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Let sleeping dragons lie

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

How cute is this snoozing dragon? 🙂 I came across him (her?) last weekend while exploring my new neighbourhood. My plan was to get the ferry from Darling Point to Double Bay — an absurdly short 5-minute ride, but living on the harbour is a novelty and ferries have always been a treat, so why walk? I was delighted to find this wee dragon curled up beside a pond near the ferry wharf.

But, I was not sure the dragon, which is carved, qualified as a sculpture. All good, though: Subtractive sculpture involve removing material from a large piece to achieve a sculptural form. Woodcarving and stone carving are both examples of subtractive sculpture. (source)

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Posted as part of Sculpture Saturday

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The Pathfinder

The Pathfinder by John Robinson

The Pathfinder by John Robinson (aka The Hammer Thrower)

This is absolutely one of my most favourite sculptures. You can find it Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne. By John Edward Robinson, it’s a sculpture in bronze and dates to 1974. As you can see in the image above, the entire sculpture is balanced on just one foot, which I think is extraordinary. An incredible display of the understanding of physics and gravity — plus, the sculpture is so alive and so vivid, you expect him to move, to complete that throw. More about the sculpture and the artist here.

The Pathfinder by John Robinson

The Pathfinder by John Robinson (aka The Hammer Thrower)

Posted as part of Sculpture Saturday. Check it out: “This challenge is all about photographing art whether it be in a museum or out on the street. Another interpretation is things be they natural or manmade that resemble sculpture when photographed.”

(And if you’ve wondered about my blogging silence, August has been a busy month for me, as I’ve moved house and had a wretched “lurgy”, so have been rather self-absorbed!)