For You, 60!

‘For You, 60!’

An old friend of mine turned sixty today.

With an underlying message of “onwards and upwards”, I sent this image to her.

It shows the rear of the rather splendid Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris, where I had visited recently and my friend had also gone a few years ago.

I love the way the tower catches the light and emerges from the shadowed mass of the lower parts of the structure, pointing to the heavens. Clouds drift by the building’s static lines; time moves on.

I used a standard Apple filter to make this phone pic “pop” a little, but, hey, it is a birthday celebration after all!

Onwards and upwards!

Hundertwasser IV

Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangārei, NZ

‘Hundertwasser IV’

I realise this has become an accidental series of photos of the newly finished Hundertwasser Art Centre – random shots taken on New Year’s Day of the very random and esoteric building. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian visual artist, architect and environmentalist, who spent the latter part of his life in New Zealand.

He viewed straight lines as “godless and immoral” apparently. Not too many straight lines in this building inspired by his lifetime of doggedly individualistic design!

More to come…