Monday, December 1, 2008

Theme Day: Circles/Spheres

When I learned of this month's theme, the first thing I thought of was this sphere at the corner of Union and Oak Knoll. It's part of an untitled artwork by Mark Lere that comprises three large pieces.
The work vexes me. It's captivating. I like looking at it. I might even like it, though I'm not sure about that. I've made several attempts to photograph it, but I'm never satisfied with the pictures.

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(Tune in tomorrow for a special edition of Zen Tuesday.)

26 comments:

Laurie said...

Oh P, I think you captured this work beautifully. It has confounded me, too! I am not sure if I love it -- or hate it. Every time I drive past, my little girl says, "There's those weird shapes again Mommy!"

I love these shots, though. No doubt about that. This is a great choice for theme day.

USelaine said...

I can see how their arrangement presents a challenge, but I like how you isolated the sphere with the pavement circles for the lead theme picture. They look like gigantic game markers, but for which games?

Hope said...

I like the way you captured these works! I especially like the 1st photo....very nice!

Vanda said...

Elementary, my dear Watson. This artwork is an expression of the artist's subconscious desire to go bowling.

Vanda said...

No wait, I just noticed the many sides of dice in the back. The artist is playing Dungeons and Dragons. And extreme bowling.

Bergson said...

good choice for the theme day

marley said...

The art work is certainly different. I like it. The sphere was the perfect choice for theme day.

JM said...

I like all three and the way they are located on the sidewalk.
I'll be here tomorrow as I enjoy your zen pics very much.

lynn said...

That's so ununusual and the spherical one looks really tactile.

Jilly said...

At first I thought it was something to prevent parking. We have smaller versions of these spheres in Menton and at least two people today have posted them. These seem not to belong - they don't have a designated area. Perhaps that's the problem. Nice choice for today tho.

Knoxville Girl said...

I like your perspective. The photo of the sphere alone has such a calming effect on me, and I like the faint reflection of the bulidings in the sphere too.

Hyde DP said...

nicely captured - I bet a few people have stubbed their toe trying to kick that sphere.

ben wideman said...

This was the first thing i thought of too! I'm glad I ended up going with something else. You captured it perfectly! Great choice.

Bernie K. said...

The first shot looks like the end of Act I in the story of a geometric being, popped out of Flatland perhaps, and just arrived in town with nothing but excitement ahead.
He's just set his valise down (behind, out of frame) and looks out on the big city: where's a round-shouldered fellow to go? He needs a room—not at the Y, or at W … at the O, maybe, where all the rolling stones fetch up.
It's been a long journey—you try moving into an extra-dimensional world—and he's had all his corners knocked off. Maybe that silvery babe to his left … she looks like she could transect a few ellipses!
But all the while the rough-hewn character down the sidewalk casts pointed glances his way …
What trouble could await our bispheric hero in Act II?

Kuanyin Moi said...

Well, I LIKE it! Well done and perfect for the theme!

altadenahiker said...

I like that it vexes you. An underused word, that. Sounds like what it is (I'd say onomonopea, but I can't spell it.)

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Although these sculptures may have taken up residence in Pasadena, they were born on San Fernando road in a space whose rents started at 5 cents a square foot. Mr. Lere was the envy of all, and not for his art. My spies tell me so.

Petrea said...

Laurie, if it interests us that's enough. Therefore this is a good work of art in my opinion.

Thanks, Elaine. There's a little wall next to the ball so the shadows were hard to get at with the camera.

Thanks, Hope! I keep meaning to tell you I like your profile shot.

"Extreme bowling," Vanda. I don't know how to play, but I'm willing to learn.

Merci, Bergson and Marley.

JM, tomorrow's photo ought to provoke some interesting discussion, though I always stay out of it 'til the end of the day. I don't know how zen it is, but when I saw it I couldn't resist photographing it and posting it.

Lynn, it's smooth and cool. Aluminum (aluminium) maybe. Notice Gerald has in mind to kick it.

Jilly, I'll have to roam the French blogs and look for those photos.

KG, I noticed that reflection after I came home. Wish I'd thought to try to capture it better while I was there. But I like it.

Gerald, see my note to Lynn above.

Ben, I knew we'd both think of it. Even if you'd chosen to post it we'd have done it differently.

Nice story, Bernie. Your imagination boggles my mind sometimes.

VANDA!! EXTREME BOGGLE!!

Welcome from Maui, Kuanyin Moi! Thanks for stopping by.

AH, I believe there's a T in there but I couldn't tell you where without looking it up. Which I could do. I have a dictionary right here.

onomatopoeia

I didn't get it on the first try, I'll tell you that much.

PA, I'd like to know what he was envied for.

Christie said...

Interesting work and interesting photos as well! I like the shapes and would also wonder every time I walked by what the artist was thinking. Have a great theme day!

Bernie K. said...

Well, “onomonopea” has the virtue of sounding like “onomatopoeia” … get it? Sounds like—? Get it?
Hello …?

Jeez.

Tanya said...

Now how lucky are you to have a big sphere just waiting for you to photograph it for theme day?! Well done!

Virginia said...

Bowling ball, bowling pin, some other weird shape. That's all I can do for you. Creative theme day however. Bravo! It made us all think. For me that's a challenge.
V

Therese said...

Not easy to take a capture of those things!
You can't move them and you don't like the idea of "things" resisting you...
Place a different kind of sphere next to it ie a soft ball and try it again...

magiceye said...

LOVELY COMPOSITIONS!

Tash said...

Big sphere - how perfect. I like the 1st photo very much - I thought is very effective when I scrolled down and essencially cropped the buildings - see what you think of that, Petrea. but I just love the wonderful circles on the pavement. excellent find.

Chuck Pefley said...

I like the first with only the black sphere ... but you also managed circles in the concrete as well. Nice combination.