Beauty and decay

I was cruising the intermawebs today and found  the most beautifully shot interiors.  While we usually save that sort of link re-post for the RS facebook page the subject matter took me back to one of our trips and branched out in a way that couldn’t be properly explored in a one-liner.  Hope you think so too!

Dale and I had travelled to Cuba and were taken not so much by the tourist littered beaches and ho hum resorts, but rather the beauty of Havana and it’s people. Education is prized in a way were rarely see here, and there is a quiet grace to both the spaces and the teamwork involved to achieve the goals of the country as a whole. Do yourself a favour, skip the all inclusive and plan for a good 4 days (at least) in this unexpected city exploring.

havana trip

Michael Eastman captures the gorgeously colorful buildings of Havana, revealing the beauty of grand homes that have been left to ruin. The city is breathtaking in it’s workmanship, scale and design… and almost impossible to describe in terms of the overlay of decay and neglect.

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

Michael Eastman: Havanna

“Unfinished Spaces” is a critically acclaimed documentary about the ambitious design and construction of the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, or National Art School in Havana, Cuba in 1961, which was to feature schools of ballet, modern dance, music, drama and plastic arts.

The university was the brain child of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara who wanted to establish a prestigious, cutting-edge arts university for the people of Cuba. Needless to say, the project was abandoned due to cut funding and ideological differences. Architect John Loomis, author of the new edition of Revolution of Forms, Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools has brought the issue into the forefront, shedding more light on the vindication of the architects and their vision. There are some terrific images of those spaces here.

one last hit for the day…

Alida Vanni’s HAVANA INTERIORS is kindly posted in it’s entirety online. You get a real sense of how people live and work today within the city.
havana interiors Alida Vanni
Havana interiors Alida Vanni
Havana interiors Alida Vanni
Havana interiors Alida Vanni
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2 thoughts on “Beauty and decay

  1. ulitasloom says:

    Thanks for posting!
    I just red this cuban detective novel “Havana fever” by Leonardo Pardura, wich is settled in the present but goes back to the 50´s. Grab it if you can.

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