If you believe access to Art is an essential component of a life well-lived – assuming basic critical needs have been met – then you might decide to live in the Northern city of Milan. Architectural beauty exists on almost every street corner in the city centre of this commercial metropolis, and it is a visual and spiritual delight. When you also factor in the high probability of coming across sculptures of this quality, adorning a facade or the entrance to a doorway, you know you are in a place where life and art coexist and complement each other. It was E. M. Forster who said, ‘Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted’. I think he was on to something.
The man who created the Statue of Liberty in New York also created this powerful sculpture in the centre of the city of Lyon. This is just one of the horses sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and is part of La Fontaine Bartholdi. I have photographed this fountain from every conceivable angle and there is always a new configuration of shapes to record. This shot is vignetted to draw attention to the overwhelming sense of drama and emovement.
The design of Vintage cars was about far more than engineering and technological functionality. These cars celebrated form, aesthetics and culture. The styles, colours and sculptural contours reflect the preoccupations of certain 20th Century art movements, including Art Nouveau and Art Deco; they appealed directly to the senses. Thankfully, the design constraints imposed by aerodynamics and fuel efficiency had yet to play a significant role in their appearance. Headlights, indicators, running boards and wheel arches were glorious opportunities for embellishment and ornament and there was an explosion of visual creativity. Take a look at these fantastic examples from the Technical and Transportation Museum in Budapest.
Who needs galleries when art would pass you by as you walked down the street. These vintage cars from a bygone era were essentially sculptures on wheels. I couldn’t resist photographing the wonderful collection on display at the Technical and Transportation Museum in Budapest. This is a Jaguar; just look at the sweeping curves, the headlights and the beautiful paintwork… mobile art for all.
A key member of the Arte Povera group, Mario Merz produced expansive mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and installations, through which he propagated an egalitarian, human-centered vision. Through art, he counteracted what he saw as the dehumanizing forces of industrialization and consumerism. Together with compatriots including Jannis Kounellis and Michelangelo Pistoletto, Merz eschewed fine art materials in favor of everyday and organic matter, like food, earth, found objects, and neon tubing. In 1968, he presented his first igloo, which became a motif in his work, representing the fundamental human need for shelter, nourishment, and connection to nature. By 1970, the Fibonacci sequence became central to his work, shaping the tables and spiraling forms for which he was known, and incorporated into his igloos and canvases. In these Merz sought limitlessness, against the confines of modern life.