Sculptures of Stockholm, Sweden

Posted on 1st March 2015 in explored, wandering

I always wish I knew or could remember the characters and stories that belong with each sculpture I come across and photograph. I know that a lot of them have information at their base… Perhaps it’s this public art that really makes a person feel like their walking with history.

As I wandered the ancient streets of Stockholm, Sweden I came across these pieces. Some were sculptures, some were probably moldings, and others were maybe pounded our of iron or copper. I distinctly remember saying to myself that I was going to focus on capturing as many arch details above doors as I could.

I’d love to hear if you recognize any of these in the comments below, and perhaps sharing the stories of them.

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Statues of Budapest, Hungary

Posted on 5th January 2015 in explored, wandering

My brother got home from Europe today: Barcelona via a three day stopover in New York, USA. He has been gone a little over a year, and when I picked him up from the airport one of the first things he said as we were driving around was that Canada just can’t compare to Europe. I asked him what he meant and he pointed to Richmond City Hall as we drove past. He mentioned that, for example, the Barcelona City Hall building would have been around for at least a few houndred years, and sits as a glorious feat of architecture that tourist flock to from all over the world. “You just can’t compare.” I hardly noticed I had been passing the Richmond City Hall.

It is one of my wishes that throughout my ongoing European study of architecture and street art that we can share and learn about what history really means. That it’s not just a dusty text book taking up space, it’s carved in stone with expert hands hardened long before the age of the machine.

 

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Statues of Riga, Latvia

Posted on 29th November 2014 in adventure, explored, wandering

I still believe I fell in love with Riga. A little piece of my soul exists there, and I hope one day to go back.

One day while out roaming around, I stumbled upon some statues just outside of a museum. The exact museum slips my memory, the but statues I’m sure still live there.

These statues really make you feel the Soviet/Russian influence, doesn’t it? I would like to know who they are depicting.

For the previous posts on Riga’s architecture see:

Architecture of Riga Part I
Architecture of Riga Part II

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Pedion Areos, Athens, Greece | Part II

Posted on 1st February 2014 in adventure, explored, wandering

Pedion Areos is an extremely beautiful park that I found on one of my last days in Athens. One thing I learned, thinking back on it no, is that if you want to find statues, go into parks!

This park had every little nook and cranny filled with beautiful statues. There was a whole alley that was lined with them. As I stepped into the alley, I came across a group of 7 or so doing a filming next to the statues I was so looking forward to photographing. Luckily, it was nothing like the film crews we’re used to here in North America, and there was only a handful of crew there. No pylons, no red tape.

After exploring for a while, I sat down and watched some old men playing what looked to me like backgammon and chewing sunflower seeds manically. There were little boys that came and accosted me, trying to get me to buy their seeds! After my experience in Istanbul, I knew to be wary of them youngins.

This is part II of my statues series in Athens. Part I is found here.

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Statues of Athens, Greece | Part I

Posted on 1st February 2014 in adventure, explored, wandering

I’ve been doing a lot of posts about my time in Athens. It’s true, there was so much to see there, so much that fascinated me. So much history, so much mythology. I’d walk the days around just clicking my camera all day.

One art form that I feel doesn’t get enough fame is sculpture. Perhaps it’s because of the length of time a sculpture usually takes. It’s no secret how our world is getting more and more into instant gratification… Athens had some monumental sculpture hundreds of years old. It is always a pretty cool experience for me to walk up and see the face of somebody who’s been gone from this world for many many years. I just wish I could have read the signs to identify who I was looking at!

It shocked me to see some of the busts hit with graffiti. There’s some things that just shouldn’t be done in my books…

This is Part I of my statues series in Athens. Part II is found here.

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