Posts Tagged ‘Sculpture’

The Little Mermaid!

January 20, 2018

Happy Saturday!  When you mention “The Little Mermaid” today, most children would assume you are referencing the Disney animated movie (from 1989) featuring the red-headed mermaid, Ariel.  However, “The Little Mermaid,” a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson was originally published more than 150 years before (1837) and is the tale upon which the animated movie was based.  Did you know that there was a sculpture of the same name also based upon this fairy tale?    It is a bronze statue created by Edvard Eriksen,  and installed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1913.

According to The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy . . . a mermaid is “a legendary marine creature with the head and torso of a woman and a tail of a fish; the masculine, less well-known equivalent is a merman.  Though linked to the classical Sirens, mermaids may be nothing more than sailors’ fanciful reports of the playful antics of dugongs or manatees.”   Sirens are defined as “evil creatures who lived on a rocky island, singing in beautiful voices in an effort to lure sailors to shipwreck and death.  Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears to escape the Sirens’ fatal song.  Figuratively, a ‘siren’ is a beautiful or tempting woman; a ‘siren song’ is any irresistible distraction.”

Source: The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.; Joseph F. Kett; and James Trefil.


An Amazing Find!

November 4, 2017

Leelanau GlassHere is yet another fabulous glass sculpture (three pieces on acrylic bases) that I acquired last summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas). The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, is always held on the last Saturday of July, on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College  and I always manage to find a treasure or two to take home with me.  This multi-piece item caught my eye immediately, and during the course of purchasing the piece(es) I discovered that the artist, John Fletcher, lives right around the corner from our family business!  ‘Tis a small world indeed.  This new acquisition is now “gracing” the ledge between my kitchen and my living room.  Beautiful!

What a Tree-t!

July 16, 2017

PAM-TreeHere is another exceptional work of art that I discovered last month while at the Phoenix Art Museum.  This sculpture, by Rebecca Campbell, is entitled “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” and “is composed of a tree wrapped in black velvet, standing in a base of salt and with tiny, windex-filled glass birds sitting on its branches” (from the media release).  Campbell explained that her inspiration for the sculpture came from seeing a group of burned trees against a stark snowy background.

Here’s a link to an interview with the artist.

The Marriage of Architecture to Art to Music!

August 23, 2012

Question: What do you get when you cross architecture with art and music?  Answer: the Singing Ringing Tree . . . a wind-powered sound sculpture constructed in the Burnley district of East Lancashire, England, by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu (of Tonkin Liu).

This sculpture won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence in 2007.

Source: This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license and is attributed to Mr. Andrew Kline at the English language Wikipedia.

Seal Ya Later!

October 22, 2011

Here is another small Inuit sculpture that I acquired several years ago.  Unfortunately, I do not remember the artist’s name or any other details/provenance surrounding this particular piece (aside from the fact that it is a seal).  I have managed to improve my record-keeping significantly within the last decade or so, especially where it concerns my art collection (and as required by the insurance company for the rider to my renter’s policy).  A simple, yet elegant piece (in my humble opinion).

E sila (seal)  Kalai kii (sculpture)

Source of Hawaiian terms: An English-Hawaiian Dictionary with Various Useful Tables, by H.R. Hitchcock (1968).

Musk Ox Extraordinaire!

October 8, 2011

This particular sculpture was a gift from my parents several years ago.  I don’t know the artist (based on the style, my guess would be Kellipalik Qimipik), but it is an exquisitely majestic piece nonetheless.  The musk ox is a powerful animal.  The below video should be excellent incentive to not get too close to these magnificent creatures.

Dancing Walrus!

September 27, 2011

Here is another sculpture from my art collection that I picked up at the Inuit Art Sale at the Dennos Museum at Northwestern Michigan College a couple of summers ago.  I liked this one for a lot of reasons: the black tusks, the white stone, and the unique shape and depiction of the walrus dancing.  It was one of those “I loved it the minute I saw it” moments.  In all of my years of collecting, I’ve learned to act upon these moments and to not hesitate when purchasing.

The artist: Guula Paneak.
The medium: stone.
The enjoyment value: priceless!

Correcting A Major Oversight!

August 30, 2011

It may take me a few weeks to get this done, but I’ve discovered several pieces of my art collection that I have failed to document on this blog!  Apparently several sculptures have slipped through the crack so it is high time I correct this glaring omission.  I purchased this one (a Musk Ox) back in the late 80s or early 90s (too long ago to remember and long before I started keeping track of such things — I’m lucky to have remembered the artist’s name).  The artist: Towatuga Sagouk; the community: Frobisher Bay; the medium: green soapstone; the technique: carving.  This was the very first Inuit carving that I purchased (during the annual Inuit Art Sale at the Dennos Museum at Northwestern Michigan College) and I was particularly drawn to its simplicity.  I now have 5 sculptures and 3 prints from Inuit artists and I think it is safe to say that I’m not finished collecting (yet).  I return to the area every year during the Art Sale, and here lately, I’ve been purchasing a piece on a fairly regular basis.  Do you suppose there is a 12-step program for art collectors?  Compared to other addictions, art collecting doesn’t seem too bad at all (but I must confess that I may be a bit biased in my perspective).

Architectural Art, Part II!

August 25, 2010

Here is the second 8″x8″ square that I purchased last month.  The artist: Larry Fox.  The medium: wood.  The Gallery: the Artisan Design Network.  The location: Traverse City, Michigan (downtown on Front Street).  The colors, the flow, the dimensionality (i.e., the depth) make this piece a beautiful compliment to my other piece by this artist.  But now that I think of it, every piece that was displayed  would have been a beautiful compliment to any other piece . . . some better than others (of course), but the style, expression, and simplicity are what set these apart (in my humble opinion) . . . and I just like them!  I’ll just have to pick up some more the next time I’m in town.

Dancing Musk Ox!

August 18, 2010

The top view

Every now and then you come across a work of art that is truly unique in its expression.  Here is a wonderful piece by Ptis Qimirpik (a Cape Dorset artist) that captured my heart immediately.  Not only in the perspective unique (a musk ox on one foot, but the carving (top and bottom) is exquisite.   I’m providing a couple of separate views of this one . . . the top side, and the under side. 

The bottom view
This piece was acquired from the Dennos Museum Center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College during its annual Inuit Art Sale.    And, as is usually the case, I fall in love with several pieces and must make a difficult decision every year on what to purchase for my collection.  Once I win the lottery, this won’t be as big an issue . . . but I’m not holding my breath just yet.   Enjoy!