10 Incredible Spiral Staircases
Technically, there is no such thing as a spiral staircase — spirals are, by their nature, flat and all “spiral” stairs, are actually helical stairs. “Helical” is the word “helix” in adjective form. A helix is a spiral in a three-dimensional space. With that said, enjoy the 10 incredible
- Vatican Museum Spiral Staircase; Vatican City
- Unique triple helix spiral staircase in the Museum do Pobo Galego, Spain
- Spiral Staircase in St. Paul’s Cathedral; London, England
- Staircase in Loretto Chapel; Santa Fe, New Mexico. Legend has it that in 1877, the sisters of Loretto had no stairway to reach the choir loft of their new chapel. A mysterious carpenter appeared and proceeded to build a marvelous spiral staircase. There are no nails in the stairway and it has no center support. The mysterious carpenter disappeared without a word or receiving payment
- Helical Staircase in City Hall; London, England
- The “Tulip Stairs” built in 1635 in the Queen’s House; Greenwich, England (the same location where the famous “tulip ghost” was captured on film by a reverend)
- Spiral Staircase; Roosevelt Island, New York. Built in 1841, the building was once an insane asylum before being abandoned and eventually renovated to its current glory.
- Spiral stairs that weave through the center of the Baron’s Palace; Heliopolis, Egypt
- Square Spiral Stairs; Lauzerte, France
- Quinta de Regaleira Palace; Sintra, Portugal. Construction began in 1904. The palace is believed to hide symbols related to alchemy, Masonry, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians
Colossal Urban Street Art by Etam Crew
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“Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for a while? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. For this photo series I visited owners of elaborate costumes in their own homes. As a matter of fact ‘Just the two of us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.” – Klaus Pichler
Discover Yoan Capote a very talented Cuban carver
‘Yoan Capote, a young Cuban artist who came to international notice in the 2001 Havana Biennale, creates paradoxical images with political and psychological overtones. In sculptures and beautifully crafted academic drawings (all 2004), he merges human organs with inanimate objects, rearranges the human body and reinvents the purposes of everyday things. (…) Capote’s work is both thought-provoking and humorous. He brings to mind the absurdist impossibilities of Rene Magritte, overlaid with a sense of nostalgia for physical experience in an increasingly digital world’
Obscure Sculptures by Wim Botha
Lately sculptures formed out of books seems to be progressing with us. Artist Wim Botha based out of South Africa chooses specific books reflecting human identity and immorality.
“There is seldom a distinction to be drawn between the prominence of the concept and that of the medium. I work with materials central to mass consumerist applications, that are subsequently transformed in essence and meaning to a point at which material and concept becomes integrally interdependent.” -Wim Botha.
Slendid sculptures “Shadow Circus” by Kirsten Stingle
“Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age in which the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. Early in my career, a fine arts degree in theater refined my understanding of imagery and taught me to use gestures as powerful expressive tools. However, it is through figurative ceramics that I am able to fully realize my narrative impulse.” -Kirsten Stingle
“While each piece is instantly approachable, closer inspection reveals a world in which the story and inner psyche of the character slowly emerges. The ultimate goal of my work is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity. Just as we look to our past as a springboard toward a personal vision of the future, I combine found objects and discarded elements from the past with my ceramic work. The mixed media not only creates an intriguing dialogue of materials but also informs the viewer of the scope of the figure’s journey within each narrative.”