Travel theme: Modern

I attended a recreation of an ancient fire festival recently which I will be writing about shortly, but one of the things I loved about it was that, dotted around the ancient ceremonial site stood fantastically big modern sculptures of art. The juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern took my breath away.

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One of my favourite entryways in all of Manhattan; it was modern in its day but even now still possesses an atmosphere of being terribly fashion forward. These aren’t doors to walk through; these are doors to waft through.

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Sonic Bloom, the glowing, singing flower art installation in Seattle Centre, is modern art with a modern environmental message. It’s also a huge amount of fun.

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Are you ready to go in search of the contemporary, the progressive and the forward-looking for your interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Modern
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted. – Dalai Lama

Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal. – Egon Schiele

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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56 Responses to Travel theme: Modern

  1. Sue says:

    This could be difficult, I think, Ailsa

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  3. Indeed a magnificent blend of old and new in that first photo, Ailsa. And that door, it is modern, but also has that grand feeling to it. Love them!
    Here’s my take on ‘modern’:
    Enjoy your weekend x

    • ailsapm says:

      How much fun, Marion, he’s fabulous. I just spotted that fabulous Tolkien quote too – If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world – Wise words indeed. xxx

  4. klara says:

    Those singing flowers seem very interesting. I would love to see them.
    Here is my technological take on modern:

    • ailsapm says:

      Those flowers are an awful lot of fun, Klara, definitely go in search of them if you make it to Seattle. I love your photo, the reflections in the glass are fascinating and the clouds are stunning. xxx

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  6. When you mentioned the juxtaposition of ancient and modern at the ancient fire festival, I thought of the architectural styles at the Louvre in Paris. Here’s my contribution to your travel theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      What a perfect subject for this week’s theme, I particularly love that first photo, which shows the new surrounded by the old. Beautiful.

  7. I love this theme! I have a bunch of photos of modern art lying around. And I love the last photo. It looks like some really cool light fixtures. It confuses me but I like it!

  8. aj vosse says:

    I’m too old to do modern!! NOT!! 🙄

  9. Just Jude says:

    This is a great opportunity to look around, take in the scenes we pass through on a daily basis, and really see.
    I love your photo and began reading your manhattan post. I’ll have to come back to it later. Thanks for posting.

  10. Francesca says:

    Those doors are amazing Ailsa- sort of Darth Vader-esque. Now for the image hunt!

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  14. tgeriatrix says:

    This door is great!
    We visited Rotterdam a couple of weeks ago and were fascinated by its modern architecture:

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  17. Pickleope says:

    Loved all these pictures. The confusing part about labeling things “modern” is that now, there’s “post-modern.” Wha…? You crazy, art and literature.

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  19. socialdee says:

    I would like to know more about the fire festival with modern art installations! Sounds very interesting.

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  21. Nato says:

    What great shots! I will see if I can come up with something sooner this week:)

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  23. Leya says:

    Difficult…but interesting. Let’s think…I do love yours but I don’treally know if I can find something suitable.

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  26. Leya says:

    Well…why not a museum of modern art?

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  30. Hey Ailsa! This is my first time participating in one of your challenges! Here is my photo, it’s a modern street picture from Tokyo, Japan:

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  37. Sue says:

    Hi Ailsa…yay! I found something Modern this afternoon:

  38. Sometimes modern art brings about modern problems — as in this case.

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  40. pommepal says:

    There’s a new building in Sydney Ailsa that they say will rival the Opera House. See what you think…

  41. Ruchi says:

    Hi Ailsa, Here I would like to share my recent post with gallery of modern art.

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  45. I don’t always like all things modern but sometimes they surprise and/delight

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