There's a lot going on here -- but there's always a lot going on when artist Talbot creates. I have added a detail shot of the crown or halo as a WS.
Robert Faires, writing in the Austin Chronicle, summed it up:
Is it a peacock? A pregnant octopus? A cosmic spider? Or just the best Mardi Gras throne this side of the Big Easy [New Orleans, Lousiana]? Sculptor James Talbot says yes, yes, yes, and yes. The Bouldin Creek artist – you may know his home that doubles as a giant work of art, Casa Neverlandia – is happy for you to see in it whatever you want. He himself just wanted to create a shrine for South Austin, and after some eight years of working with the city's Art in Public Places program and some 2,100 hours of his own time constructing the steel armature, filling it with concrete, and covering it with mosaic tile, he made one... Unseen from the outside but an integral part of Your Essential Magnificence... are items from more than 60 South Austin institutions – everything from a brick from the Armadillo World Headquarters to a chair from the Broken Spoke to a frying pan from Nueva Onda. The piece sits at the corner of South Congress and Live Oak and is waiting for you to come take a seat.
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mesutilgim (73024) 2013-08-16 11:23
Nice capture of this modern artwork. You can interprete is quite free ; for me it's a colorfull octopus '
TFS and best regards
PS.Please send me your e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) I'll send you a capture showing my darkroom -still in use- !
mcmtanyel (5249) 2013-08-16 15:46
The colors I this photo are very pleasant. I guess Talbot should really be congratulated for the choice of the colors and you for seeing it and presenting it so skillfully.
jcpix (6544) 2013-08-16 17:15
I'm going to go with the Mardi Gras throne for the win! :) Holy cow, what indeed is this thing? Crazy cool though, I guess it could be anything you'd like it to be...and that's what makes something of this nature so very intriguing. A beautiful display of color and form, and although I'd be interested in seeing a wider view to catch the entirety of this artwork, I like how you've filled the frame with it's bulk.
Artists, they certainly have their own vision...but then again, as photographers we pretty much do the same, yeah? I feel as if it might have the effect of a crystal skull, the longer you look at it, the more entranced you become!? Maybe that's how artists like this are inspired...hmmm, just a thought?? Thanks for providing this unique display. Have a great evening.
Take it easy,
limielski (2571) 2013-08-17 5:09
An interesting artwork. Interesting and beautiful like your shot.
Wonderful colours, shapes. Superb shot. And an extensive note.
Have a nie week1
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-08-17 5:47
My own thoughts on seeing this was a slippery octopus spider, and with that thought in mind, I would probably hesitate to sit here! Its a fascinating work, and like your note allows the viewer to see it in any way they wish. The colors are superb and the whole thing is crowned with a crescent and sunburst. Very interesting work, thanks for the shot and the great note!
All the best
marabu61 (5867) 2013-08-17 6:11
Whatever it is, it is quite psychedelic, an Octopus would certainly be a good good guess. Just looking at it for to long a time makes one quite dizzy. In a way it reminds my of the work of the spanish architect Gaudi in Barcelona.
have a great weekend
jhm (127995) 2013-08-17 9:55
I have always a lot respect for artists, these artworks are not easy for to make.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Lovely composition, excellent captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
eldancer1 (20792) 2013-08-17 10:49
This is very impressive artwork! I live in New Orleans for 10 years and those floats are amazing to look at during Mardi Gras. I like the colors of those tiles and you did a wonderful job capturing them. Well done, tfs.
For pics of Hoover Dam go to pages 21, 44, 50 & 59 of my post. For the new bridge see pages 52 & 59. I need new pictures of the bridge, I think I'll do it next week.
cjmm (4479) 2013-08-19 7:21
Makes me think about of those creatures that appeared in b-class sci-fi movies in the 1950s, whith yellow eyes and arms opened as if ready to leap over its prey.
Better not tell this to a shrink... ;-)!
Saludos y muy buena semana!
nikkitta (8951) 2013-08-20 14:25
Uauuu, what colorful octopus, no doubt about it, and pregnant, a bit of imagination?
If it was a capture from Barcelona I will believe in a detail of one on Gaudi houses
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- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1694)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-10-16
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-08-16 9:27