Off topic: New York City

My favourite travel destinations are Sicily (of course), London, Svalbard and New York. Here are some of my photos from New York.

 

Per-Erik Skramstad in New York

This is me taking a selfie outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

New York - City of Creativity and Energy

Acrobats in Central Park, New York

Acrobats in Central Park, New York.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Acrobat in Central Park, New York

Acrobat in Central Park, New York.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Acrobats near Brooklyn Bridge

Acrobats near Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Acrobats in Central Park

Acrobats in Central Park.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

The People in New York

The guys who built America.

The guys who built America. Did they get paid what they deserve?

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

 

Sicily

Rich man - poor man. In New York you will meet both.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

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Ground Zero - a Heartbreaking and Beautiful Memorial Site

National September 11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial Site at Ground Zero.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

 

The Ground Zero Memorial

The Ground Zero Memorial.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Pictures at an Exhibition - Museums in New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The breathtaking exterior of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Flying Carpets (2011) by Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Children marvelling at the art work Flying Carpets (2011) by Nadia Kaabi-Linke above their heads.

Growing up between Tunis, Kiev, and Dubai, Nadia Kaabi-Linke has a personal history of migration across cultures and borders that has greatly influenced her work. Flying Carpets (2011) reflects the experience of immigrant merchants in Venice who often display their wares on rugs that can be gathered up quickly upon the arrival of authorities. Mapping the movements of the vendors and their blankets on a single bridge, Kaabi-Linke recreated the forms in steel, aluminum, and thread, suspending them above the viewer.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

 

Kader Attia: Ghardaïa. Guggenheim Museum, New York

At the Guggenheim Museum I was particularly moved by the town Kader Attia (born 1970) made of couscous. The fragile buildings invite us to reflect on the coming and going of cultures and people, and on man's mortality. To me the essence of the work was about existential vulnerabilty, although the artist intended a more political reading.

Kader Attia lives and works in Algiers, Berlin, and Paris. Raised in Paris and Algeria, Kader Attia reflects on the impact of Western societies on their former colonial counterparts. For Untitled (Ghardaïa) (2009), Attia modeled the Algerian town of the title in couscous, accompanying it with photographs of architects Le Corbusier and Fernand Pouillon, and a UNESCO declaration identifying the town as a World Heritage Site. Colonized by France in the nineteenth century, Ghardaïa is marked by architecture that informed Le Corbusier’s modernist designs; Attia’s structure thus embodies the impact of Algerian culture on that of its colonizer.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

 

Museum Mile, New York

Museum Mile in the Carnegie Hill Historic District.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Male confusion at MoMa, New York

Male confusion at MoMa, New York.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Architecture in New York - and some places

The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building in New York.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

The Financial Times Building, New York

The Financial Times Building, New York.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

Sicily

Sicily

When you walk around among the skyscrapers in New York, the meaning of the opening titles in Alfred Hitchcock's classic North by Northwest becomes clearer. The film begins in New York.

 

 

 

Interior, Guggenheim Museum

The marvellous Guggenheim Museum.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

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