Moving sands

Something I had been waiting for – the annual Potters’ Market. Last year I had been spending quite a while at the booth with the moving sand sculptures – or whatever their English name is. In German they’re simply called Sandbilder (sand pictures). These things with different kinds of sand between two panes of glass, some water and a few air bubbles. Turn them like an hourglass and get the most fantastic landscapes. – I didn’t buy one last year and regretted it deeply so I waited impatiently for this year’s market. 😉

The same landscape from the front –

and from the back –

I could watch the forming of the landscapes for hours, it’s so soothing.

Wet paint

traces_tenTen minute painting, acrylics on canvas, 2013

Finally! I wanted to use my collected craft stuff for quite a while but never got a chance because of different reasons. Originally, the plan for today was cleaning the bathroom floor, among lots of other things. But the new heater is still leaking and has to be fixed which will leave more dirt. Why clean twice?

So I got out my collection of canvases and acrylics and started to decimate them. I completed the backgrounds for seven new paintings and painted over two old ones which I didn’t like anymore. Now I’m waiting for them to dry which in two cases may take a couple of days due to excessive use of texture gels. Only two more canvases left, but I haven’t yet decided what to do with them. Or to them. 😉

Above is an older painting I have already published on traces of art.

Ladies & Gentlemen

Two more lamps by Alwin Blaue from the Lessinghalle, formerly a public indoor swimming pool

On the left Frauenseite (women’s side or ladies), on the right MĂ€nnerseite (men’s side or gentlemen) – nowadays these signs lead you to the restrooms in the entrance hall.

Marine Life

This weekend I had the opportunity to visit two buildings usually not open to the wider public. One of them was the reconstructed former indoor swimming pool Lessinghalle. The wings are now used as a kindergarten and the pool has become a gymnasium for a nearby school.

The indoor swimming pool was built in 1934 and rebuilt in 1950 after severe damages in WWII. It was closed in 2008 and demolition was one of the options discussed. It is now a listed building.

The inside decoration of the building was designed by Alwin Blaue (1896-1958). A sculptor and ceramist, his work was banned by the Nazis in 1940. The architect Rudolf Schröder, who had designed the Lessinghalle, brought him back to Kiel in 1949 where Blaue created numerous sculptures and architectural art that is still present today.

I was especially interested in the ceramic wall decorations. As it turned out, most of them were not in place as they had been taken down during the reconstruction work. They will return in the future.

The pictures above show two lamps decorated with marine life from the main staircases.