The Boyne Bridge

It’s official title is the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge, after the former Irish President in honour of her contribution to the Northern peace process. However locals tend to refer to it simply as the Boyne Bridge. Either way, it’s an impressive piece of engineering and a striking feature on the landscape as it spans not just the river but …

Psyche Revived….

The sublime contours of ‘Psyche Revived By Cupid’s Kiss’ by the great Italian artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822) who achieved high renown for his marble sculptures. Photographed in situ in the Louvre.

Maman, Louise Bourgeois

It’s entirely appropriate that Maman – by the splendidly named French-American artist Louise Bourgeois – sits alongside Frank Ghery’s singular Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. They could have been made for each other. Arguably the pairing looks at its best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider, measuring some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide, is one of the …

Nothing Left To Say

I came across this glum-looking pair in a quiet corner of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Clearly the sparkle has faded from their relationship, probably a long time ago. Conversation a distant memory. Small wonder with her in mournful Victorian crinolines and him brazenly kitted out in his birthday suit. They’re not, to put it mildly, an obvious match. I …

Oyster Blue

One of the great things about public art is the sense of the unexpected. You walk around a street corner and something startling appears – like this crudely fashioned configuration set against one of London’s most iconic buildings. Rather imaginatively, I originally called this Blue Sculpture, only to discover subsequently that the colour is actually oyster blue. The unlikely title …

Sydney Halo

Halo is a wind-powered kinetic sculpture in Sydney’s Central Park. It’s rather large. The twelve-metre-wide tapered ring sits atop a thirteen-metre-high angled silver mast. But the best bit – the long cantilevered arm at the top turns with the wind. The design is the work of artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford. Popular culture has it that Sydney basks in …

Looking Up

Maman, the giant spider by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, lends further visual spectacle to area around the Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. As you can see from the admiring art lover in the red jacket, it really is enormous.

MOMA – New York City

This large work – The River by the French artist Aristide Maillol – is a startling, though somewhat unsettling, presence in the quiet of the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was originally conceived as a work on the theme of war – a woman stabbed in the back and falling. The idea later …

Rodin – Eternal Idol

It’s far from late 19th/early 20th century French sculpture that most of us were reared. But that doesn’t mean we should deny ourselves the pleasure of enjoying its beauty and the marveling at the skill of those who created it. One of my favourite places in Paris – if that doesn’t sound a bit extravagant – is the Musee Rodin …