My thanks to Sue Llewellyn whose Word A Week Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at https://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-create/ has given me an excellent opportunity to share some pictures that I recently took at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Although I’m not mad about most modern or contemporary art, I can appreciate the work and creativity that goes into making some of these pieces, and the garden-like setting at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park has a tendency to soften the overall effect which, for me at least, makes these somewhat outlandish sculptures rather more palatable.
The sculpture pictured above is entitled ‘Neuron’ and was created by American artist Roxy Paine, using 3,500 stainless steel rods and pipe.
Part of the two-piece sculpture entitled ‘Urban Excursion Rendezvous’ by Chakaia Booker is made of rubber tires.
I have to admit that sometimes I find the title of the piece as baffling as the artwork itself. ‘Disc In The Form Of A Desert Rose’ by Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro is a case in point. Well, OK. I can see the disc and maybe some thorns. I guess if you look at the thing long enough and use your imagination…..
‘Aria’, created by Alexander Liberman, stands some 42ft tall, enabling viewers to not only walk around but through the artwork.
One of three figures created with hundreds of stainless steel letters that make up a group entitled ‘I, You, She Or He…’ by Spanish artist Juame Plensa.
This whimsical piece created by Jim Dine is aptly called ‘Large Parrot Screams Color’.
Standing alone in a field of grass and wildflowers, this bronze sculpture entitled ‘Espaliered Girl’ was created by British artist Laura Ford.
Towering over the park, this giant aluminum figure entitled ‘Male/Female’ was created by Jonathan Borofsky.