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Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is located in Chicago, Illinois in Jackson Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood adjacent to Lake Michigan. It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Initially endowed by Sears, Roebuck and Company president and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, it first opened in 1933 during the Century of Progress Exposition.

Among its diverse and expansive exhibits, the Museum features a working coal mine, a German submarine (U-505) captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr), and a NASA space capsule used on the Apollo 8 mission.

Face

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa and inspired by the people of Chicago, The Crown Fountain is a major addition to the city’s world-renowned public art collection. The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool.
The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out. Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through a water outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa’s tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

By the Green River

54th edition of the downtown St. Patrick’s Day @ Chicago. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the river is dyed green.

It's Green

Bill King, the administrator of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day committee, stated that “the idea of dyeing the Chicago River green originally came about by accident when a group of plumbers were using fluorescein dye to trace illegal substances that were polluting the river”.

Riverside

The secret ingredients used to dye the river green today are claimed to be safe and not harmful to the thousands of living organisms that find a habitat in the Chicago river.
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Dream on dreamer !!

I stand amid the roar, Of a surf-tormented shore, 
And I hold within my hand, Grains of the golden sand- 
How few! yet how they creep,Through my fingers to the deep, 
While I weep- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp 
Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave? I
s all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?  
Edgar Allan Poe

Bahai temple

Bahai temple

Designed by Canadian Louis Bourgeois, the building was dedicated on May 1, 1953, over thirty years after the cornerstone was laid by Abdu’l Baha, son of Bahá’u’lláh (the prophet-founder of the faith). Today, the temple is undergoing various seen and unseen renovations as part of the Baha’i-funded Kingdom Project.

Bahai temple

There are currently seven Baha’i Houses of Worship in the world. Each temple has its own distinctive design, and yet conforms to a set of architectural requirements that give a unifying theme. All Baha’i Houses of Worship must have nine sides and a central dome.Construction of the Baha’i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette, Ill. was completed in 1953. On the lower level of the House of Worship is Foundation Hall (the oldest part of the temple) and the Cornerstone Room, which contains the cornerstone laid by Abdu’l-Baha in 1912. The auditorium features walls of lace-like ornamentation and a dome rising 135 feet above the main floor.

Bahai temple

Baha’is believe:•the purpose of life is to know and worship God, to acquire virtues, to promote the oneness of humankind and to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization •all humanity was created by one God and is part of one human race •work performed in the spirit of service is a form of worship •the soul, created at the moment of conception, is destined by God to reach the afterlife, where it will continue to progress until it attains the presence of God .

Bahai temple

Baha’is practice:•daily prayer and communion with God •high moral principles, including trustworthiness, chastity and honesty •independent investigation of truth •a life dedicated to the service of humanity •fellowship with the followers of all religions •avoidance of excessive materialism, partisan politics, backbiting, alcohol, drugs and gambling

Bahai temple

Baha’i Houses of Worship feature no depictions of figures of the faith, both because Baha’is avoid portraying the founders in art forms and as a sign of respect for other faiths. Baha’i temples are meant to serve as places of interfaith activity, where all people of faiths can worship God.

Bahai temple

Bahai temple

Arabic phrase in the center of the dome (a Baha’i symbol known as the Greatest Name that reads “O Glory of the Most Glorious!”); a few lines from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh bordering the tops of the building’s interior walls; and nine-pointed stars, a symbol commonly used by Baha’is to represent their faith.

Bahai temple

Bahai temple

Collage

Smoke ..

Street Corner

Bylane

On the way..

Objects in the rear view
Destination Nowhere
Street view
Blue Sky
When I look down that road,
I see the world inside this town.
I weave the threads of my life
That lead me to where I stand now.
Melissa Manchester
Metallica 5

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Metallica Live

Metallica-1

So close no matter how far
Couldnt be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
No nothing else matters – Metallica

Where'z the party?

Da floor

Dancing away ...

Colours of life

Celebrations @ Excalibur