Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday – Good Fences

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Last weekend my aunt and uncle were in town, and together with them I re-visited some of the exhibits in this year’s sculpture biennale. And learned that sometimes it’s actually worth while giving something a second look – or a closer look.

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Last time I only saw the white picket fence sculpture from some distance,  and then it just looked like…well, a fence! This time I went up close and looked down inside it – and discovered fences within fences – and the whole thing suddenly took on more layers of meaning as well! (Like: How quick we are to judge by first impressions. And how much more there may be to discover beyond – and within – that first impression. And how many layers of defense a person may set up inside themselves. And…)

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And here’s a photo that my aunt took of one of one of the other sculptures (with me behind it). Here it also struck me this time that the ‘speakers’ on top of the ‘mosque pulpit stairs’ resemble satellite TV antennas (of which there are plenty in this area).

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15 comments:

  1. the fences in fences is very cool. :)

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  2. Neat fence creation ~ and great shots!

    Happy Day and Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  3. I am so glad you returned. I had not noticed this either. It is a fence within a fence within a fence! Totally cool! I counted four! It can also represent the layers of defenses that people have built up. Just like you said. So we both thought the same thing!

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  4. A very interesting discussion and yes I see what you are saying. Seeing is not always there when eyeballing others until one looks closer. Great comparison.

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  5. Those are two interesting displays. Have a super evening!

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  6. Hmm, layers within layers, interesting concept. The speakers at the top of the steps instantly reminds me of the Call to Prayers in Istanbul, the call from the Blue Mosque with other neighboring mosques making their call in the background. I found it incredibly beautiful. Your town really does have the most amazing sculptures.

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    1. Yes Pauline, I'm sure it is supposed to remind of that too. There are a lot of Islamic immigrants living in that area of town.

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  7. I'm so glad you went back for a second look. The fences withing the fence are fascinating. The other sculpture was also quite unique.

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  8. Brilliant Much better it is a Russian fence.

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    1. Ah, the Russian dolls. I had not yet thought of that, Adrian. Thanks!

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  9. You're right, Monica. It is often good to take a closer (second) look, and question our own first impression. So far, I've never regretted doing that.
    The fence-in-fence sculpture really gets me thinking.

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    1. Yes Meike, I suppose that is the purpose of that kind of art... To make us think about things - and from different angles! :)

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  10. i had not thought of the thoughts you said about the fence.. i am ultra practical so see only fence but what you said makes perfect sense. i think the fence needs a tiny doll house right in the middle.

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    1. Sandra, sometimes being more of a philosopher myself, I'm not so sure I agree (about the doll house). I think there may actually be another point in the fact that there is nothing within all those fences that needs to be protected...

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  11. Thanks also to everyone else who commented!

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