This is a continuation of yesterday’s post… a tour of the Stichting Den Haag Sculptuur (The Hague Sculpture Foundation) annual outdoor sculpture festival.
These photos were made in the summer of 2010 and were in my photo archives, and since I’m not able to take any outdoors photos at the moment, this seems the perfect time to bring a little bit of last summer to your winter computer screens.
The featured sculptor last year was Manolo Valdéz who hails from Valencia, Spain ( but resides in New York USA).
I have mixed feelings about these works… some aspects appeal more than others.
This first piece was, I thought at first, a representation of a tree. Then I looked again, saw the face and though, “oh, she has leaves for hair”. Then, as we got closer still, all was revealed, those “leaves” were butterflies!
Hmmm… I liked it better when I thought they were leaves actually.
The second head is cousin to the “Darth Vader” piece of yesterday… I’ve nick-named this one ” Lady with Headphones” as that seems more polite than calling her “ lady with the weirdly over sized ears“. Once again personal interpretation and preferences are everything when it comes to works of art and I’m not in love with this one. not even a little bit.
The next one made my heart leap … I’d seen it from behind and saw what I thought to be a kind of whale tail head dress… great lines! Then I walked around it and saw that the front was completely different, it was like there was a great slug perched on her head. Disappointment.
I do admit that Lady Gaga would probably feel quite inspired by this one, However if I was forced to own it I’d definitely put it with the front side to the wall and the backside prominent. Or it’s sluggy form would start to eventually irritate me so much that I’d put the whole thing behind a wall (and brick it up LOL).
Before Friends of Slugs get upset, it’s nothing personal against slugs… it’s just that is isn’t the whale tale that I’d hoped for.
The last one got the thumbs up… I’ve called her ” Lady pretending to be Admiral Lord Nelson but still looking like she would be ready for Ascot at the drop of a hat” If she were mine, I’d wind fairy lights all around those wires every Christmas… ” Lady Nelson with bling” .
So my friends your opinions are welcome, as we leave Manolo Valdéz behind, which of these pieces is your favourite?