Wondering around the centre of Chicago you come across many interesting sculptures and public works of art. Walking over the Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River I came across The Watch in Pioneer Court. These 16 brightly coloured Superheros are by Hebru Brantley, the 2013 Artist in Residence for Chicago Ideas Week. All around this area are very tall and iconic skyscrapers including the 35 floor Equitable Building which is in the background of this photograph. According to the artist these sculptures represent the troubles and triumphs that local students face in the Chicago neighbourhoods.
Walking along waterfront of Vancouver Harbour I came to this sculpture near the Vancouver Convention Centre. This was one of the first photographs I captured in Vancouver, Canada. After two weeks of cold but sunny weather whilst travelling up the west coast of the US, the city was foggy and overcast. Seeing this massive “Pixel Whale” I knew that it was time to get the camera out. Due to the low cloud and the black and white nature of this art it made sense to process the photograph in monochrome, it was practically black and white straight out of the camera anyway!
Between the famous Grand Palace and my not so grand hotel on Khaosan Road I came across this four headed elephant statue. It stands on the Phan Pl Pop Junction, in the city centre of Bangkok. The elephant is an important animal in South East Asia, as well is in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. This ornate statue didn’t have any sign or information around it but is obviously carved from marble and is used by locals and tourists as a landmark on the junction.
Thotsakhirithon is the giant demon outside the Na Wua Gate of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. This building has been the official residence of the King of Siam / Thailand since 1782. Situated in the heart of Bangkok, it is quite a shock walking into the peaceful and immaculately clean palace grounds. This was taken from next to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Wellington Botanic Gardens has a mix of native New Zealand plants, modern sculpture and traditional English influenced formal gardens. This statue is surround by a small, circular pool. As you can see the small frogs on the edge. The statue depicts a young child with three birds sitting on her. The bright colours of the flowers behind the statue caught my eye. Sadly, I don’t know anymore about this statue than what we see here.