Pictured here is one of the sculptures that was on display at the Botanic Gardens in North Dublin in September and October 2013.
The exhibition invites sculptors both known and unknown to submit works for display throughout this 50 acre city garden. Over 120 individual works were on display between the gardens and the visitors centre. While many were quite large, obvious and easy to spot, others were blended quite well into their environments and I missed dozens of them! While a number of the exhibits were expected in a large public garden being in the shape of flowers and plants, many more were very unexpected including the gigantic crocheted jellyfish inside the Victorian glasshouse, and the area where it appeared to be raining multi colored knitted donuts.
Each sculpture on display takes into account their specific locations and circumstances i.e. their context.
Unfortunately, as I photographed a number of the sculptures I did not think to photograph the details of the name of the work or the artist and I also neglected to pick up the catalogue on sale in the visitors centre, so I have no idea what this piece is called or who made it. The one thing I do know is that I find it quite weird. This is a rather selective view of the sculpture which in its entirety is a complete circle of these strange figures.
On the day in question, I had met with Rosemary (SnapRJW) and her husband, and we had decided to visit the gardens. I had no idea the display was on so the weird sculptures were a bonus that day.
Thanks for looking.
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Giustiniani (3632) 2014-01-19 9:04
amusant ces personnages qui flottent dans l'espace. J'imagine que l'oeuvre doit avoir des dimensions impressionnantes. L'idée est sympa, c'est une belle photo avec un commentaire qui a son intérêt.
Merci pour le partage.
dta (81128) 2014-01-19 9:14
Hello Noel ,
une sculpture originale et intéressante . l'éclairage crée de jolis contrastes , et le ciel esn toile de fond est de toute beauté .
Schnappilic (9692) 2014-01-19 11:42
Congratulations for your personal way to present this piece of art. Very good result!
carlo62 (53324) 2014-01-19 13:56
la scultura è molto originale, ma lo è anche il modo in cui è stata interpretata.
Un arco sospeso in un cielo scenicamente bello grazie alle nuvole.
mirosu (16273) 2014-01-19 17:41
You have excellently captured this interesting statue from well chosen low angle viewpoint with superb blus sky backdrop. Very well done indeed.
Wish you a very nice week ahead.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-19 20:41
Très beau plan rapproché de cette statue de personnages liés ensemble. L'éclairage permet de bien apprécier les détails. Le ciel est magnifique. Félicitations.
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-19 21:20
It was only recently that I figured out why horses will often stand next to each other, but face the opposite directions (using each others tails to swat flies from their faces). I relate that "discovery" to this sculpture...because I think it's going to take just as many years to understand this connection??
My oh my, this really is open to interpretation, isn't it? ;) It's like a repeated still shot from a football match where someone is face planting into another player while lunging for the ball. I'm just glad the artist decided to make the stop at this juncture, rather than proceeding to let the faces fly any further ahead!?
Anyway, my distasteful humor aside...it really has made for an intriguing, and even thought provoking piece of art. I'd be interested to see its entirety, but I really like how you've composed this to show a small arc of human form and used a good portion of the cloud filled sky as a contrasting backdrop. The rustic green/sky blue color combo is attractive, and the sharp focus has brought out a lot of the texture and fine detail in the sculpture itself.
Now, where is it exactly I can get a hold of those donuts? Knitted or not, they're donuts...they HAVE to be good! :) Enjoy the day ahead.
Cheers from dry side,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-19 22:30
Bonne exploitation de cette sculpture bien éclairée et qui se détache très bien sur ce joli ciel. Beau rendu de la matière et des couleurs.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-20 0:31
simple,but absolutely amazing and expressive shot!
It´s not an easy task to capture others artistic visions,essence of their works or what they wanted to convey with their work of arts,but You did here really superb job!
I especially enjoy your POV and close-up presenting these scultures against the sky.Like I wrote-simple idea,but the end result is evocative and very strong!
Have a nice day
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-20 0:43
An excellent image of a chain of human figures like trapeze artists or swimmers. Very teasingly you have framed a part of the sculpture and left us guessing about the philosophy behind it. The shot is, nevertheless, wonderful with only sky in the background. Great idea and a great shot.
danos (101858) 2014-01-20 1:11
nice the view of this exhibition sample that 'decorates' it, making the image and the presentation so inviting and unique.I like the way that outline against the blue and puffy sky making the scene great.
Have a good week,Danos
snunney (104799) 2014-01-20 3:49
Strange these interwoven characters; I just wonder what the sculptor was trying to convey. Anyway, they look rather splendid against that glorious sky. Ideal framing and excellent sharpness.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-20 4:08
I like the way you have presented this sculpture, like an arch. From the photo it is not clear how big the sculpture is, if it is big enough it can be an impressive gateway to an art gallery or a museum perhaps. Very interesting indeed..I like your POV and composition to present more of that wonderful blue sky which makes it look like that these models are flying through the air like those parachuter who form a canopy after jumping from the plane. Thanks for sharing an unique sculpture and good photo as well.
mkamionka (39537) 2014-01-20 13:47
so you had guys a mini Trek Earth meeting in Dublin! That sounds really nice and you had a fantastic weather over there too! Very interesting sculpture, is it some sort of kamasutra? The clouds add definitively a very nice background as if the naked women felt they are in haven. Very well done!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-20 21:46
Hello Noel - I like your thinking here, the section of the sculpture projected against the sky is a neat way to show off the details and makes for a fascinating image. Why didn't I see this when I was with you? In my shots the sculpture gets 'lost' against the background. Nicely balanced this strong composition is quirky and, I think, a punchy shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-21 10:34
il genere di foto che piace tanto a me.
Una ricerca di un dettaglio inquadrato contro l'azzurro del cielo con composizione straordinaria e colori e nitidezza di ottimo livello.
Un eccellentre lavoro. Bravissimo
Ciao e buona serata
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-01-21 16:04
Sculptures can be interesting by themselves, but not always translating happily when captured in photo - most of the time, it's the most boring subject.
But the way you have captured this one is a creative and full of fun. You have kept the dynamism and made it your own. The composition is efficient, simple and bold. The sky was nicely filled, suiting your subject with impact.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-01-21 20:11
Colorful shot of this beautiful sculpture.Great clarity and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
abmdsudi (57168) 2014-01-22 3:22
Love to see how the warm light is picking out the delicate sculptures' carvings which is superbly framed this way highlighting the overall beauty of this unique design. It's pin sharp, and the soft shadows accentuate the depth, just breathtakingly captivating too when seen the slight curve and how each is joined together. Excellent brief infor note to guide us through, a fine symbolic figs so well set off to equally wonderful background. Splendid work, Congrats.
serp2000 (45336) 2014-01-22 8:59
Another interesting sculpture from Dublin. Very creative idea for art work. I also like the contrast with the blue sky. Glad to know about another TE-meeting, it is very important part of our community.
Best wishes from Russia!
delpeoples (59440) 2014-01-23 5:57
Looks like a game of Twister gone horribly wrong. but I really like how you composed the shot and kept it simple. The simplicity is what makes it for me. The sculpture is well-lit, yet you've still managed to retain the blue in the sky and details in the clouds. The sculpture looks like it's trying to grasp the sky. I like it a lot and am so happy to hear that you had fun with Rosemary and her husband.
Thanks also for your kind thoughts on the Mamma Figure. I read everyone's note out and she was very touched and says to thank you all.
EstudioChispa (2178) 2014-01-23 12:13
I have spent days in my own project and was thinking that I might never enjoy seeing another picture of a statue, but here I am looking at this shot and going, "Wow!" Your color composition is strong, and that blue sky is perfect. Too often, when I start futtzing with color in an image, the sky will go off without me noticing.
The sculptural composition is, as you say, "weird," but it IS "art!" The other detail I now recognize is the wonderful little difference in the patina towards the left --a result, I presume, of "cheeky" boys patting this lady's bum!
All my best, sir!
ourania (49901) 2014-01-23 12:52
before reading your note and having only your photo and its title to work with, I thought that this might be another, modern and psychological interpretation of the myth of the Children of Lot:) The textures and colours of the sculpture have been rendered perfectly, the shadows enhance the plasticity of the row of bodies forming a dynamic bow across the frame. I think that if the top border came lower, it would exalt the dynamism and elegance of the sculpture even more. You used the light superbly and the sky makes a gorgeous backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, take care,
Royaldevon (41857) 2014-01-24 8:52
Lovely presentation of this most unusual sculpture. I love the way it arcs across the frame in a flurry of arms and legs.
The details are sharp and the colours pleasingly saturated.
It would be a treat for Rosemary who would be unaware of the exhibition, too.
Have a great w/e,
macjake (71067) 2014-01-25 4:20
well this is strange...you posting a photo of a sculpture? I don't think you've dont that before...
funny how you commented that you felt this sculpture was 'weird'.
Me too...i can't decide if its a group of children innocently playing or is it a group of adults in some weird sexual orgy?
I guess its grabs your attention though doesn't it!
on the plus side you were able to share this moment with Rosemary, and you got some awesome cloud coverage this day.
all in all not too bad!
enjoy your weekend
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-25 8:39
hi noel. almost a week and no photos. i hope you are doing fine. well, what to say, friends told you already. this is a well seen opportunity, omitting the ground connections, making them fly in clouds. and the light you had was sublime, even revealing the details on the rusty butts. sculpture photos are difficult to make appealing, but you bang it here.
emka (104268) 2014-01-25 23:07
Hi Noel, Nice memories from the meeting with Rosemary. strange sculpture. These naked bodies remind me the Vigeland's sculptures from Oslo. Excellent view against the blue sky. Fantastic presentation.
Warm regrads Malgo
adores (46305) 2014-02-09 8:02
Another one to your interesting theme about sculptures. This one is also very unusual and you framed it very well, with a beatiful sky.
I think it's really interesting that the Botanical Gardens create such event, it probably attracts many visitors there.
Hope you had a fantastic meeting with Rosemary:)!
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-02 16:23
This is indeed a very strange sculpture, Noel... perhaps given the lack of information you should call this shot 'Sculpture Without Context'! I hope you took some more photos at this exhibit, as your descriptions of some of the other pieces make me want to see them.
Not sure what this one could possibly mean, but it is certainly unique, and your framing of it is awesome and very creative, with the bright blue sky behind. The arc reminds me oddly of a dolphin jumping through the air and landing back in the water - perhaps that's all the feet looking a bit like fins. Either way, a nice piece of work from you here!
Miguel82 (27658) 2014-05-20 18:54
Being not a specialist of sculptures, I'll just say that this a brillant artwork Noel, you give useful explanations in your photo note, good pov with the sky in the bg, greetings