Monday, July 4, 2011

Art on fences

Interesting pictures that are visible only from certain Railing angles, 16 more images after the break...
















BPhone — Netbook

ChinaGrabber began selling phone BPhone - hybrid solutions that united netbook and smartphone. BPhone pyatidyuymovym equipped with touch screen and runs on a processor Marvell CPU with a clock speed of 624 MHz. Features BPhone as follows: Operating system Linux 2.6, 256 megabytes of flash memory, built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, GSM-module, QWERTY-keyboard, the ability to support Java-applications. Despite the rather large (by the standards of the phone, of course) display device does not prove too cumbersome, as a smartphone it can be used in the closed position. The display device allows you to view video in full screen mode. The cost of such a hybrid is $ 570. More images after the break...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Largest Wooden Sculpture in the World

The power of a wood structure is defined in a striking new edifice. A wood canopy of six "parasols" has been erected in Seville, Spain. Completed last month, it was designed by Berlin architect J. Mayer H., with timber construction by Finnforest-Merk GmbH, Aichach. Metropol Parasol, is it is formally known, is built of 3,400 wooden parts, is over 90 feet tall almost 500 feet long. 16 More images after the break...


The structure is made of  interlocking pieces of wood  held together mostly with glue and with metal clamps. Costing an estimated 130 million Euros and built over the course of five years, the structure is designed as an urban icon to draw attention to Seville, and reclaim an underutilized urban area. Restaurants and shops are embedded in the towers and below the canopy. A view walkway crowns the top. Architect Mayer designed it as an entry in a competition in 2004. Mayer describes it:
 The Metropol Parasol scheme with its impressive timber structures offers an archaeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols. Realized as one of the largest and most innovative bonded timber-constructions with a polyurethane coating, the parasols grow out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city.













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