slides: James Clayton Sattel’s RI Views: Cityscapes
Saturday, October 13, 2012
This week, Jim goes back to Providence for more urban views. From historic spires to modern neon, he says the shapes and colors of Providence are every bit as beautiful as the natural shapes of Aquidneck and rural Rhode Island.
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While many cities' buildings are confined and squared off by a typical urban grid, here in Providence we enjoy a wonderful jumble of angles created both by rivers and old trading routes. The Citizens Bank buildling takes its angles all the way to its rooftop, adding more interest to the city's vistas.
While the relocation of I195 has opened up remarkable new vistas in Providence's Fox Point and waterfront areas, it also resulted in the destruction of a memorable overpass. Under the thundering highway, some of the most memorable faces in Providence kept watch over drivers, cyclists, and walkers as they passed by.
Public art is one of a city's greatest treasures, adding focal points we might never appreciate as we move among the buildings. I love this sculpture along the Providence River for its utterly modern construction that somehow feels, when the sun shines through as it did in this moment, utterly ancient.
Since ancient times, cities have been marked by (and supported with) columns. In Providence along the riverfront, these creative columns bring both art and architecture to the cityscape. One wonders what future archeologists will make of our columns, and will they stand for millennia?
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