The garden is putting some sculptures in there gardens - 27 of them. Some of these sculptures look a little pixelated; but, not to worry, they are made out of Lego's. (Sorry abut the number of shots.)
To celebrate the butterfly garden, there is a butterfly (37,481 pieces)
In the garden there is a rose garden, so naturally there is this rose (41,242 pieces)
Because there is water, there must be a dragonfly (6,535 pieces)
A strange one for the garden, a bison and calf (61,372 pieces)
In the main garden area, there is this hummingbird (31,565 pieces) I'll be able to capture a hummer anytime this year
Last, for this post, is this scene a fox is after a bunny (18,908 pieces) Hopefully after the flowers are planted, it'll look better
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
A Walk in a Desert Garden
When Wim and I were in Arizona we spent one day in the desert garden located in Phoenix/Scottsdale. The glass sculpture was done by Dale Chihuly. He is also going to add one of his sculptures to Frederick Meijer Garden's near us. We found them very colorful, and I will be posting more later. Arizona 21 Arizona 22 Arizona 23 Arizona 24
Fill The Frame Bi-Weekly Challenge
I decided this morning it was time to get back to my daily walking so walked over to a park in town. They have added a sculpture of a darling girl there, so later in the day I drove over to take photo's of her.
Critique and comments always welcome-Have a great evening.
Peace on Earth . . . .
You can definitely count me among those who are not-so-much b/w fans - rarely take them, and rarely see photos I think are at their best without color.
However, I am up for a challenge, so here are a few attempts:
What, you ask, does that have to do with the title?? This last one is one I thought begged to be in b/w. It is a sculpture at the United Nations in NYC.
During a break from these rains, I took a walk in the garden. Not my garden, but a local garden. This year they went to the ocean. They have fish swimming in the flower beds, a closer detail, and are currently making a whale. I'll be posting more once they complete everything, and the plants grow up around them.
On a side trip around the garden, I came across this cat, though the wife said it was a bunny. She might be right, sometimes I see more of a bunny.
Cooling Off at FMG
Cooling Off at the Gardens
A Walk in the Park
Waterfall at the park
Around the Town
A Few More -
Poster of Tiny Daisies
The artist is said to have been representing his mother in this sculpture - she was a master weaver.
Juliet, the Ballerina, is one of the very colorful statues at the gardens. Juliet
Tree of Education an Otterness Sculpture
The Orchestra large red statue can be seen from many places in the gardens.
This Sculpture of DaVinci's Horse is the centerpiece of the gardens.
Poster of DaVinci's Horse
Here is a photo of the entire fountain and sculpture. DESCRIPTION_HERE
This sculpture is one of many on the Mayo Clinic grounds in downtown Rochester, MN. The building in the background of both pictures is the Plummer Building, also apart of Mayo Clinic.
God Is Still Speaking...
My entry for the bi-weekly challenge for Strangers is (ALAS!) too late, but I liked this picture so much I thought I'd share it anyway. The Beautiful Stranger I believe it also fits the Emotion challenge this week.
Also, Niki in the Garden, the world's largest exhibition of internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle's outdoor sculptures ever presented, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, was a great source for intersting subjects. Here is one example: Waterplay
Haven't posted in a while, thought today was a good day!
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