The signs in the MCA foyer say ‘no photography’. It’s a lost cause. Everyone has at least a phone with a hole in the back now and we don’t often have Anish Kapoor sculptures in Sydney. The moment must be captured. Continue reading
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I reflected short and hard, trying to think of artworks which have become icons of the city lucky or foresighted enough to have installed them.
Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Manneken Pis in Brussels, the Statue of Liberty…um…can anyone think of any others? The Christ of the Andes…that’s about it.
I really believe Chicago has cracked the elusive jackpot with Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate.
Since it was unveiled in 2006 ‘The Bean’ has become the city’s most recognisable landmark; something to be included in every tourist brochure and a ‘must be photographed standing next to in a witty pose’ for every visitor to the windy city.
There’s something intrinsically funny about a bike in art. Hang a bike in an unexpected place, use it in an inventive way or build a weird-looking machine and you’ll be guaranteed to raise a smile.
I back-pedalled through my photo files and found I’d felt compelled to take a shot every time I saw a bike sculpture. A bit of googling showed me many others had done likewise.
The internet is full of images of two-wheelers put to witty artistic use. My photos first, then we’ll see what others have discovered… Continue reading
Photographing sculpture ought to be a pushover. Someone else has already done the hard work and, if they’ve done it well, we amateurs just need to point and shoot to get a satisfying result.
Anybody can do that, and millions of us do. The hard thing is to find an original angle. Continue reading
One of the highlights of our Sydney year opens this week. The annual Sculpture by the Sea attracts hundreds of thousands of people to walk the spectacular clifftops between Bondi Beach and Tamarama. Along the way they stroke their chins, point, smile and pass expert and non-expert judgement on more than 100 works of art.
Anything would look good perched up here with the crashing surf as a backdrop, though competition to enter the event is extremely hot and the works chosen from around the world are of the highest quality. Continue reading
I feel some sympathy for those who planned Lelystad. Damming the sea and creating 1400 square kilometres of dry land is hard enough; building a brand new town that people will love is even harder.
The city fathers of Lelystad have been trying their best, but people from longer established parts of the Netherlands still sneer at the place. It has some smart modern architecture, the New Land Museum, a replica of the ship Batavia and some interesting public art but where’s the soul? Where’s the atmosphere? Continue reading