Sunday, June 8, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Symmetrical / Abstract

Symmetrical bathroom fixtures

This week's Two Things Challenge was Symmetrical / Abstract. Here are my interpretations. The first is the sink in my bathroom. The faucet and bowl are from IKEA. I like the symmetry of these fixtures, so it worked well for this part of the challenge. At least, I think it did!

The new atrium at the National Portrait Gallery:
Abstract sunroof creates abstract light creates abstract art.

The second photo is one I took on Friday when I was out with friends. We went to the National Gallery of Art to see a special exhibit I'll be posting in a few days. On the way back to Metro, we stopped at the National Portrait Gallery so I could take a picture of the recently restored and renovated Atrium. The new atrium includes a water feature that is very popular with parents as a cooling and diversion station for their kids. Unfortunately, we were there around COB and missed all the kids. More importantly, though, it features a very abstract sunroof, which I thought was appropriate for the challenge!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 6/08


The Artful Eye said...

That's one interesting sink basin. Ikea has got some fun stuff and reasonable too.
I haven't been to the National Gallery for sometime. Last special show for me was Titian with my sis.

I love the new look of the atrium. Abstract in light too.

Well done.

Dusty Lens said...

And perfect in black and white. your theme lense well in black and hite. I didn't know IKEA sold faucets.

The abstract is unusual. The undulating lattice ceiling i sa sureal look, casting abstract shadows; symmerty of angular lines. Sort of mezmerizing.

(I must admit, I am terrified in the IKEA here in Bloomington next to Mall Of America. It is like a maze, twisting, turning, then I think if theres a fire I'll never get out, I hyperventillate. Then again, this happens most time when I'm being taken shopping).

D.C. Confidential said...

Andrea: Thanks! My feelings about IKEA are ambivalent, but I'm grateful for this sink and fixture. It's better than what was here, which was heavy and dark and Victorian and very masculine. As for the atrium, it's very cool!

Rob: You're a good man to admit that shopping makes you hyperventilate! I'm not a huge fan of IKEA, either, especially the whole maze things. Drives me insane! But, yes, IKEA sells fixtures.

Glad you like these photos. I tried them in color, but black and white just seemed much better and less distracting.

Bev said...

Cool entry, as always, and great photos.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Amazing. Beautiful architecture and superbly shot!

D.C. Confidential said...

Bev: Thanks!

Lisa: Thank you! The museum atrium is very cool. The government did a nice job renovating this one.

Maya said...

That roof is awesome! I think your photo of the sink is also very nice. Simple and elegant.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: I practically ran in, took pictures of the atrium, and ran out. It wasn't until I got home, loaded the pictures on my Mac, and started going through that I notice how totally cool the roof is! It showed up very nicely in the photo I posted. Luck of the draw yet again!

Virginia said...

How did I miss that amazing courtyard on my last visit??? Guess we were too busy oohing and aahhhing inside. Nice shot!