Petrogylphs Under the Sand

Actual rune like carvings found on Hawaiian beach. Should I rename my blog to “Carvings Under the Sand”? That of course holds a different meaning (more on that in the about section). If you want your carvings to last ~400 years then sandstone will work much better than sand. Although it would also help if you didn’t carve your images right next to the ocean.

The press release doesn’t explain what the Army has to do with this site. If this find is on Army property then what was that couple, who found the carvings, doing walking down an Army beach. In related news – who knew that the Army have their own archaeologists?

Source: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/shpd/slider/nr16-155h/

An Underwater Museum

Learning how to dive is one of those activities I wish I had made time to pursue. In addition to being able to be up close with amazing aquatic wildlife, swimming through old shipwrecks  always sounded like a lot of fun.

Now, imagine being able to swim through interesting works of art as well. Referring to Jason deCaires Taylor’s seabed sculptures as a museum may be a bit of a stretch but I bet it is a blast for divers.

Do you think it would be even more of an adventure if you have no hint about what the works are; before your dive?

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/mar/20/the-worlds-first-underwater-museum-in-pictures?

Sculpture for Trees

Invoking the spirit of the old man in the tree is such a fun concept. Treebeard in “Lord of the Rings” is one great example. These “exterior accents” by Design Toscano caught my eye:

My first thought was that similar pieces could be done using a 3D printer. Color matching and water/sun resistance could be issues. Interesting thought none the less….

Source: http://www.uberreview.com/2014/03/greenman-tree-sculpture-looks-like-devilish-fun.htm

Apple Picks a Statue to Remember Steve Jobs

Apple ran a competition, with over 10,000 artists participating, to design a statue of Steve Jobs; to be installed in front of their headquarters. Man, does the Huffington Post hate the piece Apple selected; calling it “unfortunate”.

Anyone who’s ever owned an iPhone or Mac, or who’s even just seen those things, knows that Steve Jobs was into sleek lines and bold colors, when it comes to design. Radenovic’s winning statue is none of those things

MacRumors posted a translated description of the bust from the sculptor Dragan Radenovic:

I wanted to present some of the recognizable Serbian motifs such as a letter Ш which is the last letter of the Serbian alphabet and Apple rather liked the idea. I’ve also placed the Latin letter A and binary code 0.1 too. I’ve wanted it all to represent a sort of “magnet”.

Here’s what the Huffington Post made of the magnet concept:

During his lifetime, colleagues described Jobs as having a “reality-distortion field” that swayed coworkers and audiences to his way of thinking. That’s the best explanation we could come up with for the magnet.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/steve-jobs-statue_n_4855844.html?

Marilyn Monroe is Moving to Hamilton, NJ

Grounds for Sculpture is getting a new statue. Moving from Palm Springs, to her new home in New Jersey, is “Forever Marilyn” a 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue based on the 1955 movie “The Seven-Year Itch”.

Not really sure what is going on with the fire hose in this picture. Having spent some time in the Palm Springs area (29 Palms to be exact) I’m guessing that the statue can get pretty dusty after a while.

The Monroe sculpture is part of a series that sculptor Seward Johnson created called “Icon Revisited”. Some other pieces in the series are a sculpture based on the famous picture of a WWII vet kissing a nurse when the end of the war in Europe was announced and a sculpture he did based on the famous Grant Wood painting “American Gothic”.

Recreating popular icons in three dimensions is sure to be popular with the general public. The concentration of so many kinds of sculpture at Grounds for Sculpture makes it a very cool place to visit. Hopefully adding “Forever Marilyn,” to their collection, will bring them lots of new visitors.

Another thing I learned from this news item is that some of the sculptures at Grounds for Sculpture are replicas. I’m assuming that helps lower their acquisition costs and replicas certainly can widen an artists exposure. I guess I’ll have to visit Grounds for Sculpture again to see how transparent they are about the reproductions; I don’t remember them highlighting which pieces are replicas when I was there the first time.

Source: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/02/a_26-foot_statue_of_marilyn_monroe_in_iconic_pose_headed_to_grounds_for_sculpture_exhibit_in_hamilto.html?

Mr. Johnson’s web site: http://www.sewardjohnson.com/

Woodmere Art Museum to Upgrade Landscape

No, they are not looking for higher quality landscape paintings. Well maybe they are but that would be a different story. What they are planning to do is spruce up their grounds. The interesting thing, to me, is that they are looking to add more outdoor sculpture.

The most visual of the proposed improvements would be a “world-class destination” sculpture garden. The garden would include a redesign of the pedestrian access with walking paths, lighting, signage and patron seating. “The idea here is that it would be more inviting and pleasing and really make it something that grabs people’s eyes,” noted Pamela Loos, the museum’s director of foundation and government relations.

The item mentions that they plan to use a large copper and bronze fountain, designed by Harry Bertoia, as a focal point for the sculpture garden. That sounds very nice, as Mr. Bertoia has done some very interesting public installations. The fountain used to be installed at the Philadelphia Civic Center; which was torn down in 2000. The weird part is that since then, the fountain has been stored in the Philadelphia police barracks. How did that come about? I’m guessing that it is quite safe there. Makes you wonder what other odds and ends they have tucked away, in the nooks and crannies, of Philadelphia’s government real estate.

Typical of a lot of news items about art, they didn’t include any pictures of the fountain. The news item referred to the fountain as “Waves”; which is incorrect. That made searching for pictures a little harder than it had to be. The actual title of the piece is “Free Interpretation of Plant Forms“, installed in 1967. Did some digging and found this:

Source: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/mt-airy-feature/53014-woodmere-art-museum-seeks-grant-for-new-sculpture-garden-and-landscape-improvements

Harry Bertoia’s web site: http://www.harrybertoia.org/index.html

BTW – Christopher William Purdom has put together a great compilation of Philadelphia public art; check it out: philart.net.