Thursday, November 23, 2017

Boca Raton Museum of Art Sculpture Garden

November 2017 - Boca Raton FL

The Museum of Art in Boca Raton also has a sculpture garden. I have provided the descriptions of pieces that I found at the museum website.

Always seeking to accurately capture the grace of animals, Scott centers her artistic creations on wildlife animals from elegantly soaring eagles to majestically resting hogs, as seen here with Eat More Beef.
Sandy Scott (born 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) 

Sweeping lines and rough surfaces are the hallmark of Binkele’s refined depictions of female figures and horses. By focusing on the musculature of both, the visual effect of her sculptures showcases the subjects’ physical strength and beauty.
Lina Binkele (born 1957 in Bogotá, Colombia) 


Arman was an expert assembler and dismantler. He accumulated, dissected and finally reconstructed objects into ordered assemblages to bring attention to the waste born of a consumer society. Sliced, smashed or burned musical instruments were the artist’s most recognizable symbolic objects, as seen here with the numerous violoncellos and bows forming Music Power II.

Larraz is known for paintings and bronzes that contain realistic subject matter and symbolic references. Here a coffee pot teeters atop precariously stacked cups and saucers referencing the social inequality in Latin America. Specifically, Larraz implies that all the little coffee cups, representing the workers, hold up the big pot, the land owner, on coffee plantations and in the coffee business. 
Julio Larraz (born 1944 in Havana, Cuba; active Miami, Florida) 

“Mythological dream world” is the phrase most often associated with Ryder’s sculptures. Her signature hybrid figure is the Lady-Hare, partnered here with an equally hybrid version of a dog that offers a sentiment of friendship. Each sculpture is forged with various components: any combination of sawdust, wet plaster, old machine parts and toys, weld joins and angle grinders, wire, torn scraps of paper, charcoal sticks, and acid baths to achieve her multifaceted surfaces.
Sophie Ryder (born 1963 in London, England) 


Sosno was a conceptual artist focused on the art of obliteration, specifically the near elimination of the figural form into voids and solids. His “squared heads,” as seen here in Tête au carré, are his most famous iconic forms. While the majority of the head is supplanted by a gigantic square, there is a strong allusion of beauty and grace to the perfectly proportioned block and elegant lines of the supporting chin, neck, shoulders and upper chest. In the artist’s words: "It's about using holes to hide things, which makes the imagination work. It's considerably more exciting than revealing everything. You mustn't show everything, say everything.” 


Benton is best known for cutting, folding and realigning two-dimensional sheets of steel into three-dimensional objects that challenge the force of gravity. For Donut with Balls and Half Moon, such elementary shapes as circles, spheres, half circles, tubes and a ring, precariously lean against and stack upon each other, embodying the tension between precise harmony and peril that Benton so enjoys forming. He has great reverence for form and balance, constantly teases balance with unbalance, placing the fate of large forms in the hands of much smaller forms. The circle, a figure of completion, appears as the primary focal point here and in many of Benton's sculptures. Serving as a frame or an anchor for other geometric elements, the circle emphasizes the dynamic of balance and imbalance important to these works. Here the circle is labeled a donut and served as the central theme and title to the series of massive sculptures Benton constructed in the early 2000s.

SUNRISE east may is one in a series of 12 giant masks, each named for a month of the year. The monumental size of the series is offset by the cheerful, shimmering silver pigment and finger-pitted surface. Each sculpture is a globular, elongated head with a distinct expression; here a child’s head playfully protrudes from a shark costume, which gives it a hint of mischief.
Ugo Rondinone (born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland)

 Known for sculpting moody figures in bronze, cast iron, and terracotta with rough surfaces, Beaumont captures the emotional universality of humankind. By giving each work either simply a number or a universal emotion like courage, valor, or boredom for a title, she fosters her desire for viewers to bring their own interpretations to these everyman/everywoman figures.
Hanneke Beaumont (born 1947 in Maastricht, Netherlands) Bronze #35, 1998, bronze; Le Courage, 1997, bronze; Bronze #66, 2003, bronze,

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

January 2016 - San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Around the market. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

One a Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

Click on this link to get the background on the City of Presidents that I am showing daily.

There is no particular order to my posts.


Since President Hoover was a Quaker he did not take an oath of office, instead he affirmed his presidency. During his term, he approved the "Star-Spangled Banner" as our national anthem. Herbert Hoover was president during one of the worst economic disasters in America's history. Hoover was one of two presidents who did not accept a salary for being president, instead donating his salary to charity. Hoover is shown standing on a platform that symbolizes Hoover's contributions to people around the world. The base of this statue includes the Hoover Dam which is attributed to Hoover's engineering abilities and a chaff of wheat representing Hoover's organization of shipments of food for starving millions in Europe.


03 Jefferson
04 Madison
05 Monroe
06 Adams
08 Van Buren
09 Harrison
10 Tyler
11 Polk
14 Pierce
15 Buchanan
16 Lincoln
17 Johnson
18 Grant
19 Hayes
20 Garfield
22 Cleveland

24 Cleveland
25 McKinley
26 Roosevelt
27 Taft
30 Coolidge
32 Roosevelt
33 Truman
34 Eisenhower
36 Johnson
37 Nixon
38 Ford
39 Carter
40 Reagan
41 Bush Sr.

43 Bush Jr

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

2003 - Flint TX

I came across more memories the other day.

I had typed up this story about our keys getting locked in our car. Click on the image for a bigger picture.

We stayed a week in Flint.
The town was named for Robert P. Flynt, a local landowner but the post office began operations in 1887 under the spelling "Flint" when postmaster Charles B. Brown misspelled the name on application forms.

Crossing the county line to Lake Palestine. Yup, it's Friday night.

We did a lot of sightseeing.

At 67 feet tall (on a 10-foot-tall base) statue is named "A Tribute to Courage." Sam Houston, celebrated political architect of Texas, towers in concrete above Interstate 45 near Huntsville, with walking cane and snappy duds of a 19th century statesman (though he could also be mistaken for a statue of P.T. Barnum).
Stupendous Sam is touted in attraction literature as the second largest freestanding statue in the U.S.

Jefferson TX is nestled in the Piney Woods Region.

Jefferson Saloon

So the saloon does sell drinks, if you hand over identification and sign a form to ''join'' the establishment's ''private club,'' a practice common in Texas' nominally dry areas.


First time for me to San Antonio, John had been on business. Since then we've been to SA several times.

Earlier this year (2017) we were in San Antonio and were surprised to see that the hotel we stayed in was close by. Riverside Plaza.

The Alamo, revisited in 22017.

Riverwalk hasn't changed much.


Mi Tierra in Market Square 2003.

Mi Tierra 2017

Shreveport LA

Huddie Ledbetter, better known to the music world as “Lead Belly” was from Mooringsport, La. and was accomplished musician. He could play the guitar, the accordion, mandolin and piano. His music still has a great influence on some of the greatest artists of today.

Corner of Texas and Louisiana.

One A Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

Click on this link to get the background on the City of Presidents that I am showing daily.

There is no particular order to my posts.


Monroe served in the Continental Army from 1776-78 and rose to the rank of major. He crossed the Delaware with George Washington and fought in the Battle of Trenton. Two major developments during Monroe's presidency were the Missouri Compromise (1820) and the Monroe Doctrine (1823). Along with Theodore Roosevelt’s Roosevelt Corollary and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, the Monroe Doctrine is still an important part of American foreign policy. He was known to be a very cordial man, a man of charming demeanor who always carried a cane. He is shown tipping his top hat wishing passers by a "good day." He is believed to have begun the politician's custom of kissing babies to charm his constituents.