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Sunday, 12 February 2017
The North Downs

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A lovely wintery afternoon for a walk up Reigate and Colley Hill, and there were lots of families out enjoying the fresh air.

Posted by bigblue on 12/02/2017 at 05:33 PM
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Sunday, 05 February 2017
Magdalena Abakanowicz

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Magdalena Abakanowicz (born June 20, 1930, in Falenty, Poland) is a Polish sculptor and fiber artist. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. She was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland from 1965 to 1990 and a visiting professor at University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. Abakanowicz currently lives and works in Warsaw.

This photograph is from the Tate Britain, who write that:

Magdalena Abakanowicz began sewing three-dimensional objects with sacking, stockings, rags and rope in the 1970s.

These cocoon-like objects reflect Abakanowicz’s interest in biological systems, organic matter and regeneration, topics she discussed with scientists in her native Poland. In response to a commission to represent Poland at the Venice Biennale in 1979, she made hundreds of soft sculptures of varying shapes and sizes, ‘rounded like bellies, or elongated like mummies,’ as she described them. Abakanowicz collected old mattresses, clothing and sacks to create this ‘invented anatomy’ of forms and installed eight hundred in Venice under the title Embryology.

Made at a time of political tension between the Soviet Union and Poland, Abakanowicz has said the work ‘could be understood as a cry from behind the Iron Curtain’. She had come to prominence in the 1960s with a series of large woven sculptures called Abakans. At the time, the Polish state would not allow her to buy or rent a studio, so she made them on a loom in a friend’s basement, using sisal from discarded ropes. Without a large space in which to work she would often see her pieces in their entirety for the first time only when they were installed in exhibitions.

Posted by bigblue on 05/02/2017 at 05:43 PM
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Saturday, 04 February 2017
St Paul’s from Tate Modern

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London looking so fine today, and hardly a breath of wind.

Posted by bigblue on 04/02/2017 at 05:29 PM
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Pantà de Sau

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According to Wikipedia:

Sau Reservoir is a reservoir located on the Ter River, near Vilanova de Sau, Catalonia, Spain. The dam was completed in 1962, creating a reservoir with a storage capacity of 151.3 hm³ that covered the former town of Sant Romà de Sau.  The Church of Sant Romà is still visible when the water level is low.

From this altitude I could not tell whether the water level was low.

Posted by bigblue on 25/01/2017 at 05:11 PM
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Thursday, 12 January 2017
Charge your phone

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With pedal power at this Geneva railway station.

Posted by bigblue on 12/01/2017 at 10:02 AM
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Thursday, 29 December 2016
Canterbury

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Arriving at the Cathedral in the late (mid-afternoon) sunlight yesterday on my way to hear one of the progeny give a sermon on refugees for the Christingle Service on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Posted by bigblue on 29/12/2016 at 01:38 PM
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Saturday, 24 December 2016
Totem pole

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An example of cultural appropriation? In this instance from the culture of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the children of Nanterre, West of Paris.

Posted by bigblue on 24/12/2016 at 11:06 AM
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Friday, 23 December 2016
Subvertising

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As spotted in the Metro in Paris yesterday.

Posted by bigblue on 23/12/2016 at 11:05 AM
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