Hmmm, makes one wonder. Good shot!
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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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Love this dress. So abstract and symmetrical. I feel like I am wearing art. I love the mirrored sculpture in the background.
Wonderful shot, really warm and colorful.
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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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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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Sculpture in a backyard in the Pearl District. Legs everywhere.
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I’m leading the single life.
A little chance for me to meet the right one.
I tell myself – I can be alone.
Yes, I can.
But sometimes, it would be great to have someone to hold you.
No need to say a word.
Just be there and ensure you that.
It’s gonna be alright.
You don’t need to act strong all the times.
It’s ok for you to be weak once in a while.
“Just be with me and share my love for you”
“Every thing’s gonna be fine”
Wow, beautiful imagery and words!
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In Memory of LYLA
I made this little sculpey baby (see previous post) for Jessica, a girl I went to school with. She lost her baby to SIDS and I felt drawn to make this for her. The small green toy with the tiny ladybug was very similar to a toy that Lyla had in one of the photos that was on Jessica’s facebook page and Jessica had stated on that photo that it was one of Lyla’s favorite toys. So I made a tiny version. There is also a photo of Lyla with a white hat or headband (I wasn’t sure) with a pink flower on the side. I made it a pink bow instead. I made the book as if a child of about 3 might have drawn it. You can sort of see some of the images if you look closely. I drew a small child version of her on the pages of the book since she would now be a toddler. I drew one with her and each of her siblings and her parents and I would write “I <3 Ava” or “I <3 Mommy” or “I <3 Jesus” and the last page was just her alone and it said “I <3 You” to show what love this little girl could have given to the world. So that’s the back story of this project. It is currently in the mail heading to Jessica’s home. I hope it brings a smile to her face and that she does like it.
Created using: Sculpey (white), acrylic paint, pink thread, white fabric, white thread, paper, ink pen, glue, and my old paintbrush collection.
A beautiful gesture and sculpture!
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Another great travel theme. I started looking at my travel photos and realized that a lot of them are great pictures of sculptures. So I will break them up into several posts. This first group are all works of the great French sculpture Auguste Rodin. All of these are on display at the Musee Rodin in the gardens and interior of the 18th century Hotel Biron in Paris. Rodin is generally credited as the founding father of modern sculpture. In 1878 when his first important work ”The Age of Bronze”, also known as “The Vanquished”, was exhibited there was a great controversy because it was so perfectly modeled that critics accused him of taking plaster casts directly from his model. Two years later he received a commission for the “Gates of Hell”, a work that he never completed in his lifetime. His best known sculptures are probably “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.
Fantastic sculpture !
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Yarn bombing is fun. That’s a fact. Sculptures in the cities are not always fun and this is also a fact, which I pointed out some time, and they are grey and sad. Well, not all of them, but the “serious” ones surely do not brighten up your day.
Well, these ones do. Some clever, gifted and hard-working people decided to “dress” some monuments. Some of them of well-recognized people, others in well-known locations and some that just turned inspiring for the artist. The results are pure joy, outburst of colour and creativity.
Wow, legwarmers on statues. Wonderful shot!
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