“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”
I was immediately reminded of this line when I walked into a shop in San Francisco recently. Written in 1967 by John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, and still going strong!
Marta Pan, Sculpture flottante, 1960-1961
In my post of 20 July 2013, I promised more of my favourite works at the Kröller-Müller Museum Sculpture Park. This Sculpture flottante is eye-catching and I enjoyed watching it as it floated in the water revealing a different shape all the time. To me the reflection of the sculpture in the water becomes part of the sculpture, and is more fragile depending on the amount of ripples the wind makes in the water. It was made by French sculptor Marta Pan. Born in Hungary in 1923, she travelled to Paris in 1947 and took on French nationality in 1952. She not only designed this sculpture, but also the shape of the pond and the design of the park. The nickname for this artwork is “The Swan” and you can see why here: The Swan.
Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968
Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968
This amazing sculpture by American sculptor and photographer Kenneth Snelson (born 29 June 1927) is made out of aluminium cylinders and stainless steel cable and is 28 metres high. It is fascinating to see how this all holds together, and how high it is! It looks so fragile and looks like it could all collapse in an instant. Apparently, when one cable snaps, it will. The first version of the Needle Tower was built in 1968. It is in Washington and 18m high. On Snelson’s webpage you will find an explanation of tensegrity as well as other information, including his family album with some nice historical images, including one where he repairs Needle Tower II. In this image I deliberately left out the surrounding trees, as I did not want to show any reference points, but show it like it is floating in the air, just like the idea of this artwork.
In my post of 2 August 2013, I talked about the exhibition at and about the Wynyard Quarter. The show has now closed, and I am happy to post some images of the work inside the blue container.
Photos from my book “A Second Wind”, about the coal fired steam tug “The Daldy”, which was also exhibited.
The two photos on the left were taken by me in the fast-changing Wynyard Quarter. For the first one I was standing on top of one of the old silos and I spotted a young girl holding balloons and wearing a helmet, which seemed quite peculiar. The one next to it is my impression of “The Cloud”, a multi-purpose event venue built in 2011. The two photos on the right were taken by Ruth Ames also in the Wynyard Quarter.
These three images are also work by Ruth Ames, who documented the changes happening in Daldy Street.
“Cynthia” is a series by Sonya Roussina, which shows Cynthia, who is a regular visitor to the Wynyard Quarter piano.
Great to see people enjoying our work! For a better look at the images, please visit my website.
Entering and participating in the Waterfront Auckland Photography competition has resulted in a chance to exhibit my work alongside two other participants: Ruth Ames and Sonya Roussina. The Wynyard Quarter is a fast developing area on the Auckland Waterfront and with my interest in documentary photography and combining the present with the past, this is a perfect area for a project. With the help of a very kind man’s historical photographs I created a book called: A Second Wind. It features images of the steam tug “William C. Daldy” (The Daldy in short). The Daldy retired in 1977 after 41 years of service as one of the last coal fired tugs in the world. Now The Daldy operates as a working museum, see The Daldy for more information. Apart from documentary images, we also entered a few standalone images.
The official opening is today and the show is on until 19 August 2013. It was an interesting process setting it all up in a container! For more info please click on: Waterfront News. More images to follow soon.
Famous for its extensive collection of Vincent van Gogh’s works, the Kröller-Müller Museum also has an impressive Sculpture Park. I was amazed and inspired by it and this and following posts show some of my favourite works.
Aristide Maillol, L’Air, 1939/1962
I can look at this stunning sculpture again and again, it stays fascinating from whichever angle you look at it. Maillol’s muse Dina Vierny was his model and a woman with an interesting history, as you can read in this article by William Grimes in the New York Times, dated 26 January 2009: Dina Vierny, Artist’s Muse, dies at 89
George Minne, Havenarbeider, 1911
A Havenarbeider is a Docker. The remarkable face would have been enough, but would have resulted in a less striking sculpture. The half cut-off body adds to the strenght of this piece. George Minne was a Belgian artist and you can find more information about him on
The J. Paul Getty Museum site:
“Vroeg of laat komt het goed” means: “Sooner or later, it will be alright”. It is about a couple in their seventies, Gerarda and Otto Holzhaus, who travel a lot around the world, and Otto writes short stories about their adventures. I have not read the book yet, but it sounds interesting and inspiring!
A lot of people visited the opening of group exhibition “Connection”. It was a great evening, and at the end of the night I left with a big, beautiful bunch of flowers. Our hard work has paid off, and who knows we might be back next year at the Auckland Festival of Photography!
The collaborative exhibition Connection will open on Tuesday, 4 June 2013 from 6-9pm in the Ironbank in Karangahape Road, Auckland.
Myself and five other photographic artists: Ruth Ames, Sheryl Campbell, Delena Nathuran, Sonya Roussina and Sue Wiggins, will show individual works, including medium format film, mixed media, video, and fine art print.
The exhibition is part of the Auckland Photography Festival and our opening is part of the Festival’s Circuit night, where 11 other galleries are also open, and vans are available to drive people to and from the galleries.
On 30 April 2013 Holland (or the Netherlands as it is officially called) Queen Beatrix will abdicate the throne and her son Prince Willem Alexander will become the new King. He will be the first male on the throne since 1890. The inauguration will take place in Amsterdam and in light of this I chose some images I took in Amsterdam along the canals.
If you have ever visited Holland you will have seen that often the pavement is close to the houses, which enables you to look inside and see how the people live. For most tourists this is quite a new experience.