Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Concrete Creatures

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives during a period of sun and warmth - much like on a summer vacation - and the unique sights we see in an unfamiliar place, different from the usual day-to-day, where we might not notice.


One year we went to Hyannis on Cape Cod. There was a street exhibit where artists employed their artistic talents to a series of concrete whales. Naturally given my avocation for flying machines (ie: Airhead 55), this example caught my eye. 




This appears to be an iteration of a whale transformed into a WWII style airplane. Naturally, the flippers have been transformed into wings, the tail fluke into an aerodynamic device. 


Are the aerodynamics sufficient to allow flight? I would say no, concrete is pretty heavy when compared to the usual aeroplane aluminum. So on the ground, the shadows on both seem to indicate motion...Shadows add neat effects to any object, real or imagined - see many more at Brisbane's own (and fun) Hey Harriet!


26 comments:

MyMaracas said...

What a fun find! Creative, and maybe a little bit scary, too.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Paula Scott said...

What a FUN playground-hmmmm....what do we call it? Not a toy. OK, structure! Do they allow the adults to climb all over it and play too? I would want to. Great shots!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

o how delightful.

Catherine said...

what a great concrete whale indeed - great sharp shadow

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You're right, Ralph: Shadows do add neat effects--which, I guess, is why we are all addicted to shadows!
A SEEKER OF SHADOWS

A seeker of shadows, they say,
Will keep her eyes peeled night and day
For resident shades
That haunt the dark glades
And never come outside to play.


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Border

Dianne said...

love the teeth

came by to say Happy Belated Birthday
39 is such a good age :)

Ms. Becky said...

well I can see where this one would intrigue you. what scary teeth he has. a fun shadow shot Ralph. happy SSS, and have a great weekend.

Cassie said...
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Cassie said...

Quite interesting how this Shadow Shot shows the shadow appearing more like a sea creature than the actual concrete statue. Cool! It reminds me of the Inuit orca art. Have a great weekend!

Kay L. Davies said...

Whales are pretty heavy compared with aluminum, too, Ralph.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

sarayutouched said...

concrete is fun. great shot!!

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

I'll never forget my brother getting a model of a flying tiger remote airplane, they took it to the park to try it out and my dad was the first (and last) to fly it...but it was really dramatic as it soared to the heights and came down twice as fast straight into the dirt...I think my brother has psychological issues to this day...LOL!

Have a great weekend Ralph!!!

Martha Z said...

I love the variety in this kind of public art.

Greyscale Territory said...

O what a bright, creative, fun exhibit! Definitely unique and fascinating! Love it!

Woody said...

Pretty interesting whale. I imagine it could be frightening to children, but I think it's pretty cool.

chubskulit said...

What a wonderful idea of combining two things into one. Whale-plane.. so unique. Have a blesses Sunday.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Those are made of concrete? How on earth do they keep it from eroding the wonderful shape? Rebar?

My Shadow Link:
Sand, Surf, and Shadows

Have a glorious Sunday. If you find time, your visit with me today would be much appreciated!!

Patti said...

Great vacation-themed post, Ralphie! I hope we can go back there some day.

;-)

frayedattheedge said...

Fabulous fun shadow shot!

Joan said...

How fun this would have been to see!

Gallery Juana said...

interesting concrete sculpture.
now I understand your blog name:)
cool sepia photo below with the twa in the background!

Sarah said...

Interesting combination of a whale and an aircraft-the shapes do suggest each other!

forgetmenot said...

Pretty cool. Good way to get "art" on the street. Thank you for your nice comment--our Botanical Gardens are lovely and you can always find a quiet, restful spot there. Have a great week. Mickie :)

EG Wow said...

That certainly is an interesting paint job. I wonder how the whale feels about being a fighter plane. Hmmm.

JunieRose2005 said...

Ralph,

These are neat shadow shots!! :)


Thanks for visiting my blog and seeing my kitties in my yard shadows, and for your kind words about our loss of our 'Tiger.' He was very old and sort of 'raised' both the other cats from kittenhood. (separately-as they were not litter mates) He was a loving, gentle cat and seemed to be the bonding agent that held the 3 together! :( We all miss Tiger a lot!

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's an intriguing statue and nice shadows too!