Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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This bright and unusual sculpture has a plaque but, unfortunately, it has been vandalized. The identifying words have been scratched off, which is maddening. I took this photo last Friday, the day before our first snowfall so I'm sure it has a different appearance now. I probably should go back and snap it with snow surrounding it.

18 comments:

  1. The vandalism is a bad our times.

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  2. Kate, that would look great in snow, I can just imagine it.

    You are right, what we need here in Little Rock is snow. If you want to see smiles on everyone's faces here, let it snow. It brings out the party spirit. It's all too rare a thing, the snow, not the party spirit.

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  3. It hurts to think how that great green grass was wiped out with the snow! (you can tell that I don't like winter. :) )

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  4. oui cela serait une bonne idée, la même photo sous la neige.
    Malheureusement le vandalisme est partout ;o(.
    Yes it is a good idea, the same photo in the snow.
    Unfortunately vandalism is everywhere ;o(.

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  5. I bet it is a dynamite site with the snow covering it. The contrast would be great.

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  6. There is some truly interesting and bizarre artwork on that campus. I bet this one looks especially different with a few inches of snow.

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  7. I have noticed in Paris also that there is a clear non-respect with modern outdoor statues. You hardly see anything done to the older ones (maybe also more solid?).

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  8. The problem with vandalism is directly related to parenting.

    Still, the work is still there and visible and can be enjoyed.

    We have the same problem here. Even though I displike the stainless steel piece by our branch library, I was saddened to see that vandals did their best to bend it and were partially successful.

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  9. Quelle toupie !
    What a big top.
    I did not know the english name, in fact our "toupie" comes from the same root according to my French historical dictionary.
    Bien sûr !

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  10. It looks like the work of Claes Oldenburg, an artist known for his large, slightly wacky sculptures of ordinary objects. There is an electrical cube tap about 6 feet on a side that he did in front of the St. Louis Art Museum.

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  11. I agree with Strangetastes, it looks like a Claus Oldenberg sculpture.

    If you get back to photograph it in the snow, try playing with the abstract nature of the red, white and black (shadows). Try to reduce the amount of elements, like shooting down on it to remove the background. You can make a very striking picture that way.

    Also, I just realized that I didn't have you on my blogroll! I just added it today.

    Thanks for the pics!

    - Mitch

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  12. That sucpture is certainly a conversation starter but for the life of me I just don't understand why people deface, or take other peoples property.
    Our car was broken into during the night along with 4 other neighbors cars. Fortunately we had nothing of value in the car. But our neighbors car was stolen. One feels very violated.

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  13. I think it would look quite exciting surrounded by snow.

    Re the Blogger behaviour, (I think in the latest versions of Blogger software) I have tried opening the images in both Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7, and both ask if I wish to open or save the image, rather than just viewing it in the same browser window. Very strange!

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  14. Looks like a giant bath stopper ;-)

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  15. I like Isabella's comment! (And I would love to see this with the snow too, it's coming down as I type...)

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  16. Always the same stupid retarded vandals. Trying to be anonymously famous.

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  17. Anonymous10:51 PM

    It's a plumb bob.

    The plaque was not ripped off by vandals. A shoddy glue job and an over zealous snowplow claimed its life many years back and it has never been replaced.

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  18. If a plumb bob is the weight that hangs at the bottom of a snap line, then thats what I think it is too. A snap line is a weighted string that is covered with powdered chalk to be snapped against a wall surface. It's what is used to create grid marks on a wall for murals.

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