Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Shapes of Art

Stewart has suggested the theme The Shapes of Art for the header challenge this week. I am posting early because tomorrow is another doctor day.

I could have chosen the art of quilting, which depends on shapes for its designs. But instead I revisited the Maryhill Museum, which, in addition to permanent exhibits of paintings, Native American culture, chess sets, Rodin (I was looking there for "thinking" last week.) Queen Marie of Romania, and the Theatre de la Mode, each year hosts a sculpture garden. These are some of my favorites from visits to the Sculpture Garden.

My header choice comes from this piece, seen here with the museum as the backdrop.
You don't see the circles so much in this view, but when you get a little closer you can look through them to see other shapes from nature.

Here is another of my favorite circles from that year's display, framing the Walking Man.

The Walking Man was moved from the area of the changing Sculpture Garden to become a permanent part of the museum collection. Made up of a collection of parallel metal plates, the piece gives a fascinating illusion of movement. And sometimes a ghostly illusion of the disappearing man.

Maryhill Museum is a unique spot of culture located on a ridge above the Columbia River Gorge, far from the nearest city. The mansion was built by the eccentric tycoon Sam Hill for his wife Mary. She chose never to live there, far from what she considered civilization.
Her loss. Our gain.
Our little family of "headbangers" meet a weekly challenge to design a header that best portrays the theme. You can find the others through the links on my sidebar.


imac said...

Neat show Kathy, just loved the walking man.

Craver Vii said...

The Walking Man is a neat piece. I wonder how long it takes to make something like that.

Lew said...

Indeed, a fascinating sculpture, that almost disappears as you circle about it!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Kathy: Very cool post, really liked the walking man art.

Christine said...

Really neat sculpture! I love how you don't just "look" at it, but you can look through it and see even more. The Walking Man is pretty cool. The images you have would make a great diptych (or triptych)!!