In which I… reflect on the nature of art.
There was some rain last week and the day after left some rather large puddles about, as is Canberra’s wont:
On Sunday I wandered in the general direction of the National Gallery of Australia, and noticed this regatta on the other side of the Commonwealth Ave Bridge:
Sometimes things just line up and the wind is in your favour:
And the Autumn colours along the foreshore are still pretty spectacular:
As is so often the case, Canberra has these occasional oddities lying about. On this day there was a Dalek baseball cap hanging on a tree.
The Sculpture Garden
The original objective of walking to the National Gallery was to check out the Sculpture Garden (mostly because my photo walk at the end of April reminded me it existed).
This is Virginia (named after a woman, not the state) by Clement Meadmore. Made of weathered steel it’s quite a large piece:
This one is Ik Ook by Mark Di Suvero in painted steel. Make of it what you will:
There’s a number of classical sculptures, cast reproductions of earlier works. A Bourdelle, several Rodins. This photo of several of the The burghers of Calais isn’t too bad.
I suspect that Bert Flugelman who created Cones also created the more cubic installation seen in Belconnen.
You can’t really get the same dramatic framing for Cones as I was able to get for the other piece, the bush setting of the gardens sort of prevents that. Then again, it does perhaps encourage a closer, more reflective look. Like so:
Or this one:
There is, apparently, a fog sculpture that operates in the Sculpture Garden from 12:30 PM to 2:00PM daily, and I plan to check that out at some point.
I did spend some time in the gallery itself, but that was a fairly cursory walk through and I wasn’t really satisfied with any of the photos. I plan to return at some point to look at that more carefully (but to be honest I’m not really a huge fan of art galleries).
On the way home I experimented with photographing into the sun. This first effort came out quite well – there’s all sorts of interesting lines and angles in here:
I quite like how this one used the light looking back down along the path with the autumn colours:
This one of the reflected sunlight on Lake Burley Griffin worked quite well once I positioned the camera to hide the sun behind the bridge:
And… that’s it for the week. As usual let me know what you think worked, what didn’t, and any suggestions for how I could improve.. See you next week.