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LEGO Architecture – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2009)   Leave a comment

It’s one of several earlier LEGO Architecture sets in the Architect series that came out in 2009. It’s also one of many Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Architecture sets. The set has been retired.

“The commission for the museum building first came to Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943 from Hilla Rebay. The Baroness von Rebay was the curator of the ‘non-objective’ painting collection she had encouraged Solomon R. Guggenheim to purchase. Solomon R. Guggenheim desired an architectural environment in which to present these new works that would be as revolutionary as the paintings in his collection themselves.”

“Guggenheim was always supportive of Wright, but his death in 1949, just six years after the project was begun, dealth a severe blow to the plans. It took thirteen years of patient struggle on the part of Wright to finally see his building start in construction, and even through the construction stages – from 1956 to his death in 1959, six months before the museum opened – the struggle waged on. During the sixteen years that this commission dragged on, it was to prove to be the most difficult and the most time-consuming of all Wright’s work.”

“The building that stands in New York today is very different from those early studies of 1944. The general concept of the building – one continuous ramp – remains, but with the acquisition of more parcels of property on the site and with the change of the program of the museum itself, different architectural solutions were required along the way. Seven complete sets of working drawings were prepared and finally, on August 16, 1955, ground was broken and construction began.”

“When the corner at 88th Street was acquired in 1951, the spiral ramp was shifted back to the south. After this last shift was made, Wright, in response to the changing administrative requirements of the museum, suggested the constrction of a tall building behind the museum for a historical gallery, staff offices, workrooms, and storage. Rising behind the museunm would be an eleven-story structure. It was this 1951 design by Wright that served as precedent for the 1992 addition of a ‘backdrop’ building behind the museum.”

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Triggered Memory   Leave a comment

The story about the British lady having rocks thrown at her by a Nepalese tea shop lady for 50/150 rupees black tea dispute triggered an old memory I had when I was in Senior kindergarten (6 years old) in 1990. It’s all I’m thinking about now and I can’t sleep, so I might as well write them down while it’s still vivid.

It was after school in the Philippines in the afternoon and our nanny picked us up. Before heading home, I would stop by the vendors outside the school and buy candy or other stuff with my allowance. I had saved up enough coins from my allowances to have a 10 Philippine Peso bill that I exchanged with my mom. I bought a snack worth 2.50 and expected a 7.50 change. The lady vendor gave me 2.50 as change. I told her I gave her 10.00, but she just looked at me and said I gave her 5.00, I ran to my nanny and told her what happened. One of the school security guard got involved, but there was no proof. The vendor pocketed my money. Everyone just assumed I made a mistake, gave the lady 5.00 instead of 10.00. All these adults looking at me thinking I was lying. I felt so humiliated and cried.

That was probably the first instance I had my trust in people broken. Looking back at it now, several mannerisms, how I act, attitudes, they can probably be traced back to that incident.

I avoided buying from that vendor for the 6 years onward I went to school. If I did, I made sure that lady wasn’t attending their table. I told my younger sister to be careful when buying from them and avoid paying bills higher than a 5.00 (the lowest circulated bill in the Philippines at the time). Over the years I learned that the security guard that got involved is their family (the vendor lady’s husband). So even if there was proof that time, there’s probably nothing we could have done. They also don’t have set prices.

One time in 3rd grade, the security guard was off-duty without his uniform and tending the sales at their vending site (maybe he was no longer a security guard, but I didn’t care). They were frozen chocolate milk bars and I bought it for 2.50. I told my younger sister, now in 2nd grade, that they were selling it for that amount. When she went to the vendor, the guy increased the price and said it was 2.75 when I just bought minutes earlier. She paid more than me.

Like seriously, FUCK!! Over the years, I even convinced myself to let it go because they are poor and trying to make ends meet and would pull that shit. So I started buying from them again in 4th grade even if the lady was tending the sales, but still avoided her as much as possible or paying over bills higher than 5.00.

Then the one time in 6th grade I stopped caring for a second and paid the lady a 20.00 bill for an item, expecting over 15.00 in change, that same lady short-changes me, hands me a 5.00 and some change. In my mind I was like THIS AGAIN????

I looked at her with an annoyed face and said “I gave you 20.”

She said “no, it was 10.”

I just kept staring at her. She sighed briefly, pulled out a 10.00 from her fanny pack, and handed it to me. No look of remorse whatsoever. So what changed? I got older. I got taller than her. I wasn’t having it. I don’t think she even remembers me, but I wasn’t a tiny 6 year old anymore that she could easily take advantage of. That was the last time I bought something from that vendor.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this. If there’s a moral to my story, when people show you who they are, believe them.

I’m done.

Posted September 21, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Personal

Leisure Suite Larry: Box Office Bust Time Lapse   Leave a comment

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LEGO Architecture – Rockefeller Center   Leave a comment

It’s one of several earlier LEGO Architecture sets in the Architect series. The set has been retired.

Rockefeller center is a complext of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 square meters) betwen 48th and 51st streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

Rockefeller Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture: It is among the last major building projects in the United States to incorporate
a program of integrated public art. Sculptor Lee Lawrie contributed the largest number of individual pieces—twelve—including the statue of Atlas facing Fifth Avenue
and the conspicuous friezes above the main entrance to the RCA Building.

The Center is a combination of two building complexes: the older and original fourteen Art Deco office buildings from the 1930s, and a set of four International-style towers built along the west side of Avenue of the Americas during the 1960s and 1970s.

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