Middlesbrough area has numerous modern art installations some of which were presented here already by MJR, emka and others. I always wanted to show some of them but I found them difficult to photograph in an interesting way. This picture is entitled Message in the Bottle but the actual name of this installation is Bottle of Notes. The POV from inside the bottle towards the bottleneck I have seen previously elsewhere and I decided to steal this idea. In the workshop photo (HERE) I will show you the bottle from a distance so that you can imagine how does it look like. This bottle is related again to Captain James Cook (see below). I thought about making a short version of the text below but I decided to include it all. It was written by the authors of the installation and is quite informative.
Bottle of Notes
Location: Central Gardens, Middlesbrough
Steel painted with polyurethane enamel
30 x 16 x 10 ft. (9.1 x 4.9 x 3.1 m)
Commissioned June 1988 by Middlesbrough Borough Council, with funding from Northern Arts and grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain and other sources. Installed and inaugurated September 1993
Statement by the Artists
In 1986 we made our first visit to northeastern England, where a program had been started to help revitalize the economically depressed region through commissions of art. We were asked to participate by creating a sculpture for Middlesbrough, once a legendary center of steel fabrication whose kilns were now shut down. The sculpture would be built in Hebburn, helping to provide employment for workers in the abandoned shipyards along the Tyne River.
We felt that a nautical subject might not be inappropriate, especially since the famous explorer Captain Cook was born in the area. After a Lilliputian investigation of the contents of the storied Gulliver's pocket -- including a snuff box and comb, neither of which seemed adaptable to sculptural forms -- and trying some kind of sailing ship, we settled on a bottle, an object that could function both on land and in water, and is frequently seen washed up on the beaches of the North Sea. A recollection of Edgar Allan Poe's short story MS. Found in a Bottle -- an account of a sailor trapped in a maelstrom -- suggested the element of writing. We realized that the bottle could be made of the writing itself, which would entail the type of fabrication in steel done in the yards and therefore reflect the history of Middlesbrough.
Coosje selected as the text for the outside of the Bottle of Notes an excerpt from Captain Cook's Journals describing an astronomer's observation aboard the ship: "We had every advantage we could desire in Observing the whole of the passage of the Planet Venus over the Sun's disk." Written out in Claes' broad, angular hand, in offwhite, this text formed the exterior of the bottle. In the interior, cutouts of Coosje's delicate script, in blue, spiral vibrantly upward, stopped only by the cylindrical cork, which the perforated exterior has rendered functionless. Character by character, nearly illegible, the swirling script spills out a line of one of the prose poems written by Coosje: "I like to remember seagulls in full flight gliding over the ring of canals." Recalling Amsterdam, the poem links the English shore to that of the European Continent.
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lousat (91950) 2014-03-20 16:05
Hi Mariusz,this place is a great mine for the photographers,and you caught very well one of the most opportunities,the pic is a magnificent catch-eye made with a top quality of details and colors and from a great POV.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
worldcitizen (8700) 2014-03-20 16:43
This chosen POV is great. From the WS photo it looks like there is no opening to go inside, but I guess there must be a way in if you took this photo. :-) I like the swirling design as it rises up to the top of the bottle. The blue sky is a lovely background, and the lighting is nice, too.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-20 17:18
Lots of great possibilities with this work, Maruisz, and I like your take (and it is yours, even if you may have gotten the idea elsewhere!) The thing that separates this, I think, is the play of light and the different patterns it casts, alternating with the pattern of the structure itself. The combination makes for a nice change of pace. Thanks!
emka (98664) 2014-03-20 19:54
pamiętam oczywiście tę butelke, ale wtedy mi nie przyszlo do glowy wleźć do srodka. Zreszta lepiej, jesli jest słońce i błękitne niebo na zewnątrz. Fantastycznie sie to udało. Super kolory i kompozycja. Jestem zachwycona :)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-21 3:17
love this! Such an inspired and creative POV that makes this a worthy piece of photographic art in its own right. Love the twisted shapes and tones here but it is the lights and shadows that make it so beautifully enticing. Excellent!
Have a good weekend - B.
jhm (153656) 2014-03-21 4:41
Exactly a graphical work almost a painting
I like the different colours, and movement at these picture.
Nice colours and lovely sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (72109) 2014-03-21 8:14
Good evening mariusz,
Both images are an outstanding photojob made, with the areal view gave a good idea what we see in the main photo.
Exquisite harmony of different blue's and white, light came through and beautifully lit the smallest detail there.
Bravo, impressive and admirable to look at.
rbassin (23043) 2014-03-21 10:05
C'est une superbe idée avec un résultat très intéressant; l'effet est surprenant et original.
Didi (60588) 2014-03-21 10:09
Very nice target good ftame quality of this original composition
Your message is very clear
Graal (102928) 2014-03-21 12:35
niezwykly temat fajnie zaprezentowany - tutaj i w WS. Zaskakujacy pomysl na taka konstrukcje. Ciekawa nowoczesna sztuka.
Milego weekendu zycze.
Noel_Byrne (31414) 2014-03-21 15:08
As soon as I saw this I was transported in memory to the gallery of JFS - Juan, it has his mark of the morn abstract sculpture creating morn abstract photography. Of course I mean that as a big compliment as I learned so much from his work, and this is a really beautiful shot, showing a completely new way to take such a sculpture. The shapes and lines against the blues make me think of watching clouds a as kid and I could sit here and happily find many shapes and images inside this shot. Very cool view of a very cool place.
All the est
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-22 0:02
A very informative note Mariusz and a well cropped and interesting presentation of the sculpture. I do like the way that the artist drew on local history and local people in the forging of this piece. It makes it relevant to the location. I'm pleased that you uploaded the WS showing the bottle in context. Both shots are of your usual high quality and the main post is creatively seen and very attractive under the blue sky.
r_bodenschatz (173) 2014-03-22 2:37
I actually would prefer the workshop version.
PaulVDV (29143) 2014-03-22 2:59
How did you get in the bottle?
Good that you posted also the picture in the workshop. Otherwise I would not have understood this image.
The 'Bottle of notes' reminds me a little at a sculpture of Jaume Plensa in Zaragoza: 'El alma del Ebro'. I didn't see this sculpture in real life but there are several pictures of it on TE.
You present us here a very creative composition in blue and white.
Lucky you that nobody filled the bottle and shut off the stopper when you were inside :)
Best regards, Paul
danos (98389) 2014-03-22 23:53
very nice presentation of this section of the bottle of notes with the close up view and the 'hole' in the middle to makes the image very interesting.I like the abstraction on the photo as the excellent light and colour management of the scene.Well done.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
jemaflor (97969) 2014-03-24 0:23
well captured, good result with circles and nice colors, light is well managed, interesting and original photo, tfs.
COSTANTINO (65742) 2014-03-24 7:46
Hello dear friend
when I red the title I thought that it was
something absolutely different something
relative with pirates with lost in sea
but the truth is different
the blue sky is a lovely background
let your imagination free to
think of Captain James Cook
have a nice new week
mesutilgim (95378) 2014-03-25 3:46
Amazing capture with great grahical effect. Many interesting and usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice day
Royaldevon (39338) 2014-03-25 5:12
I have to say, I find this photograph so much more exciting and interesting than the w/s version, although the w/s does help to conceptualise the piece.
Whereas we normally think of off-centre composition as working well, here, the experience is like rapidly rotating, as if descending down a plug hole. It works perfectly well!
The light and colours make this very lively.
Thank you for sharing this,
Fis2 (98459) 2014-03-25 7:32
To do Ciebie nie pasuje, zupelna abstrakcja.
Coz czasem trzeba zaszalec ;)
Beez wyjasnienia trudno zajarzyc o co chodzi.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-25 8:27
la struttura è certamente originale ma hai saputo trovare un POV straordinario che interpreta a meraviglia la realtà del soggetto trasformandolo in un'opera astratta evidenziandone il pregio delle forme ma soprattutto i colori.
Composizione straordinaria ed efficace.
Ciao e buona serata
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-25 22:28
trzeba pprzeczytac notatkie zeby wiedziec co to jest,bylaby dobra zagadka do jakiegos konkursu,pozdrawiam
adramad (45988) 2014-03-26 9:17
A perfect and complete presentation of this work, certainly to understand the image, we have to read the story and see the splendid image of WS.
You have a great idea to capture this image from the interior, and which gives a great effect to the image and spectacular graphics.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Very good picture. I Like
Enjoy a nice day.
macjake (68420) 2014-03-26 12:28
this is surely one of those brain teasers, eye teasers, and makes people think what the hell is this???
but the WS photo helps out tremendously. Infact, without the WS photo i'd probably be totally lost!
looks like a time warp sci-fi event :)
see you around
Sonata11 (33863) 2014-03-27 21:48
Witaj Mariusz, bardzo ciekawa kompozycja. Bardzo ladnie uchycone te wzorki ktore daja fantastyczny efeckt.
Imponujaca praca. Ta butelka musi byc ciekawa sama w sobie. Super zdjecie. Podoba mi sie.
Cricri (120119) 2014-03-29 12:13
L'idée est intéressante, bien réaliser dans un jeu de couleurs bleu et blanc, d'ombre et de lumière, belle image complémentaire en WS qui est très belle aussi
abmdsudi (54513) 2014-03-29 20:14
Nice artwork and a bit of fun messing about with the closeup effect A wonderful splash of two colours and their interaction is really engaging, effectively framed and vivid in detail. Fine shot, TFS
delpeoples (58276) 2014-03-30 3:25
Ciao dear Mariusz
Wow, what a beauty! I like your upward POV, the graphism and the play of the light and shade. The colours contrast beautifully and the tight framing works really well. A beautiful and interesting composition, congratulations.
willperrett (10894) 2014-03-31 13:40
Great composition, stolen or not! It almost seems 2-dimensional, and the thumbnail was not to be understood, so it demanded to be opened. I love the graphism, and the restricted colour palette.
Waylim (25502) 2014-04-18 14:02
A very different type of image from you. Not the typical landscape. Good to show something different here and there. I love the various blue and white. The curves and shape make it very interesting with an abstract quality yet we can still feel the it with the depth and perspective. as it lead up to the top like an opening of the bottle. I think this can look really good in the B&W also.
adores (45595) 2014-04-20 7:28
This is a nice and original artwork. I like this original pov and composition. You got a very nice effect with the blue sky in background.
The one in Ws is also very good, you should also post it as main post. Have a Happy Easter!
tatadalou (7459) 2014-05-24 12:39
Great white'n blue picture. The POV makes an impressive look to this artwork.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (37147)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-16
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-20 15:36