The Glossy Patina of Havana: by Michael Reardon

Artists and metalworkers often deliberately add patinas as a part of the original design and decoration of art and furniture, or to simulate antiquity in newly-made objects.  ‘Patina‘ is a term that refers to the blue-green layer of corrosion that develops on the surface of a substance when exposed over time.

Havana’s beautiful patina on the cities architecture is the result of the seaside environment and of years of neglect.  And while architectural restoration will surely begin as tourism increases I hope they find a way to marry little Havana and its exquisite patina’s.

Photos:  Michael Reardon

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