Art Deco glowing Suns street fence

Art Deco glowing Suns fence, mid 1930s house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)
Inverted colour photograph: Art Deco glowing Suns fence, mid 1930s house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

My impression is that the repetitive motifs making up this wonderful Art Deco style street fence represent glowing suns rising from among rolling hills. They may well represent something else, a floral motif for example. I liked the idea of glowing suns because it conveyed such a comforting feeling in contrast with the snow and ice dominating the landscape and the inexorable decay faced by most of the period houses of Bucharest. The inverted colour photograph presented here emphasizes, in my opinion, even more the graciousness and harmonious proportions of this street fence design from the Art Deco era that unfurled in this corner of the Balkans.


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2 thoughts on “Art Deco glowing Suns street fence

  • Is it not papyrus? That’s how the ancient Egyptians drew papyrus flowers, and the Art Deco-ists were obsessed with Egypt, weren’t they?

    Inverting the photo was a nice idea. I can see how you’d want something to cheer you up in that weather.


    • You may well be right about papyrus! It may also be a design that deliberately encompasses two. three or more interchangeable motifs: from glowing suns, papyrus, rolling hills, sand dunes, ocean waves, reflector lights, etc. I think its main artistic quality apart from the wonderful proportions is that it lets everyone to choose whatever motif according to his/ her own mood and fancy- that’s my opinion. Valentin



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