Saturday, 2 February 2008

this is ... my collection

This is ... my collection of snowdomes.

Or at least, part of my collection. I would have needed to dismantle most of the dining room to capture them all in a single photograph. I'm pretty sure it was the kitsch value that first drew me to snowdomes but they have also been a good way of fuelling my travel bug. My favourite type are the old-school style: plastic dome with blue background, 3D plastic insides and snow (not glitter).

The Kryall Castle dome (at the front on the right) deserves a special mention as the first dome I bought when it was snowing. Which is quite remarkable given that it is located only an hour from Melbourne and it was September at the time.

But my absolute favourite snowdome is of the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna.

Which brings me to another of my obsessions: Hundertwasser is one of my favourite artists and I have been lucky enough to be able to see several of his buildings in person, including:

The Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna. His first major architectural project which he also personally helped to build. Can you see the wonky floor (supposed to be more organic) and trees growing out of the walls? The trees are fed by the apartment building's sewerage and drainage system.

The Spittelau, a heating plant in Vienna.

The public toilets in Kawakawa, New Zealand. This is the women's but I also got my partner to take photos of the men's urinals. He said he got some very funny looks!

Another incinerator, this time in Osaka, Japan. I hadn't done my research and we just saw it by chance on our excursion to the aquarium. Next time we are there I want to catch the bus out there and go on the tour!


Jodie said...

Wow! I live 15 minutes from Kryal castle and we have even had snow in November here once. Did you see "the collectors" on ABC TV recently - all about snow globes, it was fascinating , the collector was awesome - was it you??? Awesome nonetheless.

CurlyPops said...

Wow, I love snowdomes, they are sooooo cool. One of the girls I used to work with collected them and she had hundreds (a collection at home and a collection in her office). I saw the Collectors show also on the ABC. The collector was Lisanne Oliver (she used to be on BHG). She has a website -

Kyla said...

Wow, what a great collection of snowdomes. I really like the little sheep on the third shelf. Happy sunday

Anonymous said...

I love the snowglobes, but really adore your HundertwasserHouse photos. I love that place, so bizaare, yet so totally works.
thanks for sharing

Elly said...

What a cute collection!

one little acorn said...

I love your snow domes. What a great collection. Especially love the ones that are of places that it never snows (or rarely). Is that Werribee Park? Very cool.