The Farnsworth House is an architectural icon built along the Fox River near the small town of Plano, about an hour and a half from downtown Chicago. The house was designed by Mies van der Rohe for Dr Edith Farnsworth in the late 1940s, and was completed in 1951.
As Mies stated, it is designed to be ‘almost nothing’, a basic, yet elegant design of glass and steel.
As with many famed architects and clients, Mies and Edith battled over many features. One was that Mies said there should be no curtains, Edit won.
Another is there is very little storage in the house, as it was designed to be a weekend retreat.
The house has had three owners since it was built. Since the early 2000s it has been owned by a trust.
The flooring is Italian Travertine.
While the owners have had their own furnishing in the house, it is currently set with stunning mid century modern pieces.
While in the house, you feel as though you are still outside.
Our tour included a number of European architects, who were ecstatic to be in the presence of greatness.
Simple, elegant and stunning; the Farnsworth House is an American classic.
The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio was the host for the annual Gourd Show. Apparently a lot of people like making art out of gourds. With the results it is obvious there are some skilled gourd-artist around.
There was also entertainment. While we were there a band called the ‘Rum River Blend’ played a mix of acoustic rock, bluegrass and folk. Their fiddle player, Carl, was 95 years old (he was the 1948 Ohio Fiddle Champion)!
Let’s give it up for Carl!
Easton is a very large ‘lifestyle center’ in Northeast Columbus. A lifestyle center is a shopping area built to resemble an actual town, with streets going through the shops, apartments and other less traditional mall features.
On Saturday they had a chalk art contest. We arrived early on Sunday morning before the stores (and therefore the people) arrived, giving plenty of opportunity for unobstructed views of the final work. The early morning shadows, however, proved to be tricky.
The art itself was excellent, with a variety of subjects and approaches to style.
The Columbus Zoo was sponsoring a car show, which seems a bit strange, but then again they do commercialize a lot of things.
The cars were quite nice, and with the water park and other amusement rides providing interesting backgrounds, it was a good day for a car show. Plus there were animals later.
Part 2 of our day at the Zoo was to see the actual animals.
South African Penguin
A Young Cheetah
A cheetah in full stride
Two teenagers growing up in the Glenville neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland came up with the idea of Superman in the mid 1930s. From this humble beginning they launched the most famous superhero of all time, which the Main Cleveland Library is now celebrating.
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were friends from the neighborhood when they partnered to come up with Superman. As children of Jewish immigrants the idea of Superman coming from another land was close to their experiences, as well as their influence from the pulp fiction of the day. And the rest as they say is history….
Small steel statue
Cleveland – proud true home of Superman – take that Metropolis!
Phone booth – complete with a cape left behind.
The 1950s Superman costume, apparently these colors filmed better in black and white than the more well known red and blue.
Large statue – eventually headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
A Superman telephone.
The new downtown Cleveland Convention Center was the site of a Lego fan convention called BrickUniverse. This show featured a number of Lego artists, as well as vendors with a large collection of specialty pieces.
As we entered the hall we were greeted by Jonathan Lopes, who had a number of very large pieces. Jonathan, a San Diego resident who used to live in Brooklyn, which was featured extensively in his grouping.
Nearby was Lia Chan who specialized in Air & Space.
There were a number of ‘paintings’ made of Lego throughout the exhibit. The detail was amazing.
A 12′ long model of the USS Missouri had thousands of small sailors, as well as the table and dignitaries that signed the surrender terms ending World War II.
Displayed nearby was a large collection of famed military leaders.
Eventually I pulled out the zoom to get close ups.
The tallest building in Cleveland is the nearly 1000′ high Key Tower. For this show King Kong was on top.
The Eiffel Tower.
Another of Lia’s pieces up close showing the details.
The Moulin Rouge complete with Can Can Dancers.
Finally a close up of Jonathan’s Woolworth Building, showing the amazing detail on the cornices.