Continuing with Becky’s Spiky Squares themed photo challenge, here are a few sculptures and plants that were just a bit on the pointy side at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Cee’s Alphabet Challenge, the subject for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge, asks us to show a color beginning with B. My choice for this one was bronze if for no other reason than that I have a ton of images of bronze artwork that were captured at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share them. Despite the fact that all these sculptures are made of bronze, they are slightly different in hue and texture and the subjects themselves certainly give one food for thought.
Two Bears by Marshall Fredericks.
Mad Mom by Tom Otterness.
Sleepwalker by Kiki Smith.
Light of the Moon by Igor Mitoraj.
Espaliered Girl by Laura Ford.
Disc in the Form of a Desert Rose by Arnaldo Pomodoro.
Listening to History by Bill Woodrow.
#25, one of a pair of figures by Hanneke Beaumont.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colors that start with the Letter B
Once again, I’m attempting to cover two challenges with one post. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge asks us for images with the color dark red as the main theme, while Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge is asking us to crop. One of the most useful tools in any photo processing software is the one used for cropping. It can change the appearance of an image by shifting the focus from one subject to another. Although red has a tendency to stand out in a picture anyway, I’ve cropped these images in order to place the entire focus of the picture on the red objects. The first one is a shot taken in the farm at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The next one was taken outside the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and the last was inside the house on the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/10/04/cees-fun-foto-challenge-dark-reds/ and for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge go to https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/10/04/one-word-photo-challenge-crop/
The subject of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Sculptures, Statues and Carvings.
The Mermaid outside the mansion at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
One of the Faces, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, sculpted by Jaume Plensa.
Auguste Rodin’s Eve, cast in bronze, standing in the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A section of Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, showing the sculpted face of Theodore Roosevelt.
For more on Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/07/02/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-sculptures-statues-carvings/
I was wondering how I could work this picture into a post and, thanks to Sue Llewellyn’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge, here it is. A sculpture by Sean Henry entitled Lying Man, cast in bronze and decorated with oil paint, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I couldn’t find any other pictures of people fully reclining in the photo files and I wasn’t about to go out and look for any random bodies lying around so here are a couple of images which involve a bit of semi-reclining. Shown above, a sculpture in the grounds of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett and, below, an interesting character onboard one of the ships at the Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier a few years ago.
For more on Sue’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge go to
In response to Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge which this week is N Words here are a few images from the picture files that I thought might fit the bill.
Pretty, blue Nigella flowers, also called Love-in-a-Mist.
A sculpture entitled ‘Neuron’ created by American artist Roxy Paine, in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A nest complete with eggs, blown down from a tree into our garden during a storm.
Navy Pier in Chicago.
For more about the A-Z Challenge on Flickr Comments go to http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/n-words/
My thanks to Sue Llewellyn for giving me the ideal opportunity to share these pictures of rust (something I might not otherwise have done) in response to her Word A Week Photograph Challenge on A Word In Your Ear at http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-rust/
Rusty ‘artwork’ by French sculptor Bernar Venet, on display in the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A rusty train engine sitting in a siding at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.
An old wooden wheel with a rusty rim, no longer in service and having no other purpose now than to look picturesque, leans against a fence in Schaumburg’s Spring Valley Nature Center.
A rusty ship waiting to unload at a dock in Wisconsin.
The American Horse, created by sculptor Nina Akamu, looms large at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This magnificent bronze horse, modeled after a work by 15th century artist Leonardo da Vinci, stands 24ft tall.
This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge as seen on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/silhouette-2014/
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.