in Heaven now, sitting on Jesus' lap.
He loves me and cries with me; for my heart has been broken.
I so wanted to be your little girl. I don't quite understand what has happened.
I was so excited when I began realizing my existence.
I was in a dark, yet comfortable place. I saw I had fingers and toes.
I was pretty far along in my developing, yet not near ready to leave my surroundings.
I spent most of my time thinking or sleeping.
Even from my earliest days, I felt a special bonding between you and me.
Sometimes I heard you crying and I cried with you. Sometimes you would yell or scream, then cry.
I heard Daddy yelling back.
I was sad, and hoped you would be better soon.
I wondered why you cried so much. One day you cried almost all of the day.
I hurt for you. I couldn't imagine why you were so unhappy.
That same day, the most horrible thing happened.
A very mean monster came into that warm, comfortable place I was in.
I was so scared, I began screaming, but you never once tried to help me.
Maybe you never heard me.
The monster got closer and closer as I was screaming and screaming,
"Mommy, Mommy, help me please; Mommy, help me."
Complete terror is all I felt.
I screamed and screamed until I thought I couldn't anymore.
Then the monster started ripping my arms off.
It hurt so bad; the pain I can never explain.
It didn't stop. Oh, how I begged it to stop.
I screamed in horror as it ripped my leg off.
Though I was in such complete pain, I was dying.
I knew I would never see your face or hear you say how much you love me.
I wanted to make all your tears go away.
I had so many plans to make you happy.
Now I couldn't; all my dreams were shattered.
Though I was in utter pain and horror, I felt the pain of my heart breaking, above all.
I wanted more than anything to be your daughter.
No use now, for I was dying a painful death.
I could only imagine the terrible things that they had done to you.
I wanted to tell you that I love you before I was gone, but I didn't know the words you could understand.
And soon, I no longer had the breath to say them; I was dead.
I felt myself rising. I was being carried by a huge angel into a big beautiful place.
I was still crying, but the physical pain was gone.
The angel took me to Jesus and set me on His lap.
He said He loved me, and He was my Father. Then I was happy. I asked Him what the thing was that killed me. He answered, "Abortion.
I am sorry, my child; for I know how it feels."
I don't know what abortion is;
I guess that's the name of the monster.
I'm writing to say that I love you and to tell you how much I wanted to be your little girl.
I tried very hard to live.
I wanted to live. I had the will, but I couldn't; the monster was too powerful.
It sucked my arms and legs off and finally got all of me. It was impossible to live.
I just wanted you to know I tried to stay with you.
I didn't want to die.
Also, Mommy, please watch out for that abortion monster.
Mommy, I love you and I would hate for you to go through the kind of pain I did.
Please be careful.

Your Baby Girl

Monday, March 30, 2009

Life Quotes, Sayings, and Thoughts

Find the greatest life quotes and thoughts on life - from Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, the Buddha, and others. We've distilled these from literally hundreds of quotes we've found.

Cherokee Saying about Life:
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."~ Cherokee Expression

George Eliot Life Quote:
"It is never too late to become what you might have become."~ George Eliot

Albert Einstein Life Quotation:
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. "~ Albert Einstein

Alexander Woollcott Life Quotation:
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."~ Alexander Woollcott

Helen Keller Thoughts on Life:
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. "~ Helen Keller

Harold Whitman Thought on Life:
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."~ Harold Whitman

William James Life Quote:
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."~ William James

Montaigne Life Saying:
"My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened."~ Montaigne

Annie Dillard Life Quotation:
"The way we live our days, is the way we live our lives."~ Annie Dillard

Winston Churchill Life Quotation:
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."~ Winston Churchill

Mohandas Gandhi Life Quote:
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."~ Mohandas Gandhi

Ursula K. Le Guin Life Quotation:
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Kevin Welch Saying About Life:
"There'll be two dates on your tombstone And all your friends will read 'em But all that's gonna matter is that little dash between 'em. "~ Kevin Welch

Thoughts on Life from the Buddha:
"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. "~ The Buddha

Dawna Markova Saying on Life:
"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."~ Dawna Markova

Josh Billings Life Quote:
"Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well."~ Josh Billings

Jonathan Swift Saying about Life:
"May you live all the days of your life."~ Jonathan Swift

Mother Teresa's Thoughts on Life:
"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.Life is beauty, admire it.Life is bliss, taste it.Life is a dream, realize it.Life is a challenge, meet it.Life is a duty, complete it.Life is a game, play it.Life is a promise, fulfill it.Life is sorrow, overcome it.Life is a song, sing it.Life is a struggle, accept it.Life is a tragedy, confront it.Life is an adventure, dare it.Life is luck, make it.Life is too precious, do not destroy it.Life is life, fight for it."~ Mother Teresa

Stephen Covey Life Quote:
"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."~ Stephen Covey

Abraham Lincoln Life Quote:
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."~ Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Some Beautiful Shots of My Beautiful Cousin

A few pics I took of my lil female monkey cousin
Trying to see if there are other monkey's like her above.

She tried hiding behind the trees...
But it didn't work... So she gave up :P

The End.

One of My Greatest Art Piece

Something I did more than a year ago.... Something I did with lots of heart in it....

Friday, February 27, 2009

Broken Strings

Let me hold you for the last time
It's the last chance to feel again
But you broke me, now I can't feel anything

When I love you and so untrue
I can't even convince myself
When I'm speaking it's the voice of someone else

Oh, it tears me up
I tried to hold on but it hurts too much
I tried to forgive but it's not enough
To make it all okay

You can't play our broken strings
You can't feel anything
That your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real

Oh, the truth hurts and lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before?

Oh, what are we doing?
We are turning into dust
Playing house in the ruins of us

Running back through the fire
When there's nothing left to say
It's like chasing the very last train
When it's too late, too late

Oh, it tears me up
I tried to hold on but it hurts too much
I tried to forgive but it's not enough
To make it all okay

You can't play our broken strings
You can't feel anything
That your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real

Oh, the truth hurts and lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before?

But we're running through the fire
When there's nothing left to say
It's like chasing the very last train
When we both know it's too late, too late

You can't play our broken strings
You can't feel anything
That your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real

Oh, the truth hurts and lies worse
So how can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before?
Oh, you know that I love you a little less than before

Let me hold you for the last time
It's the last chance to feel again

Thursday, February 26, 2009

What love means to an 8 year old

Since a very long time ago, people have searched for the meaning of love. But even the great philosophers, with their profound definitions, could not fully touch its true essence. In a survey of 4-8 year olds, kids share their views on love. But what do little kids know about love? Read on and be surprised that despite their young and innocent minds, kids already have a simple but deep grasp of that four-letter word.
"Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way."
"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
"When someone loves you, the way she says your name is different. You know that your name is safe in her mouth."
"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs."
"Love is when someone hurts you. And you get so mad but you don't yell at him because you know it would hurt his feelings."
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My mommy and daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss but they look happy and sometimes they dance in the kitchen while kissing."
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate."
"Love is hugging. Love is kissing. Love is saying no."
"When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you're scared she won't love you anymore. But then you get surprised because not only does she still love you, she loves you even more."
"There are 2 kinds of love. Our love. God's love. But God makes both kinds of them."
"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."
"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they've know each other so well."
"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."
"Love is-if you hold hands and sit beside each other in the cafeteria. That means you're in love. Otherwise, you can sit across from each other and be okay."
"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."
"Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken."
"Don't feel so bad if you don't have a girlfriend. There's lots of stuff you can do without one."
"Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
"If you want somebody to love you, then just be yourself. Some people try to act like somebody else, somebody the boy likes better. I think the boy isn't being very good if he does this to you and you should just find a nicer boy."
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day"
"When you're born and see your mommy for the first time.
"Love is what makes people hide in the dark corners of movie theaters."
"Love goes on even when you stop breathing and you pick up where you left off when you reach heaven."
"My enemies taught me how to love."
"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."
"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
"You have to fall in love before you get married. Then when you're married, you just sit around and read books together."
"I let my big sister pick on me because my Mom says she only picks on me because she loves me. So I pick on my baby sister because I love her."
"Love cards like Valentine's cards say stuff on them that we'd like to say ourselves, but we wouldn't be caught dead saying."
"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you."
"Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
"You never have to be lonely. There's always somebody to love, even if it's just a squirrel or a kitten."
"You can break love, but it won't die."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Erased Chapter

Tired of fighting this day and night, so I think I should just give in and hand it over to Him to decide. I've turned into someone else since the day it happened. Is this what I want to be? Still being a pawn of some kingdom that has been abandoned by the owner. Even though the ruler comes in and out of it, having doubts about decisions that were made. I stood there as a pawn, taking it one step at a time following the flow of the game. In every game, the player controls everything.

-Evil Evan

Love requires sacrifice and sometimes even more than that. But what you get in return doesn't matter much at the end of the day. Because you've never asked for anything in return. Never did. Pick yourself up and move on, many flowers out there to sniff and pick. Maybe the right type of flower hasn't revealed itself to you just yet. Patience you need, lots of it.

-Evan to Evil Evan

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thousand Apologies

Please do be patient if I sometimes take a while to update my blog...

A sudden change in my life's direction has caused me big mess,

My life's cleaning up process is in progress...


To No Avail

I have come to a point
Where I have tons of decision to make,
All I need is a time and the date,
Give me the strength I need I said,
Nothing else I can do,
But to sit and wait.

Many times have I told myself to let go.
But I feel the harder I try,
The closer I get to point zero,
And she tells me I must be strong alone,
I just can’t because,

I just can’t because,A big part of me,
Doesn’t want to be.

When I fall, you were there to pick me up
When I miss you, you say you’re sorry
When I cry, you were always there to cheer me up
Now that it has all come to an end,
And all I ask for is your help.

Feeling helpless and weak,
Not strong,
Not strong at all I say,
We were the strongest when together,
She tells me I must be strong alone,

I just can’t because, A big part of me,
Doesn’t want to be.

When I fall, you were there to pick me up
When I miss you, you say you’re sorry
When I cry, you were always there to cheer me up
Now that it has all come to an end,
And all I ask for is your help.

Falling apart I feel I am,
Not any stronger,
I feel the same.
Leaving everything we had behind,
Trying to accept the fact That you’re no longer mine

Lion, Lioness & the little one.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dio Padre Misericordioso

This is something I would love to write about but the description written in the original website just describes and explains the architecture so well and beautifully that it made me wanna just paste it here. So here it is.....

Church Dio Padre Misericordioso (Jubilee Church)
Via F. Tovaglieri
Tor Tre Teste

Richard Meier 2003

Given the extraordinary quantity and quality of churches Rome already offers, did the city need another, and would you want to take the time to travel out to a workaday suburb to visit it? The Vatican was apparently sufficiently clear on the first question to fund the construction of an additional 50 churches to celebrate the "Jubilee" (Millennium) in 2000, and after a visit out to Tor Tre Teste I am just as clear on the second.

Meier's building is a dramatic church and community center surrounded by 1970s apartment blocks in a salubrious but nondescript suburb six miles to the east of Rome. Won in an invited competition against Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Peter Eisenman and Frank Gehry, the bright white church makes dramatic use of light both outside and inside. As Meier describes it:
"Light is the protagonist of our understanding and reading of space. Light is the means by which we are able to experience what we call sacred. Light is at the origins of this building... In the Jubilee Church, the three concrete shells define an enveloping atmosphere in which the light from the skylights above creates a luminous spatial experience, and the rays of sunlight serve as a mystical metaphor of the presence of God..."

"Transparency and light cascade down from the sky lit roof, literally invading the interior of the church also penetrating from below through a narrow slot opened at floor level. People in the atrium are enveloped with mystical light."

The narrow slot at floor level, teasingly emphasising the non-load-bearing nature of the concrete panels immediately above it (vs. the steel skeleton hidden within the shell), is reminiscent of the similar slot between wall and ceiling in Le Corbusier's chapel at
Ronchamp which, together with La Tourette, are Corbusier influences Meier acknowledges, along with Alvar Aalto and Frank Lloyd Wright:
"These are the contemporary churches that have impressed me most, and I would say that what they all share is the importance of light."

The color palette and materials in the Jubilee church are restrained and beautiful: traditional Roman travertine; more recently-Roman smooth, white concrete, invented for the Olympic Stadium in Rome in 1960 and created by Italcementi; and light wood paneling and pews.

With the structure supported by the curved cantilever of the concrete-clad shells, reaching over towards the opposite "spine" wall, the west (altar) and east (organ) walls are light glazing, surrounding the bright, white set pieces for the cross and organ respectively. As the church guide describes it, "Taking part in a prayer, you feel like celebrating in the presence of God thanks to the roof of the nave, the eastern and the western facade entirely made in glass." Despite all the glazing, the geometry is such that direct sun almost never comes into the church.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Bookstore Made In Heaven

In Maastricht, a municipality located in the southernmost of the province Limburg, Netherlands. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and city filled with events & festivals throughout the year.
A church with no congregation? See what the locals did with an 800 year old Dominican church. After many many months of hardwork, the magnificent building has now a new purpose. The most beautiful bookstore of all time. A bookstore holding a wide selection of books in English which makes it different from the other bookstores around. It is said that it holds the largest stock of books in English in Maastricht. Selexyz Dominicanen's the name. ( Can't seem to find out what it means exactly ._.) But the name Selexyz indicates that the new bookstore also belongs to the same chain as Selexyz Donner in Rotterdam and Selexyz Broese in Utrecht, according to Crossroads Magazine.
Because the structure could not be altered in any way and with limited floor space, they built a double story metal structure inside the church.

- Evan -

It was always going to be a challenging task for Amsterdam based architects Merkx + Girod who designed the space, to stay true to the original character and charm of the church, whilst also achieving a desirable amount of commercial space (there was only an available floor area of 750 m2, with a proposed retail space of 1200 m2). Taking advantage of the massive ceiling, both have been achieved through the construction of a multi-storey steel structure which houses the majority of the books. This is one giant bookshelf, with stairs and elevators taking shoppers and visitors alike, up to the heavens (mind the pun), to roof of the church.

To maintain a sense of symmetrical balance in the space, lower tables of best sellers and latest releases have been added to either side, and of course a small cafe at the back for readers to relax and enjoy a hot drink. Overall a great example of how with clever thinking, spatial solutions can both achieve a suitable retail presence, whilst still respecting and remaining true to the original structure.

Architectural details and description by
Brendan Mc Knight for thecoolhunter.net

Monday, January 12, 2009

General Concepts Of Art PART 1

For the purposes of art history, "form" referes to the shape of the object of art, in the made object, form is the shape that the expression of content takes. To create forms and make a work of art, an artist must shape materials with selected tools. Each of the many materials, tools, and processes that an artist use has its own potentialities and limitations. It is part of all artists' creative activity to select the tools most suitable to their purpose. The technical processes that the artist emply, as well as the distinctive, personal ways in which they handle them, we call their technique. If the material that artist use is the substance of their art, then their technique is their individual manner of giving that substance form.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Appreciation Of Abstract Art

Title : In Search For Existence (2006)

Ever wondered how something that represents nothing in particular be so eye-catching to look at? Many have said, "Abstract art is easy to paint and draw...why anyone would pay that significant amount of money for a painting that doesn't even relate to anything?" Then I guess chances are you do not appreciate what Abstract Art really is. When one is looking at abstract art, he or she is actually looking at the most freely formed type of artwork an artist can create.

One would think that when looking at art that is non-representational, it would be less interesting to view as he or she does not know what the artist is truly trying to depict in his or her artwork. This is where the beauty of abstract art comes about. This type of art is meant to grab your attention and pull an
emotional response right from within you. Once you see that part of the painting...the part that keeps you drawn in, keep your mind thinking, it is then when you know you are analyzing something special...something called Abstract Art.

So what grabs one’s attention when looking at a particular piece of art? Well let us think...what gets your attention in any circumstance? Why is a stop sign always in bright red? Yes, just abstract art, in most circumstances, is filled with colors of all sorts that are meant to turn our heads. This characteristic, along with others such as the paintings texture and other elements, are what make this form of art one of the most popular styles collected today. The creativity involved with these pieces of art bring upon a new imagination that some viewers didn't know existed within them.

This art is from the heart and soul, instead of what you see is what you get. With that being said, you can now see that this type of art is more than just a thoughtless mess put on a canvas or piece of paper.

Finally, it should be remembered that, on the one hand, what is seen on the canvas may not at all reflect what was on the artist’s mind when putting the paintbrush on it; on the other, it may reflect more than what was desired by the artist.