I took this picture in 2011 outside the Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente in Milan Italy. We had just left the Cathedral and this installation was in front of a museum in the square. It was about two million degrees and we hadn’t eaten at all and never did see the musuem. I never did find out anything about these sculptures and not sure if it was a temporary or permanent display.
I never did publish the image. It was taken at noon and I tried to do some masking and editing but could never get the detail I wanted. I decided to use some of the NIK collection tools on the image and finally got it to the point where I can share it. It was a stark contrast to the medieval architecture of Il Duomo.
Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and political figure and seen as one of the founding fathers of modern Italy. Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento. He personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of a unified Italy. He was appointed general by the provisional government of Milan in 1848. The statue is opposite the Cathedral in the Plaza Il Duomo in Milan, Italy
I don’t talk much about religion or politics on this blog. So all I can say with the state of our political landscape we will all need some of this in the months ahead. This was taken at a neighborhood church in Milan Italy.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the first enclosed shopping malls in the world and is in Milan Italy.It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. It is in the center of Milan near the Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente commonly known as Il Duomo.
The mall was dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It is a stunningly beautiful place if you can ignore the invasion of USA branded stores like McDonalds housed in the structure.
Today at breakfast we were talking about the ancient buildings of Europe. Some cathedrals took hundreds of years to build. Families had generations of commitment to creating a single structure. These are the roots of a Bonsai plant at Pittsburgh’s Phipps conservatory. The plant began training in 1956 so the plant is now 60 years old. Some of these bonsai are over one thousand years old. Think of that commitment. Then think of your own commitment to your art or craft. We can all do better.