around in the perceptions of Australia in general and Sydney in particular. It was the project, more than any other, that allowed Australia to ditch the "cultural cringe". Architecturally, that cringe is monumentalised in the recently completed National Museum of Australia in Canberra, where in a sly architectural reference to Sydney the designers incorporate a fragment of the Opera House in the entrance hall. According to the museum's architect: "It's not the bit by Utzon, it's a fragment of the glass curtain that was designed after he had gone, to show how wrong Australia can get things." … [Read more...] about Jørn Utzon
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These are just some of the curious fragments gathered from the farthest-flung corners of the former USSR, brought together in a new book, Soviet Signs and Street Relics. It is the latest volume from Fuel – publishers of such classics as Soviet Bus Stops and Russian Criminal Tattoos – and it’s a fitting travelogue for our constrained times. Unlike these previous surveys of communist relics, photographed in the flesh, these have been collected via Google Street View. … [Read more...] about There’s a fighter jet on the pavement! Wonders of the Soviet roadside revolution
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