Monday, April 28, 2008

Niki's Skull

A new sculpture installation opened yesterday at the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, featuring the work of French-American sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. It's huge, it's whimsical and it has found a perfect setting. This work is called La Cabeza, the head. It looks more like a skull. Children are invited to climb on and through it. A Lensbaby pumps up its weirdness. More of Niki in the garden to come.

TOMORROW: Buddha's all-seeing, all-knowing eye.

7 comments:

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Wow. Quite an attention-getter, I am sure. Also a great photo of this sculpture.

iBlowfish said...

The first picture is my favorite, cool effect from your lens.

turtle said...

how did you take this photo? great effect. great subject matter, also.

Curly said...

Great picture today, I love that colour!

Today I'm saying a huge big thank you for the support shown by CDP bloggers.

Strangetastes said...

Turtle - it's done with a small special effects lens called a Lensbaby. It has a "sweet spot" of focus in the center and becomes progressively more blurred toward the edges. There is a way to vary the size of the sweet spot and to move it around within the frame. Click the link on this post if you want more info. Glad you liked the photo.

Louis la Vache said...

This "sculpture" reminds Louis la Vache of the whimsical sculptures in the fountain between l'├ęglise-Saint-Merri et le centre Pompidou in Paris.

Strangetastes said...

Right you are, Louis. That's Saint Phalle's work, too.