figures in blue


a day in London and some strange figures were spotted crawling up the side of a building in the Bankside area


Chatsworth(3) around the grounds

A final meander and a few quirky things spotted around the grand estate.


A chair of  coins


Lets play skittles


Old and new sculpture on the front lawn


a chunky horse


and some blue cornflowers.

All about wood


This ergonomic and organic shape in some National Trust Gardens looks inviting to sit on, on the sunnier days of the year


this rickety pier is in Leith Docks and the wood structure looks naturally sculptural


perhaps that’s why it was chosen to hold a metal sculpture at the far end

IMGP5121broken wood has its own character

IMGP4270 an all wood ship that sits in Falmouth Harbour


D’Agrate or Hirst ; St Bartholomew




This is a statue in Milan Cathedral and its appearance is striking and frightening all in one.

St Bartholomew, now the patron saint of tanners, apparently , stands having flayed his own self and holding his skin and is all tissue and muscle and everything else carved into this solid block of marble.

It is amazing to look at.

Mark Twain said of it ‘It was a hideous thing, and yet there was a fascination about it somehow…’

Carved by Marco d’Agrate (c.1504 – c.1574)

Damien Hirst has done a version of St Bartholomew in bronze (2006) called Exquisite Pain.

I  think I prefer the earlier version although the actual subject matter is a little morbid but compelling to look at..

Leith sculpture

I saw this at Leith docks and zoomed  to snap a picture, not sure but guessing it could be an Anthony Gormley and also not sure if the seagull was part of it or not………  🙂


We couldn’t walk any closer by the looks of the rickety construction in between ……. I like the tension of the figure standing there endlessly gazing out over the water (whatever the weather I presume)

(I did some checking up and no, the seagull was just passing by (as many others had also done by appearance!)….I found out that this is one of six figures installed between the Scottish National Gallery and the sea  from a 2010 commission.)



wood post

Now I need to find the other five figures……..

Metal Stick Men

More sculptures in a quiet village field.

I needed to get a little closer.

I tramped across the boggy field to get a better look.

Lucky I had sturdy, distressed leather, calf length boots on that proved to be wholly waterproof/bog proof etc…

I avoided the electric fence in case it was switched on.

and there they were the strange stick men reaching upwards into the sky. From a distance they had looked like vandalised twisted goal posts or something. Now it was so clear what they were.

Well, sort of……

As they were in a field with an old cricket hut and other signs that the game of cricket had been played here before the sheep took over it was only logical to guess that these were connected to the game.random sculptures

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