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The Blackpool High Tide Organ

In Art Hotspots, Sculptures on April 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

Standing about 15 meters in height, the Blackpool High Tide Organ Sculpture along Blackpool’s New Promenade was the brainchild of artists Liam Curtin and John Gooding. Most of its raw material was found from steel and copper sheets. This interesting monument is not only a sight for any musicians eyes, but it is also a kinetic sculpture. It promotes a blending of art media by being an interactive piece that resonates through its eighteen pipes when the coastline is at high tide. The organ pipes are also connected to eight pipes attached to the sea wall. The ideal hours to experience this musical sculpture is about two hours before or after high tide.

Blackpool tide organ Sculpture
Photography by Matt Kitty from Lancashire

The sculptural monument was part of The Great Promenade Show series. It was often described by the community as something which was able to materialize the musical inclinations of the sea itself. It’s elongated structure also makes it a wonderful sight for tourists and visiting musicians.

The Blackpool High Tide Organ is one of the rare musically interactive sculptures that do not require much of man’s additional intervention. Other examples include the famous Aeolian Harp and the Wind Chime.

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The Gilgal Sculpture Garden

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Personalities, Sculptures on March 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. had the idea of creating a sculpture garden to become a retreat into his own religious and personal beliefs. Child was not a professional artist, but he was someone who was very particular for detail and perfection. He created the Gilgal Sculpture Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah during the 1900’s. The entire complex contains 12 original sculptures and around seventy stones that are engraved with scriptures and excerpts from literature.

Gilgal Garden Entrance

The word “Gilgal” means “circle of standing stones” and was the name given to the garden by Child who was inspired by the location in the Bible where Joshua and the Israelites used 12 stones to convey a memorial.

sculpture garden

Child completed his own artist’s workshop in order to undertake this endeavor of building the garden. He went to great lengths to complete every piece on the location site itself, and even used unconventional tools such as an oxyacetylene torch. Some of the finished sculpture are as follows: A Sacrificial altar, a shrine to Child’s wife and a sphinx with the face of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr. What Child wanted to convey was not a sense of agreement with the world. People did not have to see his way of thinking or submit to his point of view, but rather just stop and be aroused by the curiosity of his works. Despite its long lasting existence, the Gilgal garden is now in the process of reparation.

Breaktime – Comical Architecture + Sculpture

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Techniques, Sculptures on March 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

I thought that with the release of the new Yogi Bear movie, I’d publish this post for a little twist. The Longaberger Company manufactures handcrafted lifestyle products like wooden baskets and fabric products. A perfect symbol of their hard work can be seen even before you enter their building’s lobby floor. Shaped like a huge picnic basket, their headquarters in Newark, Ohio is a prime example of sculptural application in architecture. There are many examples of large-scale sculptures all over the world by commercial or private artists.

picnic basket building

I heard that an advertisement for an Adidas football product was done recreating a football field on an elevated billboard. two players would hang by their sides and play a game of football in side-ways gravity. These types of sculptural applications can be very insightful and lend a smile to you daily dose of sights. It’s a good change from the regular ugly paraphernalia of marketing gurus and sales agents. Embodying what you do through the craft of sculpture is really admirable and a good contribution to the creative influence of others.

When sculpture intertwines with everyday life, that’s when it’s most appreciated. Sculptors and artists take pride in what they do, and what better fulfillment than having people use and live in your artworks. These days, the bar is set higher and higher for creative innovation. Where will our ideas take us in ten or twenty years? I propose holographic sculptures.

Wax Sculptures : Realistic Replicas of You and Me

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 12:42 am

Collecting sculptures can be a very rewarding experience, but sometimes its just as enjoyable to take a trip down to your local museum and bask in the art. For europeans, the wax museum is often a good place to observe a different sort of sculpture style.

Wax museums started with the travels and collections of Marie Tussaud, who lived in the eighteenth century, but is now the most popular name in the business of wax sculpture museums. The original Tussaud set up her first show in the 1830’s on Baker Street in London. Today, her establishments can be found all over the world, some more famous locations are the fixed ones in Dam Square – Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the one in Times Square – New York.

The Movieland Wax museum in Buena Park, California was also a big hit with the tourists that come to see these lifesize replicas of famous people and scenes in human history. Though that particular museum had to close its doors in 2005 after over forty years of service.

Wax SculptureBeatles Wax Sculpture Replicas – Photography by Lasse Havelund

The Hollywood wax museum in California is another famous location where movie actors can be seen as surprisingly accurate wax sculptures. The Musee Conti Wax Museum in Lousiana has its own Haunted Dungeon of wax cast figures sure to terrify any crowd.

These are just some of your more popularized destinations to go for wax sculptures, but the trend is pretty spread out all over the globe. It’s a change from the regular art auction or gallery exhibit, because you get to see something new. Wax sculptures are usually done in a style of realism that can be very detailed and accurate when compared to the actual model. In time, I’m not surprised if many more museums will make use of new was casting methods to display their collections in almost-real scenarios.

Sand Sculpting Festivals Around the Globe

In Art Hotspots, Sculpture Techniques on March 1, 2011 at 12:21 am

Around the world, sand festivals are growing in popularity. Sometimes called Sand Sculpture Festivals because of the main attraction involved, thousands of people gather to witness both the making of monumentally scaled sand artwork, and the exhibit of diverse compositions one would never see at a regular gallery. These festivals showcase the talent and flexibility of sculptors while testing their mastery. Working with sand as a medium is often difficult because of its grainy tendency to crumble down. During the Sand Sculpting Australia “Dinostory” Festival, sculptors were excited to sculpt their favorite prehistoric subjects out of raw beach sand. The Australian Festival is a yearly event that is held at Frankston, Victoria since 2008.

sand artwork from australia

Sand Sculpture – Photography by John O’ Neill

Other countries that encourage this type of sculptural activity include Canada (Lau Beauchamp Park and Clam Harbor in Nova Scotia), Germany (Berlin’s Sandsation Festival) and India (Goa Sand Festival) among others. Many subjects that are sculpted in sand are drawn directly from themes given during the competition, however some artits, like Patnaik in India, prefer to sculpt artwork in support for a specific cause like the tsunami strike in Puri.

The most widespread sand sculpting festival in Portugal; the International Sand Sculpture Festival was the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. It has been held in Algarve since 2003. Russia also contributes to the worldwide phenomena of sand sculpting, with its recent 2005 sand show; “Animal World” which was held at the Moscow Zoo. To much of everybody’s surprise, the venue and inspirational surroundings gave the artists exactly what they needed to put up one heck of a show. Sand sculpting around the world has been the recent dream of many artists and even some regular beach-hoppers. It’s a fun and recreational practice that encourages creativity in today’s fast-paced society.

The Artwalk: Philippines’ Hub for Modern and Traditional Sculpture

In Art Hotspots on February 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Located at the fourth floor of SM Megamall building A, is the premier gateway corridor to everything Fine Art in the Philippines. This historic, yet widely popular shopping area has been widely known as the center for exhibitions, auctions, and art talks in Metro Manila. Many of the galleries carry the bigget names in Philippine art, such as Malang, Joya, and Baldemor. Several galleries also house new and budding talent, especially in sculpture.

The Artasia Fine Art Gallery is one of the well known hotspots for sculpture and modern art. Founded by artists themselves, it is now being managed by contemporary sculptor Seb Chua, who has also won several recognitions in the national art scene. Joining him in the fulfillment of the gallery, are MX Chan, a first prize winner from the Art Association of the Philippines, and Seb’s son Kylo Chua, sole recipient of the very first LSAA award for sculpture in the history of the Ateneo de Manila University. This gallery houses its resident sculptors from both the local and international artist communities and was one of the pioneer galleries to host UNICEF’s successful ‘Art for Life’ sculpture project twice in a row.

Among some of the other fine art galleries include, Gallery Nine; a unique place that hosts a number of well-deserving sculptors and painters, Gallery Y; an experienced and very popular venue for painting exhibits by esteemed Philippine artists, and Galerie Anna which was recently opened with its inaguration exhibit featuring 138 of the country’s visual artists in 2009.