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January 26, 2017

But…. We Have To Go Home!

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Isselburg-Anholt, close to the German / Dutch border has a few beautiful buildings in it’s centre.

After a very enjoyable lunch in one of them, the restaurant “Il Caminetto” (of yesterday’s post) we get in the car to head the two kilometres or so back across the border into the Netherlands and then back home to The Hague.

As usual when were are out and about, I am busy scanning our surroundings and looking for interesting things to photograph.

When Himself and I found ourselves in the German border town of  Isselburg-Anholt during the summer of 2016, my habit was ingrained and naturally this statue caught my eye.

I love how the artist has captured the spontaneity of the moment, the clear relationship between the woman and the box.

If you removed the basket of apples and the hoop, their movement is one that has seen in every busy shopping street in any place of any size at one time or another.

The child resists going where the mother wants, it could be any parent trying to prise their offspring away from the local playground, away from something seen in a shop window, or even a dirty discarded sweet on the footpath that the child is certain would taste good.

It’s a universal moment, but here there is only the spontaneity, no anger or remonstrating from the parent, so far just a look, and who knows, maybe a little word of persuasion to get the child to go to where-ever they are meant to be next.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch )

December 21, 2016

The Stick Man Fills Out To Fuller Figure…

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My photographic collection of sculptures doesn’t stop at the city limits of The Hague, I am happy to collect snaps whenever the occasion presents itself.

On our trip to Oegstgeest (featured in yesterday’s post) I had time to shoot a few pictures on the hop.

Like many modern art sculptures, what you see changes significantly depending on where you are standing (or in my case, from the passenger set of the car, sitting).

The first one is a man dragging a giant leaf, he looks more like a stick figure when I first see him but from the other side he fills out into a more lifelike figure.

Then we come to a spot where I see a topiary shield and behind it there is a statue of what I first thought might have been a fish, but may actually be another leaf.

Then, after that again is another statue that looks like a modified netball hoop with something else attached but which I could not make out. I’m not quite sure what all of it is meant to be but at least it’s fun.

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December 14, 2016

I Am Not Quite Sure What To Make Of This One…

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In this photographic post I discover another sculpture around The Hague, well,  Scheveningen to be exact. Seen from the car as we stood in traffic, this “interesting” piece that depicts… hmmm I’m not quite sure. A stylised  daffodil maybe? There are plenty of those in the lawn around it in the spring time. Truly, I am not quite sure what to make of this one…

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December 2, 2016

It Might Hurt This Poor Man To Sit Down…

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Regular readers will know that I have many collections of photographs on my blog Most of them are art works of some sort, statues, sculptures and the like but there are also street man hole covers, bicycles,various pieces of architectural detail and quirky stuff such as letter boxes, loos and strange wheeled vehicles. This post is rather tame when it comes to quirkyiness: it’s a statue of a man looking towards the harbour area. Located in the Scheveningen district that connects The Hague with the sea, it’s one of many “blink-and-you-miss-it” pieces that needs to be glimpsed on the pavement between parked cars.

It has not however escaped my eagle eye, and is now another checked off item on my long list of sculptural pieces in The Hague and surrounding areas.  No, I have no idea why the poor man appears to morph uncomfortably out of the post that supports him. He doesn’t exactly look comfortable does he? It kind of looks painful. But here he is… standing guard? waiting? My first feeling looking at is that I’d like to give the poor man a chair. Who knows what the artist was thinking…. I’m not entirely certain I want to know.

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November 18, 2016

Modern … Yes, …But Can It Sing?

Regular readers will know that I am trying to build up a catalogue of all of statues and art works around the Hague. Some of them are alongside busy roads, on grassy median trips like this one. I managed to get photographs from both directions and whenever I see it one thought springs to mind: since the edges are more sharp than rounded: if the wind whistles though this from just the right direction on a really stormy night, might it produce a sort of singing or whistling noise? or are the metal bars too large and to far apart?  The Hague is on the coast and we get some really rough winds and big storms sometimes.  It’s one of those things where once you first have a silly unspoken thought about something you can’t shake it, and it comes back every time we pass by here.

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November 14, 2016

Appreciation Is As Unique As Each And Every One Of us…

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I am slowly making a collection of statues and artworks around the Hague.

Ideally I’d make my collection extend all of all Netherlands or even Europe (hey, why not go large and say the whole world!) but time, funds and mobility are never all in the right quantities at the right time, nor could you possibly cover absolutely everything in one lifetime anyway.

In the mean time I photograph what I come across and slowly my small album grows.

This statue is located more or less on the corner of the Sportlaan and Ieplaan, on an area of deep grassy lawn that separates the several blocks of tower flats from the busy Sportlaan.

The piece that we have stopped to photograph is statue and artwork equally, being of the “modern art” variety, which is probably a polite way to say that I have no idea what the artist had in mind as actual “subject” when he / she bought this piece into being.

Maybe it is supposed to echo the buildings behind it, or maybe the trees that surround the perimeter of the grassed area, along the parts that edge the roads. As regular readers will know, I don’t usually rate modern, abstract, minimalist pieces anywhere near the top of my personal preferred choices of dream art work styles, but that doesn’t mean that I should leave them out of my photographic collection.

Art is subjective, and stained glass that makes me drool can (and does, in the case of my husband and children) leave others shaking their heads wondering what on earth I see in it, so my that reckoning, someone, somewhere, some time, will see this piece in real life, or as a photograph on this blog and instead of saying “Okaaaayy” with a quizzical expression on their faces like I did, they will say “Wow!” …and mean it in a good way. If everyone in the whole world liked exactly the same stuff, (With the exception of world peace) or had the same tastes then our planet would be a far less interesting and diverse place. Appreciation after all, is as unique as each and every one of us.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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October 24, 2016

3D Humour That Makes Me Smile…

The best part of keeping my now rather ancient pocket point-and-shoot Fujifilm camera, is that I can keep it in a jacket pocket and capture photographs whilst we are on the move.  Car journeys take us all over the Hague, Rotterdam and Delft because I have hospital appointments in all of these cities. We of course also go out to visit friends and family and it was on one of these journeys that we saw this on the intersection of the Laan van Meerdervoort and the Conradkade. I’ve photographed this statue group before, (Three Beautiful Figures… ) but this time someone has adorned two of the group with what appears to be either sunglasses or, more likely, 3D glasses left over from a cinema visit.  I love that someone  who had a sense of humour decided to do this: it’s not vandalism in the way that you usually think of it when someone uses spray-paint or the like, this is a quirky, humourous addition that no doubt has made many a passer-by smile during the time that the glasses lasted on them.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

September 19, 2016

Ladies, Babes And A Man Of The Cloth … What Is Going On Here?

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Whilst visiting Trier last summer we came across a fountain that was also a work of art in it’s own right.

It’s as much a statue as it is a fountain.

There is a central figure on top of the main column, clearly meant to be Saint Peter, because there is a large key hanging by his side.

There is then a row of cherubs lining the top tier, then the fountain beneath with the faces of putti spouting the water.

Beneath that there are female figures in various poses,  and small lions that spout the second tier of water out of their mouths.

These lions are  so small and dare I say it,  slightly “un-lion-like” that I first mistook them for dogs, but once I figured out that they had manes, and took a second look I decided that they looked more like lions the more I looked.

There are various small busts and fruit decorations below the lions and also around the base of the fountain and a perfusion of gold leaf highlights means that all of the decoration sparkles in the sunlight.

The fountain itself is larger than you first think, and the main focal points of it stand mostly above head-height, plus there is the added obstacle of the ironwork fence around it so getting photographs is harder than it first looks.

I had an additional camera chip that had many more photographs of the cherubs and all of the details but somehow managed to mislay it, so these are the photographs from the end of another chip that I managed not to loose.

I am sure that many of the aspects of this fountain have been made with a specific meaning behind them, but I could not find any further information, and people were sitting on the seats at various points around the base so it wasn’t possible to see if there was a name or information plaque.

It’s a very unusual juxtaposition of figures, I’m trying to work out how the ladies at the bottom for in with the Saint (?) at the top, and where the cherubs fit into this already busy picture.

Still, this is a very distinctive and beautiful piece of sculpture and it definitely brightened my day to make it’s acquaintance.

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Wikipedia: Trier / Germany

September 18, 2016

A Different Sort Of History Book…

When visiting Trier in Germany last summer the surroundings were completely captivating for anyone who adores architectural detail. Beautiful balconies, stone carvings and wrought iron work were just a few of the delights on show in this beautiful city, this is just scratching the surface of what is here too. In a continuation of yesterday’s post,  the story of this ancient city is written as much in it’s bricks and stones as in it’s history books…

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Wikipedia: Trier / Germany

 

September 17, 2016

More City Spying Uncovers A Multitude Of Gems…

As I mentioned in earlier posts, Trier as Germany’s oldest city is full of amazing architectural detail.
This is a photographic posts detailing some of the gems I spied during our visit…

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Wikipedia: Trier / Germany

 

 

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