Terminal 2 at O’Hare has a wonderfully done exhibit honoring the airport’s namesake, Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare—with the post on it found here. Happily, as it turns out, it was done in art by a family friend, Moosh Mackenzie, who also credits Don Burg, Kiwi Woodworks, Cushing Printing and Gaylord Architectural. Well done!
The museum is closed for now as the caretakers work to keep it a unified collection and not one to be pieced out.
Their website, Armed Forces Military Museum, has more information about the future of the museum as well as a proper death notice and obituary for Mr. Piazza. We wish them well as we do the Piazza family—Mr. Piazza was a good Marine his entire adult life.
Federation Star Ship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) model formerly aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)—U.S. Navy image
Happily, at times, life imitates art. This model was originally donated to the aircraft carrier (recently decommissioned) USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The design of starship is just so cool with its huge engines, primary saucer section and secondary hull which could separate, and idea of exploration. Obviously, the concept of phased array technology had not existed for Gene Roddenberry at the time but the idea of beaming about the place is a heck of a concept which I suppose is based on quantum physics somehow.
The metal model is 15″ x 6″ x 7¼” in size and has resided as an artifact since 2006 in the Naval History and Heritage Command as NHHC 2006-48-4.
The art and two sayings caught our eye and whimsy 🙂
55° 56′ 57″ N / 3° 12′ 06″ W
The National War Museum of Scotland is a multiple threat institutions since visitors also explore Edinburgh Castle as well as other museums (including one with Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
The National War Museum of Scotland is charming and quaint as well as being a world class facility. Artifacts from on as well as off the battlefield are displayed with art and grace but it is the large paintings which set this museum apart. It’s not that large painting, even murals, cannot be seen in other museum of course—it’s that visitors can stand so near them, near enough to see each brush stroke. It is breathtaking to observe the minute detail in these artworks, the combat illustration of the day, as well as where the artists purposefully obscured detail for effect. Individual facial expressions, odd body posturing, smoke, confusion and emotion are all there to see and get a thing of vicarious experience.
The largest artifact is a field cannon so most artifacts are light weapons, medals and the like—along with a fantastic amount of art. Many of the objects are hundreds of years in age but look absolutely pristine and amazingly so.
Entry is free and children are welcomed with most displays at their sighting level. An immensely enjoyable café is nearby that has a gorgeous vista of Edinburgh as well as the 105mm howitzer used at the 1pm signaling so that ship captains may set their chronometers.
Closing of the Gates at Hougoumont by Scotland’s Robert Gibb shows the closely run moment during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 when British soldiers rushed to close the gates at the fortified farmhouse occupying a key position protecting Wellington’s right flank and was the first action at Waterloo.
Storming of Tel-el Kebir by Alphonse Marie de Neuville showing the decisive moment when, after a night march, the British forces stormed the Egyptian defenses in 1882. The artist studied the faces of many of the soldiers after the battle so that their faces would be accurately portrayed in this painting.