Monday, August 24, 2009

In my last post I had mentioned that we were downtown for an event. It was "Sand in the City", a sand sculpture contest. Well, we went, we saw, we photographed, we loaded said photos on computer, then promptly (and quite accidently) deleted them. Oops! While we were there though we spotted this beautiful bronze sculpture titled "Motherhood" by Simon Kogan. The plaque reads (b. 1959 - ) Donated to the City of Olympia Art in Public Places Program, September 29th 1999. Is the boardwalk at Budd Inlet an odd place to put such a statue? All I know is it seems to attract a lot of attention. Whenever we there people are gathered around admiring it.


  1. Lois Says:

    It is nice! I like the way you took the picture with it silhouetted against that beautiful sky.

  2. tapirgal Says:

    It's lovely. You caught the light just right, and the framing/cropping is perfect. It must have been sooooooooo frustrating to lose your photos! Oddly, I lost a couple today because of some glitch in transferring to the computer. It wasn't many, but it was one of the rare times a heron has sat right on my railing. I'm not saying the photos would have been very good, especially the one of it escaping quickly, but I did want them. I feel for you today. The stars are in the wrong alignment for tech stuff, it seems. I ended up filing papers when our Internet went down due to a contractor in Washington drilling through the cable!

    Anyway, you did come home with a winning photo.

  3. Jacob Says:

    Superb photo! Great interest, composition and colors!

    I hope you went to the Recycle Bin or whatever and restored all those photos, promptly!

  4. ~Cheryl Says:

    That is a lovely statue! Kinda makes my back hurt, but the sky is fabulous!

  5. Lynette Says:

    If some of the purposes of public art are to generate discussion, to ignite creativity, to raise awareness, why not put such an attention-grabber in an unexpected place? It's superb, as is your photo. Thank you.

    I hate that the others are gone. That's forever, I'm guessing since you didn't leave us hanging, wondering.

    About my zoom lens, I often carry it with me, but it is heavy for my purse. Oh, I sound wimpy, don't I? Anyway, I like to take my candid street photos unobtrusively at this point, sneaky really. I guess I could sneak better from afar, now and then. I'll have to get it out and figure out how to pack it around with me more often. I certainly enjoyed it at the K9 and SWAT event.

  6. Thank you all for your nice comments.
    First of all, I think the sky really cooperated on this one. It seemed to be the right backdrop for this statue.
    Secondly, nobody feels worse than I do for losing those photos. My wife says you should have seen my face when I realized what I did. Oh well, hopefully lesson learned. There are endless more photos to take.

  7. It is a super shot and it is curious as to why it is where it is. but nevertheless it is enjoyed by all and quite beautiful.

    How maddening to lose any kind of photos. Do you suppose you could rush back and have everyone recreate their sand sculptures? NO? MB

  8. brian stout Says:

    i love this shot, and the sky colors really are amazing!

  9. Hilda Says:

    Count me in among those admirers. I like it very much too.

    Sorry to hear about the sand sculpture photos. That's so sad — for us too!

  10. Sand sculpture has always interested me. Stone sculpture (I do marble) is harder and lasts longer but you have to be a Michael Angelo to do something special. Or I think so. This is, however, a nice looking if not modern, piece and I like it.

  11. AB Says:

    Beautiful elegant lines in the statue, complemented perfectly by the purple sky.

  12. Oh you must have been livid! I know that I would enrage if I accidentally deleted photos. But this is a lovely shot, the obvious serenity of pregnancy enhanced by the tender colours of the sky. Lovely!

  13. Steffe Says:

    I delete stuff all the time. Luckily there are always software to help fix that sort of thing. She's kinda tall this one.

  14. Steffe: She doesn't look much like the girls you're used to photographing does she?

    Thanks again to all.

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