A Photo a Day

Photos depicting works of arts by various artists from different times and cultures.

September 12, 2010

More art by Sieger Köder

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church window by Sieger Köder
Church window in St. Francis Chapel of the “Marienpflege Children Village”, an orphanage in Ellwangen.

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September 10, 2010

Church windows by Sieger Köder

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church window by Sieger Koeder in Ellwangen
Renowned artist Sieger Köder created all the windows for the small, mnodern Hl Geist Kirche (Holy Ghost Church) in Ellwangen, Southern Germany.
More on Sieger Köder at the Website of the city of Ellwangen.

September 9, 2010

Tree spirits

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sculpture path near Neuler
These wooden “tree spirits” are one of the exhibits lining the “sculpture path” at Neuler, Southern Germany.

April 10, 2010

Great Buddha at Kamakura

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Great Buddha statue (headshot)

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The great Buddha statue in Kamakura is among Japans best known attractions.
Although the huge structure seems quite compact, it is actually hollow and visitors are actually admitted to enter inside.
Not really photogenic, but quite an experience nevertheless.
Below, you see a shot taken upwards, the black whole wolud be where the neck joins the torso.
Inside the Buddha statue

August 30, 2009

Wilhelm Busch adreaming

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Busch asleep in his armchair
A very lively and impressive short play in Hamburg’s Ernst Deutsch theatre has Wilhelm Busch as the main character, who is asleep in his armchair throughout the play.
The action takes place around him as his ceations start to come alive in his dreams and a charming muse accompanied by two musiciand provides the musical background.

August 17, 2009

Shakespeare in Gdansk

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The bard is always up to date and even has a web site and a festival in Poland:
Shakespeare banner in Gdansk

January 15, 2009

Prague Photos

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I’m currently in Prague - a beautiful city albeit a bit cold at the moment.
Still, some pictures I’ve taken: http://www.travel-photographer.eu/gallery/v/Europe/CzechRepublic/

Modern art in the city centre

January 27, 2008

Coral Bay, Cyprus

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Coral Bay, a beautiful beach near Paphos

Coral Bay, situated north of Paphos.

January 1, 2008

Strange Creature in Bad Hersfeld

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Sculpture in Bad Hersfeld
A rusty statue seen in a Bad Hersfeld park.
Actually quite cute, isn’t he?

February 7, 2007

Bunraku in Kyoto

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Gion Corner in Kyoto may not be the most authentic place for Japanese Theatre, but it’s a good way to see different styles of theatre in one evening - and photography is allowed.

Bunraku is the art of the Japanese puppet theatre - one puppet may require several puppet players although there’s always a lead player who sometimes is fully visible.

More about Bunraku
Bunraku at Gion Corner, Kyoto

January 28, 2007

Inner sanctuary, Abu Simbel

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When I last visited Anu Simbel in 2004, it was imposible to take photos of the inner sanctuary.
Fortunately, I had already done so 12 years earlier.
In the sanctuary there four seated statues of Amun, Ra-Harakhty, Ptah, and Ramesses.
The temple was constructed in such a way that the sun shines directly on 3 of the statues during two days of the year only the statue of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadow.
More pictures from Abu Simbel.

June 5, 2006

Chihuly: Arts & the Law

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Strange Flower: Chilhuly in Miami, originally uploaded by laurenz

When I visited the Chihuly exposition in Miami’s Fairchild garden, I thought to myself: “no way that one man can do all this on his own”,
and it seems Chihuly has a number of other expositions going on at the same time.

It turns out that Chihuly has not blown glass for a long time, but is responsible for the artistic design.
Which brings us to an interesting law case, with Chihuly attempting to assert a copyright on “his” style of glass art and an assistant claiming co-authorship of several of the pieces.

Lots of interesting questions involved here: what makes these sculptures art? The technical perfection? The design, the context in which they are presented? Is it really possible to clearly define a “Chihuly style” that is different enough from other artisans’ work to be copyrighted?
Is “Chihuly” more of a brand name under which other artists’ works can be sold?
Or is glass blowing just a craft and not patentable at all? Especially since Chihuly himself imitates nature just like here in this object resembling a strange flower…

Many interesting questions - and here are some resources I found:

http://bluecrabboulevard.com/2006/06/01/can-you-copyright-nature/
http://www.copybites.com/2006/05/glass_artist_fi.html
http://theartlawblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/through-glass-darkly.html
http://madisonian.net/archives/2006/06/01/chihuly-glass-sculpture/

Regardless of the outcome of these law suits, I’ll vist the nexr Chihuly exposition that I come across…
all my Chihuly photos

May 22, 2006

Chihuly in the Park

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strange glass plants

another beautiful piece by Dale Chihuly

Chihuly Glass Art

Some glimpses of the Chihuly exhibition in Fairchild Garden (Miami, USA).

I found it incredible how well the glass exhibits fit their surroundings and complimented them.
Sometimes, it was hard to tell whether a particular flower was natural or not.

By the way, it seems there is more than one Chihuly exposition going on at the same time:
On another weblog, I found a reference to a Chihuly Exhibition at Missouri Botanical Gardens, as well as quite a few photos with installations ver ysimilar to the ones I saw in Miami.

More on the artist and the glass objects created by him on the official Dale Chihuly Website.

May 19, 2006

Chihuly at Fairchild III

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A boat filled with glass plants

And some more pictures (click to enlarge):
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And here some other Weblogs that have photos from Chihuly exhibitions:

I speak of Dreams
Wandering Moose
ritilan
Peter Westwood
PhotoscapeDesign

April 30, 2006

Luminale Wiesbaden

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Luminale Wiesbaden, originally uploaded by laurenz.

These are the last minutes of the Luminale for Wiesbaden.
This event took place in most of the Rhein Main area with illuminated buildings and art projects everywhere.
In Wiesbaden, the “Kurpark” was illuminated by many art installations.

April 20, 2006

Lugano Art - sculpted head by Igor Mitoraj

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Sculpted Head, Lugano
I had been very much impressed by an Igor Mitoraj exposition in Paris, so I immediately recognised his work when I came across it in Lugano…

April 14, 2006

St Stephan: church window by Marc Chagall

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church window by Marc Chagall

church windows in St Stephan, a catholic church in Mainz.
The blue glass windows by Marc chagall are a major tourist attraction.

April 10, 2006

Kiosk of Kertassi

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Kalabsha: Kiosk of Kertassi

This is a Greco-Roman building near the Kalabsha temple.
Actually, the kiosk now stands about 20-30 km from its original site - like many other archaeologic treasures it was moved before the Aswan dam was opened.

October 29, 2005

Greek warrior

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Statue of king Leonidas of Sparti
The statue of Leonidas, the famous king of Sparta (or Sparti) who led his small force to certain death against a huge Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae.

The photo was taken in bad weather using fill flash.

October 25, 2005

Mural in Belfast

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now that the “troubles” are (mostly) over, the Belfast murals are mainly a tourist attraction, visited by bus and taxi tours.

There are many modern political references, however, and even paintings by non-Irish underground organisations such as the ETA…

August 7, 2005

Angel

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Grave on the old cemetary of Wiesbaden.

April 20, 2005

Boy with tin drum at the Louvre

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The Louvre in the evening, the little boy sits precariously under a window.
When looking for reflections of the Louvre in the windows of the Louvre, I realized a little figure sitting precariously high under the windows of the world’s most famous museum.
Only when looking at him through my tele lens, I realized that this was art - not suicidal behaviour.
I wonder how many times a day the police are called to help?
Presumably it’s just a reference to Günter Grass’ Oskar Matzerath from the “tin drum”.

Enlarged view of the boy with his tin drum.

March 26, 2005

Pop-Art in Montreal

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Graffiti in Montreal
A house that is painted in bright colours with comic-like faces on all sides.

February 21, 2005

Place Igor Stravinsky, Paris

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Fountain by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, Paris
Right next to the gigantic Centre Georges Pompidou, there is the small Igor Stravinsky place with a very colourful fountain.
The sculptures of the fountain are by two well-known modern artists: Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely.

February 1, 2005

Clown in the Fog

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sculpture of a clown in Wiesbaden Biebrich
The sculpture “Froschkönigin” (”The Frog Queen”) by Birgid Helmy in Wiesbadem-Biebrich.
It is currently the time of the “5th season” - carnival. Just across the bridge from Biebrich is the city of Mainz, one of the most important centres of carnival celebrations.
Birgid Helmy was born in Wiesbaden and is known for her dynamic sculptures.

December 27, 2004

Art in the Park: statues by Igor Mitoraj in the Tuileries, Paris

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Statue by Igor Mitoraj, Tuileries, Paris

Statue by Igor Mitoraj

November 12, 2004

Reclining Buddha

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Reclining Buddha, Sri Lanka
The reclining Buddha of Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka) at night.

October 15, 2004

Kyoto Theatre

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And another photo from the same theatre performance in Kyoto (Japan)

September 8, 2004

Atacama Giant

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In the Peruvian and Chilean desert, there are numerous, gigantic drawings made by carefully moving aside the dark pebbles thereby exposing the brighter soil underneath.
The most famous examples of this technique are the so-called “geoglyphs” in Nazca Peru.
As the area is mostly flat, these can only be appreciated from a plane!
Did their builders already have the technology to take to air either with a balloon as some believe or even using alien technology as others imply? Or were the images only supposed to be seen by the gods or shamans who could “leave their body” in a state of trance to “fly” over them?
(Personally, I wonder why the drawings are often very crude - if they were produced by aliens capable of interstella travel, it must have been their pre-school children who drew them!).
A slightly less famous (and less enigmatic) specimen is the so-called “Atacama Giant” in the Chilean Atacama desert: this figure is 115 m tall, but can be viewed quite well without leaving the ground as it takes up the slope of a hill.
If the photos fom my Peru travel turn out well, I may be able to post pictures of the Nazca lines as well, - which actually are quite different in style.
Atacama Giant, Atacam desert, Chile

September 6, 2004

Copán

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Another Maya figure in Copán (Honduras)

July 5, 2004

Sri-Lanka Pictures

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Pictures from Sri Lanka
Buddha statues in Dambulla.
You find pictures from Sri Lanka at the main photo gallery.

June 10, 2004

Canada: the Art Galleries of Montreal.

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Art Gallery in Montreal
There are many art galleries in the streets of Montreals historic city and they look their best at night…

April 30, 2004

Andalusia: Lion yard

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Alhambra, Granada, Southern Spain
The famous lion yard in Granada

April 29, 2004

Egypt: Echnaton

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bust of Echnaton, Luxor museum
The head of the most controversial pharaoh in Egyptian history.
Even though the museum of Luxor is much smaller than the one in Cairo, I’d prefer it any time.
The arrangement of the pieces and the almost perfect lighting create an almost mystical atmosphere.

April 11, 2004

Thailand: Bounty and Wisdom

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Buddha Statue, Bangkok, Thailand
Untouched by the splendour of the ornaments, a stone Buddha sits in Bangkok, Thailand.

March 31, 2004

New York: “Street Art”

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The advertisement of a New York artist. Interestingly, I have seen such painted cows convene in Luxembourg a while ago. Maybe, I find a photo of this one’s “colleagues”…

March 28, 2004

New York: “Peace Bus”

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Just an advertisement or a political statement? Is it art or just bad taste? Sometimes it’s hard to draw the line…



    

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