August 19, 2013

"Modelling: inspiration in architecture"

Inspiration can come from anywhere. In this case, it's come from the island of Malta.

I've been working on the planned shelf layout (which originally was a proper roundy round, partially based on Halifax but with my own accoutrements, then it became an end to end layout, and now it's a lot smaller and much more manageable), and one of the things which has been interesting me most recently is how the same basic material can be used so similarly, and so differently, across the globe.

Malta was for a time part of the British Empire (with some frankly heroic and incredible feats made during the second world war, in particular) and whilst the narrow gauge railway is long gone, parts of that still remain.

None of these buildings I am looking at are from the long lost Malta Railway, however. These were all picked because they are built out of limestone, and also very attractive buildings in their own right. Lots of Northern towns had buildings made out of limestone, including Halifax, for instance.

For example, the church and clock tower on the outskirts of Valletta. The dome in particular has a strong resemblance to St Paul's Cathedral in many ways, and the architecture is in many ways rather "British" in look (or do the British buildings look Mediterranean?)

All around me on holiday were interesting buildings with history attached to them, and lots of inspiration too. This is apparently a guard tower!

I was fascinated by the industrial remnants of Malta's past, and this dockside crane has a particularly rustic appearance I'd love to try and recreate.

Some buildings oozed character and charm, with subtle hints of Britishness (or similarity thereof) which led me to ponder if taking inspiration just from British buildings would result in something unique and attractive in the model railway world. Can we take inspiration from elsewhere, and apply to a British scene and create something unique, but recognisable despite the influences from elsewhere?

This church is in the centre of Sliema's waterfront, and is rather stunning in its own right (if ruined slightly by the Burger King to the left!)

That's all of the Malta photographs for now, onto the books again and the modelling in a few weeks...

...and a very western themed video review by the end of September.

Until next time.

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