In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned. As everyone should know, an abandoned building is, just by the fact that it is abandoned, is a dangerous place to be. So in this day and age most abandoned buildings are boarded up or fenced in to keep people from wandering around in them and getting injured. So, for my challenge I picked a subject that is brand new, but looks ABANDONED in an almost ancient way. My subject is Andy Goldsworthy’s STONE SEA, a sculpture piece created last year for the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. The work consists of twenty-five giant sandstone arches assembled together to form a sea of stone in a narrow passageway between the original classic 1904 Museum building and a new 2013 addition. The STONE SEA can be seen through multiple windows in a corridor connecting the two buildings. My view of ABANDONED is seen through a single window,
But the temperature did get up to 35 F today which allowed my brain freeze to thaw a bit. And as a result, I decided to … and tell you about one of my favorite pieces of art hanging on my office walls. For years, one of my regular stops at the Saint Louis Art Museum is the Chinese Gallery where I always check out this piece of sculpture.
I always walk through the narrow gallery to check him out. And over the years, I’ve captured him repeatedly with my various cameras. A couple of years ago I decided to have a large print of one of the shots I had taken to see what it would look like. This was the result …
Because three of the walls in the room are a dark red-brown, I adjusted the tint on the picture to match them. And then I hung the framed picture on the fourth wall that was a light tan or beige. It went on the middle of the wall between the two floor to ceiling book shelves.
I like it, because the person who sculpted the original work of art captured the majesty of a proud animal.
Now, in case you’re wondering where the origami kangaroo I’ve been trying to fold for the past several days is … let me say, he will come when I capture his or her majesty.
THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO SHOWING JUXTAPOSITION.
One of the advantages of having more gallery space available in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s historic 1904 original building is the ability to use multi-directional lighting to dramatically illuminate the sculpture pieces.
This Reclining Pan was carved in the early 16th century from a reused marble fragment that had been part of a larger relief work from the Roman Imperial period. Some of the details from the earlier artist’s work can be seen on the back of the sculpture. (Which I forgot to photograph.)
This new sculpture piece always gives me pause whenever I walk into the museum. I call it Busted Balls, but one of these times I going to have to stop and read the story behind it.
pot·pour·ri n. pl. pot·pour·ris
1. A combination of incongruous things
2. A miscellaneous anthology or collection of observations from a cranky old curmudgeon
ITEM 1: I am convinced that I should never be allowed to wander through the stupidmarket without an armed guardian. The reason is … I am attracted by the words NEW, SPECIAL, SAVE, TRY THIS, LIMITED TIME, and JUST WHAT YOU WANTED. On my trip to the grocery yesterday, I went through the bakery to pick up a plain loaf of seedless rye bread when I saw this sign…
TRY THE CRO-SAN-NUT!
The cross between a flakey buttery croissant …
Being a firm believer in the premise that I have never met a jelly doughnut that I didn’t like, I bought one for my Saturday morning breakfast.
THE TASTE TEST RESULTS: Less than favorable! The fried croissant was cut in half and the raspberry jelly was spread between the two halves. This allowed the expose jelly to dry out somewhat. Unfortunately, this did not stop the jelly between the two layers from leaking out and falling on your hand, lap and kitchen floor. The croissant wasn’t flakey or buttery either. It was somewhat dry and stiffly chewy. End result … it didn’t excite my taste buds, and I had to wash my hands, lap and kitchen floor. Minus FIVE on the would I buy again scale.
ITEM 2: Mayhem and possible murder in the kitchen cupboard. While I was using my Swiffer Wetjet to clean the leaked cro-san-nut jelly off the kitchen floor … (if an 80+ year old lady can on TV, so can I) … I discovered Woody on the kitchen floor.He had been living on the top shelf of the kitchen china cabinet. He apparently leaped or was pushed from his shelf sometime during the night. Possible suspects who share the shelf include …
and this motley crew … known to be gremlins, demons or werewolves.
The cover features Setting Sun Over Sacramento Valley by Japanese-American artist Cuira Obata. It is a new gift to the Museum and it will be on display with three of his other works for a special exhibition.
The Museum also announced that the Metropolitan Opera LIVE In HD satellite Broadcasts will return to the newly refurbished Museum Auditorium in October. I first started going to the opera showings there in 2008, but because of the construction work at the museum I had to switch to a local movie house for the past two years. I bought my tickets for the first half of this season last week. First opera coming up is Tchaikovsky’s romantic Eugene Onegin with a finale that takes place in a blinding snowstorm. You definitely will be hearing more on this topic.
ITEM 4: In case you were wondering, I was considering a second photo for Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge. It was a photo I’ve featured in the blog before showing a colorful mural created by kids and displayed in the entrance to the Wash U Metro Station.
It also qualified as SATURATED.
ITEM 5: Observations From A Cranky Curmudgeon – while I am quite fond of a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea for breakfast, I today decided that iced Earl Grey tea is not my glass of tea.
POTPOURRI PROVERB OF THE DAY
THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD BE CHANGED ON A REGULAR BASIS, LIKE A PAIR OF DIRTY SOCKS.
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, DAY 233 OF 2013: Today, I made my brain do all the work! I balanced my checkbook and I paid the monthly bills. I also decided that I really haven’t been treating myself very well. For the eighth month in a row I have had a budget surplus. Naturally, Renee thinks we should have more turkey, liver snaps and chew toys. I thought a subscription to the broadway musicals at the Fab Fox might be nice. Renee countered with, “No way! You do enough singing with the Met’s Live in HD series at the Art Museum.” Then I realized that the reason why we had a budget surplus was because I hadn’t gone to the Opera in quite a few months. And just like Bill Clinton’s trillion-dollar budget surplus in 2000, my budget surplus vanished. Win some, lose some!
Yum, Altoids’ Wintergreen ... Curiously Strong … and my favorite. Hopefully, I’ll type faster before the mint box empties.
Haven’t had much luck with this one, yet.
And in answer to a remark I heard last week as the bus I was riding on passed the St. Louis Art Museum …
Monet’s Water Lilies – Center Panel of the Tryptich
And an elderly couple!
One picture really is worth a million words and dollars!
This fragment of an ancient bas-relief sculpture displayed in the Saint Louis Art Museum has always seemed to foreshadow the invasion and fall of the early Greek and Roman cultures to me. It also one of the works I always visit when I’m at the museum. I guess it is the fascination with wondering what the whole work was like.