The Head of the Rain God Tlaloc is a Pre-Colombian statue that appears to be massive and could possibly weigh almost a thousand pounds due to its size and material composition. The statue appears to be made up of ceramic and stucco that was once beautifully painted with vibrant colors. Due to the monument being very large, one could infer that it would be placed atop of a large structure such as a pyramid with a temple on top. The scale of the design and the symbolism gathered from the various features aid in adding vibrancy and meaning to the sculpture. Headdress Feathers The headdress is an eye-catching piece featuring feathers, roping and
The art of the Mayans has been called the richest in the New World because of the great complexity of the patterns and variety of the media used. Mayan art had a distinctive style that was influenced by the Olmec civilization. Mayan art forms included painting on paper and plaster, carvings in wood and stone, clay and stucco models, and terra cotta figurines from molds. The Mayans are well known for their use of stucco, jade, and obsidian. Maya buildings were adorned with carved friezes and roof combs in stone and stucco.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a wonderful masterpiece that takes you on a journey through the history of the people of California. It is also one of the country’s most respected large monuments that incorporates inter-racial accord and is a true cultural landmark. The Great Wall spans a half a mile in length which is 2,754 feet and is considered the longest mural in the world. It consists of pictures that represent the history of the ethnic people of California. The mural’s pictures go back to the prehistorical history of the ethnic people all the way up to the 1950’s.
An example is the Great Mosque at Cordoba, it is known for its beautiful interior arches and its open and breezy interior space in red, blue, and gold. The walls are decorated with decorative patterns called arabesques, Arabic inscriptions, and the walls covered in glazed tiles. Another form of art that was brought to life is calligraphy, it focused on elegant writings specifically in Arabic that is still practiced today. The Islamic Golden Age brought to life some of the most beautiful and artistic creations, some that were some of the most remarkable artistic pieces of the time. Without these artistic achievements, art would not be as developed as it is
SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE General Information: The Sultan Qaboos grand mosque is located in Muscat, Oman, designed by Mohammed Saleh Makiya and Quad Design for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to be the largest most beautiful mosque in Oman, and to stand out a unique piece of architecture. The mosques can be visited by non-Muslims except on Friday, and it is considered as a contemporary Islamic architecture. Construction: The conceptual design of the mosque started at 1992, while the construction took 6 years starting from 1995 ending 2001. The mosque is constructed on a raised podium to lift the mosque from the street level and this is a feature of Omani traditional mosques. The reason behind the slow moving of construction is reflecting the amount
Masjid-I-Shah Mosque Iran Introduction First, most cities with sizable Muslim population has a primary congregational mosque. The mosques are built with diverse designs and dimension which illustrate the style and geographical region. The unique designs demonstrate the architect’s expertise. The congregational mosques are expanded based on growth and the needs of the umma. Masjid-i-Shah mosque is an example of stunning buildings in the world.
In the documentary “The ten Town That Changed America” Geoffrey Baer illustrates the evolution of ten popular cities of the 21st century America. Done in chronological order, the documentary explores how these US cities were developed by visionary citizens who combined, urban planning, design, and architecture to change the way people lived. According to the documentary, these planners had passion and great insights for urban development, although driven by different inspirations and motivations. But one thing was central to these people: to build an environment that would change the way people live in America. Top of the list is St. Augustine, which happens to be the oldest colonial town in the United States, as well as the first planned city and the first to use the “grid” as a settlement
Brunelleschi designed the domes and/or the columns for some of these buildings. Some of these buildings were also symmetrical in design. He used many geometric formulas and during his career to create these magnificent structures. Some of these resemble Gothic architecture (Hyman). There is no doubt that Brunelleschi was a very talented architect, engineer, and
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in not only the United States but also the Western Hemisphere, is New York’s new pride and dominates the modern skyline. Often nicknamed the “Freedom Tower,” the 104-story skyscraper is made of 2,000 pieces of prismatic glass and stands at 1,776 feet tall, its height being a subtle tribute to the year that America won its independence (Fowler). The observation deck, at over 1,250 feet, offers dazzling views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and beyond, allowing the tourist to experience a sense of unity: the city is one, the nation is one, and the world is one. The new tower continues the old’s symbolic representation of world peace while soaring above the ruins of a catastrophic day in American
In the realm of art, both the Byzantines and the Mayans produced great works of architecture and simple arts. In both societies, architecture served a religious and social purpose. Justinian I sponsored the building of massive palaces and the Hagia Sophia (a church in present-day Istanbul). The Mayans built massive palaces, temples, and pyramids. Both Mayan and Byzantine artisans produced great works of pottery and literature (to name a few).