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Which is your countries most interesting statues or sculptures?

In Sweden we have for example the magnificent statue of St Goran and the Dragon by the German artist Bernt Notke (even if some art historian want it to be from the Netherlands instead) from the late 15th century. It commemorates Sten Sture the olders victory over the Danish in 1471.

The statue is made of tree and also other materials (including antlers of moose). It is painted and gilded. It is placed in the church Storkyrkan in Stockholm.


Pic from: http://www.bgf.nu/historia/3/bilder/st-goran.jpg


In 1912 a replica in bronze were placed at Kopmanstorget in Stockholm

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Stockholm-Gamla_Stan-6.jpg



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Considering that Bernt Notke (1440? -1506) was from Lassahn and died in Lubeck and that this interesting piece of sculpture in the Storkyrke is classic Late Gothic (1486), and well documented, where is all of this jabber about it being from "the Netherlands" coming from? After all it is a decorated and embellished wood carving typical for its period and already unfashionable in terms of what was happening in Italy at this time.
 
The Magdalene by Donatello, 1457
 
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The question should be can this sculpture you are swooning over really be identified as an expression of "Swedish Art"?


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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

Considering that Bernt Notke (1440? -1506) was from Lassahn and died in Lubeck and that this interesting piece of sculpture in the Storkyrke is classic Late Gothic (1486), and well documented, where is all of this jabber about it being from "the Netherlands" coming from? After all it is a decorated and embellished wood carving typical for its period and already unfashionable in terms of what was happening in Italy at this time.


Well, there is an art historian named Peter Tangeberg that has suggested that the statue is from the Netherlands and not a work by Notke. Tangeberg develops his theory in his book Wahrheit und mythos. Bernt Notke und die Stockholmer St.Georgs Gruppe.


http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2009/12/medieval_genius_sculptor_vapor.php


http://www.buecher.de/shop/farbenlehre/wahrheit-und-mythos-bernt-notke-und-die-stockholmer-st-georgs-gruppe/tangeberg-peter/products_products/detail/prod_id/26475688/



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Wow Carch that is an impressive statue.
 
I don't think my country has any statues worth mentioning. Certainly not any that I know about... wait. I stand corrected. I just thought of one. Well not one, the one.
 
 
 
The Dog on the Tucker Box.
 
Basically there was a legend about a dog who sat on hiw owners Tuckerbox (lunchbox) loyally in his absense 9 miles from Gundagai. This legend made it into various poems and songs during the early 20 and late 19th century. In the 1930s Prime Minister Lyons decided it was a good idea to get a statue built to the dog on the Tuckerbox and placed the pictured statue 9 miles from Gundagai on the highway. (because naturally continuing a joke way too far 100 years after the event is of national importance)
After that everybody had to stop and have a look the statue so "Dog on the Tuckerbox" became a rest point for people. A park was built, and one smart cookie opened a shop. Now there's a petrol stations, several takeaway joints, and a major truckstop at Dog on the Tuckerbox. A joke about a dog became a legend, which prompted a PM to build a statue, which caused the emergence of a major roadside stop.


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Surely most interesting Bulgarian statue (well, relief, actually) is Madara Rider. It is an early medieval relied made in a rock at 23m above ground level.

 
Most interesting Russian sculpture to me is Shemyakin's Peter the Great in St.Petersburg.
Extremely controversial but very interesting piece of work.


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Originally posted by Anton Anton wrote:

Most interesting Russian sculpture to me is Shemyakin's Peter the Great in St.Petersburg.
Extremely controversial but very interesting piece of work.

Is the description as accurate as their description on the carpenter?

 
Quote In 1909, the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II in honor of the bicentennial of the great Russian Naval victory at Poltava presented the city of St. Petersburg with a monument completed by sculptor Leopold Bernshtam. The monument was titled "Peter the Great learning the craft of ship building in the city of Zaandam." And in the following year a copy of the monument to Peter the Great was also presented to the city of Zaandam, which remembers Peter the Great till this day.
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Not sure if it's the most interesting. But this new monument to Sholokhov in Moscow is very weid and interesting, especially, the part with the horses heads.
 
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It's nice but there is nothing unique in it :) Whereas Shemyakin's Peter violates all the canons of glorifying art. 
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a nice statue





not really a statue more of a wall, but important nonetheless.



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Well, none can compare to "Don Quixote plays the Cello" here in Houston:
 
 
OK it's real name is The Virtuoso  and its 36' foot height stands guard over the Lyric Center Building. Too modern? Well we do have this piece of traditional fru-fru in honor of Sam Houston in nearby Hunstsville:
 
The Sam Houston Statue
 
It stands 67' and that guy in the foreground is its sculptor, David Adickes, who by the way also did the cello gig.
 
For the die hard traditionalists there is, naturally, the usual guy on a horse monument:
 


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One interesting statue, or rather sculptural group, is located in the small town of Bromolla in the Swedish province of  Scania. The sculpture commemorates findings of fossil bones of plesiosaurians, especially of the genus Scanisaurus (the Scania lizard) that have been made in this part of Scania. The sculptural group is made of stoneware tiles that covers a core. It is regarded as one of the largest stone ware sculptures in the world.

The sculpture was designed by artist Gunnar Nylund and erected in 1971 at the town square. This piece of art is called The Lizards or Scanisaurus.

 

Pic from: http://monkeytoys.com/evasfotodagbok/wp-ontent/uploads/2009/10/odlorpatorget.jpg

 



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For sheer grandeur, it has to be the O'Connell statue on O'Connell st. in Dublin. The customary bird sh*t is on the top of his head, of course:
 
 
There a few cool one's around Trinity College, my favourite being the one for Edmund Burke:
 
 
The funniest one is for George Salmon, former provest of Trinity College Dublin. He looks like a right creep:
 
 
 
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By the way, let us not forget the sculpture Nimis by Lars Vilks (the artist that draw Mohammad as a dog and now is threatened to his life). Nimis is made out of driftwood and is an ongoing projec that is constantly built upon. The sculpture is erected, without permission, in a nature reserve in the province of Scania, and Lars Vilks and the local authorities have battled for years about if this peace of art shall be removed or not:
 
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Pshaw and piddidle! Viks is not only a poor cartoonist but a mediocre plagiarist to boot!
 
THE WATTS TOWERS!
 
 
Built by Sam Rodia between 1921 and 1955 and called Nuestro Pueblo, these towers fashioned from scrap are now an impressive and iconic landmark.
 
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Interesting.
 
Wilks is still alive, so it can be interesting to see how tall (or wide) Nimis will get before he is through with it. It can by the way be noticed that Vilks declared the area where Nimis is located as an independant nation called Ladonia:
 
 
Here is another view of Nimis where one can see its width:
 
File:Ladonia bay view.jpg


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Carch wrote:
 
Wilks is still alive, so it can be interesting to see how tall (or wide) Nimis will get before he is through with it. It can by the way be noticed that Vilks declared the area where Nimis is located as an independant nation called Ladonia
 
Most people outgrow their desire to create "nations" by the time they reach puberty! So thank you for further insight on Vilks and his thought urges...
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The Robert Morris-George Washington-Haym Salomon Statue


The Robert Morris-George Washington-Haym Salomon Statue


It was erected in '41, it commemorates 3 Revolutionary figures and is situated in Chicago's downtown.

Jordan United Center


This is a more recent work, and more modern in representation. Michael Jordan, in front of the United Center (sports, and event venue)


Thaddeus Kosciusko


Statue of Revolutionary War figure Thaddeus Kosciusko.




These are twin statues overlooking congress parkway and the Buckihingam fountain

That is it for today and for a few of Chicago's statues.



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Just out of curiosity, who was the man depicted in the statue in the last picture, es_bih?
 
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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

Carch wrote:
 
Wilks is still alive, so it can be interesting to see how tall (or wide) Nimis will get before he is through with it. It can by the way be noticed that Vilks declared the area where Nimis is located as an independant nation called Ladonia
 
Most people outgrow their desire to create "nations" by the time they reach puberty! So thank you for further insight on Vilks and his thought urges...
 
Curiously enough, people from other countries are said to have applied for visa to this made up state:
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

Carch wrote:
 
Wilks is still alive, so it can be interesting to see how tall (or wide) Nimis will get before he is through with it. It can by the way be noticed that Vilks declared the area where Nimis is located as an independant nation called Ladonia
 
Most people outgrow their desire to create "nations" by the time they reach puberty! So thank you for further insight on Vilks and his thought urges...
 
Curiously enough, people from other countries are said to have applied for visa to this made up state:
 
 
 


WTF???

Ok, how can 1 person declare a nation state in land that belongs to a country?
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Originally posted by Flipper Flipper wrote:

 

WTF???

Ok, how can 1 person declare a nation state in land that belongs to a country?

Well, ofcourse noone has recognized such a country so it must be regarded as a gimmick. According ti Vilks 3000 pakistani citizens have applied for visa to his state, but one wonders if they maybe changed their minds after the publishing of Vilks Mohammad cartoon.

By the way, Vilks portraided Mohammad as a roundabout dog. Here you can read something about this peculiar phenomena with sculptures or representations of dogs that unknown people started to put in the middle of roundabouts a couple of years ago:



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An interesting and beautiful statue is located in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Its name is Solfar (Sun voyager) and it is made by Icelandic artist Jon Gunnar Arnason. Its a good symbol of ancient Nordic sea faring traditions.
 
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Picasso on a bad day?
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The statue catches the feeling of ancient Nordic seafaring, culture and religion in a good way. Here we can see influences from the petroglyphs of Bohuslaan but also echoes from Gutlandic picturestones and from ancient ships that are preserved, as the Hjortspring boat and others.

Here are some photos of art and ships that can have inspired the artist:

The Hjortspring boat from Denmark (c 300 BC)

Replica of the Hjortspring boat in action

Rock carving from the bronze age of Tanum, Bohuslaan, Sweden, ca 900 BC

Nydam ship Denmark/Germany, c 300 AD

Ship from a picture stone on Gotland, Sweden, Viking age

Oseberg ship, Norway, c 800 AD, Viking age

The Icelandic statue really captures the essence of these prehistoric ships.



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How about some reb balloons on all the "prongs" for a little color? Perhaps as artistic expression of joy from plunder and pillage?
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It looks like a big bug to me.
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This should be a nice addition to the debate.



To be proud (or not) of my heritage, this is one of the best sculptures in the city. In other parts of the country there's better, but I can barely remember the names. I hope you enjoy a quick glimpse into the past.

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It looks like Ho Chi Min.
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Yes, it is. Indeed. Quite hard to make it out, doesn't it? I hope you noticed the yellow-starred red flag.

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