Week 23: Texture

Happy New Year, you dog you! Actually, that is only for people born in the Chinese Calendar Years are Dogs: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and, drum roll, 2018! The Chinese New Year doesn’t begin until Feb. 16, but since today is our New Year’s Eve, we will explore that idea now, with a photo of the “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” installation on the Ringling Museum grounds in Sarasota, a creation of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, sculptor, photographer, installation artist, architect and social activist,

Each of the bronze animal heads measures approximately 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, elevated to between 9.8 and 12 feet high on their columns. Each sculpture weighs approximately 800 pounds. This group of works has been exhibited worldwide since the official launch of the Zodiac Heads in 2011, making it one of the most viewed sculpture projects in the history of contemporary art.

The bronze statues are quite textural, and I converted them to gray scale to play up that element for this challenge. If you haven’t seen the Zodiac heads, they are on display through June 1, 2018. And because they are on the grounds and not inside the museum, you can view them for free. Or go to the museum on Mondays when the museum is free, too.

Chinese Zodiac Heads BW



Week 22: Part Of A Face/Head

No one goes to Havana without seeing Cristo de La Habana, the Christ of Havana, which, at 66 feet of white Carrara marble is seen from anywhere in the city, and especially from a ship as you sail into and out of Havana Bay. I stood at the foot of the statue and shot directly toward the sky, capturing only a part of the statue’s face. The statue is the work of Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera, who won the commission for it in 1953. The Cristo weighs approximately 320 tons. It was built from 67 blocks of marble brought from Italy after being personally blessed by Pope Pius XII.

Cristo CU

Week 20: Isolated Objects

I have no hibiscus in my yard, but luckily, my neighbor does, and I get a glimpse of them from my lanai. Two weeks ago they were at their peak and I couldn’t resist crossing across the lawn to shoot them. They were isolated in their shrubbery, and I further isolated them in post.

Gayles Hibiscus Four

Week 19: Broken

We parked in a side parking lot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and were making our way to the main street for our dinner reservation at the St. John Restaurant. As we walked past a park bench there along the walkway, I noticed this torso attached to the wall of the building. There’s a lot broken going on here, what with the brick and the cracks and broken extremities in the torso itself (rendering it a torso, I suppose). So there you have it. The dinner was fabulous.

Torso in Chattanooga