street art

The Bread Line

The Bread Line

The Bread Line

Outside the National Aquarium

Outside the National Aquarium

Outside the National Aquarium

Listening Intently

Street sculptures are always interesting subjects to shoot. You get to enjoy the artist's work up close an from all angles. Just like any other outdoor subject, they look better in soft lighting. In this post we have a partial look at a larger sculpture in a town square. I have isolated two of several characters and attempted to convey the message being delivered on their faces. They really seem to be listening intently, but to whom or what?

I've decided to hold that bit of mystery for a future post, unless someone spills the beans. :-)

Listening Intently
Listening Intently

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The artist really delivered extraordinary detail in the pieces that make up this exhibit.

One thing that I notice about sculptures is the fact that once they have been installed and unveiled, few people seem to pay any attention to them. They just become part of the streetscape. Perhaps it's just me, but I never see anyone actually looking at sculptures. Perhaps everyone has seen them all before. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

The Tin Man

Today we have another entry for the Urban Art category. Straight from down the yellow brick road and Emerald City, it's the Tin Man. He has settled in the city of York PA where he can be seen daily hanging out on the corner of the courthouse. Suing for royalties, perhaps?

The fact of the matter is this, York was once a manufacturing town with all sorts of mills and industrial factories. To commemorate that past history, although plenty of manufacturing remains, a series of sculptures have been created and placed around the downtown area.

Photograph of the Tin Man
Photograph of the Tin Man

The Tin Man

I can only guess at the significance of a tin man sitting on a couple of industrial sized gears and what that has to do with manufacturing. Perhaps a lot of tin or aluminum is what he represents. In any case, it must be a lonely existence on this cold corner where people walk by continually and never even speak.

If they only had a heart, he must be saying. :-)

Processing

This was a somewhat challenging image because of the clutter and usual traffic one would encounter at mid-morning in a city. After aligning the 3 hand-held shots I performed some masking to bring out the shadowy parts of the tin man.

I also added some blur to reduce the visibility of the background clutter and to add a little Oz-like dream effect. :-)

Conclusion

I was unable to locate the official title of this sculpture and the artist to give proper credit. Seems there would be a plaque or something nearby, but I saw none, nor has online research yielded any results so far. Ole Tin Man doesn't look very weathered so I would guess that he has only been in place for a relatively short time.

My plan is to find out more about this and the other sculptures in that area related to the town's manufacturing history. I can then target each one on another day trip.

Thanks for visiting!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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