Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Sunday Selections #442




Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.  
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 

 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme. This week it is murals.  Again.  My city seems to have adopted them with a vengeance.  All of these were outside a building which is being renovated.  I much prefer the splashes of colour and whimsy to the bare boards which are often associated with shopfront renovations.  I assume these are temporary, but thoroughly enjoyed them.












The dark lines on the panda and the next shots were shadows from a nearby tree.





I like that the colour overflows onto the pavement too.

 And a nearby monolithic sculpture.

I hope your week(s) are bright and colourful.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Sunday Selections #441




Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.  
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 

 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme. I am going to be a bit more random (but only a bit) this week.


But first, a follow-up from last week's Sunday Selections.  Joanne Noragon asked why the water company had commissioned murals.  So I rang them.  'We did it to encourage local artists, and to discourage graffiti I was told'.
I suspect there is a little spin in the response.  When asked who the artists were I was told that they would ring me back - and I am still waiting for that call.  It does seem to discourage graffiti though.

Onto this week's pictures.
Some of you will remember this statue, recently installed at a nearby shopping centre.


You KNOW a statue has been welcomed into the community when the locals rug it up for winter.





I wonder whether she will get a hat and sunnies for the warmer months?

Then to some very different (relatively) early morning shots.









And finishing with an awww moment featuring our sulphur-crested vandals.



I hope your weeks are vandal free (and packed with awww moments).

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Sunday Selections #440




Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.  
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 

 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme. This week was busy, fraught and sometimes unpleasant.  So we headed down the the lake as we so often do for a kangaroo fix and some calming beauty.





Heart balm at its best.

However, on our way down to the lake I noticed a splash of colour beside the road.  On our way home we stopped to investigate.

Murals!  Colourful and vibrant murals which have been added to one of our Water Company's suburban stations.  Murals which spoke loudly to my bird obsessed self.








I particularly appreciated that most of the birds can be seen in our local area.  Both of us were smiling broadly and benefited from our mini-excursion.

I do hope that your weeks are also packed with beauty.  

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Sunday Selections #439






Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.  
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 

 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme.  This week I am returning to our National Art Gallery.  In my post about the Monet exhibition I said that we would go back to see the Contemporary Worlds:  Indonesia exhibition.   We did.


I also mentioned that I often find contemporary art difficult for a variety of reasons.  I still do (not least on this visit because I am very sketchy on Indonesian history and culture), but am (of course) glad we went.

Here are some of the images which spoke loudest to me.



This piece stands just outside the entrance to the exhibition.  The final shots were details from the plinth on which it stood.









This next one, being constructed of plastic waste, struck home.


It is by Tita Salina and is titled the 1001st island - the most sustainable island in the archipelago.  Ouch.





This one is by Entang Wihaso and is called Temple of hope:  Door to Nirvana.




I found these by Eko Nugroho intriguing - and the second distressing.






Brilliant splashes of colour and whimsy.

Most of the gallery is free to enter so after we had wandered through this exhibition we explored some other areas.  The work on display changes regularly and there is ALWAYS something to marvel at, and/or to ponder.




These came from the Maori Markings:  Ta Moko exhibit.  And I winced.


Another example of Contemporary Art which doesn't speak to me.  Yayoi Kusama's The Spirits of the Pumpkins descended into the Heaven was an installation rather than a piece.  Five people at a time are allowed in, and I found it claustrophobic and didn't understand (or appreciate it).







I loved the Tiffany dragon fly lamp.

 This is the detail from a lift.  It is by Reko Rennie, an indigenous artist and is called Message Stick.  The lift is lined with a print from this work.


I did smile at this bumper sticker from a car parked near ours.

The Gallery is a wonderful place.  Like or loathe the pieces on display I always love our visits.