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ne of the most dramatic entrances Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed was brought back to life with the $50 million restoration of the Darwin D. Martin House on Jewett Parkway: a spectacular view of Nike, the winged victory of Samothrace. Open the front door and a long 180 feet away, down an entryway, through a brick columned pergola, through a plant-filled conservatory, there she stands, all 9 feet 3 inches of classic Greek sculpture on a 3-foot base. But visitors to Martin’s house in the early 20th century had something equally spectacular right before them: one of only three glass mosaic fireplaces Wright ever put in one of his homes. Fifteen thousand pieces of glass tile drenched in gold depicted a wisteria in full bloom. Its rugged brown trunks intertwined as they climbed the mantel with green shimmering leaves cascading into an explosion of nearly pure-gold blossoms. And the fireplace didn’t just end in the entryway. It wrapped around into the home’s living room, a four-sided mosaic with glass tile on every surface, 150 square feet in all, of gold-infused tile. “For the glitter,” said Theodore L. Lownie, the restoration architect for the Martin House. “Frank Lloyd Wright loved gold, he loved it. Who else would put gold leaf in mortar. He loved all the glitter, the reflection of it, because his homes were so dark. It reflected the light. Both Nike and the fireplace, however, were lost because of the 17-year abandonment of the Martin House. Isabelle Martin left the home vacant in 1937, two years after her husband’s death and it remained empty and unheated until 1954 when local architect Sebastian Tauriello bought it. Nike was lost in the 1962 demolition of the pergola, conservatory... And the glass-mosaic fireplace was most likely ruined by a leaky chimney flashing. The leak allowed in water, and the glass tiles tumbled from the freeze-thaw cycle of nearly two decades without heat in the house. Now, thanks to the Martin House restoration, Nike is back with the reconstruction of the pergola, conservatory and carriage house. But restoring the fireplace has long been a challenge for Lownie and Martin House executive director Mary Roberts. The two have had a half-dozen artisans from around the world give the fireplace restoration a try over the years, all of them failing, some of them miserably. Source: www.buffalonews.com
La Paz may be the capital of Baja Sur, but in so many ways it feels like a small south-of-the-border town, nostalgic of old Baja but with a pleasing touch of yachting sophistication. It remains a coveted secret to many Baja-bound vacationers. Yes, a Walmart is positioned on the outlaying stretches of the city, but the downtown itself is peppered with patio restaurants to while away a lazy afternoon, small boutiques and pastel-washed buildings. For sure, one thing La Paz is “not” is another Cabo. In fact, the city strives to be the antithesis, with all the good parts plus an absence of the more vibrant party scenes that have become synonymous with the city just a little more than hour away. La Paz in Spanish means “peace,” a perfect way to describe its overwhelming serene natural beauty at every turn. One sentiment echoed by both part-time and full-time expats: “Don’t say too many great things about La Paz—everyone will want to come. ” Sorry, I just have to share the riches of this tiny paradise. The eastern coast of Baja California Sur with its pure aqua waters and sparkling white sand was thought by early explorers to be an island. Modern-day “explorers” know better—the area simply conveys a tropical “island” state of mind. Friendly people and a distinct laid-back vibe make La Paz an idyllic spot to enjoy the rhythm and flavor of Mexico, without the safety issues that are unfortunately attached to Mexican travel these days. In fact, you can stroll the Malecon,La Paz’s equivalent to a promenade along the water in Monte Carlo. It is not unusual to see entire families taking the stroll along the water late at night. Boardwalk goers get a magical front-row view of sunsets over the water and local statuary, not to mention some of the best fish tacos in Mexico. Gloria Oceguera, a part-time transplant from posh Marin, California was enjoying lunch with friends the day I met her. “We have always liked Mexico,” said Oceguera who lives in La Paz about nine months a year now. “My husband loves to fish, and we feel very safe… We feel safer walking down the Malecon than on the streets of Marin. We saw the second homeless person ever (here) the other day. Find your Underwater Treasure. La Paz, directly facing the Sea of Cortez, is dotted by beaches, often yours alone for the day and rivaling some of the Caribbean’s most tempting. It is easy to believe that La Paz hasn’t changed. Source: www.desertsun.com
This is one in a continuing series on businesses that are “Humboldt Made. ” Humboldt Made describes itself as “a public benefit corporation focused on business development and cooperative marketing. We are a community of makers and producers. Humboldt Made partners with retailers and restaurateurs, community organizations, media makers institutions, special events and business service providers to build the economy of Humboldt County. For more information, visit www. humboldtmade. Artsy lamps are the Hilliard family business. Founded by Noel and Janene Hilliard in 1975, their son Sam now designs and makes some of his own lighting fixtures as well as helps with marketing. Noel Hilliard said he and Janene met at Humboldt State in 1974 and graduated with art degrees in 1975. “We found out we each made lamps as kind of a project in school,” he said. “Ultimately we decided to make lamps as our art form. And make lamps they did, starting from out of their bedroom and garage. Their products can now be found in show rooms and design centers across the country and in Toronto. Sam HIlliard said examples of their lamps can be seen in the Plaza Grill in Arcata as well as four or five restaurants in San Francisco. To celebrate their 40th year in business, Hilliard Lamps will open its glass studio and bronze foundry on 11th Street in Arcata to tours and sales on Oct. Guests can see how the lamps are made, watch molten bronze pour into a mold and purchase lamps at 60 to 90 percent off. Pieces sell to design centers for anywhere from $1,500 to $75,000, and Sam Hilliard said that’s at wholesale prices. Noel Hilliard added that at retail prices some lamps can sell for $50,000 and up. He said the process of making the lamps is similar to how Tiffany lamps are made but differ greatly in design. “We never wanted our lamps to look like Tiffany lamps,” he said. “We’re always exploring the limits of what you can do with glass. Sam Hilliard said the process involves cutting small shapes of glass out of a large sheet, firing the pieces in a kiln to round out the edges, wrapping each piece in copper foil, soldering the pieces together and then soldering that onto a brass... Noel Hilliard said his business is one of the only lamp manufacturers to still make everything themselves by hand. “I like thinking these lamps are. Source: www.times-standard.com
But visitors to Martin's house in the early 20th century had something equally spectacular right before them: one of only three glass mosaic fireplaces Wright ever put in one of his homes. Fifteen thousand pieces of glass tile drenched in gold depicted
A remodeled lobby has a “cruise ship” feel with glass panels open to the sea and Steinbeck's restaurant were also part of the reinvention of luxury. CostaBaja offers two restaurants within the resort, the more casual Mosaic and the popular Steinbeck's.
The chapel features three beautiful stained glass windows and a mosaic designed by David Csicsko, a prominent artist from Chicago. It was a thrill to work with him and to see the designs emerge. We chose nature imagery for the chapel's artwork because
At the vent sites, the habitat mosaic was eliminated in favour of turf algae and loss of kelp (Supplementary Table 3a; CO2 effect: p = 0.001). Also, biomass of turf algae was over 100% greater at vent sites (mean ± s.e.m. at vent .. which was
The object that Mike Mangiafico chose to re-create is a Roman mosaic glass “portrait bead.” Found in Syria and dated from the first to second centuries, it is a round bead made of opaque blue glass with three portraits of Roman ladies surrounded by a
Goldmasaik - Herstellung und Beschreibung der Goldsmalten - Goldmosaik von SCHREIBER-GLAS BERLIN