Monday – a comment on Geoff Koons

 

One has to love the work done by Geoff Koons outside the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney – Puppy

http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/project-archive/jeff-koons-1995

This is a wonderful expression of art living with the community.

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Plzen Synagogue statement

A wonderful small bronze and sandstone piece that so vividly describes the battle of developing the synagogue, and recognition of a culture, within this town and region.  The Jewish faith abounds with these stories of oppression and meeting challenges.  One cannot help but admire these achievements, but in the same light it shows ho it is part of human nature to strike out at achievers and those that do things a little differently.

This piece is in the Plzen synagogue (May 2014) along with other small bronzes, equally expressive of the then and now.  This piece is only about 500mm high in total, the figure about 200mm, but the lines of the body express strongly that defiance and will of mind.  A memorable piece.

pushing up hill

pushing up hill

It is becoming quite common for places of worship to display modern art that expresses the history of the culture associates with the supporting culture.  For me this has become an improvement, helping to explain the background, purpose, place.

 

 

Plzen – Skoda, Pilsner Urquell ….. strong culture

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Plzen - Skoda, Pilsener Urquell ..... strong culture

Since their period of oppression (during 2nd World War to 1989 when Russians left) photos and word-of-mouth indicates to me the cleanup and progress has been massive. Even though no-one would have liked to be in the Czech’s shoes during this period, it does seem to have given them great drive to achieve, what could be seen as an advantage in Europe … they are not just working for money, but also to prove what Czech can achieve, how productive they can be and how strong a culture they have.
This photo of Techmania in the Skoda precinct is indicative of the targets being set and the investment being made in education and research. Technology and science are foremost in the Czech future.

A wonderful piece of public art by David Cerny is housed in this building – a statement on each European nation.

Plzen camel

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Plzen camel

One of 4 public art pieces in namesti repiublicka (city centre square). This one represents the camel in the Plzen coat of arms, the other 3 being the saint, the greyhound and a religious emblem. The camel, greyhound & saint are all gold plate water features, command attention and motivate the question “what do they represent?” Their size, scale and joyful nature seem to accurately represent the way in which Plzen is going about their business of creating a cultural centre.

Apple & Pear

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Apple & Pear

winner of People’s Choice, Sculpture By The Bay 2011, this piece represents the problems that have all but destroyed a vibrant apple & pear industry in Australia. A policy of Free Trade adopted by the Australian Government whilst other countries subsidise their farmers and impose tariffs on the import of our products. The unfair trading field has left the apples and pears swinging in the breeze whilst retailers pick and choose from around the world.
Made from recycled bicycle parts, driftwood, paper mache and fibreglass; by Greg Banfield