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Sunsphere In Knoxville, TN

Sunsphere In Knoxville, TN

Photography, Structures February 14, 2019

Yesterday was my first visit to the observation deck at the Sunsphere, located at 810 Clinch Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1982 for the World’s Fair, the structure stands 266 feet tall, weighs 600 tons and has windows that are layered in 24-karat gold dust. It’s interior circular viewing platform can accommodate a maximum of 86 visitors, with informational displays providing descriptions of the Sunsphere and surrounding area.

Entry is free and an elevator (no stairs) transports people up to floor “L4”. Full panoramic, expansive views of the city and landscape – Tennessee River, Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Mountains – offer guests a pleasant experience. Plan to spend a minimum of five minutes visiting this landmark, though take as long as you’d like to observe the area and/or read associated historical materials.

Regarding photography, though, one can expect to capture structural supports in most pictures, and, due to the gold-colored glass, interior photographs will likely retain a green hue. Also, based on the spheric design, I suspect that keeping the exterior window surfaces washed is very difficult – some were dirty.

Note: if you or someone in your group is a Senior Citizen or simply may need to rest, please be advised that there are no seats (or restrooms) available. So, remember to bring a walker that has a seat, or, alternatively, a collapsible campsite (tripod) chair.

Parking

I parked a few blocks from the Sunsphere at the Locust Street Garage. There’s a convenient ‘skywalk’ near parking, which allows walkers to bypass Henley Street and leads directly to the Convention Center. The cost for parking is $8 for two hours or less. After that, it’s $12.

Fine Art America

One more thing. If you’d be interested in a new print for your home or office, I’ve added the following picture to my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by to select from a variety of available print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and/or acrylic!

Concrete Forest

Concrete Forest

Photography, Structures February 10, 2019

This black and white photography features a forest setting with large rows of deteriorating, moss-covered concrete slabs aligned in a row. If you’d be interested in seeing more, don’t stumble through the woods hoping to uncover an ancient civilization – stop by my gallery at Fine Art America, instead.

Hope to see you soon…don’t get lost!

Structure

Structure

Abstract, Structures January 20, 2019

I made this design yesterday, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. One may ask –

What is it?

My response is that I’m not really sure. I guess I’d describe it like the television show, Seinfeld

It’s a design about nothing.

And, yes, I always wanted to be an architecture…lol.

Visit my galley at Fine Art America to review several items available featuring this design. Thank you!

Old Quarry In Knoxville, Tennessee

Photography, Structures January 12, 2019

As a second part to an earlier post entitled, Ijams Nature Center In Knoxville, TN, the following photographs include scenes from another trail known as Haworth Hollow (see marker, below):

Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

It’s difficult to read the small print, which cites that the area houses the rare Berry Cave Salamander, known almost exclusively from five caves within a 12 mile radius of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Walking along the trail seemed rather uneventful, until I turned a corner to see the beginning of a quarry with a limestone wall reaching approximately 100′ tall. It was quite a surprise!

Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Here are a few more photographs taken in Haworth Hollow at Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, Tennessee:

Have a nice hike!

Spectral Structure Wall Tapestry

Spectral Structure Wall Tapestry

Graphics, Products January 11, 2019

This colorful graphic design is based on a photograph which I took of the Sunsphere, an interesting structure located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and features several scaled layers with differing blend modes, and a textural overlay. It looks great on this wall tapestry, available in three sizes (here, large measures 88″ by 104″) through Society 6. Made of 100% lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finishes, it’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Also, see more products featuring this design. Enjoy!

Round Passages

Round Passages

Photography, Structures January 6, 2019

This photograph was taken on the campus of the University of Michigan, at the Law Quad. By rotating the image, then adding definition and lighting adjustments, it reminded me of the interesting home belonging to Bilbo Baggins, title character in J. R. R. Tolkiens 1937 novel, The Hobbit, and several modern film adaptations.

You won’t have to visit the Shire to enjoy this image, however. Just stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a variety of prints available for your home or office. Enjoy!

Iconic Plaques

Photography, Structures January 4, 2019

These photographs highlight classic plaques located at Angell Hall on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Visitors may discover wonderful prints and other items available in my Fine Art America gallery, using these links:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuck In Chicago Overnight

Stuck In Chicago Overnight

Photography, Structures December 24, 2018

This bleak, gritty vintage photograph of Union Street Station in Chicago, Illinois, is how it might have looked to be stranded overnight because of a changed train schedule. Fortunately, I was just passing through that day. Guests can find many items with this image in my gallery at Fine Art America.

Tennessee Barn

Tennessee Barn

Photography, Structures December 17, 2018

This black and white photograph of an old barn was taken in Cades Cove, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. If you’d like a print for your home or office, there are many different print types to select. Please visit my gallery for more.

I’ve formatted this picture in the style often attributed to Ansel Adams. In addition, this is not a limited print. Thanks for stopping by.

Octagonal Brick Structure Skateboard

Octagonal Brick Structure Skateboard

Products, Structures December 16, 2018

Whether you’re doing grinds on the half-pipe or kickflips in the street, this competition shaped skateboard has supreme pop! Made of the best quality hard-rock maple with a one-of-a-kind printing process.

Complete your board by adding Independent Trucks, Ricta Naturals wheels, Bullet bearings, grip tape, and mounting hardware – start riding it right out of the box!

Several different sizes available to select.