Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

CITY SAYS NO TO PRIVATE PARK

November 12, 2008

Lyche-villaen

Drammen citys richest man is denied fulfilling his vision of a park surrounding his home. After heir to the Block Watne company, Lars Nilsen, bought his ‘dream house since age 15’, “Lyche-villaen”/”Villa Lyche”, he has acquired three neighboring houses -all of which he wishes to tear down. The houses are from the 1930s built in the style of Functionalism (or Modernism) and represents an important aspect of the city’s architectural history and culture, according to local newspaper DT.

Villa Lyche

Funny fact: His company builds houses.

Photo, Source: Blom, Drammens Tidende

THE TEARING DOWN OF THE NO.1 LANDMARK

October 14, 2008

The demolition machines have already removed the tribunes, the commentary boxes and the area around. Even the tarn that was know as “Besserudtjernet” (“The Besserud Tarn”) is gone, drained to “Kongedammen” (“The Kings Pond”) that lies higher up, behind the sports monument. Tomorrow the white icon that is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump will be taken apart piece by piece, starting with the “diamond”.

The deconstruction starts at 16:30 CET=Central European Time=UTC (GMT)+1 hours. You can watch it live and even control the camera here. Another site documenting live is here. The local newspaper Akersposten shows us historic pictures from the beloved place.

The city will not look the same without it as it was visible from all parts of the town and even neighbouring counties. Farvel gamle venn.

Sources: Aftenposten, Akersposten

ARABIC LOUVRE BY JEAN NOUVEL

October 3, 2008

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will function as a shielding parasol from the scorching sun, as an oasis, when its completed by 2012. The web-patterned dome creates a beautiful play of light as the sunlight filters as through branches and leaves on a tree. Natural light like no one has seen anywhere but in nature. The space will house art from France’s the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles. Voilà.

The architect is the famous and of course French, Jean Nouvel. If I was to build a house tomorrow, I definitely would incorporate this kind of lighting either inside or outside the building even though l’m living in Scandinavia. While dreaming, why not install an organic focal point in the ceiling by John Carpner Design AB. The cost of living outside inside? $2.800 (20.000 SEK).

Funny fact: Jean Nouvel is a favorite of architect buff Brad Pitt’s who named a child after him, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

NORTH WAY

October 1, 2008

“You gentlemen aren’t REALLY trying to kill my son, are you?”

Alfred Hitchcock’s movie North by Northwest (1959) is one of his greatest, with three Academy Award nominations to prove it. Roger O. Thornhill, played entertainingly with suave by Cary Grant, is an advertising executive in New York, who by chance is mistaken for a man named George Kaplan by a group of spies led by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) with his right hand man, Leonard (Martin Landau).

With the help of pretty Eve Kendall, brilliantly performed by Eva Marie Saint, Roger Thornhill ends up being pursued across the country, but who can he really trust? The professor, actor Leo G. Carroll, is a man of government who allows the events to unfold for the greater good. Carroll has been in more Hitchcock movies than any other actor. Another casting worth noticing is role of the mother, Clara Thornhill, played by Jessie Royce Landis though she only had seven years on her “son”, Cary Grant.

The movie takes us to places like the then-new United Nations building which is photographed originally, to another quite interesting building, the house on top of Mount Rushmore. After finding Frank Lloyd Wright to be too expensive to work with, just like the people making The Fountainhead in 1949 did, MGM constructed a Lloyd Wright-inspired house for the movie as the villain’s lair.

The famous crop dusting scene where Grant is being chased by a plane is nothing less than cinema history.

Funny fact: Eva Marie Saint also plays the role of Martha Kent in Superman Returns (2006).

PAUL NEWMAN: 1925-2008

September 27, 2008

Paul Newman was a great Hollywood actor. Reportedly, even greater in life. He and his wife Joanne Woodward was happily married for a whole 50 years. Throughout his life he donated more than $250 million to charities through earnings from his food company, Newman’s Own.

As a man of simplicity who once burned his tuxedo, he always looked good both on and off screen. Newman first got an Oscar nomination in 1959 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and most recently in 2003 for Road to Perdition. He won an Oscar for his role in The Color of Money in 1987 and his four movies The Sting (1973), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Hustler (1961) is rated among the top 250 movies in The Internet Movie Database. Last year he retired from the movie business, and yesterday, the 26 September 2008, he died at the age of 83 surrounded by family and close friends.

THE END OF AN ERA

September 27, 2008
It really is the end of an era. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Oslo has, soon to be had, the Holmenkollen ski jump. In about a months time the ski jump will be torn down. The Holmenkollen skiing arena has hosted competitions since 1892. The ski jump has been renovated 18 times, and the current one dates back to 1939. The tower stands as a national and international symbol of skiing after being the heart of Norwegian winter sports in over a 100 years.

 

Source: Skiforeningen, Oslo Kommune