A final meander and a few quirky things spotted around the grand estate.
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
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.http://www.fadwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/hirst.jpg.
I think I prefer the earlier version although the actual subject matter is a little morbid but compelling to look at..
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.)
Now I need to find the other five figures……..
More sculptures in a quiet village field.
I needed to get a little closer.
Lucky I had sturdy, distressed leather, calf length boots on that proved to be wholly waterproof/bog proof etc…
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