Monthly Newsletter

November 2021

THE LARGEST STONES EVER QUARRIED

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Beneath the ruins of the Roman Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek, in the Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon, are what Vince considers the largest stones ever quarried. They include three 900-ton limestone blocks – the famous Trilithon of Baalbek, two of which are shown below – and even larger blocks recently uncovered at the original Trilithon quarry.

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Who were these guys?

Who could have quarried such stones and how did they move them? Why are the Trilithon stones now virtually hidden beneath the later Temple of Jupiter – itself the largest Roman temple in the world? They don’t seem to be related to the Roman temple stonework. And what can we make of even larger quarried limestone blocks – up to 1650-tons – recently uncovered at the original quarry? Presumably they too were intended for the Trilithon wall.

A cogent explanation

In a fascinating article in Stonezine, the quarterly digital publication of the Stone Foundation, Vince Lee presents evidence for a pre-Roman origin of the Trilithon wall and offers a cogent explanation on how such enormous stones could have been transported and put in place. It is a good read, and you can download Vince’s article in the full Stonezine 12.http://www.selectstone.com/2017/11/20/largest-stones/

7 Famous Fountains Overflowing with Beauty Around the World

f you want to take in the art and culture of a city, you might make your way to its most popular museums. On top of these indoor institutions, exploring en plein air art is a great way way to experience a city's creative side. Popular outdoor destinations include verdant gardens, historic squares, and spectacular fountains.

Here, we take a tour of the most famous fountains in the world. Spanning centuries and countries, this selection of sculpted water works give us a unique glimpse into one of art history's most immersive trends.

1.THE TREVI FOUNTAIN (ROME)

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is one of the Eternal City's most enthralling landmarks. Built in the middle of the 18th century, the Travertine stone-constructed fountain captures the opulence and grandeur of the Baroque movement. Given the level of detail present in its larger-than-life figures and dramatic grotto-inspired design, it is no surprise that crafting the masterpiece was a team effort. Though started by Italian architect Nicola Salvi in 1732,  several other artists, architects, and designers had a hand in the finished product, which was completed by Giuseppe Pannini thirty years later.

2.THE APOLLO FOUNTAIN (PARIS)

In addition to Italy, the Baroque movement also made it ways to France, where it materialized as lavish architecture and action-packed sculpture. One site that features both of these examples is the Palace of Versailles, a grandiose estate located just outside of Paris. As the royal family's official residence from 1682 until the French Revolution, the palace saw several over-the-top additions, including the Apollo Fountain, a theatrical fixture designed by Charles Brun for Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” in 1671. Capturing both the dynamism and drama of the period, this bronze fountain tells the story of the Greek god Apollo through the use of twisted figures, swirling silhouettes, and flowing drapery.

 

3. THE CASCADA (BARCELONA)

Known for its fantastic array of outdoor art, Barcelona has no shortage of fantastic fountains. One watery site that is particularly enchanting can be found nestled in the Parc de la Ciutadella, a 19th-century park and the city's first green space. Called Cascada (“cascade” in Spanish), this large-scale fountain looks like a waterfall. Though it was completed by Spanish Catalan architect Josep Fontsére and, to a lesser extent, master of Modernisme Antoni Gaudí, several sculptors helped design its statuary, which includes of oversized crabs, the Roman goddesses Venus and Aurora, and other mythological subjects.

4.THE DUBAI 

FOUNTAIN (DUBAI)

With its towering skyscrapers and “starchitect“-designed museums, Dubai is known for its state-of-the-art architecture. In 2009, the city's growing interest in unbridled contemporary design resulted in the Dubai Fountain, “the world’s largest performing fountain.” Measuring over 90 feet long, illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 color projectors, and complete with a musical sound system, this fixture was designed to put on a show. What puts it over the top, however, is its height; the amazing fountain can blast water up to 500 feet in the air.https://mymodernmet.com/famous-fountains-around-the-world/

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Joke Of The Month

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Fun Video of the Month

Mik meets a horse for his 1st time!

Birthdays & Other Celebrations

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Laura M.

Nov 7th

with the OWT family since

4/30/19

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Philip Kern. 

Nov 10th

with the OWT family since

2/8/16

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Santiago E. 

Nov 17th

with the OWT family since

10/10/18

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Margie F. 

Nov 24th

with the OWT family since

4/14/17

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