a shopping center, but tech
you see, in san jose we have “the tech” which is a sort of technology and science museum, the kind that’s been done in many places. but being the capital of silicon valley you figure that we’d really do it right, it might look techy or futuristic or simply interesting. instead, it’s a mango-colored monstrosity made from giant shapes you might dump out of a child’s block pail. vile, indeed.
the tech. not tech
the main goal of hitting birmingham was the museum and art gallery which has a pretty good collection of pre-raphaelite and victorian classical art. what was there certainly didn’t disappoint. what wasn’t there disappointed sorely. after hitting a museum i always go through the museum shop to pick up postcards of pieces i didn’t know prior but wanted to remember, or to keep an eye out for any interesting books. inevitably, some gems are in the postcard racks which are not on display. in this case it included two works by alma-tadema and one fantastic image by edward hughes:
so close, yet so far
sniff. so sad.
it just makes no sense to me to have some your best works put away while having lesser works up. keep the lesser works put away! far too few people are interested in art these days, so keep the absolutely most stunning pieces up, to make converts of the occasional visitors.
there was quite a lot of good art there, however, another vexing problem was the consistently bad lighting. we’re not talking conservation lighting, we’re talking practically nothing but sky light through frosted glass. in england. where there is no sun.
beautiful, if i could only see you
not all was a loss, and quite a number of fantastic pieces were well-presented and lit. overall it was a great experience and very inspiring. as usual i had my digital camera out and ready and took a number of detail shots (no flash!), many of which were underwhelming due to the sometimes bad lighting. this was the winner close-up (click for detail):
there was some other work there, but really how is it possibly worth the time?