Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mural Studies

I was just getting ready to post this reference to Jules Guerin when I saw that Mr. Door Tree over at the ever excellent Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted a revisit to one of Guerin's lovely books of architectural studies.  Look for the link to the right to visit this and many other golden age wonders.

Guerin also rendered this architectural design for architects McKim, Meade & White of the triumphal Arch of the Rising Sun, situated in the Court of the Universe at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco:

And this is a photograph of the arch in the background of the Court of the Universe, a name that resonates deep within my soul (anthrocentric humanist that I am). 

The Nations of the East (shown as a detail model in a previous post) is crowning the arch, with the Fountains of the Rising and Setting Suns in the foreground, as well as one of several of Paul Manship's sculpture groups, this one called Festivity.

What a lovely, wonderful exposition that must of been.


gerry said...

Expo 67 in Canada really wowed me as a kid, but images and documents of expositions and world fairs of the past seem even more beautiful and astounding.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

I think it's partly because in those days they had one foot in the classical world, and one foot in the new tech world, making an exciting blend of values. These days we're a bit homogenized and always looking forward, with a general view of the past as being 'quaint'.