Treviso

Treviso, Italy, part of it is old and walled and full of canals and a couple of rivers; it is just 30 minutes up the tracks from Venice. Along the north wall the Botteniga River flows underneath into the city—

Traviso-intake-gates

and on the other side is this fine iron work on display… some of the grates that used to hang inside the water gates.

Traviso-grill-cropped

It is a sculpture in itself. A detail:

Drifted-mortise

Heavy work—the bar is about 7 X 10 cm. But there is light work around too.

Art-door-from-traviso

Most Art Nouveau grills are cast iron. These are forged, pierced, riveted. There are enough just barely noticeable inconsistencies to indicate they weren’t bent on a machine.

Treviso. One could do worse than hang there for a week or so; take the train down to Disneyland on the Adriatic now and again if one got bored by not seeing tourists

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