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A Survey of the Bridge

Today Mr. Frost (John) and I went to the heart of downtown Najéra down to survey locations we believe contain the foundation of the original bridge.
Located over the Najerilla river, the brigde was origionally built in the 12th century, then remade in 1880.
John and I began by setting up the total station at various markers lined along the river. From there, we used the total station as a point of refrence to locate what we believe to be the foundation of the old bridge.
By using the total station to mark key points of the bridge, we are able to log any data collected with hopes to eventually investigate the age of the blocks.
There seems to be a thin layer of concrete covering some of the original foundation of the bridge. This could indicate a sort of recycling or repair of the original 13th century blocks.
Now that the points have been stored, we now have the exact locations of what we believe to be the original foundation. This will help any future investigation of the bridge.Total Station Over Localization Point

Bosch at The Prado

On the second day of our stay in Madrid, we visited the Prado Museum. Our main focus was the museum’s 5th Centenary Exhibition of the works of Hieronymus Bosch. I was in awe over the vast number of people who came out to view the event.

Bosch’s colorful, religious art, projects a surrealism far beyond his time. Not only does his images of monsters evoke fear within the viewer, they also bring forth a whimsical connotation; bridging an Earthly gap between  faith and folly.  

I found myself captivated by his ability to use monsters as a way to guide his audience toward the path of righteousness. His art does not “sugar coat” temptation but instead, presents both the heavenly and demonic realms as Earthly qualities.

By blending animalistic and human features, Bosch is able to familiarize his audience with this monsters. He uses the obscurity of his creature to demand his viewers attention. From there, he is able to present the religious message within his images; leaving the audience fearful of the consequences of Earthly temptations.