Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through the Clouds

A story of a remarkable artist from The Blinking City.

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Mr. Prina has been an architect for over 50 years but his model building is a work of art and fantasy.  Building flying models from paper and balsa wood since he was very young shows his amazing and artistic genius.

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Many look like images from Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop and are beautiful to look at, much less to see fly.

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Have a look at the article and watch the short video of this remarkable Maker of dreams.

Tavern Interior by John S.C. Schaak 1762

Sifting The Past

Tavern Interior_John-S-C-Schaak_1762John S.C. Schaak  active 1760-1770

Video walkthrough:

Detail: tavern, chair, table, basket, food, sideboard, meat, pie, plate, knife, fork, fire, hearth, fireplace crane, cucumber, lemon sausage, meat hook, beef, bird, bird cage, bottle, glass, bread, mortar and pestle, chocolate pot, spit turner, soldier, cooking pot, tongs, serving boy, raised cooking surface, fry pan, jug, game birds, rabbit

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Outside the Box

I like architecture that thinks beyond the ordinary while still trying maintain functionality.  Here are some interesting stairs designed by TAF – Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Ståhlbom courtesy of http://hovercraftdoggy.com/.

Looking down.

My only question is how you could get this past most of the building inspectors I have dealt with.

UPDATE: Luc sent a comment and link to “miller’s stairs” (see comments) for tight spaces:  http://www.mier.be/realisaties/trap_1.html.  I think that early american houses had more ladders in tight spaces, at least in the appalachians and the ozarks.

Van Gogh

Early in the planning stage while designing my ‘van, I encountered this painting by Vincent van Gogh.  Painted in the late 19th Century, it is, to me, a great image of what is now a bygone era in Europe.  Who knows, if the economy collapses, and the disparity between the rich and poor increases, maybe this will become a common sight again.