Friday, May 16, 2008

Masonry of Venezia II

I've started working through photos so here is the first of my photo series

Venezia is a city of masonry, from the paving stones, to the walls of everything, to the marble floors, to the steps of the thousand bridges, to the railings of the Rialto bridge, polished smooth by the hands of tourists.

In the US, where almost all construction occurred after the fall of the Venetian Republic--La Serenissima--we sometimes think of eroding masonry, but walking in Venezia provides a new look at wear and tear, but also at the incredible durability of baked clay and stone. Comparable construction in the US? Cliff dwellings and pueblos, I guess

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