Monday, October 06, 2008

The statues are EVERYWHERE! part III

I finally got around to exploring the front side of the SLC library .

It is such a huge building. Notice the two little people heading towards the building.
Yeah...that big!

The girl walking towards you is about to cross in front of a waterfall....

Here's a closer shot of the waterfall.
(There are an awful lot of waterfalls in SLC. I don't know how anyone with urgent bladder issues survives venturing out into public around here....)
The Body Worlds sign behind the waterfall is advertising the exhibition of human bodies that have been posed and peeled down to muscles and bones and such.
Everyone at work is very excited about this exhibition.
I keep trying to talk myself into going to see it...but... I'm...not...quite...ready...to see it....yet.
Anatomy: Not my thing.
The Body World sign is about half of a city block long!
On the other side of the water fall is ANOTHER waterfall!
And a garden which is reach by walking down some steps.

It is a sculpture garden. Isn't that a neat idea for the front of a library?
It is a fairly new garden, judging from the size of the trees that are turning yellow.
In a few years, this should be quite an interesting little park like setting.

Each of the sculptures in this garden are created by someone from Zimbabwe, a country on the African continent.

I marveled at the fact that I was standing in a garden in SLC, enjoying the creation of an African man named Nesbert, whom I otherwise would have never had know a thing about.
I think if I ever did meet him, I would have to just call him by his first name.
That last name looks like quite a tongue twister!
Each sculpture was done by a different Zimbabwe artist. I had to wonder who discovered these artists, and am so appreciative that the Rotary Club was willing to pay for them and have them shipped over to America to grace the library grounds.

(By the way...it was starting to rain while I was taking these pictures; the spots on the sculptures are raindrops!)

The artistic representation of the human form is so different than the artist who created the frolicking children, yet I find these forms to be quite engaging as well.

There's something rather noble about each piece, and yet silent too. Funny how the sculpted children seemed to have sound, while these seem to study their world in watchful silence.

I loved how the artist who created this piece managed to represent the tradition wrapped cloth head dress of the African woman with parts of the stone left natural.
She has such a demure dignity about her!

I would love to have a sculpture like this deep in my own garden.
Actually, it is pretty cool to remember that as a citizen of SLC, this IS my garden, and I can visit "my" garden whenever I want!
Pure enjoyment, no mowing or trimming or weeding to be done.
Such a deal.
There is just something about seeing sculptures out of doors. It is a completely different experience than seeing a sculpture inside a gallery.
I can't wait to see what the sculptures will look like in the snow.
I'm going to have a chance to find out soon; we are supposed to get out first snowfall in town this weekend.
I have a feeling I will feel a little sorry for the African pieces.
They look like they are not really people who would relish being cold.
Not unlike the few Africans that I have met here. They tended to walk about wrapped in blankets even when it was quite warm out....I wonder how they will do when the snow begins to fly?
I also wish I could visit the garden with someone from Africa.
I'd love to hear what they thought about the works, based on their own cultural sensibilities.
I wonder if their thoughts would be different or the same as mine.
What did YOU think about them?
Come on...share a bit.
It will be like virtually going to see the sculptures together!

3 comments:

Vicki said...

I'm hurrying out the door on my way to Orlando for a very busy weekend. The sculptures and art and fountain and everything around SLC just fascinates me! What a beautiful town. How much of this was done for the Olympics, I wonder. Thanks for sharing...gotta go!

Lovella said...

I'm sorry Jill, for some reason of other my blog feed didn't pick up on the new post which is already not so new.
The amount of statues are incredible. . I can't believe what a cultured city you live in. The library is gigantic. .quite amazing those windows..
I thought the art was interesting but not my favorite of the SLC art. I agree that it would be interesting to see the art with someone from Africa.
Any sign of that snow yet? I can imagine you now. . you won't be indoors for long.

Sara said...

I love those sculptures, for their flowing shapes and somewhat abstract forms, their textured surfaces (some polished and rough on the same sculpture) and the colors in the stone.

The first one you show causes me to see both a complete standing human figure and that figure's fingerprints at the same time (those circles scored into the stone). Like seeing "a human" in the general sense but at the same time seeing that person's very personal identity that no one else has (the fingerprints)...

Of them all, I think I like the owl the best just because of the pleasing shape and all the different angles and textures and shades of color that make it up.

The woman with the headdress looks a little sad to me. I wonder what she's thinking about.