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Thursday, 26 November 2009
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In the short time I was there, I had a chance to explore the Cascades – a real treat for a scultophile like me. Here too, there are stories. One is of a flower-seller who every day used to give free blooms to the beautiful women who passed on the street. As a tribute to his generosity, when he died, the city erected a statue of him.For more of my Armenia photos, go to: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2026263&id=1294455003
Sunday, 22 November 2009
First, the sense of renewal. Because so much new building and deliberate investment in regeneration took place after the fall of the wall, the city has an ultra-modern façade. Glass architecture proliferates, giving an impression of light and space.
This is reinforced by the actual existence of space. Apparently, as
The second impression is of the avant garde. Graffiti covers much of the city, but has apparently been embraced as art. (Another theory is that the city is bankrupt and can’t afford to clean it up). Besides the graffiti, the city is liberally sprinkled with sculptures, museums and theatres. It’s almost as if the years of oppression and suppression have seeded its opposite - the darkness and claustrophobic replaced by light and space; the rules and restrictions exchanged for artistic freedom and expression.
These may be superficial impressions and unfounded insights, but if nothing else, they have whet my appetite to return and explore more thoroughly.