Weekly Photo Challenge: Art

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Saturday 1368  – 17.05.2014

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_1625I spent Saturday 17th May doing 2 of my most favourite things – being outdoors on a warm sunny day and admiring awesome sculpture. What more could a body ask for ? 

It’s well-known that human beings need food, water, shelter, warmth, sex, safety and community in order to survive effectively but they also need beauty and for me there are few things more beautiful than nature and art. 

When you get these 2 things together in the form of landscape filled with sculptures then that is seventh heaven for me.

I was lucky enough to visit just such a place on Saturday and the place in question was the Henry Moore Foundation, situated where Henry Moore used to live.

You can find out more about the foundation here http://www.henry-moore.org/ 

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I particularly love sculpture as an art form because I’m a very tactile person and sculpture lends itself to having hands stroking it 😉

The Henry Moore Foundation allows people to touch the sculptures that are outside in the fields, though not the ones in the galleries inside, and touch them you must because these works are crying out for it. They need to be felt.

_1631Henry Moore’s sculptures are at once both monumental and intimate. The intimacy for me comes from the sensuous nature of much of Moore’s work. His bronzes are organic; the earthiness of the rough, unpolished sections slide down to gorgeous, shiny worn coppery areas. When the sculptures are then further blended with a green landscape and are caught by the sun I feel as though I am witnessing perfection in art. An almost meditative experience that induces both emotion and a sense of serenity in me.

Take another look at the sculpture “Family Piece” at the top of this post. Doesn’t it have a sense of dignity about it ?   I am showing the back of it because I wanted you to see the delicate and protective way the  father’s hand rests on the mother’s shoulder. They are holding a child between them, in an act of sharing. Do you see how this piece blends with the landscape around it?

One of my particular favourites at the Foundation is a large bronze called the Sheep Piece which Henry Moore sculpted in 1970-71 . He placed this sculpture in a field of sheep and very much enjoyed the way they interacted with it. I love sheep and really enjoyed watching them too. Here are a few photos.

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Yes this lamb  below is giving his back a good rub against the bronze. Bliss !

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do you have a favourite art form?

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here 

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Happy to be MAD

Saturday 1445 – 17th November 2012.

You are not going to get what you might expect from the title of this post though it is going to be a very happy one. I spent the last couple of days in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, but I didn’t do anything Shakespearian.  I did go to the Swan Theatre but not to see Shakespeare but to see a new adaptation of Pushkin’s Boris Godanov which was both passionate and thrilling.

This post is not about that but about somewhere else I visited, called MAD or the Mechanical Art and Design museum. Take a look at their website here

 I had SUCH a good time there and was allowed to take photos so thanks very much for that you MAD guys 😀 . I heard about this place a few months or so ago and determined to visit because I love all things “mechanical, weird and wonderful” to quote from MAD’s website. 

The founder Richard Simmons also says this

the term ‘Kinetic Art’ broadly encompasses the genre of the MAD museum and alongside wacky machines, we are keen to embrace the many fun and clever things that can be achieved with modern lighting technology. Steam Punk would also be a genre that deserves recognition within the museum”

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I can strongly recommend this place if you are ever in Stratford, it has lots of hands-on ( or feet-on!)  fun… press a button or stand on a foot switch and watch in awe as balls or marbles rattle around tracks made of wire and wood, or cogs whizz round, up  and down. I was a bit like a child in an old-fashioned toy shop!

Brilliant lighting effects too…  There is a description and stuff about each artist/maker.. all very interesting. There were very large pieces and very small and there is much more than I am showing here.

Right no more talk just some more photos to give you a flavour of what’s on offer, although still photos really cannot do this place justice.. a child or childlike adult’s paradise.

Huge light box – the lighting effects and colours were constantly changing

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Below are 2 of the faces at the museum, what do they do?… well you’ll just have to go there and find out for yourself  😉

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and finally…

Below is a rather gentle piece which was one of my favourites.. it didn’t rattle, whirr or have lighting effects. It just gently moved round making patterns in sand and rubbing them out again.. so restful

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little MAD visit

That’s all from me Saturday Girl, signing off ’til next week. Have a healthy,peaceful and fun one.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already and I’m sure there will be lots from Stratford..

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