Saturday, 18 January 2014

Picture This #234 ~ Sculptures Or Statues

Hi everyone, this is Mitch and I'll be hosting again, as I forgot to arrange a host for this week's challenge!! Ooops!!  Just a note about commenting. While it's never been compulsory to comment on posts, it is appreciated when you post something for a particular challenge that you try to visit and comment on the other posts for that challenge. Also remember that not all folks can post at the weekend, please try to check back later in the week for late posts. Many thanks.

This week's theme is 'Sculptures Or Statues'. When I first thought of the theme I nearly dismissed it as I thought we'd done it before not too long ago, but when I checked my archive, I could see that it hasn't been done at least since I've been running the group, so I'm sticking with it. 

Here are mine:

1) This one I photographed in the grounds of the National Botanical Gardens, Wales. It's called 'Pi', and is quite large. I took the shot about 50 yards downhill from the sculpture.
Pi 2

2) This one was also taken in the grounds of the National Botanical Gardens, Wales. I don't know what it's proper name is, but I call it "A Load Of Bull". LOL.
Load Of Bull 2

3) This happy-looking chap is one of the founders of  Lake Havasu City, Arizona. This is the place where they relocated London Bridge to in the late 1960's. 
Statue 2


22 comments:

  1. morning Mitch great theme really
    thought the first was a giant chair cool the cow is great and the man is nice


    when you need help ask okay since I m on early an in your time zone okay :)

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    1. Thanks Heidi :-)) That first sculpture looks very different depending what angle you are viewing it from.

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  2. Really cool "horse" and bull.

    A benign leader.

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    1. Horse, Anders? What horse would that be? If you mean the first sculpture, it's not a horse. It's a representation of the number 'Pi'. It's actual construction is of two curved wood pieces connected to an iron circle.

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  3. I like the theme, Mitch! Your three shots are excellent for your choice. The 'Pi' is my favourite. Love its simplicity, though the 'Load of Bull' is very unique. I wonder how heavy that load is... The last one is very impressive for the anatomy of his face that you caught very nicely....

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    1. Thanks Belita :-)) 'Pi' is my favourite out the three, also. I will post a different angle of it sometime, so that people can see how different it can look from different perspectives. I would guess the 'bull' is quite heavy. The last one I was a bit disappointed with, because the position of the sun meant most of the face was partially in shadow. Unfortunately there was not time to get it at a better time of day.

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  4. Hi, Mitch, I really like your shots. Being somewhat of a minimalist, I adore the simplicity and elegance of "Pi". The hazy white cloud off to the right adds a wonderful touch. The bull is very interesting and intricate, and I love the Havasu chap as well.

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    1. Thanks Benni :-)) I'm hoping to visit the National Botanical Gardens again this year, and if I do I intend to take quite a few more shots of 'Pi' from several different angles.

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  5. I like this theme, although I will have to make a search for something never shown by me. The chair is a great construction. Love the inside life of the bull and the third has captured the details very well.

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    1. Thanks Pat :-)) The sculpture in the first shot isn't actually a chair (see other comments above). The 'bull' seemed to be filled with a coarse fibrous material.....rock-wool, perhaps? I'm not sure.

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  6. Three very unique statues/sculptures. I couldn't figure out what the top one was until I read Pi...they did an excellent job creating that. The Bull looks like he is "full of it". The last one is very happy indeed...is it as huge as it looks?

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    1. Thanks Danette :-)) The last one is actually not as big as it looks....maybe just a little more than life-size. Of the three I posted it's the smallest. 'Pi' is the largest.

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  7. Hi Mitch, I like your choices for the theme. The sculpture Pi is an interesting study. I like how you composed looking up. I like your choice of title for the next image. It is full of bull. The capture of the sculpted face is sharp.

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    1. Thanks Robert :-)) Yes, 'Pi' is a fascinating sculpture. I intend to return there later this year and photograph it from several different angles.

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  8. Good Morning, Happy Sunday, Mitch. A great theme, which if my memory serves me correctly we did long ago over on Multiply, with great success and much enthusiastic participation.

    Thank you for the great honour of having my humble harvest of strawberries and green beans up as a banner, now that was a surprise, surely you could have found something better in that last fantastic challenge of Pat's. Thank you none the less.

    I will try to post something a bit later, I am battling with a web site design, have tomatoes that need transplanting and 2 beds to dig up. A wonderful day this morning, looks like it is drizzling a tiny bit, so a relief from our recent middle to upper 30deg C temperatures.

    I am very guilty of not commenting on post, I see them all as they come up in my email news and with the best of intentions, want to go back to them. I find Blogspot extremely time consuming, as navigating is cumbersome and like everyone else have only 24 hours in a day. Will seriously have to look at the time I spent on the Internet and make some very hard choices in the near future.

    Full time job, with hours in the office at times from 6am to 8pm and running around after a new rep, with another one being taken on soon, must look at priorities. Weekends are busy too, as I have taken on extra charity work and is running full stop.

    Chat to you later, have a wonderful Sunday.

    Much Love to all

    Marianne

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    1. Marianne, I think your photo was well deserving. The simplicity of composition and the colour contrasts between the beans and strawberries made it a winner in my book.

      I know Blogger is a little more cumbersome than Facebook, but it's not that difficult. I do understand you are very busy with your business. As someone who has had their own business in the past, I know how much of your time it can take up. But if you think about it 'Picture This' is quite a small group. Unlike most of the Facebook groups, which have anywhere between 80 and several hundred participants each week, PT only has about 10 -12 regular contributors these days. It's not really a lot to comment on.

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    2. YOu are right Mitch and I apologise, I simply have to prioritise. Hugs and Thank You for holding us together. :-) Sending Loves.

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  9. The "Pi" is a wonderful sculpture, simplistic in design, now I wonder if a history behind that specific one and the reason why it is placed in a Botanical Garden, now that I find intriguing, could understand outside an university or as a remembrance to a great mathematician?

    The bull is delightful and really interesting, is it wood or metal. A bit messy looking with innards sticking out

    and the benign happy looking chap from Arizona, what has he to do with London Bridge. Very intriguing, I must say.

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    1. I don't know a lot about the 'Pi' sculpture. I'm intending to return to the NBG later this year, and when I do I'm going to take a lot more photos of it and also try to find out something about it's creator and why it's positioned where it is.

      The bull is made of an iron frame. The 'innards' I'm not too sure about. It is filled with a coarse fibrous material, not sure what it is, possibly fibreglass or rock-wool.

      The chap from Arizona is of one the founders of Lake Havasu City, which, along with the lake itself, was created specifically to house the re-located London Bridge as a tourist attraction, after it was purchased by an American oil-tycoon in the late 60's.

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    2. Simply interesting in my books, can we maybe have a blog up soon? LOL, I should talk , when last did I blog . Got loads in my head, just simply never get there, life gets in my way :-)

      Wishing for retirement, need to win the Lotto.

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  10. nice shot of the "pi"

    The bull is very cleverly done. It looks like something that should be in the Museum of Natural History. Looks like real animal hides on the inside.

    The guy in the last shot does have a happy face! I hope he was as sweet as he looks!

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    1. Thanks Debby :-)) The material inside the bull was something fibrous, like fibre-glass or rock-wool.

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