Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Streets Illuminated

I met Turkish after work this late afternoon and we spontaneously visited a museum. We haven't been to one for too long. We went to the Fires of Moscow. This place is categorised under one-of-a-kind in the city. I'm glad we dropped by!

"Fires of Moscow"

A modest collection which comprises of late 17th century wooden torches to modern day light bulbs and archives of printed materials on the illumination engineering and its history are stored in the musky basement of the building. For some reasons, its exhibits gave us a weird sense of nostalgia.

We knew that light has come a long way on the streets of Moscow.

Beginning of the exhibition

The Kremlin star on the Spasskaya Tower..

.. shines by these 5000W light bulbs!

And I must say this is the friendliest museum we've ever been to. The curators are very enthusiastic to their visitors, gave us a small tour around and allowed us to fiddle with some of the displays. For a measly sum of 40pyb (RM4.11) entrance fee, we sure learned a lot!

Control switches for the street lights

I'm the last person you'd want to hire for this work

See.. simple oil lamp!

I tried to lit a kerosene lamp ;)

Street lamp that looks so weird from under

Condom-looking bulbs..
Damn, I don't want them in my house! LOL

Creativity kicks in - you have time AND light together

Since science rules, you can't exactly call it magic. It's simply amazing how the evolution of light came about. From oil lamps to kerosene and electricity took over.

What's next? :)

Moscow city in mid-17th century


richard said...

Hello friend, every time I visit your blog, I can't help myself and look at the photos numerous time, I know that I am seeing these for the first time but the thing is, I love looking at them...nice pictures...

Oh, I have a tag for you, I hope you'll like it...

Have a nice day and keep on smiling...

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Thank you Richard for your kind words and the numerous awards! :)

I really appreciate them!

YannMay said...

Hey CJ, the museum's so cute! I just found out about a 'Chaikovski' cultural museum on the way to classes one day. Excited already but procrastinating still.... which makes me really admire your semangatness. Kudos, girl : ) and yea, keep shining too! hehe.

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

You have many more years to go, I think there really isn't any rush. My enthusiasm.. more like my will to GO to these places appeared only some time in my 5-6th Year LOL