But monkeys are untouchable in this Hindu temple perched on a cliff above the Indian Ocean. Every night, in a performance of the Kecak, or Monkey Dance, the monkey-like Varana helps a prince fight off an evil king while 100 men chatter like macaques.
What do you do when you are floating down the Danube in the rain? Well, you just look at the world from a different perspective.
Holocaust Memorial, Berlin – Photo: Russ Johnson
From the warm comfort of my Berlin tour bus I watched people gradually disappear as they descended the undulating paths between the gray block stelae that stood like some alien stone city, but nothing could prepare me for experiencing the Holocaust Memorial first-hand on-site a day later.
Anthony Bourdain took a boat ride up the Skrang River on the island of Borneo for his TV show “Parts Unknown” recently. It looked quite different than the steamy place I visited in back in 1986. Here is a video I shot when things were more jungly and wild.
The Chicago “Bean”
Chicago is no longer Carl Sandberg’s “Hog Butcher for the World, Stacker of Wheat” but is still, self-assuredly, “City of the Big Shoulders.” Forget Hong Kong, New York, London…Chicago rules in weight and substance. Its architects — Burnham, Sullivan, Wright, Gehry, dozens of others — gave birth to monuments: to chewing gum (Wrigley), merchants (Sears, Montgomery Wards) who shipped tractors and brassieres to little houses on the prairie, to massive egos (Trump) and architectural movements that swept the world. The skyscraper was invented here.
We are here on opening day of the very first Chicago Architectural Biennial, celebrating ideas from some 100 world architects from Chicago, itself, to Africa and Bali.