Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: Dresden's Kunsthofpassage

In Dresden, Germany, the Kunsthofpassage neighborhood is a group of buildings that contain small boutiques, cafes, and galleries, and, even more interestingly, that are decorated with interesting artwork.  One of the buildings has a facade that is covered in pipes, funnels, and gutters that twist and turn in eye-catching ways.

Photo by Max A from L., Germany CC BY-SA 2.0

But that's not the best part about this building.

The best part about this building is that these gutters and pipes actually make musical sounds when it rains.

It's subtle, but you can tell how the pipes amplify and accentuate the musical sounds that the rain makes on its own.  And while this isn't fantasy in the sense that it has dragons or zombies or fairies, it is fantasy in the sense that this building brings rain to life in a new way and enables people to see something in the rain other than the makings of a gloomy day.

It's enough to make me want to buy a plane ticket to Germany.