Today marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the end of World War II in Europe when Germany’s Third Reich surrendered to Allied forces. To commemorate the anniversary, Konstantin von zur Mühlen has released “Spirit of Berlin,” a short color film with historic footage showing everyday life in the German capital in July 1945—just two months after the end of the war.
To commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the National Portrait Gallery in London is offering a viewing of The Funeral Procession of Arthur, Duke of Wellington, by Henry Alken and George Augustus Sala, 1853. This magnificent panorama, measuring 20.6 meters (67 feet), will be displayed in its entirety for the first time as a part of the exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions. The hand-colored print was one of many souvenirs produced to commemorate Wellington’s state funeral. Can’t make it to London? Watch below:
The team at the Media Center for Art History at Columbia University have, over the past five years, put together a wonderful catalogue of photos, drawings, and plans of French Gothic architecture. The site, Mapping Gothic France, lets the end user explore the content through the dimensions of Space, Time and Narrative. The site also includes interactive maps, panoramas, and plans that show the angle and position of each photo. And – the tools allow the user to do building comparisons (e.g. by nave height, aisle width, floor plan, elevation, and more). A really wonderful use of new technologies.
A Slate essay revisits the iconic Charles and Ray Eames nine-minute film Powers of Ten created for IBM and narrated by physicist Philip Morrison. Illustrated with the video and a “Making of…” slideshow, the essay discusses the ground breaking process behind the awe-inspiring still and aerial photography that captures Chicago.
For those who were unable to get to Kassel, Germany this summer for documenta 13, here’s your chance to virtually experience installations at all venues. The 360°-Tour offers participants numerous ways to navigate the vast system of projects: by visitor’s favorites (with accompanying video), by a room-by-room “walk through” of each venue, by individual works of art chosen from a map, or by artist. Additional projects are web based.
hat tip to Laurie Monahan
The digital project Britain from Above currently contains over 16,000 images (taken between 1919-1953) from the Aerofilms Collection, an important and early aerial photography collection in the United Kingdom. Browse images by group, location or tags, or search by coordinates, date, or text. Users are free to download images or add tags; in fact, the site is asking for the public’s help in identifying unlocated images or sharing factual information about any image or the places and things within it.
Google’s World Wonders Project, together with partners UNESCO and World Monuments Fund among others, offers armchair travelers an opportunity to experience the built environment in far flung places throughout the globe. The project, once again utilizing Street View, is searchable by location or theme. Additionally, many sites feature videos and user-submitted photography.