Have you heard about The Kelpies in Scotland?

Not as HUGE as I had expected. 😀

Actually, those are the little horse models that tour the world.

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures … (300 tonnes each)

… a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

The sculptures were opened to the public in October 2013 …

During the first year following the opening, nearly one million people visited the sculptures.

Lessons learned:

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Christ of Saint John of the Cross

At the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

I like it.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. …

This painting has continued to generate controversy. …

In May 2013, in BBC Radio 4‘s Great Lives, British poet John Cooper Clarke described this image as being utterly different from any other image of the crucifixion, as the angle of view conveys the hanging pain of this method of execution, whilst hiding the ordinarily clichéd facial expressions normally seen in such depictions.

 

weird Reykjavík

As I wandered around Iceland one thing after another struck me as weird. Unusual. Bizarre.

For example, this place I stumbled upon by accident.

This experiment in recycled architecture is the home of Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, a 66-year-old film director whose acclaimed work played an important role in the creation of this exhibition. …

Man Builds Palace of Recycled Things in an Icelandic Junkyard

Parksville Sand Sculpting Competition

The 2018 edition was — for me — less interesting than in the past. Art pieces were less intricate, less innovative.

 

More photos.

Claude Monet

Monet has been described as “the driving force behind Impressionism”.

Crucial to the art of the Impressionist painters was the understanding of the effects of light on the local colour of objects, and the effects of the juxtaposition of colours with each other. …

… a series of oil paintings … between 1899 and 1904, they depict a misty, impressionistic Charing Cross Bridge in London.

Charing Cross Bridge

St. Louis collection

Another I like is this of Monet’s son and wife … who died age-32.

van Gogh – Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures

I went twice to the St. Louis Art Gallery. They have several van Gogh works. This was my favourite.

I don’t know or appreciate Art. But I know what I like. And I pretty much always like van Gogh at first glance. Mad genius.

The location of this painting is literally around the corner from Vincent’s room in the attic of the Ravoux Inn on the Rue de la Sansonne in Auvers Sur Oise.

You get the feeling he walked out in the morning and was captured, for some reason, by this scene.