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Archive for September, 2008

Parkour (3) – taking a bow

Posted by Jackie on September 30, 2008

The only image where I used the flash, right at the end. This gives an idea of the entire set, as well as being a cool image of the three guys (too bad the girls were out of the picture). The guy in the middle on the tallest bit of the set was apparently one of the original French guys who invented parkour.

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Parkour (2)

Posted by Jackie on September 29, 2008

This was one of the few moments in the parkour set where anyone stayed still long enough for me to get a non-blurry photo!

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Parkour (1)

Posted by Jackie on September 28, 2008

Yesterday I went into town as the Merchant City Festival is on. The festival is now in its (I think) 8th year, and seems to get bigger every year. Today till the end of the month I’m going to show you photos from the event I went to, which was in Merchant Square on Candleriggs. This show was called Urban Playground, and it featured a group of 5 people (3 men, 2 women) doing what is known as parkour, or free running. There’s an explanation here.  The show is also on today, if any locals fancy going along.  It’s at 1.30 and 4.30 I think, only 10 minutes long but well worth seeing (and it’s free!).

It was really graceful (it’s more akin to a martial art than a sport), but also very athletic and very very very fast – I was exhausted just watching it! Because of the speed it also meant that nearly all of the photos I took were rubbish, with people having finished their amazing move by the time the picture was taken, or having just run out of the shot! These three I’m going to put on the blog though I was quite pleased with.

I decided not to use flash, and I really like the blurred effect, which gives an idea of the speed and grace of the movement.

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Tools for the Shaman

Posted by Jackie on September 27, 2008

This is my favourite sculpture in the Sculpture Garden – it is by Scottish sculptor Jake Harvey, and is called “Tools for the Shaman”. The blurb says it is sculpted from “Kilkenny black fossil diorite limestone”. There are a couple of other blocks which form the whole sculpture, but I was really pleased with this slightly closer view.  I really like how the texture of the sculpture seems to fit so well with the texture of the hideous beautiful 60s/70s wall and the gravelly floor.

I’m getting a bit low on photos (will be out today hopefully replenishing supplies, if not the next week will be from my rapidly dwindling archives!).

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Paul’s Turn

Posted by Jackie on September 26, 2008

This sculpture is called Paul’s Turn, by Anthony Caro.

There are a couple of sculptures in this red metal. I’m not that mad on them, to be honest, but thought I’d show you the different styles on offer. Tomorrow I’m going to put up a picture of my favourite of the sculptures in the Sculpture Garden.

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Her name is Rio, and she dances on the sand ….

Posted by Jackie on September 25, 2008

The next two or three days I’m going to show you some sculptures from one of Glasgow University’s hidden gems. I almost don’t want to say where this is, as I only came across it by accident and it was a real oasis of calm in the midst of the busy campus – but that would be selfish! It’s a little courtyard round the back of the library and the Mackintosh House, and has a number of sculptures just sitting there. Some of them, it has to be said, are better than others, but even so the place was a real find.

This is one of the better ones, in my opinion, and the only one by a sculptor I’d heard of already – in fact, when I saw it my first thought was, “oh it’s by whatsisname”, and his name was on the tip of my tongue. When I saw the plaque I knew I’d got it right, even though I’d forgotten the actual name! (you’ll just have to take my word for that!).

The sculpture, of which this picture shows just a part, is called Rio and is by Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Diagram of an Object

Posted by Jackie on September 24, 2008

This is the bulk of the sculpture featured yesterday (keep comments and feedback coming by the way, I’m always looking to improve!). Unfortunately I can’t take a picture of the whole thing at the moment, as its backdrop is currently builders’ hoardings as the Mackintosh House in front of which this sculpture stands is being refurbished. I’ll try to remember to take a picture once the building work is finished. The sculpture always looks to me like it’s the frame of a chair but with the seat part missing.  The building in the background is the Round Reading Room of the University (no longer used as a reading room, but the name stuck!).

The sculpture is called Diagram of an Object, and is by Dhruva Mistry.

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Posted by Jackie on September 23, 2008

Following on from yesterday I think I’m going to feature some of the other sculptures and statues from Glasgow Uni this week. First of all though, I’m just after a bit of feedback. I can’t make up my mind if this photo is good or bad (I’ll show you some more of this sculpture tomorrow). What do you think? (I know I cropped off the very top, but apart from that).  It’s good to have so many people reading this blog who actually know what they’re doing! 🙂

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Posted by Jackie on September 22, 2008

This impressive structure stands outside the Department of Earth Sciences of Glasgow University.

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Life blood

Posted by Jackie on September 21, 2008

A bit abstract, but inspired by Kris‘s (actually much better) picture, this is a picture of the waters of the Clyde River, running through the heart of the city. To quote from Rampant Scotland,

“It is often said with justification that “The Clyde made Glasgow and Glasgow made the Clyde.” Without the river and its access to the sea, Glasgow might never have grown to become Scotland’s largest city. But the Clyde started as a shallow salmon river which, over the years, was dredged to make Glasgow into a major port with sea-going vessels sailing right into the heart of the city. In addition to imports, Glasgow’s manufacturing output was exported via the Clyde, including 50,000 locomotives from Glasgow factories.

Despite the narrowness of the river, the banks of the Clyde used to be one of the largest shipbuilding centres in the world. During the 19th and 20th centuries 30,000 ships were built on the river.”

Now of course the shipyards are really depleted and the industry is a shadow of its former self.

This picture was taken leaning over the Squinty Bridge.

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