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Piano and Violin Shaped Building

This strange Piano and Violin shaped building built in 2007 serves as showroom for exhibiting the plans for newly created district of Shannan in Huainan City, China.

The transparent Violin houses the escalators and the staircase for the main piano building which displays various plans and development prospects for newly developed area.

It was reportedly designed by Hefei University of Technology and has been built to a scale of 50:1.

Because of its unique shape it has become a popular tourist place and many newly weds have their photo taken in its front. The locals have dubbed it "the most romantic building in China".


Image from Panoramio is by FEIYUE SHOP

Image from Panoramio is by luchangjiang

Image from Panoramio is by 深蓝摄影

Image from Panoramio is by bg6agy

Image from Panoramio is by 程晓龙

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Main source of info: http://www.archdaily.com

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World's Biggest Rocking Horse

A giant rocking horse in the town of Gumeracha, South Australia is reportedly the World's biggest rocking horse.  Although made exactly like a giant rocking horse it has been embedded in concrete to prevent its rocking so in a literal sense it doesn't rock! However just adjacent to it there is a much smaller rocking horse so that the kids visiting the area are not disappointed.

The structure designed by David McIntosh, weighs 25 tonnes and stands 18.3 metres tall. It is part of a larger complex which includes a wooden toy factory, wildlife park and a cafe.

The giant rocking horse is made of steel frame with steel cladding and has stairs incorporated inside which lead to three viewing platforms: one at the head (18.3 metres), one on the saddle (10.7 metres), and a third on the "rocker bows" (4.6 metres). Opened in 1981, it took eight months to construct and cost $100,000.


Image from Flickr is by Jack Parkinson Pics

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Image from Flickr is by Syed.Munawir

Image from Flickr is by Johnsyweb

Adjacent to the big one there is a smaller rocking horse for the kids which can be seen on right bottom edge.

Image from Flickr is by Jade Craven

Image from Flickr is by Stephen Barnett

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Source of info: Wikipedia

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World's Largest Sculpture Park - Changchun

The sculpture park in Changchun, China known as 'Changchun World Sculpture Park' is reportedly the largest in the world. Built in 2003, it is spread over 92 hectares of landscaped garden and includes an 11 hectare lake. The park also boasts of China’s largest sculptures Museum of Art whose pavilion covering an area of 6,000 square meters displays hundreds of African Makonde woodcarving and a large number of Chinese and foreign well-known sculptor of fine sculptures.

The park and the museum now have a collection of 439 pieces of sculptures made by 395 well-known sculptors from 212 countries around the world.

The sculptures are not only multi cultural representing Western, Eastern, Indian, Mayan, Eskimo and other cultures but are of a wide range of art forms covering from abstract expressionism, to modernism or post modernism. In a sense it can be truly called a World Sculpture Park.

Here are few images from the park;

The main theme of the park - Friendship, Peace and Spring (Sculptor: Ye Yushan, Pan He, Cheng Yunxian, Wang Keqing and Cao Chunsheng). 29.5 metres tall, it won the award of “Outstanding Sculpture” at the 3rd National Exhibition of Urban Sculpture Construction.

Image from Panoramio is by cuiyu

Image from Panoramio is by changchundonggang

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The Thinker (Sculptor: Rodin, France)

Image from Panoramio is by pc master * (See Note)


Image from Panoramio is by mxzdhzmlj

Returning-Hong Kong's Spring (Sculptor: Cao Chunsheng, China)

Image from Flickr is by chaojiwolf

Waiting (Sculptor: Berika lpekbayrak, Turkey)

Image from Panoramio is by Liu Cong * (See Note)

Spring (Sculptor: Mohamed Boukerch, Algeria)

Image from Panoramio is by mxzdhzmlj

Fly

Image from Panoramio is by Zhao Wei

Peace

Image from Flickr is by chaojiwolf


Image from Flickr is by RAGI!

Assorted Statues etc.

Image from Flickr is by faith_lee

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Note: Since my computer cannot display Chinese alphabets/characters I have used Google Translation Tool to obtain name of the photographer/owner of the few images displayed in this post (marked with asterisk *). My apology, if any name is not correctly shown or spelt wrongly in English. Please let me know the correct name and I will rectify the mistake.

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Selfridges, Birmingham - A Building Adorned With Sequins

Selfridges is a century old high end department store in UK whose flagship store on Oxford Street is famous all over the World. In 2003 it opened in a branch in Bull Ring - a major commercial area of Birmingham.

The Selfridges in Birmingham has a unique architecture, which from a distance, makes it look like a billowing organic form with changing colours. This is caused by cladding its curvaceous shape with about 15,000 shiny aluminium discs, each roughly 60 centimetres (2 feet) in diameter. As per the web site of its architect late Jan Kaplicky - Future Systems;

"The skin is made up of thousands of aluminium discs, creating a fine, lustrous grain like the scales of a snake or the sequins of a Paco Rabanne dress. In sunlight it shimmers, reflecting minute changes in weather conditions and taking on the colours, light and shapes of people and things passing by - an animate and breathing form."

Floodlighting at night enhances the beauty of the building. Since its completion it has won eight awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects Award for Architecture 2004 and Destination of the Year Retail Week Awards 2004.

The building is connected to a multi-storey car park across the street through a 37 metre long, curved, polycarbonate-covered suspended footbridge known as the 'Parametric Bridge'.


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The Foot Bridge from the nearby Car Park;

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Source of info: Wikipedia and Future Systems

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World's Largest Dinosaur

World's largest dinosaur statue is a giant Tyrannosaurus rex in the town of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. The area is known as dinosaur valley and Canada's largest collection of dinosaur fossils are housed in the nearby Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

The giant T-rex made of fiberglass and steel stands about 26.2 metres (86 feet) tall, 46 metres (151 feet long) and weighs about 65,000 Kg. (145,000 lbs.)

The statue is about four times larger than the estimated height of real T-rex and has a staircase inside through which one can reach into the gaping mouth of the giant and view the scene outside. The platform behind the giant's pearly white teeth can accommodate about 12 persons at a time.


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View from the inside of the giant's mouth;

Image from Flickr is by Geoff S.

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Source of info and more info: Wikipedia and traveldrumheller.com

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Moeraki Boulders - Giant Eggs Laid by Nature

Otago coast of New Zealand has a big collection of unusually large and spherical boulders scattered along the Koekohe Beach near Moeraki and Hampden.

The boulders which are found singly or in larger clusters vary in size from 0.5 metres (1.6 ft) to 2.2 metres (7.2 ft). Most of the boulders are spherical however few are slightly elongated. Some are intact and some lie broken like an egg shell. The larger ones weigh up to several tonnes.

As per geologists these consist of mud, fine silt and clay, cemented by calcite and were created by concretions caused by the precipitation of calcite from pore waters in the area. These originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago.

The area is a big tourist spot and has been declared a nature reserve.


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World's Largest Sludge Storage Tank - IJsseloog

IJsseloog (meaning Ijssel's eye) is a one Kilometre across and 50 metres deep circular tank made inside the lake Ketelmeer (English: Lake Kettle) in The Netherlands. It is so huge that it is referred as a depot and not a tank.

It is part of the world's largest, most environmental friendly and technologically advanced dredging project which aims to clean the Ketelmeer - a lake at the mouth of River IJssel. After the end of the WW-II, large scale industrialization along the river Rhine and Ijssel resulted in high built up of sludge in the bottom of Ketelmeer to the extent that it not only became unusable but also posed health hazard due to presence of toxic substances and metals such as cadmium, nickel, lead, arsenic, mercury, chromium, copper and zinc etc. There were also fears that the pollution would also spread to the adjoining lake IJsselmeer which is connected to the Ketelmeer by the River IJssel.

One of the main problem faced in using the normal dredging was the disposal of the contaminated sludge removed from the bottom lake. The engineers therefore decided to build this giant sized permanent storage depot within the lake itself to avoid contamination of nearby agricultural land. The depot has capacity of 23 million cubic metres to hold not only sludge from the lake but plus another  5 million cu. m. of contaminated sludge from elsewhere.

Construction of IJsseloog was started in 1996 and completed in 1999. The dredging work of the lake is now in progress and will take 15-25 years for filling it totally. In order to prevent seepage of contaminated sludge from the depot back to the lake, the inside wall of the depot has been has been lined with foil and the bottom is sealed with thick clay. When the depot is full, it will be sealed with layers of clay and sand, and then nature will take over. The artificial Island so created will be turned into a natural reserve for the fauna and the flora. Once the dredging is complete the lake may also be used for commercial shipping.


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Strange UFO Houses Are Gone

UFO houses (aka pod houses) were a set of abandoned pod-shaped colourful buildings in Sanchih (or Sanzhi), Taipei, Taiwan.

In 1977-78, owner of a local rubber company came up with an idea of creating a vacation resort township. The houses were designed like a grouping of pods or UFOs.

Unfortunately his company went bankrupt in 1980 and the project work was stopped. Efforts to revive the project didn't succeed. There were several accidents which many superstitious said were due to damage to some Chinese dragon during construction activities. Many also felt that the area was haunted. End result was that the entire township was abandoned, left uncompleted and soon became a ghost town.

However due to its unusual architecture and reputation as a ghost town, its fame soon spread and it became a tourist spot but the decay continued.

Ultimately the buildings were scheduled to be torn down in late 2008, despite an petitions to retain one of the structures as a museum. It is understood that this was not agreed to and work on demolition began on 29 December 2008.

Google Street View of the area taken in 2009 doesn't show these structures. Apparently all of these UFOs have gone now.


Image Source: Google Earth (Imagery date Dec. 23, 2005)

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The decayed interior;

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