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Electric Figures in the Landscape

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, SCULPTURE with tags , on August 26, 2010 by echostains

Angel of the North

 

I do like seeing figures in the landscape – these monuments. When Antony Gormley built his Angel of the North there was outcry at first.  But that statue has become part of the landscape and is a welcoming sight to travellers.  The material the artist used has aged and giving the statue  a lovely patina. But what about the millions of pylons which there are no outcry about – though they are in every green space?

transforming the pylons

Electricity pylons are everywhere – standing in our landscape, we don’t even notice them half the time.  They are not aesthetically pleasing to the eye – but we tolerate them or just pretend that they’re not there.  Architects Choi+Shine who are based in Massachuset have invented these figurative pylons whose gestures will correspond with the environment.  For example, a figure on a hill shall be made ‘climbing’ the hill etc.

I love the idea of these figures becoming part of the environment and was quite excited about the idea – until I came to the end of the article.  It has been decided by Landsnet  (the company who own the pylons) to NOT to go ahead with the project after all.  What a shame!  Who else would have liked to see these figures?

 Oh well, we will just have to keep pretending the pylons aren’t there….

Read the story with more images here

Angel of the North image from Here

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Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle) Sculpture

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP), PAST PLACES, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , on August 14, 2009 by echostains
Angel of the North, a missed photo opportunity

Angel of the North, a missed photo opportunity

There are many pieces of interesting sculpture around Newcastle.  Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North’  (completed 1998) welcomes you, standing tall on the A1 and the A157  road Gateshead.  Unfortunately for us we were on the wrong side coming, and the road was diverted away from the sculpture coming back ggggrrr!  We would have liked to have gone up to it for a closer look, and some good pictures! (like this one).

angel_of_the_north

angel_of_the_north

Each city usually has one or two statues of Queen Victoria (and usually in black), This one by Alfred Gilbert, unveiled in 1993, Newcastle is no exception. image from here

Victoria satue newcastle

Victoria satue newcastle

We came across these three statues called ‘Man with Potential Selves’ by Sean Henry;-

sean henry sculpture1

 

sean henry sculpture1

There are 3 of these, but the second one isn’t a very good pic.

The one we couldn’t quite manage to snap, is from THIS site

man with potential selves

man with potential selves

On the Quayside are these statues:  One is called ‘Siren’ ( a vague reference to the sea), but I can’t find out what the other is called. (N.B. It’s called River God) 

siren

siren

 The sculpture looks like it pays reference to the slave trade.  But it is unusual because it is just the torso.

quayside sculpture 'River God'

quayside sculpture 'River God'

More Newcastle trip posts;

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

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