Friday, May 26, 2017

Performing statues, Cesena, Italy

Two statues turn the entry stairway of a building in Cesena (probably part of the university) into an acrobatics act. I particularly like the integration of the tightrope into the handrail of the stairs. This seems to me to almost certainly have been designed as a single unit by an artist with some vision, rather than being added to the entrance later.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Church, Italy

A church with an intriguingly rounded steeple structure that reminds me somehow of the a visor on a knight's helmet.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Suspended apartments, Cesena, Italy

I don't know the history of this colorful set of apartments in Cesena, but they are near what I think might be part of the old city walls, and they lean out suspended over a little pocket park.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rail grade rock dropper, Cesena, Italy

This peculiar beast is a specialized maintenance train for maintaining the shape to the rail beds on railroad tracks with the traditional gravel foundation. When the foundations are eroded away, a train like this will drive along, opening slots at its base to let a shower of new little rocks out at a defined rate. How do you know when to dump how much rock in an even vaguely efficient manner? There's a whole little micro-speciality devoted to figuring that sort of thing out.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Foot-pedal sink, Cesena, Italy

I thought this was brilliant, and I would like to see it in more place: a bathroom sink with no handles, but instead a foot pedal to turn on the water. No touching anything with dirty hands --- just the sole of your foot that's not the goal of cleaning in any case. I see the issues for disability, of course, and the way that sensor sinks make it obsolete as well, but I was still startled in retrospect to have never encountered this solution in a bathroom before.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

American Street Food Hamburger, Cesena, Italy

Was there ever any real doubt about what American street food might be, in the eyes of other nations?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

E'Tornato L'Americano, Cesena, Italy

Nobody does cultural appropriate like carnivals, and so it was with glee that I discovered this mashup of all things American pop culture at a street festival in Cesena.  An American Tornado indeed!