Hmmm, makes one wonder. Good shot!
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Achilles was the son of the mortal Peleus and the Nereid Thetis. He was the mightiest of the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War, and was the hero of Homer’s Iliad. Thetis attempted unsuccessfully to make her son immortal. The legend says that she held the young Achilles by the heel and dipped him in the river Styx; everything the sacred waters touched became invulnerable, but the heel remained dry and therefore unprotected.
After the death of Hector at the Trojan War, Achilles continued fighting heroically, killing many of the Trojans and their allies, including Memnon and the Amazon warrior Penthesilia. Finally Priam’s son Paris, aided by Apollo, wounded Achilles in the heel with an arrow; Achilles died of the wound.
The statue captures exactly Achilles’ anguish of death, who has just been wounded by the lethal arrow.The original sculpture is located in the Achilleion Residence of the 19th century Queen Elizabeth (Sissy) of Austria in Corfu, Greece.
Amazing statue, hurts just to look at it!
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How this all started:- ‘Oh Look! She’s got snails between her toes….’
Great sculpture, beautiful park!
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Fun sculpture and nice setting!
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Really fun shot!
In Rome I found that if you don’t look up, you might miss something wonderful. Every detail to make the city as beautiful as they could was taken into account by the Romans. There were many street corners which had little to big paintings, such as this one, quietly decorating Rome, there for those that pay attention. Angels were placed at the base of the painting, graceful creatures in the amidst of the traffic of cars and scooters, smoke from cigarettes, the chitter-chatter of pedestrians and the street sweepers. Now, why can’t all cities be as lovely as Rome?
Such a beautiful touch to the architecture!
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Dafo,the gigantic stone Buddha,carved into a cliff south of Leshan,is the biggest in the world.At 71metres tall,it took almost 100 years to complete, 1,300 years ago.His head is bigger than a house,his ears 7metres long,his nose & eyebrows each 5.6metres in length,and finally,you could have a picnic on his toes at 8 metres long.There were many concerns about all the boats sinking where two turbulent rivers met,Dadu He & Min He.Haitong,an ancient monk,was credited with the idea of a Buddha seated upon the cliff would watch over the boatmen.Rocks dropping from the construction site filled in the river and the most dangerous swells disappeared;to prove his theory correct.
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Carole Feuerman’s life-sized swimmer, Monumental Queen, sculpted from bronze and stainless steel. We will see another swimmer of hers in a few days.
Feuerman is widely recognized for her series of bathers and swimmers, which she began in the late seventies. Rendered with exquisite detail from every eyelash, freckle, and water drop, her figures exude an inner sense of life, peace and sensuality.
Wow, so realistic!
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We visited a sculpture today in Chesterfield, Missouri.
It really doesn’t get much more generically suburban than Chesterfield. Chesterfield is well manicured with several parks, many subdivisions and lots of shopping. It is not a particularly interesting or engaging place. It is a clean, affluent suburb and not much more. I was in Chesterfield today because I needed to renew my license at the DMV and take baby to her two-year old check-up: prosaic errands that further illustrate my point about Chesterfield. We had time to kill in between the two, thus the sculpture-visit. I’m not saying it is a bad place to live, (for the record, we don’t live there), it just seems like an odd place to install this.
Here’s the thing: It is kind of ugly.
I don’t believe art must be pretty to be appreciated. But massive public sculptures? I think they should follow at least a few rules related to aesthetics. Perhaps avoid depictions of grimacing, screaming or crying? Consider that the people who work in the office complex just beyond the sculpture have to stare at this all day.
Exactly want you want to look at when you glance out the window of your cubical! Green grass, trees and a look of panic on a giant, naked man. No matter what the interpretation is, viewing the sculpture does not evoke beauty or joy, which may be more appropriate for public sculptures (especially in Chesterfield).
It actually reminds me of a zombie. I like zombies. One of our favorite movies is Sean of the Dead (hilarious zombie-movie, a must-see). The Walking Dead is a great zombie television series that we enjoy (despite the show’s complete lack of humor). Despite our affinity for the zombie genre, we will not be installing a zombie sculpture in our yard any time soon.
Some of Johnson’s (more well-known) figurative monumental structures are very clunky (see Unconditional Surrender and Forever Marilyn). Something seems to be lost in the sculptural translation of these iconic images. The moments they depict were fleeting. Thousands of pounds of motionless metal don’t exactly do them justice. The Awakening has more movement and interest than some of his other sculptures. But, I don’t think “clunky” is necessarily a bad quality in a sculpture.
When the Spy saw my pictures of The Awakening he said, “Wow, that’s really cool.” I tried to my best to get him to elaborate more specifically but all I got was, “I don’t know…It is cool looking. I like it.”
And even though I alluded to Chesterfield being a sort of boring place, I guess the sculpture makes it less so.
The Awakening by J. Seward Johnson
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After a few days exploring Bavaria with our family, we headed to Israel for a week-long tour. Mom and Nanny had not yet been to Israel, so we thought a tour would be the best way for them to take in as much as possible. If you are looking for a great tour in Israel, we definitely recommend the company we used: http://guidedtoursisrael.com/
What a great shot, love that artwork!
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Fun shot, think we may have run into this gang somewhere before
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Sculpture in a backyard in the Pearl District. Legs everywhere.
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