Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Escher and the way home from Europe

I mentioned that there was an Escher in Schiphol airport, and there is. But you're not supposed to be able to see it. It's in Lounge 4, which although inside the building, is separated from the rest of the airport by glass walls or mesh. I gather from asking a few people it's because it's easyJet's lounge, and no one seems to like them. Or maybe there's some other reason.

Anyway, if you take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and go WAY to the end, you can see Metamorphosis III. Like the most of Escher's work, it's a print. But this is series of 33 woodcut prints printed onto 6 separate sheets of paper which were then painted by hand. And it's a whopping 48' long.
Really, really big
Detail 1: hand painted ships, birds and fish

Detail 2: Salamanders, of course
It's a real shame it's not in the main part of the airport.

The flight home was uneventful but mostly cloudy, except for parts of Greenland.
Mountains in a sea of ice 
Excellent glacial features 
Fjords. Saw icebergs but didn't get any pictures

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