Is this art?
In a building, dedicated to aerospace engineering, in the main lobby, there is this 'thing' (see thumbnail). At first I thought it was a piece of art, but upon further looking, I realized it was some sort of testing lab. (The collage does have some strange art on campus.) What caught my eye one night, was these strange lights on it (detail). It must be some sort of aluminum/prismatic panel on the side of the what-ever-it-is.
Challenge: Bi-Weekly Challenge. Amenity Art.
Firstly I was honoured when I was asked to host the next Bi-Weekly Challenge on November 15th.. Secondly I am delighted to accept the challenge and hope my efforts are worthy of Photographica !
All of our County's, City's, Towns and some villages (Parishes)have an elected local governing body and they spend the public purse in our best interests, as they always tell us! Naturally, some times I agree and sometimes I disagree with how our tax money is used!
My City of Stoke on Trent is an old City in serious industrial and social decline, long gone are the days of Shelton Bar (steel makers) and all of our coal mining pits have been capped off. The Pottery industry has been shipped abroad where the cost of labour is far cheaper!
A couple of decades ago there were many acres of industrial dereliction and wasteland poisoned by industry, this poor state of affairs was deemed no longer acceptable by the City's people. Henceforth, re-development of the City began in earnest!
So came about areas of empty land put to use with a sculpture or other art that helps to enhance our living environment. I agree that it looks good but can't help but think could that money have been better spent elsewhere!
All of these photo's were taken while in the back seat of our car, all the art can be seen from the road. I had my wife drive me around Stoke while we were on our way to do our weekly grocery shop!
The challenge is to photograph outdoor art or sculpture that has been funded by your government taxes, local or central!... However, the method of funding is not a strict criteria and any form of art out in the community will do!... It should be easily accessible by road or footpath for the public to see and enjoy!... I want to see a little part of the path or road in the photograph, think safety first!... The shots don't have to be perfect, especially if you're taking them while sitting in the back seat of a car on the move.
Builders boarding.jpg our town council pays professional graffiti artists
Builders boarding.1.jpg to paint builders boards to beat the
Welcome to Chesterton.jpg graffiti vandals. It looks ok and the vandals leave them alone, it works!
Highway adornment with The Staffordshire Knot..jpg this underpass is decorated with the
Highway adornment with The Staffordshire Knot close up.jpg Staffordshire Knot , can only be seen from the road!
City sculpture.jpg I have no idea what this sculpture is supposed to represent, it looks better than
City sculpture close up.jpg the derelict shell of a house that was here before it!
City sculpture.1.jpg This sculpture at Etruria is on part of the site
City sculpture.1 closeup once dominated by British Steel's Shelton Bar works!
This challenge has raised my curiosity as I don't even know how to interpret what these sculptures represent. I 'll have to research them as I'm pretty sure you Photographica folk will want to know what they mean..
Be sure to read the comments to this challenge!
A compromise is fine by me... Anything you deem artistic outdoors in the community! Road or path needn't be included in the shot! I think that should simplify matters for everyone! Every town is different, I realise that point..
Highway adornment with The Staffordshire Knot..jpg
Just a couple of shots
Mahalo and Aloha
Just a normal day in town
The Getty Villa has re-opened
The east garden fountain is nice as is the new entrance entrance2 I also got a picture of a wild eyed bronze and an orange fruit or seedpod. We had a great time even though it rained. We recommend anyone that can, to make reservations and enjoy the art and architecture architecture 2 architecture 3.
Been a little busy lately, sorry for my absence!
Explain Yourself!! Bi-weekly theme
Here is my example:
I am very family oriented. I am married and have two sons. (But I do not post pics of my family without permission) So here are some more hints about me:
Big Sully George missing pics of a bird and a dog.
My job 2
Painting my walls family Aren't they purdy?
My drawing drawing 2 drawing 3 (Sorry these didn't photo well but wanted to show them.)
This post will start on October 21st.
Have fun with it, the sky is the limit. But keep it so we don't need warnings on them. Old and new pics are okay.
Next theme meister will be drum roll please.....Jeffrey!
Update [2005-10-30 17:28:55 by austinspace]: Bumped!
I was just hired to do a website for a science fiction author, nice to say he likes my work and is giving me the opportunity to design his next book cover. While it is not typical photography, it does incorporate alot of photo elements and my art. This is the first markup for the front cover.Cover