It occurred to me after the fact that my final photo from yesterday could drive one crazy if turned into a two thousand piece jigsaw puzzle.
Ottawa City Hall has a couple of art galleries. The first is temporary extra space for the Ottawa Art Gallery while expansion work at Arts Court continues. The second, the Karsh-Masson Gallery, has a rotating schedule for artists to present their works. In December and January, the space was given over to two artists, Anna Frlan and Gail Bourgeois, to display their work. I thought of this particular sculpture by Ms. Frlan for the theme day yesterday, but quickly found so many different angles for it that I decided to present it by itself. It is called Renewal; the listings of the various installations of this exhibit, though rather sparse on detail, included three words for this one- deactivated land mines. Whether or not that includes actual former weaponry is a question, but the artist works with steel in her sculptures. The result is formidable- like a Nazgul out of Tolkien's Middle Earth or a tornado depending on how you look at it. Have a look at Marleen's post from yesterday for another sculpture that reminded me of this.
That IS an arresting sculpture - I see what you mean. Though it also looks a little like a badly burned tree. Maybe that's the point - renewal.ReplyDelete
There is indeed a remarkable resemblance, William. Isn´t that a coincidence! Having a closer look at this one it seems to have thousands of steel leaves, and makes me wonder what it would look like if the artist had used Fall colours...ReplyDelete
I noticed the resemblance too!ReplyDelete
It is a very heavy, perhaps oppressive?, work of art.ReplyDelete
This would have also been a good choice. Though it's a bit gloomy.ReplyDelete
neat-O! i was thinking puzzle pieces, but then leaves ... then got a closer enlarged look ... so cool!! ( ;ReplyDelete
A very interesting sculpture and a sad statement for countries that gave to deal with active land mines. So destructive.ReplyDelete
I like the idea of a rotating schedule. Much must be in storage.ReplyDelete
It has a bit of an intimidating feel to it.ReplyDelete
Very interesting piece of art.ReplyDelete
I don't know what to say ... it's massive, dark and brooding! Scary even!ReplyDelete
@Mike: I can see a scorched tree in it too.ReplyDelete
@Marleen: that would have been quite different.
@Marianne: yes, the sculpture from Marleen's page really evoked this as well.
@Janis: oppressive is a good term for it.
@Halcyon: it does have that effect.
@Cloudia: I think so.
@Jennifer: it does give the artists some exposure, and I like stopping in every once in awhile to see what's new.
@Sharon: it certainly does.
@Nancy: I agree.
@Lowell: it is!
Interesting. A real mesmerizer.ReplyDelete
reminds me of some type of mushroom.ReplyDelete
Coffee is on
It gives me a strong sense of foreboding.ReplyDelete
It does look gloomy! :)ReplyDelete
It has a feeling of evil about it!ReplyDelete
Is it steel from the Mines of Moria? It looks like that ;) The sculpture scares me, to be honest. Maybe it's because you mentioned Nazguls...ReplyDelete
@MB: it really caught my attention.ReplyDelete
@Dora: I hadn't thought of that!
@Catalyst: it certainly does.
@Linda: it has that feel.
@RedPat: I think so. It's certainly bringing out strong reactions.
@Klara: it wouldn't be out of place in the Mines! It did certainly evoke Tolkien the first time I saw it, but looking at it again, I also find myself thinking of the Dementors from the Harry Potter books.
Yikes! That would be a pretty creepy thing for security guards to bump into late at night.ReplyDelete
Very detailed. Would I take a long look at this one? I'm not sure.ReplyDelete
It is very interesting art work. I like it a lot. Would have been fascinating to see it created.ReplyDelete
I'm going to be the kill joy. Like so many of the modern sculptures it says nothing to me. I don't even consider it art.ReplyDelete
I think you nailed it: Nazgul!ReplyDelete
Formidable is the right word. BTW, you were a bit harsh with that spammer but it made me chuckle!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh when you enlarge the images this really is a complex and amazing sculpture William.. it also made me think a little of my black swans today 😊ReplyDelete
I love black and white photos.ReplyDelete
So that's why it looks familiar!ReplyDelete
@Revrunner: as this room has but one entrance, it's easy enough for them to lock it up at night and avoid bumping into it!ReplyDelete
@Red: I really liked it.
@Denise: I agree with that.
@Mari: different folks, different tastes.
@Kay: very much so!
@Linda: oh, I love going after spammers.
@Grace: I can see that!
@Whisk: so do I.