WMF Journal


January 25, 2012

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Why Being on the WMF Watch Matters

Posted by Jaime de Salas, Director of the Fundacion Xavier de Salas
World Monuments Fund

The following post is by Jaime de Salas, Director of the Fundacion Xavier de Salas. The opinions expressed are his own.

As defender of a specific landscape I find myself being criticised as a “nimby” (“not in my back yard”) preservationist. To be honest, I cannot easily escape the charge, but I find it irrelevant in practice. The issue is never what anyone personally would prefer but what should be done. The effort to preserve Trujillo’s landscape which includes the berrocal (the ancient geological formation on which Trujillo is built) and extends beyond the river Magasca, is motivated not by the pleasure a familiar landscape can give one, but rather by what should or should not be done from the standpoint of the common good.

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January 23, 2012

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First Relocation: El Ancla by Willi Gutmann

Posted by Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C.,nominators of Ruta de la Amistad to the Watch

Video showing the removal of El Ancla from its original position

Ruta de la Amistad, a series of outdoor sculptures created by famous artists for the 1968 Olympics, form a 17-kilometer route through Mexico City. Over the years several of 22 sculptures have been obscured or threatened by urban growth. Because of these threats and the need for an acceptable solution, the route is on the 2012 World Monuments Watch. The following post, submitted by Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C., the nominators of the site, describes the efforts to move one of the sculptures from its original position because of the development of an elevated highway.

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January 20, 2012

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A Diary of Work at Ani: Part VII

Posted by Bora Sayin (Solvo-Tek)
World Monuments Fund

In August 2011, the Istanbul-based documentation company Solvo-Tek, lead by Mr. Bora Sayin, completed phase 1 of work at the Church of the Savior. Work included documenting the structure and its site using digital photography, terrestrial laser scanning, GPS survey, and digital HDR panoramic photography.

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January 19, 2012

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A Diary of Work at Ani: Part VI

Posted by Bora Sayin (Solvo-Tek)
World Monuments Fund

In August 2011, the Istanbul-based documentation company Solvo-Tek, lead by Mr. Bora Sayin, completed phase 1 of work at the Church of the Savior. Work included documenting the structure and its site using digital photography, terrestrial laser scanning, GPS survey, and digital HDR panoramic photography.

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January 17, 2012

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A Diary of Work at Ani: Part V

Posted by Bora Sayin (Solvo-Tek)
World Monuments Fund

In August 2011, the Istanbul-based documentation company Solvo-Tek, lead by Mr. Bora Sayin, completed phase 1 of work at the Church of the Savior. Work included documenting the structure and its site using digital photography, terrestrial laser scanning, GPS survey, and digital HDR panoramic photography.

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