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A visitor to Great Beauty


A visitor to Great Beauty
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Copyright: Maggi Gargan (Maggi) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 41] (72)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-05
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-08 1:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
So often marketing spiel is just that; spiel, but at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque this is no image. It is very real... From the site of Speirs and Major Associates:

The building alters character as the lunar cycle progresses, bathed in cool white light at the full moon, but shifting colour every two evenings, and growing gradually bluer as the moon wanes. On the fourteenth evening the mosque is lit in deepest blue to signify darkness - yet the viewer is never able to perceive the building changing from one colour to the next. Jonathan Speirs said:


"In the same way as the moon has an impact on the tides, we wanted the moon to have an impact on the building. The idea was to have a building that, by full moon, is lit pristinely with white light, but with a textural quality evocative of clouds slowly drifting in front of a full white moon."

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