Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.
Last week for PPAC #22, I had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge. Here are the featured bloggers for this week. Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.
Cee is taking a well-deserved break this week from PPAC and will be back on board next week.
A Tiny Bit for Natalie’s Coffee Share
On Tuesday my teddy bear, Manny and I hosted a Lens-Artist guest host for the Challenge Host Interview Series. Our guest, along with his Mom, Ma Leueen, was a well-known talking and “blobbing” horse named Biasini from The Horse Addict. “Blobbing” is Biasini’s way of saying blogging. Manny was quite enamored with Biasini’s word and it’s become a household focus of conversation this week.
My Choices for PPAC #23
Using my Canon Rebel XTi, I took these photos during a 2012 Teaching American History Grant field trip. What a fun time we had with teachers from Tulare County and professors from UC Davis learning U.S. history very near to home. When I found these photos of a hard-working Pony Express horse and rider, I thought it was appropriate to make this week all about horses, one statue in particular.
The intense look on the rider’s face caught my attention. The rider is so tiny and you know he didn’t make many stops or eat very often. The mail had to get through!
A few statue details
- Location: 2nd Street and J Street in Sacramento, California
- The bronze statue was sculpted by Thomas Holland
- “The Pony Express rider’s clothes were based on a paragraph in Mark Twain’s book Roughing It, published in 1872.
- Rider’s saddle and Mochilla (what they carried the mail in) were modeled after originals that are in the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
- Bit and bridle were designed after military “tack” of the 1850s.
- The sculptor gave him a wide brimmed hat instead of a skull cap, which the riders usually wore.
- Statue took over 2 years to design and build, including 9 months casting and finishing by Vianello Art Bronzes.” California Department of Parks and Recreation
Originally taken in color and as the entire statue, I wanted to draw attention to how tired both the rider and animal looked by cropping the body and leaving just the faces. The average delivery time for the Pony Express traveling 1,800 miles was ten days. You can almost see that in their panting faces.
Recently, I read that off-horizon pictures weren’t cool. I was trying to be artistic, and in color, this picture is too busy. So I played with it in Adobe Bridge giving it the preset black and white treatment called Infrared then I adjusted the exposure to remove some of the shadows. I think it brings more emphasis to the statue.
Now it’s your turn.
Take us for a spin around your world to see the public art you love and tell us your stories if you like.