Entrance Facade


Entrance Facade
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

Today’s picture for you is of the Entrance Facade to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, in Minneapolis.

Those of you who have been to NYC can see the resemblance between this and the entrance to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The resemblance is deliberate–this museum (opened in 1915) was meant to evoke the NY institution.

Picture of the Day: The Impossible Black Tulip

Today’s picture for you is for the cartographiles. This is a closeup of the Impossible Black Tulip, a map with only a few copies left in the world. This map was a collaboration between the Jesuit Matteo Ricci and Chinese cartographers in the 16th century. The University of Minnesota just purchased it (for a million dollars…) and it is on display through the end of August at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
This piece of the map shows the southeastern portions of China and Indochina.

Picture of the Day: Two Bridges


Two Bridges
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

Today’s picture for you is of two of the bridges across the koi pond at the Normandale Comm. College Japanese Garden.

The bridge in the foreground is crooked on purpose. Shinto belief maintains that certain evil spirits cannot navigate such right turns, and so the bridge’s design keeps them from crossing the river.