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Borobudur as a high-resolution simulacra   Leave a comment

Another example of a virtual reconstruction of the past — amazing.

Buddhist Art News

The Jakarta Post
Jocelyn Wright
February 15 2014

Gargantuan: The final project is immense, including 65 Gigabytes of data. It includes 400 interactive files that offer viewers 360-degree panoramic views of aspects of the temple. (Courtesy Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur)

Gargantuan: The final project is immense, including 65 Gigabytes of data. It includes 400 interactive files that offer viewers 360-degree panoramic views of aspects of the temple. (Courtesy Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur)

“Borobudur is a place where man meets the divine within himself,” says Titus Leber of the Buddhist temple that sits 40 kilometers from Yogyakarta in Magelang, Central Java.

For most tourists, a visit to the temple, which first came to European attention in 1814, takes less than a day. However, for Leber, an Austrian-born writer, director and multimedia creator, it took significantly longer.

He spent four years developing Borobudur: Paths to Enlightenment, a virtual encyclopedia cataloging all of the stories depicted on every one of the temple’s panels.

“In every sense of the word, Borobudur is a gold mine,” he said.

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Posted February 17, 2014 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized

erasing a border…   Leave a comment

For the sake of simplicity, I am merging this blog into ArtLERT where musings about borderlands will meet thoughts about art… see you over there!


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Posted October 15, 2013 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized

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It’s a tired trope, but now and then you spot an ‘East meets West’ that makes you smile — spotted in the window of a framing shop on Lexington Avenue:

Posted October 26, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized


A friend has a fantastic rooftop garden in New York, but unfortunately it is so high up you can’t spot it from the street.  Not so in Rome.  Yesterday, as  I wandered the streets I used to roam as a kid, my eyes (and camera) kept flicking upward.  Greenery was everywhere peeking above tiles roofs and spilling over parapets.  Here are a few of the gardens that float above the streets of Rome.  And don’t forget to check out the Battery Rooftop Garden blog to catch a glimpse of what beauty floats, unseen, above the streets of Manhattan.

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Posted June 28, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized

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OF POTS AND PEACOCKS   Leave a comment

Peacock Room newly restored -- at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

These are certainly not the blue and white porcelains that Whistler envisioned living in the delicate gold shelving of his Peacock Room.  And at first I must admit this wide-ranging assortment of pottery came as a shock.  Some of the muted colors disappeared against the peacock blue of the walls and the rough textures felt out of place on the delicate shelving.  And it was hard to take the room in as a whole.

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When all the pieces in the shelves were blue and white, they merged into a single compositional unit that was no more than an accent in this three-dimensional fantasy. But in this new installation, every piece demands attention and it’s hard to know what to look at.  But look at it you do, and it grows on you.  Or at least, it grew on me.   It felt less ‘decorator showcase,’ more personal and definitely more Freer —  Charles Lang Freer being the man who bought the Peacock Room and moved it lock, stock and gilded barrel from London to his home in Detroit 1904.  He then proceeded to fill the shelves with pots from Asia, Egypt and Iran.

© Freer Gallery of Art

And, indeed, if you had hundreds of plates and bowls and vases you loved and then got a room with beautiful shelving, wouldn’t you do the same?

So what if the textures and colors aren’t always a perfect fit — that’s called life.

Posted June 15, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized

ART IN THE SERVICE OF WAR   Leave a comment

made circa 1560 -- Musée de l'Armée, Paris

There was nothing particularly beautiful about the black body armor and helmet I wore when I embedded with the military “downrange,”  though I did find a  sober beauty in the mottled light of a cammie net and the dusty browns of battle rattle.  Still, even our military’s dress uniforms get nowhere near the splendor of yore — a WSJ review of a show in Paris’s Musée de l’Armée makes me want to hop a plane to see shields and helmets so splendid they could have defeated enemies with sheer awe, forget the shock. Of course, they weren’t the only ones — anyone see the show of Samurai weaponry and armor at the Metropolitan Museum last year?

Eboshi-Shaped Kabuto (Helmet) with Maedate (Crest) in the Form of a Mantis Edo period, 17th century Iron, lacquer, cord, silk, wood, gold, and papier-mâché; H. of bowl: 8 in. (20.3 cm) - Art of the Samurai at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted March 25, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized

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NEW COURTYARD AT THE MET   Leave a comment

Ever sat in the Chinese courtyard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?  Such a restful place and as evocative as any work in the galleries of Chinese aesthetic values.  Now it looks like we’ll be getting the chance to wander into another courtyard, this one in Moroccan style, as rich in patterning as the Ming Chinese courtyard is spare.  Can’t wait!

Posted March 23, 2011 by leeadairlawrence in Uncategorized