Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sunday Art Review: Metalworks

This week's Sunday Art Review is a collection of sculptures in metal of one kind or another. I've photographed all but the last piece at the end of this post. My intention is to show that despite being cold and hard, metals have the ability to convey great beauty and stimulate thought in one way or another. I hope you enjoy this collection....

above: This is in downtown Providence, RI along Memorial Boulevard. One portion of the circle has shiny, scale like metal and the other side is contrasted by smooth, hard, angular jagged type cut work.

above: This sculpture, set in a pool of water is at the front entrance to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. It is a well polished shiny steel with sexy curves and free form type shape. The water fountains and up lighting make this a stunning piece.

above: This is located on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. It is art with function. Although not shown in this photograph, each of these metal tubes have water that flow through them. Each colored tube slowly fills up with water and gently glides down, allowing the water to majestically flow out and back into the pool below.

above: Located in front of the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs, this may not seem very sophisticated, but it is quite stimulating, and whimsical.

above: I did not take this photo. This is titled "Sounding Sculpture", by artist Harry Bertoia. It is part of the permanent collection at The Palm Springs Art Museum. The artist was fascinated with sound from metal pieces in various shapes and sizes.
Thanks for stopping by The Sunday Art Review today, I really do appreciate it.
-Rick Rockhill


Marlupe said...

I like the shiny one in the pool of water.You must have a fancy camera rick, these photos are great.

Josie said...

I think my favorite is the one on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. It's very graceful. It has a mystery to it.

The "red" party looked wonderful, by the way. What a swimming pool. It looked like everyone was having a fabulous time.

jackie said...

I like the first one a lot, very interesting piece. reminds me of something I saw in Toronto once.

Casdok said...

Thank you i did enjoy the collection.
Merry christmas

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I especially liked the second and third pics, but all are fascinating.

Sound from metal makes many musical instruments, each area creating a different note. I'll have to visit the Palm Springs Art Museum because this looks quite intriguing.

Thank you for the tour!

Palm Springs Savant said...

heart- yeah, the PS Art Museum really is quite good, I highly recommend it

Anonymous said...

Oh, I like the first sculpture. Something neat about raw and earthy to smooth and manmade.

buffalodickdy said...

In our small backwater of a town called Grand Rapids, we have a Calder (See Calder Plaza), and a host of world known sculptures at Meijer Gardens. Just recently an internatonally known Dutch artist created a waterfall-looking metal scupture for our city. I sell specialty metals for a living, and the company I work for, Alro Steel-did the plasma torching and lasering of the shapes for his masterpiece! When you think metal can be beautiful- with me, you're preaching to the choir...

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Rick


Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Rick!


The Lone Beader said...

I like the sounding sculpture. That would go well in my apartment!

Also, thanks for stoppin by. Enjoy the Season=:)

zen wizard said...

Metal sculpture is clearly underrated.

lime said...

i have never been to palm springs art museum but that last piece looks really familiar and i know i have seen one like that with my own eyes somewhere along the way, though i can't recall where, it was a pretty fascinating thing.

wishing you a very merry christmas!

minijonb said...

i like the yellow spiral at the Palm Canyon Theatre... it's very post-everything.

have a great holiday.

eric1313 said...

I thought I left a comment on this page... Blogger does strange things with comments. It eats them, I've always figured.

Anyway, I love that piece with the blue sky and the palm tress. Looks like a fascinating piece of modern art work.

Very cool, indeed. The whole post is interesting.


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