For the artists models to hold that pose long enough to do a stone carving was a feat of endurance far greater than completing a marathon ! Interesting blog showing that history can be both entertaining and meaningful.
Thanks for commenting and glad that you enjoyed the post! Yes, imagine posing for a stone carving! I hadn't thought of it like that but was amazed by the quality and detail of the work. I find history really amazing and understanding about the history and meaning behind things like ancient temples and historical architecture makes the visit much more interesting for me. Originally Posted by GarryRF: For the artists models to hold that pose long enough to do a stone carving was a feat of...
Here's another you might like, hanging in the Castelvecchio in Verona. It's by 15th century artist Giovanni Francesco Caroto, and is titled Boy with a Drawing. I've thought it wouldn't be out of place in Mad magazine... It appeared on TravelGumbo in a blog I did on Verona .
The nail sculpture, and especially the last picture, remind me a bit of El Anatsui's work, a visual fabric composed of commonplace elements. Fabulous! I did a little looking, and was able to find the artist, David Partridge. The work is called Metropolis, and uses more than 100,000 nails. If you drop a coin into it at the top, apparently, the coin will find a path to the bottom, making random music as it goes! Here's some more about it
Great photos! Is the cafeteria still in the courtyard? My love of art museums began as a teenager with the Getty in Malibu.Although i've seen a lot of museums since ,it really does rank right up there with the worlds best.
PHeymont, as any true fan of the Rocky movies knows, the first time Rocky tackles the steps he does not run. He ascends them at the speed of a sick sloth climbing a tree. The running comes after he has trained for his title fight with Apollo Creed. I think it is the transformation that appeals to many of the movies fans. I'd kind of like these steps preserved, part of Philly and movie culture.
What's amazing to me, more than Rocky, was how it came about. Sylvester Stallone turned down big money for his script because Hollywood wanted it without him being Rocky. And he was broke at the time. He stuck to his guns and eventually got to star in Rocky, becoming a huge movie star. Incredible that he had that much confidence in himself. http://www.philly.com/philly/b...-could-be-Rocky.html
The word "audacious" comes to mind and, I think, appropriately. I think it's always been one of Art's jobs to make the viewer's say "What the hell?", and public art of this scale especially. It makes one want to meet the person whose mind conceived it. Good work, Nancy Rubins. ("crafted" indeed, DrF.)
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Those are not just beautiful, but functional in another way...if not as utility covers, then as guides for pedestrians. Do all the streets have them? The streets crossing the main street in Banff (Banff Ave) have them, although I don't believe all the streets in town have them. I expect they're just up on the main pedestrian areas of town. But I agree, they are nicely done.
Thanks to you Paul, I'm now taking a lot of photos of manhole covers and birds on statues. Really some interesting things I never paid much mind to before. Here's a couple more manhole covers. I'll add the my statue birds on your next story. In Oslo Fire Hydrant in Tokyo
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