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Art Deco in Getxo +

By the riverside on our approach to the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge I spotted this beauty:-

Getxo Art Deco 1

The doorway had some fine detailing:-

Getxo Art Deco 2

This port/marina building is also in the deco/moderne style. Spot two ships’ funnels behind it:-

Art Deco, Getxo 3

Closer view. It’s like an 1930s airport tower only with porthole windows:-

Art Deco, Getxo 4

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:-

Art Deco, Getxo 5

There was another Fred. Olsen line ship docked at the same time as ours, the Boudicca. Both are seen here from the pier approach:-

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SS Black Watch. The bow has a very angled rake:-

SS Black Watch at Getxo

Art Deco in Bilbao

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:-

Art Deco Building Bilbao

La Equitania is more moderne than deco. Good clock though:-

La Equitania, Bilbao

This one looked decoish from a distance:-

Art Deco Features, Bilbao

The close-up is blurry and with reflections as it was snatched rather than composed:-

Detail of Bilbao Building

Telefonica/Movistar. Art Deco rule of three in corner windows:-

Telefonica/Movistar Bilbao

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Home of Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao.

Through coach windows hence blurry:-

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Stadium with crane in foreground:-

San Mamés Stadium and Crane

Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Telefonica tower to left, San Mamés Stadium behind it:-

Bilbao panorama

San Mamés Stadium:-

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

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.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior Exhibits

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:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, FOG and Reflections

The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao FOG + Spider Sculpture

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider

Tulips by Jeff Koons:-

Jeff Koons Tulips, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao + Bridge

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:-

Jeff Koons Puppy,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Puppy, museum in background:-

Jeff Koons Puppy, Front

Puppy and museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  and Koons Puppy

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The attraction, for me, of the cruise we decided to take was the opportunity to visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, whose url I note has a Basque Country (Euskadi) stem.

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:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea

This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-

Model,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The musuem from road and tramway:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Closer view:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Moving towards entrance:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao 4

Part of exterior:-

Exterior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Exterior (other side):-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior

There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-

Man Clearing Waterway,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Getxo, Port of Bilbao

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:-

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Impressive building (and hedging):-

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Deco elements to the chimney stacks here (and some rule of three):-

Sea Front Building, Getxo

Old wall, newer buildings:-

More of Sea-front, Getxo

Curious rounded elements to the left here like car park ramps or fortifications:-

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They are just balconies, though:-

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Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 20: North West Circus Place

Two bank buildings – one a former bank – in North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, near Stockbridge:-

Frontage, Number 15, North West Circus Place:-

Former Bank, Near Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Detail:-

Detail, Former Bank, N West Circus Place, Edinburgh

Royal Bank of Scotland:-

RBS, N West Circus Place, Edinburgh

Front View:-

Front View, RBS, N West Circus Place, Edinburgh

Good cartouche above doorway and still deco style on the door itself:-

Detail, N West Circus Place, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 19: Shandwick Place

The Co-operative Food om Shandwick Place, Edinburgh:-

Art Deco, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh 1

Upper levels. Rule of three in windows on either side of central portion:-

Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, Art Deco Shop

Detail:-

Detail, Co-op, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 11 (ii): The White House (Craigmillar Roadhouse) Interior

My original post about this building is here.

Last May we stopped in there for a coffee and a cake.

The internal doors:-

Art Deco Internal Doors

Door and ceiling detail:-

Art Deco Door and Ceiling Detail

Doors to café:-

Cafe Doors

Main room one angle:-

Main Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse, Edinburgh

Main room second angle:-

Opposite View of Main Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Main room third angle:-

Third View, Main Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Red room. This was where we sat down:-

Red Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Red room other angle:-

Red Room Opposite View, Craigmillar Raodhouse

Stairwell:-

Stairs, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Upper floor (i):-

Upper Floor, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Upper floor (ii):-

Upper Floor with Window, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Exterior detail of side doorway:-

Art Deco Exterior Detail

Chesterfield Art Deco, Plus….

We stopped for the night just north of Nottingham and headed for Chesterfield in the morning as we knew from our previous visit it had a thriving street market as so many towns in England do.

Somehow I’d missed almost all the Deco in the town centre.

Greenwood’s:-


Greenwoods, Chesterfield

Note the beautiful detailing. Rule of three in the horizontal banding and great rectangle with diamond inlay pls horizontal banding throughout:-

Greenwoods, Chesterfield, Detail

McDonald’s has a hint of deco:-

McDonald's Chesterfield

Last time this was a nightclub called Escapade. Now it’s Department:-

Chesterfield Art Deco

Rule of three in the windows. Good brickwork:-

Tower Detail, Art Deco, Chesterfield.

Again rule of three; at least in upper windows which don’t seem to have been replaced. Good horizontal banding:-

More Detail, Art Deco, Chesterfield.

Deco corner site. Note the detailing between the upper and lower window layers especially on the unpainted brick gable:-

Deco Corner, Chesterfield

As is usual the town’s deco pièce de résistance is a former Burton’s (stitched photo) :-

Burton's, Chesterfield.

In amongst all this modern stuff could be found Tudor style timbering. The Twelfth Century Royal Oak:-

Tudor Style Timbering, Chesterfield

And an old bus, destination Brampton. We’d pass through Brampton later:-

Old Bus, Chesterfield

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