May 22, 2010

Sweeping

The Philippine National Art Gallery, the home of Juan Luna's Spoliarium, is a 1916 American colonial era building which used to be the Philippines' Legislative Building, just as the building of the National Museum of the Filipino People used to be the Finance Building. This is the Legislative Building's elegant marble spiral staircase with wrought iron banisters and a softly gleaming wooden handrail. I just wish the gallery staff didn't keep supplies and trash under the stairs, even temporarily.

spiral staircase at the Philippine National Gallery of Art

26 comments:

Gunn said...

This is just SUPERB!:)

bfarr said...

What a beautiful staircase.

I am glad you are having a great time in Canada. Makes the the indignity of the mug shot visa photo worth it.

Paty said...

i loved the angle of your picture, it´s very beautiful, congratulations!

SFBakstad said...

Great shot....I can imagine a bride walking down. Hope you are having fun on your trip!

Vernz said...

Double wow.... so true ... why do Phil. janitors/tress have that habit? Even here in Davao... cleaning stuff and trash are dumped under the stairs... huh!

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Angela Robak said...

Really eye-catching and dramatic – it caught my attention right away. Perfect composition!

Tracy said...

First, that stairway is magnificent. Second, that is a wonderful picture. You capture its magnificence quite well.

Al said...

Elegant is the exact right word, that must be a beautiful building. Great capture.

brattcat said...

Like the delicate curve of an ear. Beautiful.

T. Becque said...

Nice staircase. Great pattern!

Dina said...

So graceful.

Unodostres said...

galing!!!
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cieldequimper said...

Superb Hilda. Makes my head spin! ;-)

the donG said...

i think you should start submitting photos on a magazine that feature structures.

Halcyon said...

I love the view on this staircase. It makes for a perfect photo.

Reena said...

i love this photo!!!! spirals are symbols of perfection. :D

Leif Hagen said...

That's a lot of marble and beautiful, intricate ironwork! How many steps? Did you get dizzy counting them?

Rob and Mandy said...

Very nice staircase, looks like those in french chateaux! But keeping trash underneath???

Wayne said...

Well done Hilda!

James Mark said...

Ditto - super pic. For a completely different staircase, try todaysDurhamDailyPhoto entry.

Kaori said...

Love this angle! The details are beautiful :D

Clueless in Boston said...

Great stairway. This one really lends it to photography with the nice sweeping curves. Beautifully done.

Chuck Pefley said...

I always love seeing circular staircases, and this one is stunning!

Hope your weekend was good!

Kim said...

That is just gorgeous, Hilda. I love the filigree of the railing and that beautiful curve. What a stunning shot!
-Kim

AB said...

Beautiful, elegant swirls

Jacob said...

I love stairs...this is such a cool shot!