Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Arch Series

This was taken last fall, when the earth in this part of the world was still green. Look carefully at the itty bitty people on the ground to get a sense of scale. The view is from the north, through the park that surrounds the monument. You approach from the northwest along a curved path, surrounded by trees. Then you round a curve, placing yourself on the Arch's north-south axis, and this is in your path. Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety, as somebody once said.

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5 comments:

Kate said...

I can't help myself; the devil makes me do it. Whenever I see this monument, I have to laugh. It's gotta be the world's greatest phallic symbol!

Strangetastes said...

Kate - yes, you're right if you are looking at the Arch's narrow side on the north or south. However, if you look at the wide side on the east and west, it may better represent your half of the species.

Fredrik Ekblad said...

Great picture! But I ask myself, what is it about USA and massive monuments? Is it a need to demonstrate power and superiority, or what?

Olivier said...

on dirait un obélisque magnifique, tu trouves toujours des angles superbes pour cette arche

It looks like an obelisk beautiful, you find angles always superb for this arch

Sally said...

That's a different perspective!

Thanks for commenting today. Interesting about the Opera House, isn't it? In international terms the OH certainly put Sydney "on the map" architecturally speaking.

But long before the OH, before Sydney was a self-styled "international city", the Bridge was the classic Sydney icon, and is also the subject of some of our most iconic art works and legends of teh 1930s, so maybe it's more ingrained in the Australian psyche?