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In the UK, the country with the safest roads in the world (IRTAD), there are currently five types of formal pedestrian crossings in use, these being Zebra, Pelican, Puffin, Toucan and Pegasus crossings. The most basic form of crossing is a pedestrian refuge, this is usually in the form of an island in the centre of the road, where pedestrians may wait in relative safety while vehicles pass on either side. White zig-zag lines are used down both sides of the road and along the centre line of the road, both before and after the Zebra crossing, (See site for photo). These increase the warning...
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Indianapolis: Soldiers and Sailors Monument Also known as Monument Circle.

Designed by German artist Bruno Schmitz

Dedicated: 1902

 Total height is 284 ft. 6 in.

 A tribute to the valor of Indiana's soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil and Spanish American Wars. The monument is considered the largest of its kind in the United States that honors the everyday American soldier and sailor.

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Above Image: [1] Statue of Liberty, New York City, USA; [2] Trimurti at Elephanta Caves, Mumbai, India; and [3] the Statue of Churchill at Westminster, UK.

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Of all the places I've seen, World Heritage Sites are closest to my heart. These locations are so important that they have transcended  local boundaries, and are elevated to the status of World Heritage Site, that needs to be preserved and protected for future generations!  Its been a privilege to get to see such diverse cultural and natural sites as..  the Birthplace of Industrial Revolution...
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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

In 1979 UNESCO inscribed the Grand Canyon National Park in the World Heritage List.

Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon [nearly 1,500 m deep] is one the most spectacular gorges in the world. Its breathtaking beauty comes from the violent natural forces of erosion that forged it. Its horizontal strata traces the geological history of the past 2 billion years. There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment.

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Don’t Tread on Me: Sculpture by Chakaia Booker

 June 1, 2014 to October 31, 2016

 Location: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University

 

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This is the 4th in the Solo Exhibition Series presentation at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. The Solo Exhibition Series at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park started in the year 2009. The exhibition brings exceptional artwork by nationally and internationally recognized artists to the park. Since their inception these presentations of have been generously supported by...
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Above Image: Dr. Richard Powell [curator of the exhibition] and Daniel Schulman [Director of Visual Arts for DCASE, Chicago] at the Opening Reception.

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Temporary Exhibition: March 7 - August 31, 2015

Location: Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor at Chicago Cultural Center.

Admission is FREE!

The exhibition is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE], and programmed by Columbia College Chicago.

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Archibald Motley's Fat Man

Continued from the post: Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.

One of the fun features of the exhibition is spotting Motley's "Fat Man" in numerous paintings. Who is this Fat Man?

I became aware of the character of Archibald Motley's "Fat Man" in the lecture by curator Dr. Richard Powell,  on the day of the Opening Reception of the exhibition on March 6, 2015. Dr. Richard Powell is Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.  In his extremely engaging and enlightening lecture he talked about Fat...

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Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra, India.

The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as "the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting", which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The style of Ajanta has exerted a considerable influence in India and elsewhere, extending, in particular, to Java.

The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of...

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