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Friday, March 27, 2009

Celestial Ceiling

Jersey Iggy was starry-eyed at the celestial ceiling (part of which you can see above her head) inside the Main Concourse of the Grand Central Terminal in New York that was painted with intricate constellations. This stellar artwork was originally done in 1912 by French artist Paul César Helleu. The ceiling underwent a 12-year-long restoration which ended in 1998 to rejuvenate its original luster. If you drop by Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in this building, you can catch a glimpse of the actual grime that had covered the ceiling, which remains untouched.

However, this astronomical masterpiece isn't an accurate depiction of the constellations' actual placement in the sky--the artist had painted the constellations backwards as based on a medieval manuscript. But don't let that deter you from marvelling at this glorious work of art!


Sidney said...

Stunning !

fortuitous faery said...

sidney: yes, as far as the eyes can see! :)

the donG said...

i like thso shot at the UN headquarters.

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