Gulangyu Island, China: Wall of a small alley.
Top 10 Winner in the Architectural Elements and Details Challenge in the Monochrome Group, 04/2013.
Featured in Shapes and Patterns, 17/02/2013.
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wall, alley, plaster, mortar, gulangyu, china

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  • TrixiJahn
    TrixiJahnover 2 years ago

    Nice shot, Ethna!!! Looking at your work, Im getting a bit envious about all the places you have been and seen. Lucky you!!! Nice portfolio

  • Thank you, Trixi. I’m envious of your artistic talents! I cannot draw or paint at all.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 2 years ago

    Wow, this is very interesting, Ethna! A ‘herringbone pattern’ (other than in textile) is usually only associated with pavements, or decorative wall claddings, but rarely seen in load-bearing walls. This sent me on a quest to find out more; mostly, I found references to 13th or 14th-century churches in England (still relatively rare) and one reference to the building technique used for the inner dome of the cathedral in Florence. Aside from that, nearly all masonry for load-bearing walls (even old Inca walls such as those found in and around Cuzco) has at least a bias towards horizontal layers.

    So, what is this wall? Do you know what it is a part of? The bits to-left suggest it might be a courtyard wall. I’m curious…

    Apart from all that (thanks for distracting me for at least an hour :)), it’s a great shot, too!

  • Thanks for another favorite! Hmmm, since Gulangyu was a Foreign Settlement with the British, the American, the Japanese and others represented maybe that pattern was introduced to the island by someone British…

    If you look in the Gulangyu folder in my portfolio, you can see the entire wall. There is a an alley with stairs and a wall on either side of the stairs (more walls around entire houses rather than around a courtyard.) The wall on the right side has the pattern and the wall on the left has none.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 2 years ago

    Love the patternation of the bricks and the textures are so very well captured in this well seen and taken natural abstract, well done Ethna,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thank you, Rod.

    – Ethna Gillespie

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