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7th Aug 2017 – A Wild Jerusalem Sphere Appears!

A Wild Jerusalem Sphere Appears!

A Wild Jerusalem Sphere Appears!

In Malibu one day, I came across this objet d’art in an acquaintance’s home. At the time, I thought that it was interesting, and maybe it was a small model of Jerusalem? Apparently, I was right on both counts, as it was indeed the city of Jerusalem in the form of a sphere. Frank Meisler designed the concept inspired by Mediæval maps which depicted Jerusalem as a circular city at the centre – the navel – of the world from which all distances to other cities were measured. The sculpture depicts the spirit of the city, its ancient walls and buildings of many styles, periods and cultures. It is mounted on a marble base the sphere is revolvable, and forged of metal silver and gold plated. And you can see the Malibu coastline of the Pacific Ocean in the background…

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10th Jul 2017 – Twilight Freedom Sculpture

Twilight Freedom Sculpture

Twilight Freedom Sculpture

Taken the morning of July 5th, this is a shot of the Freedom Sculpture installed on Independence Day, July 4th, 2017. It took 4 years for the Farhang Foundation, a non-political, non-religious, non-profit Iranian-American cultural organization, to commission, secure city authorization and raise enough money build and install the Freedom Sculpture, a permanent iconic monument celebrating religious freedom, cultural diversity and inclusiveness — the humanitarian ideals or Cyrus the Great that have been enshrined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

With over a million supporters, from all across America and over 50 countries around the world, the Freedom Sculpture has become the most widely crowd-supported monumental gift in U.S. History. It now stands like a “Statue of Liberty for the West Coast”, in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, as a permanent symbolic reminder that freedom, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are the foundational values that truly make America great.

The winning design of the Freedom Sculpture was created by renowned artist and architect Cecil Balmond. It is themed on the Cyrus Cylinder from 2,500 years ago, widely considered the first declaration of human rights, whereby Cyrus the Great Persian King originally granted individual and religious freedoms to all within his vast and culturally diverse empire. The large-scale, modern-day sculptural interpretation of the Cyrus Cylinder is made of two finely crafted 100% stainless steel cylinders, one within the other. The interior cylinder is gold, and the outer element is silver – both interacting with each other in an exchange of strength and vulnerability. The two rings are linked internally to form a strong and robust structure.

I do really enjoy this sculpture- and am sure it will make further appearances in this photoblog.

* I would have taken some photographs during the fireworks during the installation celebration, but the organizers decided real cameras were verbotten- such an annoying yet very LA thing…

19th Jun 2017 – Piano Strings Low

Piano Strings Low

Piano Strings Low

Low angle shot of the inside of a piano, showing the string pushing off into the distance… I personally like the way the shows interplay across the strings.

12th Jun 2017 – Model in Orange

Model in Orange

Model in Orange

Photo from a model shoot with a distinctive orange background, which has a classic Americana look- feels like from roughly the roaring ’20s.

17th Apr 2017 – Katamari Phoenix

Katamari Phoenix

Katamari Phoenix

One of my favorite exhibits in LACMA’s Korean wing, this work of art reminds me of a Katamari… It is a large, (6-8 feet diameter), spherical construction, made from broken pottery fused together, with a golden metallic sealant running along the edges of the individual pieces.

… Now if I can find the Prince…

20th Mar 2017 – Parrot Ewer at LACMA via Merriam-Webster

Parrot Ewer at LACMA via Merriam-Webster

Parrot Ewer at LACMA via Merriam-Webster

Photograph of a ancient Chinese Parrot Ewer.

A few weeks back, I noticed that LACMA and Merriam-Webster’s twitter accounts were tweeting back and forth; one tweet in particular caught my attention:

However, the piece of art wasn’t something that I could remember- after a prompt from the LACMA account, I checked it out- and there it was, plain as day. So, here we are…

27th Feb 2017 – Ribbons in Red

Ribbons in Red

Ribbons in Red

Shot of the westerly side of the Petersen Automotive Museum after its recent renovation; the building is certainly unique, but this view demonstrates an even more memorable scene…

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