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More corner deco:-
La Voe de Avilés. “Rule of three” in the middle of the balconies. Good railings; and that compass dial above the door is a neat touch:-
Balconied Corner Deco:-
A more moderne style. Springfield:-
There’s a stunning mural of a ship and castellations at upper level here. Art Deco “rule of three” on the corner. I think this was the Play House Cinema:-
The most stunning deco/moderne building we came across in Avilés was this very rectilinear infant and primary school. Colegio de Educacion Infantil e Primaria, “Palacio Valdes”:-
Doorway, note canopy:-
The clock tower and face is great. Note flagstaff – plus “rule of three” in windows on gable end:-
The first thing that strikes you as you look from a ship in dock at Avilés, Asturias, Spain, is the stunning set of Modernist buildings below which collectively make up the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre or Centro Niemeyer.
Stitch of two photos:-
View looking back from the walkway to the town, Reflections in the Ria de Avilés:-
Closer View showing stylised flower sculpture:-
Dome and Auditorium (curved building):-
Auditorium with “stick” horse:-
Stairway and vents:-
Dome, SS Black Watch in background:-
“Stick” horse detail:-
Stylised flowers, Avilés in background:-
Dome and Tower:-
Flowers and Avilés:-
Low rise building. (It’s multi-purpose. It seemed to house the restaurant/café):-
Auditorium reverse angle:-
Auditorium and tower:-
Edited to add: Actually on closer inspection that “stick” horse may be a “stick” woman.
By the riverside on our approach to the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge I spotted this beauty:-
The doorway had some fine detailing:-
This port/marina building is also in the deco/moderne style. Spot two ships’ funnels behind it:-
Closer view. It’s like an 1930s airport tower only with porthole windows:-
Reverse view looking back to Getxo. Those “English” buildings are prominent to the upper left. The main part of Getxo itself is off to the right:-
There was another Fred. Olsen line ship docked at the same time as ours, the Boudicca. Both are seen here from the pier approach:-
SS Black Watch. The bow has a very angled rake:-
We didn’t see much Art Deco in Bilbao and the only buildings we did see were through the coach’s windows.
This one had a magnificent tiger-shaped finial. click on photo to get to my flickr and zoom in on the detail:-
La Equitania is more moderne than deco. Good clock though:-
This one looked decoish from a distance:-
The close-up is blurry and with reflections as it was snatched rather than composed:-
Telefonica/Movistar. Art Deco rule of three in corner windows:-
Home of Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao.
Through coach windows hence blurry:-
Stadium with crane in foreground:-
Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Telefonica tower to left, San Mamés Stadium behind it:-
San Mamés Stadium:-
Edited to add:- I meant to say the stadium looks a bit like a spaceship has plonked itself down in the middle of the city.
You can find images of the San Mamés here.
There are external and internal exhibits at the Guggenheim.
The steel spheres are Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor. They are surrounded here by FOG, an installation by Fujiko Nakaya. The mist switches on every so often:-
The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-
Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-
Tulips by Jeff Koons:-
Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-
Puppy by Jeff Koons. A giant West Highland Terrier covered in flowers. The flowers bloom at different times of the year so the exhibit is always changing. From Museum:-
Puppy, museum in background:-
Puppy and museum:-
Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum building is distinctive and idiosyncratic. It has no straight lines in its construction.
This view is from Aretxbaleta Bidea in the hills above the city. The Salbeko Zubia bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao is in the middleground here in front of the museum:-
This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-
The musuem from road and tramway:-
Moving towards entrance:-
Part of exterior:-
Exterior (other side):-
There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-
Getxo is in the Biscay Province of the autonomous region of the Basque Country, in northern Spain. Nowadays it acts as the port for Bilbao. More ships can moor there than can make it up the river to Bilbao itself. The day we were there we took an organised coach-trip into Bilbao to make sure we would see the Guggenheim Museum. The photos I took through the coach windows all have a slight greenish tinge as a result.
There are some fantastic buildings on Getxo sea-front, built, we were told, by English people who came to make their fortunes in the 19th century.
This one had some deco styling:-
Impressive building (and hedging):-
Deco elements to the chimney stacks here (and some rule of three):-
Old wall, newer buildings:-
Curious rounded elements to the left here like car park ramps or fortifications:-
They are just balconies, though:-