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Art Deco Transmissions

 

For last Friday's image of Radio Kootwijk near Apeldoorn, Netherlands,

several of you mentioned it looked like an art-deco design.

 

BINGO!  This is over the front entrance.

See Astrid's image today for the entire front view.



Art Deco Transmissions

 

For last Friday's image of Radio Kootwijk near Apeldoorn, Netherlands,

several of you mentioned it looked like an art-deco design.

 

BINGO!  This is over the front entrance.

See Astrid's image today for the entire front view.



comments (50)

A relic of the days when radio was dominant. Beautiful...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larrry. I read that art deco began in Paris in the 1920s, which is the time this place got started. Art deco in its heyday!
A wonderful image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Cool shot. Also looks Polynesian or like the Easter Island statues.
The typography is definitely Art Deco. Maybe the sculpture had been on a trip and was influenced by the islands.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. I read that art deco started in Paris in the 1920s...not too far away from Kootwijk. Now I'm wondering what the architectural style was at that time in the Dutch East Indies? smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2011, 01:25
Nice textured image, Ginnie - looks very art deco!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, dear Lady.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2011, 01:25
Its interesting how much effort people go into detailing. Well seen
Ginnie Hart: It never ceases to amaze me, SAVO! Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Aug 2011, 02:02
What a brilliant lintel, Ginnie.

Your shot, and Astrid's, immediately made me think of the Gary Cooper movie of Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead".
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ray, I can see that Fountainhead! Thanks for that thought.
A great treatment to your closeup Ginnie... whatever influences... it makes for a cool photo!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jacquelyn. And congratulations again on #200!
My first thought was Easter Island, too! or Kon-Tiki, come to the Netherlands.

It has the purity of line of the tulips in the stained glass exhibit. Art Deco always is so recognizably itself, even when not in the vibrant pastels of Miami and California.
Ginnie Hart: I read that art deco began in Paris in the 1920s, Linda, so the timing was right for this, with the Dutch climbing on the bandwagon. Now I wonder what the architecture looked like in the Dutch East Indies back then? Thanks, as always, for your comment.
Don't you just love art deco?
Ginnie Hart: It's starting to grow on me, Bill. grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Aug 2011, 07:20
Wonderful detail from the entrance, I have to admit, that was the only nice part of the whole building.
Love the treatment.
Ginnie Hart: It did surprise me to see it, MLMA. Hartstikke bedankt. That was such a memorable day on our way to Apeldoorn. The journey is often better than the destination!
  • Chantal
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2011, 07:23
good symmetry
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal.
Cool! I love wallssmile
[...and i love the Netherlandssmile...]
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're a sweetheart, Luiz. Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2011, 07:42
Very strange deco for a Radio station, is a Metal Radio?
Ginnie Hart: Well, metal or not, it was the shortwave transmission station from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies in its day, Oscar. It was said to be the center of the world for the Dutch back then!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2011, 08:27
Really like the treatment Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kala.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Aug 2011, 08:37
This is very much an art deco thing Ginnie: love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chris. Art deco really had its heyday, didn't it!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 29 Aug 2011, 08:58
This building was certainly 'quick off the maRrk' in terms of style Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chad!
Interesting that it says "Radio station" - was the architect British? See:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1157_art_deco/about/buildings/bbc.htm
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Tom. The linkl says it was a Dutch architect but who knows why it's in English?!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Kootwijk
A fine place for the band to play Ginnie.Could be another album cover.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You tickle me to death, Mick. grin
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2011, 09:12
Like a stage set out of Metropolis - pure art deco!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Mike!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Aug 2011, 10:05
A mask and 2 demons. They must have been transmitting to far-off places. Art deco - I think the PYE valve radio had a similar front as this building.
Ginnie Hart: It was the thing to do in that time period, Louis, clearly! Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Thailand
  • 29 Aug 2011, 10:26
Well spotted and captured
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Vintage.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 29 Aug 2011, 11:26
I just love everything about Art Deco. This is an unusual interpretation - it looks almost like African tribal sculpture.
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning to like its appeal, Ingrid, especially since I don't see much of it here in the Netherlands. This was a big surprise, out in the middle of nowhere! smile
This is great, I'd love to see inside, I wonder if the old equipment is still within. How are your breaking and entering skills Ginnie? smile
Ginnie Hart: Actually, John, I'm guessing a lot of it is still in tact since they offer a tour. At €7.50 each, we were cheapskates and didn't go in. Maybe one day!
Ageing art deco is more of a suitable description I think Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Art deco has seen its day, but still hangs around whenever it can, Brian, right?!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2011, 13:57
That is an unusual building. I love the texture you have applied.
Ginnie Hart: A sign of the times, I think, Cherry! Thanks.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2011, 15:57
Perfect textures, love the close up of the art like signage.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Rob.
Fine detail from the entrance Ginnie. It's got that "remains of a past civilization" look to it.
Ginnie Hart: Thnaks, Janet. I like the way you put that!
Really like the textures here. This takes you back in time. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jimi. Art deco really had its day, didn't it!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2011, 16:33
Yes, an impressive, strange looking building and a sphinx- like looking detail you captured well!
"Dit beeldhouwwerk boven de ingang van het zendgebouw van Radio Kootwijk is een sculptuur van Hendrik van den Eijnde. In dit sculptuur ziet u een vrouwenhoofd met een Europese uitdrukking en één met een Aziatische uitdrukking, beiden met de handen achter de oren. De open mond in het gezicht tussen de beide vrouwen symboliseert de omroeper. Aan weerszijden ziet u de radiogolven. Deze sculptuur geeft symbolisch de radioverbindingen tussen Nederland en Nederlands-Indië weer. Bron: flyer Radio Kootwijk" I have to admit that I cannot recognize any difference between the 'European' (Netherlands) and the 'Asian' (Netherlands- India) facial expression.
Ginnie Hart: Wow. Most interesting quote, Philine. Hmmmm. I learn something new about this place more and more each day! Bedankt.
The tones and texture are superbly captured and reproduced Ginnie!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • DULCIE
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2011, 16:59
This is a beautiful and dramatic facade. I love the chunky forms and design. what lovely rough texture you've captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dulcie, for stopping by and commenting!
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 29 Aug 2011, 17:45
j'aime cette aspect granuleux
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rem. Merci.
Not sure if I use the right word, but I like the converging lines in this one, makes some sort of a triangel that I find interesting
Ginnie Hart: Art deco is like that, Aksel...interesting! Thanks.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2011, 18:09
great photo, looks like an interesting place.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Debb. Very interesting place, indeed.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 29 Aug 2011, 18:31
A beautiful detail have you chosen. I have never seen it this way. I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Fooko. It sure was an unespected building out there in the countryside!
  • Francis
  • France
  • 29 Aug 2011, 20:35
I like the simmetry, and the texture, a very good shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Francis, for stopping by and commenting. Merci.
WOW Ginnie!!! just what kind of music comes out of that radio station.... great framing....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I don't think much music at all, Peter?! It was the shortwave-transmission center for communication with their Dutch East Indies colony. I'm guessing there was more talking than music, but then, who knows! Thanks anyway. smile It DOES say Radio Station, for sure.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 30 Aug 2011, 02:24
it does look like art deco.. nicely captured.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Rian.
It is like a statue on Easter Island.
Ginnie Hart: Others have mentioned the same, Michael, so you're in good company. smile Thanks.
WOW - Seeing this I take back my comments about it being a sad, dark image! It is COOL!
Ginnie Hart: Well, based on what you first saw, Elizabeth, who can blame you. The back side of it, which we saw first, did seem most apocalyptic. When we got to the front side and the sun came partly out, things seemed so different! Thanks. smile
This really is a lovely building.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it really is, Sheila. Not nearly as apocalyptic as when I showed it last Friday! Looks can be deceiving. smile
Love the Art Deco style. Cincinnati has quite a bit of it. Wonderful composition Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Kinda like the Roaring 20s, maybe? smile Thanks, Doug.
I agree with John, this reminds me of the Easter Island statues!
Ginnie Hart: Several have mentioned that, JP. Maybe there was that influence on the Dutch architect! smile Thanks.
There's no mistaking the style in this excellent image, Ginnie.

I fell in love with art-deco when my daughters moved into an apartment building from that era. To me, that period had a glamour & allure that is sadly missing from today's designs. Just think of all the movies Hollywood made where the characters were encased in gorgeous appointed & decorated apartments & homes and clothed in the most beautifully crafted costumes. So romantic & classy.
Ginnie Hart: Your comment has reminded me of the fashion and flair of the Roaring 20s, Beverly. Art deco seems to fit that time period, doesn't it! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Aug 2011, 13:16
Yes - really very 'art deco'. Love the face!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. I was just telling someone else it's kinda like the Roaring 20s, full of fashion and flair. smile
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 30 Aug 2011, 14:33
another great image. The symmetry really makes it. Making me want to visit the Netherlands even more!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Emily. You'd love it here!
  • ahmad
  • Iran
  • 30 Aug 2011, 18:10
What a great entrance . It should use in science fiction scene
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ahmad. It definitely makes you sit up and take notice. smile
  • tede
  • United States
  • 30 Aug 2011, 18:11
Superb detail of this building which is very austere! Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Tede.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 31 Aug 2011, 15:02
ha! cute find ... i love these creative bits on buildings ...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dennis, and me, too. I am learning to really like architecture.
I like Art Deco and some say I draw stuff like that (in Art Deco style). I like 'clean' shapes, but strong message - just how I see this on the photograph.
I like it!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jozica, for stopping by and commenting here. That means the world to me. smile

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