|Monday Meme: Picture of Me with a Body of Water Behind Me
||[ Monday, 17 Aug 09 | 07:20 ]
Me at the "City of Arts and Sciences"
Taken in Valencia, Spain in 2008
Photo by Ruben.
The "City of the Arts and the Sciences" (in Valencian: Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències) is a entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex. It is the most important modern tourist destination in Valencia.
The “city” is situated at the end of the old riverbed Turia. Turia became a garden in 1980, after the bypass of the river by the great flood of Valencia in 1957. The project is designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.
Pictured is L'Oceanogràfic — an open-air oceanographic park. It is the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe with 110,000 square meters (1,184,000 square feet) and 42 million liters (11 million gallons (US)) of water. It is built in the shape of a water lily and is the work of architect Félix Candela.
As you can see, there is still on-going construction. The “city” has been used as a backdrop in a number of movies.