Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mosaic Monday: A Few NYC Architectural Gems



New York City is full of beautiful and interesting architectural gems. There is an abundance of friezes, sculptures, gargoyles, columns, corbels, balustrades, colonnades, festoons, rosettes, etc., all around the city.  All you have to do to see them is to look up, as very often they are high in the sky.
I love to wander through different neighborhoods in the city to record them with my camera lens, and I thought that I would show you some of my favorite images today in photo mosaic form. 
All the photo mosaics will enlarge if you click on them once, and then again when they open on a new page. Use your browser's back arrow to return to the blog post.  Most of the images in the collection above were seen on buildings and in gardens in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
  
This photo mosaic shows four ornate buildings in Lower Manhattan.

This collection was taken in Midtown Manhattan. The 18 foot high painted enamel medallions that you see in the middle of this mosaic are on the wall of Radio City Music Hall. They were designed by Hildreth Meiere and placed on the building in 1932. From the top down they represent Drama, Song and Dance.


This collection is from the very fascinating Flatiron District in Manhattan, in an area surrounding Madison Square Park.


Are you curious to know who that man is standing on top of the Flatiron Building?  Come back Wednesday and I'll tell you about him, and 26 others like him.

I'm linking this post to "Mosaic Monday" on Mary's blog Little Red House.  Please visit Mary's blog today to see the links of all the blogs participating this week with their wonderful photo mosaics!



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52 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

Fantastic photos Pat! I love all of the architectural details that you've shown us. I did wonder about that man on top of the building! I love the deco looking gargoyle in the last mosaic. And the building in the photo to the left of the "song" medallion. It's gorgeous! I'm looking forward to the history behind the man on top of the building! Kat

steviewren said...

Hey, I just read about the man on the roof on another blog today! Love all of your photos. I like to take pictures of architectural detailing too.

eileeninmd said...

Great post and photos. My favorite is the mosaic with the medallions. I would like to hear about the man on the roof too!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Fantastic pictures!! The architecture is just amazing and breathtaking and the way you put it all together in a mosaic...you are such an artist.
♥, Susan

PAT said...

Fabulous photos and mosaics, Pat!

ellen b. said...

Oh these are gems for sure! Just lovely! I'm glad you took all these photos and put them together for us to enjoy!

EG Wow said...

Oh, there's so much to SEE in NYC! You live in such a fun environment!

Lenore said...

What a terrific idea for mosaics!!!...they are all fabulous and very interesting!

Snap said...

This is a great post. I love all the details. My mouth would be hanging open all the time and my camera worn out!!!!!!

Terri said...

You have such great material to work with. I have never had a cliffhanger with a photographer before. Can't wait to learn about the men!

Ebie said...

Hey Pat, I do not need to fly to New York, to see these. You gave us very detailed description of your shots.

Of course I will come back to check out your post on the Flatiron Bldg. I worked there for 2 years in one of the publishing firm that also sells mass market items/paperbacks!

Mosaic Monday

Queenmothermamaw said...

Oh Pat marvelous MM as usual. I so love to see your pics from NYC just like everyone. I love the medallions on Radio City Music Hall. I saw those when there. I don't know about the man on the roof.
QMM

Mary said...

Totally wonderful, Pat! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful details at MM. :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'm going to have to start looking up more often. Wonderful photos.

Jenny said...

Pat, I loved this post. Did you ever see that Hallmark movie, Silver Bells? For some reason this post made me think of it. What a beautiful city.

Vee said...

So the moral of this story is that if you feel as if you're being watched... Yes! I'm very curious about that man. I'll be back!

Claudia said...

You bring me such glorious memories. I used to wander the streets looking at gargoyles, roofs, iron fences (I was obsessed by gates in Brooklyn heights for awhile). On summer eves I would walk through Greenwich Village with my head up and tripping over everything. The Upper West Side is also a treasure chest for architecture-gawkers. The gargoyles are works of art. Thanks so much for your keen eye.

Dishesdone said...

Great shots, Pat! and I especially love the Radio city ones! and LOL, I know about the man on top of the building :) and I am looking forward to you posting about him and the others!

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Wow these are stunning photos Pat! I love each and everyone of them. Thanks for sharing.

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Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, YES---NYC and area has some of the most unique and fabulous architecture in our country... You are so wonderful ---to take the time to photograph these and show them to us. Thanks SO much!!!!!!

Looking forward to your next post.
Hugs,
Betsy

The Gathering Place said...

Once again you have some interesting photos. I like your collection.

Suzy said...

Fantastic details! I know New York must be full of them. Thanks for sharing!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

awesome photos! love the architectural details on each photos.. especially on historic buildings.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I can't wait to hear about that last picture. I thought that exhibit was over. I'd love to see it, but never made it into the city in time.
Thanks for the lovely photos Pat.

Laura in Paris said...

I love your mosaics ... lots of harmony in your choices.

Jackie said...

Hi Pat
Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures, you must have got a crick in the neck and used a very good long lens camera to take all of those, I know how high your building are in NY.
Thank you so much and have a great week, Jackie in UK.

Old Kitty said...

I'm hooked on Hildreth Meiere - possessor of a wonderful name and creator of those spectacular art deco murals! Fantastic! I think they stand out for me because of their grace and colour. I love the various gargoyles and sculptures here (that head of a roman type man is most intriguing!) but the colour and difference in style from the classical to the modern is so fascinating.

I can't wait to find out who that man is - at first I thought it's a statue but then again it the eye is deceiving! :-)

Thank you for these wonderful mosaics!

Take care
x

Regina said...

Hello Pat. These are fantastic.
Thank you for sharing.
Happy MM. Have a wonderful week.

" Regina "

Carol at Serendipity said...

Beautiful photographs make beautiful mosaics. Wonderful job.

Carol

Joyce said...

Great shots and I can't wait to find out who is on the very top of the flat iron building? I wonder if all the flat iron buildings have a person on the top?
Joyce

Melanie said...

What gorgeous sculptures.

Sooo who is that man? Curious now. :-)

Sheila said...

Yesterday my daughter arrived home after her visit to New York and she talked about the Flatiron building...I am so looking forward to seeing her pictures. Thanks for another interesting post Pat!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I love all of the architectural elements in these shots! NYC is just filled with architectural treasures. How neat! Thank you for sharing this with us. You know how much I love NYC, but I also love interesting architecture.

Happy Monday, my friend!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Tracy said...

FANTASTIC special focus this week, Pat--dazzling to see all the little, up-close details. And I can't wait for more on the Flat Iron May... I must Google! I love the variety of your mosaics this week. Happy Days, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Together We Save said...

Thanks for the tour of NYC I have never been so those photos were very interesting to me.

Riet said...

Hi Pat. Another series of beautiful pictures in your mosaics.There is so much to see in NY. Such a wonderful city.My favorite is the Radio City music hall, such beautiful medallions. Thank you for showing so much from NY. I love your posts.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great mosaics. I love seeing the old buildings with their ornate details - so much prettier than some of them they are just throwing up now. Thanks for sharing.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow Pat, these photographs are amazing. So many beautiful details of gorgeous architecture. The details are amazing.

Happy Mosaic Monday.
Karen

Pondside said...

Thank you for that wonderful four of architectural gems. A few years ago on a trip through the Baltic states we had just such a tour through Riga - the beautiful buildings designed by Michael Eisenstadt - riches!

Naturegirl said...

Pat these images are like an outdoor museum...I felt that when viewing all the sculptures and architectural gems in Paris!
Great captures!

mrs. c said...

Great photos, you are so talented and have a great photographic eye. Thanks for sharing once again photos of your wonderful city, my favorite!

M.Kate said...

Have always been fascinated with your collages, and these are very interesting as usual. Enjoy your summer Pat...love/M

diane said...

Great post. It is amazing what you can see when you look up. It is a shame to have such art work almost out of view. I'm curious about the man.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos Pat. Really breath taking.

The man on the roof is fascinating. I can't wait until next week to learn more. There is no way in the world I could stand there. No way.
Sam

My name is PJ. said...

These mosaics are stellar, Pat! Wow!

Gracie said...

You know, when we are on a road trip, usually mu husband makes fun of me, saying I'm going to fall every few steps because I'm used to walk with my nose up......he doesn't know what he's missing watching his feet.....

shari @ little blue deer said...

Fabulous photos! That is what I love about NYC, there are so many hidden treasures everywhere, if you only look for them! XO! Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Love the photos - and the building are awesome...how fun this exhibit is...

Lisa Michelle said...

Pat..just wanted to pop in and say hello - it's been a while!! So..I pop in, and I end up reading and looking at the gorgeous photos for almost an hour LOL As always, your posts are a wealth of NY info with so many cool facts and little nuances. I never ever noticed the figures on top of those buildings! It's amazing what you find within the 5 boroughs :)

Oh, Go Yankees!..although our offense has been a bit weak this season. No matter, we're in first :)

Ted Dunn said...

Thank you for the compliments about Hildreth.
She has a Facebook Group Page
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=1052167652

Hildreth's Exhibit is traveling to DC.
Mid March 2011 for 6 months
National Building Museum- Washington DC
Exhibit:
"Walls Speak" The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meiere

See the original sketches of many of her works. Recently uncovered from her home in Stamford CT. Full Size works ...

National Building Museum
www.nbm.org
Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.