Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Details


I will be honest. I've lived in Birmingham almost all of my life and never noticed these shell details in downtown Birmingham. If my Birmingham readers are scratching your heads, I'll share the location. On the corner of 18th Street and 3rd Avenue North. It's just around the corner from the Alabama Theatre.

11 comments:

mainzdailyphoto.com said...

It's an early beginner-level climbing wall.

s.c said...

Funny. These shells are a sign for the pilgrims in Spain and France that they are on the right direction to Santiago de Compostella. Even people from the Netherlands walk the whole 1800 km trip from here to there with sometimes the shell as a marking in the pavement. Some buildings in Spain are also covered with this shells in the facade also on route to Compostella. So you can start in your home town then. Happy New Year.

Eeyore said...

I just looked at them on Google Maps and they look like they are probably on the outside wall behind the stage of the theater. I've seen them before, but never took a picture. Should, and a lot of other interesting architectural details on the downtown buildings.

SRQ said...

Isn't funny how you can pass by the same location time and time again and not notice something? I wonder what triggered you spotting these shells this time around. Interesting and unexpected in Birmingham. Hope you had a nice Christmas!

Virginia said...

Thank you SC for that interesting information!

Eeyore, yes I think you're right about the location.

SRQ, We parked across the street on our way to the Lyric that morning. Don't t hink I remember ever parking there before and i spotted the shells and the neat shadows!

Daryl E said...

its fun to discover something 'new' that's always been there

William Kendall said...

Oh, I like that!

Bob Crowe said...

That's a way cool picture and thanks to s.c. for the info. The brick pattern is nothing you would see in Europe.

Petrea Burchard said...

I love details like these.

Granny Annie and Auntie Nonny said...

This photo is fascinating! I did not even notice the shadows until I read your comment, Virginia, and all of a sudden they jumped out at me , LITERALLY! When I focus on the shells, the shadows disappear, and then suddenly are there again! I've never really seen anything like it before. HOW did you EVER take such a dynamic , other worldly,OP-ART photo????

JM said...

Fantastic!