Fremont Troll

Fremont Troll

Also known as The Troll or the Troll Under the Bridge this is one of the larger sculptures I have photographed. He lurks under the George Washington Memorial Bridge, clutching an actual VW Beattle, as if he had just swiped it from the highway above. Made in 1990, the sculpture is 18 feet (5.5 metres) high and weighs about 6 tonnes. He’s made of steel, wire and of course concrete. Made from such materials the sculpture isn’t particularly colourful so a processing to black and white seemed to be most fitting. I think it makes him look more intimidating. Happy Halloween everyone.

Heritage Fountain in Napier

Heritage Fountain in Napier

This is the top half of the Heritage Fountain (Nga Puna Wai Whakapapa) in Napier.  Just in front of the main entrance to the Napier Visitor Centre it is at least 3  or 4 metres tall. At the bottom are a few metal cut of shapes depicting Gannets  and fish just above the water. It was the top of the fountain, pictured above,  that interested me the most. The star symbol points towards the position in the  southern hemisphere under the Southern Cross. With the jagged motif on the right  representing the Kawekas and Ruahines Ranges that adjoin Hawke’s Bay. Being made  of metal, the sun reflected very well on the surface. This meant the camera under  exposed the blue sky background making it appear almost black in places.

Albatross Sculpture Wellington

Albatross Sculpture Wellington

The Albatross by Tanya Ashken was one of the first pieces of sculpture on the capital’s waterfront. This piece of modern art was installed in 1986 and creates an interesting focal point next to the Lagoon. I first saw this in a photograph taken by my friend Mark a few years ago. Visiting back in February the sky wasn’t quite as blue but last months trip there was clear blue skies for the whole weekend, despite it being the middle of winter here in New Zealand.

Whale Statue at KLCC Park

Whale Statue at KLCC Park

Kuala Lumpur City Centre is dominated by the famous office development of the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest building from ’98 to 2004. In front of these 88 floor skyscrapers is the KLCC Park. Designed to provide greenery in the city centre it features a mosque, jogged track, a large lake with water fountains and various waterfalls, statues and reflecting pools. My favourite statues are the two small dolphins and huge whale pictured above. I walked around this pool a couple of times to find a good angle for a photograph. Although the bright blue of the children’s paddling pool is a little distracting, I think the curve of the whales reflection makes this angle the best.