Saturday, September 18, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Marble Mosaic

I truly enjoy Shadow Shot Sunday, from Tracy in beautiful Brisbane in the land of Oz. Shadows and reflections add a wonderful character to any scene.


And if the shadowy effects fall upon a material that is accented well, such as polished marble, al the better!


This is the marble clad lobby of the State of Connecticut Legislative Building in Hartford. Opened in 1988. it is the seat of legislative action in the state. I have posted about this building before, but I enjoy the look every time I enter the lobby of this grand edifice. 


The shadows and reflections fall upon this intricate marble floor in its gorgeous 3-D style that emanates from the solar burst inside. Does the rest of the floor rotate around the sun, or is it the other way around? 



The marble does extend upward as well as outward. The material is softer here, a nearly sepia marble monochrome. 


Equally lovely, here the state seal and motto stand out so well. The motto is 'Qui Transtulit Sustinet' - He Who Transplanted Still Sustains


I like the shadows that are the result of the indirect lighting - which accounts for the reflections, too. An amazing style. See more shadowy artistry at Hey Harriet!

35 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful place and what wonderful shadows, Ralph! Love the colors! And that is highly polished marble! Superb! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Gallery Juana said...

Your photos make me want to visit the old Downtown where I live to see the beautiful marble and stone buildings.

That marble floor entrance is a work of art.

Cher said...

hi Ralph! thanks for the comment you left in my blog. :)

great shadow & reflection shots! i will post mine later...

fredamans said...

Fantastic reflective shadows!

frayedattheedge said...

I love the first photo - It would make a very good pattern for a patchwork quilt .....

Kay L. Davies said...

I can see why you like this building, Ralph.
Stunning pattern, that floor, and it would make a great quilt, as mentioned above... abbreviation for Frayed At The Edge would be, let's see, FATE????

Kay
Alberta, Canada

chubskulit said...

Great shadow shots, love the first one the most.

Ferrari Shadows

Cassie said...

Your mosaic marble ShadowShot is lovely. The longer I looked at it the more 3-D it began to appear! Have a great weekend.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful world of shadows.

Carin said...

That marble floor looks very posh! The effect of the 3D-style reminds me of works of Escher, a Dutch graphic artist!

If you look at this floor, rotation is possible both ways, depending on what you concentrate on! It is a very lively floor!

MyMaracas said...

That is indeed a beautiful, shadowy place. I'll bet it's full of echoes, too. I love big, old buildings.

Paula Scott said...

Simply lovely! The floor design looks quite "Escher-isch"!
That is an impressive display and use of marble with shadows as an added bonus!

sarayutouched said...

great shadows ralph...love the feel of the photo.

Ruthi said...

what an awesome pattern you got there Ralph. love it.

Dianne said...

that floor is spectacular!
great shots Ralph

EG Wow said...

It' such a pretty floor. I like the way the light seems to be dancing on it.

Sam said...

Goodness me! That marble floor is really something! It reminds me of those marble floors you find everywhere in Italy. The optical illusion of the design and the soft mauves and purples are really lovely. It's very grand - we don't have such grandness here very often. Another great set of shots Ralph, thank you!

Jeri ~ said...

Love the pics -- that floor is gorgeous!

Greyscale Territory said...

A very impressive floor design enhanced I imagine by the play of light at any time of day! Lovely gentle shadows seem to creep around it!

Linda said...

We do indeed have a beautiful State Legislature Building here in Connecticut, don't we? I just love that floor as it's so very three-dimensional - especially if you're on the second floor and looking down at it.

Very nice captures here, Ralph!

Sammy said...

Hi Ralph, I love these shots, the marble is just beautiful. The reflections of the lights on the marble are really cool!

Hey Harriet said...

Such a grand lobby! I love the marble flooring with the sweet subtle shadows and reflections. A beautiful capture Ralph! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a wonderful floor, marble gives off such gorgeous reflections.

wanderlust said...

Wow, that floor is stunning!

BLOGitse said...

That floor pattern is great. Here they use marble a lot...
Happy Sunday!

Sarah said...

I love the optical illusion of the floor Ralph. What an impressive entrance to that building!

Arija said...

A marvellous floor design Ralph, I wonder, is it by M.C.Escher?

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Reflection is my fave scenes. This looks a grand illusion shot.

Lovely floorings! shame my entrance is of wood. Marble is great in houses entrance witha floor heater? Can't ask for more.

Have a nice Sunday, bro and to be honest, U R good in taking pictures. Very clearly & alive.

Job well done again.
x0x0

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

What a grand entrance to this stately structure...too bad it's getting harder and harder for us transplants to sustain in America...too many hidden agendas dragging us under. We pray for true freedoms from oppression and hopefully again in our lifetime, too many lies to uncover.

Have a sunny Sunday fellow ss-shooter!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a beautiful floor!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Neat shots Ralph! Beautiful marble work!!

Meri said...

Looks like a polished floor quilt.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That floor is gorgeous Ralph...although, I will say that it makes us dizzy trying to figure out what is rotating around what!
Have a super week!

Dianne said...

I wanted to tell you how lovely your comment on Playful Shadows is. So thoughtful. It makes me look at Hope playing in a new dimension.

thank you
and Hope sends big Hugs :)

Emakesart said...

Love the first photo! What a wonderful floor, such great patterns. And the reflections on the marble in the second photo are great!

Esther