A Visit to Middlesbrough – Sculpture?

Next to the Anish Kapoor sculpture, “Tenemos”¬†(featured in yesterday’s post), are other “sculptures” which, although functional in their design, are fascinating and attractive in their own way.

The textures, colours and patterns of paint and rust are further enhanced by their juxtaposition with Kapoor’s work. And that, of course, is a part of the purpose of art – to help us see, understand and appreciate what is around us.

I wonder what it is like inside that crane?!

Middlesbrough crane

Tenemos and Crane

Tenemos and Crane

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Middlesbrough crane

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A Visit to Middlesbrough – Anish Kapoor

Temenos by Anish Kapoor was erected in Middlesbrough about three years ago and I have been meaning to go take a look at it since then. As with Claes Oldenburg’s Bottle of Notes in yesterday’s post, there have been many photographs taken of this work of art – but these are mine!

It is an impressive structure which has the effect, as it should, of highlighting the sculptural appearance of many of the industrial structures around it (more of those tomorrow). In the background is Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge.

Temenos

Temenos by Anish Kapoor

Temenos

Temenos by Anish Kapoor

Temenos by Anish Kapoor

Temenos by Anish Kapoor

Temenos and Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Temenos by Anish Kapoor

Temenos by Anish Kapoor

Maritime Quarter, Swansea – Different Scales

I have managed, in the last photo of this series, to bring the scale of the Meridian Tower down to that of the Helwick Lightship sitting in Swansea’s marina.

The sounds of the marina can be a fascinating orchestra of rigging when the wind is up. On this day there was just the lapping of water under the floating booms, passing voices and high heeled shoes. They would not have been there if the marina wind orchestra had been playing!

Swansea Marina sound sample

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Meridian Tower

Meridian Tower

Rigging in the Marina

Rigging in the Marina

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Helwick Lightship

Helwick Lightship and Meridian Tower

Helwick Lightship and Meridian Tower

Different Scales

Architecture of Swansea Bay

The Maritime Quarter in Swansea has been in development for many years. We used to have a studio there and watched much of the current architecture being constructed.

The view from the 27th floor of the  Meridian Tower is almost as good as that from Brynmill or Kilvey Hill Рexcept, of course, when it is in mist! Whether this building is included in a StillWalk of the area remains to be seen.

Swansea Bay

Moving up from the beach

Swansea Bay Sculpture

Swansea Bay Sculpture

Meridian Tower

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Meridian Tower, Swansea

Tomb of the Bishop – Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley was quite a guy if you judge by the stature of his tomb in Cathays Cemetery. I wonder if he would get such a piece of architecture these days? (see Monday’s post, “When was the last time . . . “)

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The Tomb of the Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley

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The Tomb of the Bishop

Start of the Tour – Cathays Cemetery

The prompt to this weeks blog posts were the Angels in yesterdays post.

So, going back to the beginning, todays images are of the entrance to the cemetery which, although in need of some maintenance, is still an impressive structure and suggests, even before you enter, the size and importance of the cemetery.

All photos taken on my iPhone.

Cathays Cemetery

Cathays Cemetery Entrance

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

Inside the secondary entrance to the cemetery

Entrance detail

Entrance detail

Cathays Cemetery

Strange place for a tree!