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City Life

Finally, Sagrada Familia in its Final Stages of Construction

Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, will soon be finished.

Let me elaborate on that though. It will be finished, but not very soon. If you’re looking forward to schedule your Barcelona trip to see its full grandeur, you may have to wait for another ten years. The construction is entering the final phase, and it’s scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Considering that it’s been more than a century since the construction have started, it’ll be a wonderful feat to be in this generation to see when it is completed. The administration said that it’s currently in schedule for Antoni Gaudi’s centennial death anniversary on 2026. According the records, the first stone for La Sagrada Familia was started way back in 1882. Unknown to most, Antoni Gaudi wasn’t the first architect. He started working on the huge basilica a year after the construction began and it’s been his life’s work, until he died in 1926.

Europe’s Tallest Religious Building

Once the basilica is finished, it will have six new towers. The central spire, called Tower of Jesus Christ, will stand as the tallest religious tower in the continent, rising at 172.5 meters.

The current architect of the entire project is Jordi Fauli, who have been working on it since 2012. In over a decade ago, the inner part of the basilica had no roof. Now, they revealed a new inner chamber with a small amphitheatre with stained glass windows and arch ceilings that look so surreal with light.

Walking towards it in Barcelona, it’s not hard to miss this impressive structure. The nativity façade and spires makes it look like someone made a huge sand castle from afar. But with a closer look, it reveals astounding details in the form of art and complex sculptures. Many say that it’s part late Gothic with mix of art nouveau.

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It was never intended to be a cathedral, because Gaudi’s design deviated from traditional church architecture. There even used to be a school there, now it’s an exhibition gallery. However the whole structure was known before as a cathedral, until Pope Benedict XVI declared it as a basilica in 2010. It has several chapels and one of them is the home of Antoni Gaudi’s tomb.

The spires have sculptures of angels, and traditional symbols of saints. There are three facades on the church; nativity, passion and glory facades. Each one has its own unique set of scultures depicting the theme. For instance, the nativity facades has all sorts of symbols of life and nature. There are sculptures of or turtles at the bottom of the columns, and ornate scenes of people all over.

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Currently La Sagrada Basilica is around 70% complete. Even in its unfinished stage, this basilica is one of the most magnificent structures in Spain and in the world. It’s a major UNESCO heritage and tourist site with over 3.2 million visitors in 2014. With that amount of people, the entrance fees are used to fund the rest of the construction and maintenance.

Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, will soon be finished.
Let me elaborate on that though. It will be finished, but not very soon. If you’re looking forward to schedule your Barcelona trip to see its full grandeur, you...

Fashion

How Tech Transformed Designs in London and New York Fashion Week

London Fashion Week started this weekend and September is just ramping up for fall fashion. Aside from newf design trends, it seems that tech world have already infiltrated the fashion industry. New York Fashion Week got the first virtual catwalk and at the other side of the globe, London got its first Hololens fashion show. Here are some of the highlights on how tech have already transformed New York and London Fashion Week.

Hololens Fashion Show in London

VR headsets may be the next trend in gaming but we’re not talking about designer VR headsets.

Special guests of Martine Jarlgaard were in for the world’s first Hololens fashion show. They used Hololens headgear images of the entire 2017 collection. They walked into an empty showroom but were handed special gear to be able to see what isn’t visible to the naked eye.

Unlike virtual reality wherein you’re transported to another world inside the headset, Hololens works by superimposin holographic images to your natural environment. That way, you can still feel world around you, and you don’t have to worry about bumping into walls or other objects as you move around.

The whole collection was first scanned to create the holographic images. Although the designs are static images within models, viewers are able to go around the model and take a look at the outfit 360 degrees.

Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and Chatbots

Chatbot games are gaining some interest from big fashion brands like Burberry. The strategy was also used by Tommy Hilfiger and they launched a chatbot via Facebook Messenger.

For those who have no idea what chatbots are, here’s a quick intro. Imagine a question and answer game where you have options to choose which way you want to move forward. Now picture that within your messenger and each answer you give determines how the chat will go as it moves further into the chatbot reply tree.

Example, you can answer yes or no on which collection you want to view. You can specify what color or item you want and it will describe the outfit as if you’re talking to a fashion advisor. So far, feedback on this tech have been positive and that some users find chatbots very engaging.

Meanwhile in New York Fashion Week which started earlier this September, it was high tech wearables that took the stage.

TOME and Intel Technology

Luxury designer TOME created a more fashionable accessories lineup with Intel Curie Technology. It helps women stay in track of their health while on the go.

FILA Connected Shoes

Keeping track of your fitness and health is all about gathering accurate and real time data. This is what FILA and Intel Curie Technology worked together in their newest shoe designs.

VOKE and Intel’s VR Livestream

Intel and Voke worked together to create a full 360 degrees virtual broadcast of Mischa’s newest collection. The fashion shows were livestreamed using VOKE’s GearVR app, Samsung VR headset and Intel’s tech . Although it was a completely virtual and new experience, it was a very convincing runway show.

London Fashion Week started this weekend and September is just ramping up for fall fashion. Aside from newf design trends, it seems that tech world have already infiltrated the fashion industry. New York Fashion Week got the first virtual catwalk and at the...

City Life

FREE Museum Passes on Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Sept. 24

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Mark the calendar or set your app reminder for this Saturday September 24, 2016. Fans of art and history can enjoy a free treat on the 12th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! You can visit their website, pick a museum and download two passes for FREE!

When Smithsonian started this annual event, there were only 200 who opened their doors. Now you can choose over 1200 participating museums all over United States! Among the new participants is the newest one in D.C., the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more about this new museum from our post.

Unsure where to go? Here are some of the amazing art museums you can visit.

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York – Spend the afternoon with modern and contemporary art exhibits in this historical museum. Since 1862, this gallery housed a wide variety of art collections ranging from pop art, abstract expressionism and impressionistic styles.
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Massachusetts – Do you want to see something different other than framed artworks? This museum continued the tradition of stamp collecting for the past 56 years.
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas – Also known as The Modern, this museum maintains permanent and new collections from artworks of 1970’s and beyond. This includes sculptures, paintings, cartoons, photographs and videos.    
  • Museum of the City of New York – Visiting New York this weekend? Know more about the city’s distinct character by exploring local artworks in Museum of the City of New York. Exhibits connect the diverse culture around the city from its past, present and towards its future. Take a look at the current exhibits in their website.
  • Aerospace Museum of California – Want to see something different, get your Smithsonian Museum Day Live passes for the best aviation exhibit in Sacramento. This isn’t just for nerds and adults, as there are exhibits ranging from small scale models to full scale jet fighters and Top Gun’ F-14.Kids and adults can also attend a short Flight Zone laboratory session, wherein you can hands-on flight simulation.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York – This Smithsonian institution has an amazing collection that spans more than three centuries of history. You can find almost every imaginable thing you’ll expect from a museum, and more. The exhibits fo from the weird and exotic, old and new, fragile and precious. There are collections from US and other countries, prototypes from designers and architects from both the past and present.

Click here to be directed to Smithsonian Museum Day Live. You need to fill up the form with your name, email and then select the museum you want free passes with. Some museums may require you printout the tickets, some can allow access by showing the ticket in your mobile. Check the individual museum pages for more info on their opening times and current exhibits.

Mark the calendar or set your app reminder for this Saturday September 24, 2016. Fans of art and history can enjoy a free treat on the 12th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! You can visit their website, pick a museum and download two passes for FREE!
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Celebs

Adele Bloch-Bauer Painting Reunited with Klimt’s Women of Vienna

Have you seen a gold, silver, and oil in canvas painting of a woman?

If you have watched the film Woman in Gold then you have a quick preview about the history of the famous Adele Bloch-Bauer portrait. It was based on a true story about Maria Altman, the niece of the Bloch-Bauer herself. Played by Oscar and Academy Award actress Helen Miren, the story evolved around Altman’s battle to recover the famous Klimt portrait of her aunt that was stolen by the Nazi’s during the war.

The Nazi during those dark times plundered homes and businesses. One of the houses that were raided belonged to Bloch-Bauer family. Jewelries, precious paintings and artworks were looted out by Nazi troop, and among those was the famous portrait of the woman in gold – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.

In about 60 years later, Altman continued to fight in order to have the portrait back to her family. Even though we can say that the painting is now worth several digits, it was a priceless portrait of her family. After years of tug of war, Altman won with the help of a family-friend lawyer.

Back to reality, the famous Klimt’s portraits are now reunited in a stunning exhibit in New York. Titled as, ‘Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age’, it opens today at Neue Galerie New York and will be there up to January 16, 2017. It features Gustav Klimt’s painting of women in Vienna 1900–1918. It will mainly consist of 12 paintings, including the famous two portraits, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912).

Apart from the core paintings, the exhibit will also include 40 drawings and other 40 works of decorative art that are all centered in Klimt’s passion for women in ‘fin-de-siècle Vienna’.

Klimt captured her beauty and grandeur in a portrait with golden sky that blended beautifully with her gown and jewelry. It presented a character of sensuality and at the same time mystery over one of the wealthy families in Vienna.

Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of sugar mogul Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Their family were close to artists and Gustav Klimt was commissioned to create a portrait of her when she was around 25 years old. Adele was known to be a delicate woman, and was constantly going through illnesses and fatigue. Despite this, Klimt was able to create an immortal and powerful image of her.

In the second painting od Adele, she is seen in a more colorful and traditional style. The portrait showed her wearing a broad brimmed hat with people in the background. Flowers and green garden patch around her.

Among the other portraits included in the exhibit are:

  • Portrait of Szerena Lederer (1899),
  • Portrait of Gertha Loew (1902);
  • Portrait of Mäda Primavesi (1912);
  • Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer (1914-16),
  • and an unfinished Portrait of Ria Munk III (1917)

Gustav Klimt’s portraits of women showed the influence of fashion in Vienna. He has a unique ‘golden style’ that evolved around fauvism, and symbolism. For Klimt’s fans in the art world, the exhibit is truly a stunning reunion and a must-see.

Have you seen a gold, silver, and oil in canvas painting of a woman?
If you have watched the film Woman in Gold then you have a quick preview about the history of the famous Adele Bloch-Bauer portrait. It was based on a true story about Maria Altman, the...