Monday, April 07, 2008

"Colourfully painted 1" (2008) by Hubert Schmalix

"Colourfully painted 1" (2008) by Hubert Schmalix. Gouache auf Karton, 50 x 38 cm. Courtesy.

The Austrian-born artist Hubert Schmalix lives in Los Angeles. Raised in an Italian section of Graz, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Often grouped with Austria's so-called "Wild Painters" (he was included in Aperto at the 1980 Venice Biennale and "New Art 1983" at London's Tate Gallery), over the years Schmalix has tempered somewhat his expressive ways without losing his pictorial vigor. (source)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Saint Mary's Cathedral (1971) by Pier Luigi Nervi

Photo credit: alsuga.

Photo credit: artolog / Art Siegel.

Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco was designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi in 1971.

The cathedral's striking design flows from the geometric principle of the hyperbolic paraboloid, in which the structure curves upward in graceful lines from the four comers meeting in a cross.

At 2:00 pm every day, a shadow of what appears to be a large female breast is cast on the Cathedral. This phenomena is affectionately known as the "two o'clock tittie" by students.

Others suggest that St. Mary's needs be viewed from the Southwest in the midmorning. Alamo Square is a good viewing location, and depending on the season, sometime between 9 and 10 in the morning is the appropriate time.

The outline of the breast is believed to resemble the breast of the chrome woman who reclines on so many truckers' mudflaps.

Urban legend has it that the Catholic Church sued the architect over the appearance of the breast, claiming that the appearance of a naked breast on the side of a cathedral somehow mocks the Church, which is reputed for being uptight about sexuality. However, extensive research shows no evidence that the church ever filed suit against Nervi or even threatened to.

Sources: Pigdog Journal (The Nekkid Truth) and

Thanks to Brick for pointing me to this story.