Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’

Hérival Priory is now an artists’ colony, in a beautiful clearing in the forests of the Vosges.  Examples of their art are scattered around the complex. The monks would be surprised.  Or perhaps not.  After all, as Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, there’s nothing new under the (French) sun.

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Sittin’ and thinkin’

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As many of you know from my posts of last year’s trip to France, Plombières-les-Bains was one our favorite discoveries, a beautiful city reminiscent of Italy, tucked away in the forests of the Vosges, with thermal baths that were enjoyed already in Roman times. We have yet to try them, as mid-summer temperatures don’t really make them sound appealing.

We made a number of trips there again this year and one day, we set out from there for another brave, daring adventure, following inviting roads until we saw a sign for the hermitage of Hérival.  The road grew narrower and narrower (and if you know French back roads, that meant quite narrow).  We began to wonder whether the signs had lied, but finally we saw what looked like the priory.

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What was I thinking, cutting off the top of that cross??

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Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge this week is “Glass” in any of its manifestations or interpretations (or any other single word you like).  Glass immediately brings Chihuly and his amazing glass creations to mind.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see his work in a number of places, but none in such abundance as his installation at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens a few years ago.  My s-i-l and I did the rounds during the day, then again as it got dark, when the glass was illuminated.  Both were magical.

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In 2004, sculptor Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” was unveiled in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago..  The initial mocking sobriquet of “The Electric Kidney Bean” was eventually lovingly shortened to “The Bean” and Chicago and its visitors embraced this marvel. 80% of it reflects the sky and twice a year it gets washed with 40 gallons of liquid Tide, the better to reflect both the city and its enthralled visitors.

When first spotted, the resemblance to a space ship is strong.  On this warm, sunny spring day, it’s a stunning sight and up close, it’s even more intriguing.

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The edge seems to flow seamlessly into the sky and the city takes on a whole new beautiful look as it bends and reflects.

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With a little vintage riff, you get an old picture postcard look.

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I had a good time taking photos of people taking family or group photos so they could all get in the shot.  In return, someone offered to take one of me, doing my part to keep the Bean in place.

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Under the Bean, though, things change from a distorted yet charming reflection of the city to a definite Escher-like look. But that’s a picture story for another time.

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One of the most enjoyable times of the blogging week is searching for photos for the Oddball Photo Challenge. “Oddball” may mean that the photo or subject is odd, but it might also simply be a photo you can’t easily categorize. Feel free to join in if you like. Believe me, it’s simply. Oddball photos abound, such as this rather large hare that we spotted in a park in Urbana, Illinois. I think it’s a hare rather than a rabbit as hares are larger than rabbits, have larger legs and ears, and have longer, stronger hind legs than rabbits, while usually living alone.  🙂

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Oddball:

1.  a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming, especially one having beliefs that are unusual but harmless.
2.  whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

The bustin’ out portion of my oddballs is part of a sculpture entitled “A Pair of 44’s.”  🙂  Not much more to say, is there?

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The stayin’ in is a photo of our second rescue dog, Annabelle, who loved to be wrapped in her fuzzy blanket. Even though she looks sad here, she was happy to be away from her former “home” and in our house. She now has a forever home and is a true love.

Annabelle copyright janet m. webb 2011