I love the strange and wonderful work of sculptor Nemo Gould, who makes kinetic sculptures using found materials. My favorite is the Giant Squid, which you can see in all its moving glory on this YouTube video.
I just set up a new Flickr group called Dogs in Art to bring together all sorts of images of dogs, from classical sculpture to salt and pepper shakers. Vintage postcards, toy dogs, garden decorations, knick knacks, murals, paintings, etc., are all welcome — pretty much any picture of a dog, except for photographs of actual dogs!
Dogs in Art — Link to the Flickr group page
Sólfar is a sculpture in Reykjavík, Iceland. I first saw this work in November, 2000, on my first visit to Iceland. I took a few photographs of it, like most tourists, but I can’t say that I really liked it. I thought it had a rather odd and awkward appearance.
When I returned to Iceland in the summer of 2003, I took a few more pictures of Sólfar, including the one seen here. I still didn’t really like it, it just seemed like one of those obligatory photographs. I remember walking around it, carefully choosing the best angle, and taking a single shot. I was happy with the result. I’m still happy with it. I think it’s a perfectly adequate picture. I added it to the Reykjavík article on Wikipedia, and that’s exactly what I think my picture is, a dull and dutiful, accurate picture of the subject.
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Dale Chihuly is one of the most celebrated artists of our time. His dazzling glass works of all sizes are widely exhibited, and can be seen not only in museums and galleries, but in permanent and temporary installations around the world.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne — I just started a new group on Flickr for photographs related to Hawthorne’s life and works, including the House of the Seven Gables and the Custom House in Salem, and the Old Manse and Wayside in Concord.
The statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne shown here, which is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Salem, is by Bela Lyon Pratt, who also created the beautiful Science and Art sculptures outside the main entrance to the Boston Public Library. There are many photographs of the Nathaniel Hawthorne statue on Flickr, from all angles and in all seasons, and I hope many of them will be added to the new group.
Nathaniel Hawthorne — Flickr group
I took this photograph on my way into the library to do a Flickr presentation for a group of librarians. This sculpture is named “Art” and it and its twin, “Science” are well-represented on Flickr, from many different angles, with and without snow, etc. They are the work of sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt, 1867-1917.