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TAJ MAHAL

Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is in Agra, Uttar Pradesh On the banks of River Yamuna.

It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Built: 1632- 1648/ 1653. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 AD, whereas the outlying buildings and gardens were finished in 1653 AD.

Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahauri

The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the...

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The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed with edicts by the Mauryan king Ashoka during his reign in the 3rd century BC. Originally, there must have been many pillars but only nineteen survive with inscriptions, and only six with animal capitals, which were a target for Muslim iconoclasm. Many are preserved in a fragmentary state. Averaging between 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 m) in height, and weighing up to 50 tons each, the...
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2013 India Trip

My 2013 trip to India was mostly family visit. My parents as well as my in-laws had their 5oth Wedding Anniversary!  Most of the time was spent at home with relatives.  Tourism was secondary.  But did find some time to see a few places.

 Golden Triangle: Nalanda-Rajgir-Pawapuri. Trip to Vaishali Trip to Bodh Gaya

Day Trip to Nalanda-Rajgir-Pawapuri on June 25, 2013.

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Selfie with Flower series: Amaryllis "Orange Souvereign".

Location: Home

Date: March 28, 2016.

Image copyright © Jyoti Srivastava

This Amaryllis is very special! Last year, one day, when I came back from work, I saw a package on the front door. It said: "Happy February. From Lee and Terry"! It was a potted bulb of Amaryllis "Orange Sovereign". I was thrilled! However, it never bloomed last year.. But I saved the bulb.. and it just bloomed today [March 27, 2016,...

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CSI Presents Lecture Series: Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only

March 19 Speakers: Janet Austin & Nicole Beck

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Studio Theater, at Chicago Cultural Center.

"Women Sculptors of Chicago – Not for Men Only" is a five part lecture series, spread over five months - from January trough May, 2016 - with one lecture each month. The lecture series is sponsored by Chicago Sculpture International [CSI] with funding from The...
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2016: Chicago Sculpture International [CSI] unveils Lecture Series

"Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only"

A series of five lectures, one each month, from January through May, 2016.

Location: Studio Theater at Chicago Cultural Center.

"Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only"  lecture series features images, live process demonstrations and discussions presented by 11 extremely creative and talented female sculptors. All of the artists, who are proud members of Chicago Sculpture International,  will...
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Above Image: 2012 Studio Visit: Vector Fabricating - Carnival of Fire.

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My Studio Visits

When I say "My Studio Visits", I include "Site Visits", that is the site of casting, fabrication and installation, which may not necessarily be the artist's studio.  The idea is to get to know the person behind the art, and to learn the process of sculpture making.  In fact, spending time with artists helps me understand much beyond the technical process of sculpture-making, which in itself...
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La Grande Vitesse - by Alexander Calder

Dedicated: June 1969.

54 feet long, by 43 feet high, by 30 feet wide

Location: Vandenberg Plaza / Site of city and county administrative buildings, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

La Grande Vitesse means "The Great Swiftness," a reference to the Grand River flowing through the heart of the city.

First piece of Public art financed by National Endowment for Arts Grants [NEA] and private funds.

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