Friday, 19th September 2014 by Ian Brown
We’ve visited a handful of large-scale sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in the past, but because we love them so much we thought we’d do a comprehensive round up of as many as possible, in roughly chronological order of their creation. Clothespin is an Oldenburg work in Philadelphia – one of several pieces in the city that this writer saw during a visit last year, the 13.7m (45′) weathered steel sculpture was erected in 1976.
On this day 35 years ago, the US returned sovereignty of the land around the Panama Canal to Panama. Since the US had financed and constructed the canal, the land 8km (5miles) on either side of…
Thursday, 4th September 2014 by Ian Brown
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, almost two dozen transporter bridges were built around the world. They feature a high gantry – tall enough to allow ships to pass below – carrying a gondola to transport foot passengers and vehicles across a waterway. Less than ten survive, though not all are still in use. We’ll take a look at all of them, beginning with three in the UK, including the largest surviving example – the Newport Transporter Bridge which crosses the River Usk.
Friday, 22nd August 2014 by Ian Brown
Almost six years ago I wrote a brief article for Google Sightseeing. Today marks my 200th full-length post, so I’m indulging myself with a look back at a few of my personal favourites. My first post was about the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a city I had recently visited. The satellite imagery is different but not really improved since that first post.
Friday, 15th August 2014 by Ian Brown
At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone – for their favourites from 200 locations. Among the many criticisms the campaign faced was the fact that the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World should have to compete alongside much newer sites. As a result, the Great Pyramid of Giza (Photosphere by Andrey Ilyin) was granted an honorary place on the list, meaning that eight locations were eventually chosen.
Thursday, 31st July 2014 by Kyle Kusch
Europe plays host to some of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Much of this wonderful scenery is accessible relatively easily by vehicle – and therefore by Street View! In this entry, we count down the five highest paved roads on the continent.
Thursday, 24th July 2014 by Ian Brown
The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11 because of a tie) being representations of the Buddha or Guanyin. While we’ve looked at Very Large Buddhas twice before , updated imagery means it’s time for an expanded look at the world of colossal statuary of all kinds. Unfortunately, if anything the current satellite view of the largest – the Spring Temple Buddha in China – is less clear than it was when we first looked at it, though it does have an impressive shadow.
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