museo nacional de bellas artes
buenos aires, argentina (x)
inferno / purgatorio / paradiso
palacio barolo, buenos aires
When the Palacio Barolo was completed in 1923, it was the tallest building in South America, with a crowning lighthouse that could be seen from Montevideo, Uruguay. The Italian architect, Mario Palanti, was commissioned to build the palace by an Italian immigrant, Luis Barolo, who had become rich in the fabrics trade. Palanti was a huge fan of Dante, and designed his building to pay tribute to the great author’s Divine Comedy.
The building is precisely 100 meters tall, one meter for each canto in the epic poem. Following Dante’s footsteps, a visitor to Palacio Barolo begins his journey in Hell (the basement and ground floor), moves on through Purgatory (floors 1-14) and ends in Heaven (floors 15-22). The 22 floors equal the number of stanzas of the poem’s verses. Each floor is split into 22 offices. And as in the Divine Comedy, the number nine is repeated throughout the building’s plan. Nine entries to the building represent the nine hierarchies of hell, while nine arches in the central hall stand for hell’s nine circles.
…The palace was inaugurated on Dante’s birthday, and Latin inscriptions throughout the building pay further tribute to the poet. The crowning cupola, inspired by a Hindu temple in India, symbolizes Dante’s union with Beatrice, his perfect woman.
Q: “What if we erased architecture?”
A: Then it’s all we’d pay attention to.
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires: “El círculo caminaba tranquilo”
Our last day in La Pedrera and Easter morning on the Mitre in Buenos Aires
A church in Rosario, Argentina
Iguazu Falls: one of the most ineffable and awe-inspiring places I have ever witnessed
As you walk towards the falls, the roar of the water builds. You can see the mist in the air from fifteen-minutes away. I remember everyone telling me that it was awesome, but nothing could have prepared me for the giganticness that is Iguazu Falls. I don’t think I have ever been more in wonder or as silenced by the sheer power of nature. It’s terrifying almost. If you have a chance to go, you should go. Of all of the touristy and typical things guidebooks recommend, I think this is the most ‘must-see.’
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
Graffiti from the Rio de la Plata area (the first two are from BA and the third is from Montevideo, Uruguay)