Guangzhou, China, taken on December 21, 2016
Many sculptures are scattered around Shamian Island in Guangzhou, depicting traditional Cantonese life in the old “Xiguan” area of the city back in the days. One of my favourites is that of an elderly man taking his caged pet bird out for a walk, a rather common sight in the old days in Guangzhou.
Guangzhou, China, taken on April 10, 2015
Guangzhou, my hometown, is a city full of rich histories and hidden secrets. The busy commercialized area of the Shangxiajiu pedestrian street, while attracting shoppers and tourists, also hides many a sculptures depicting life in old Guangzhou city, known as “Xiguan”. This particular one of a seemingly rich and elegant lady alighting from a poor man’s rickshaw drew my attention and makes me wonder what a typical day was like back in the days in my hometown. Time to ask my dad for story time…
Prague, Czech Republic, taken on July 9, 2016
Prague has a lot of strange and interesting sculptures, and one of them is called “In Utero” by David Černý. According to my Czech tour guide, the idea of this big statue was so that visitors could re-experience their birth (or experience a rebirth, whichever way you want to look at it) by crawling under the woman, signifying you exiting the uterus. Several people actually did just that – I guess that did make some good photos 😛
Barcelona, Spain, taken on August 29, 2011
Perhaps nothing demonstrates opposites better than light and darkness, and shadows are just that – a battle between light and darkness. While it seems that light is the backdrop and the shadow is the main character, without the presence of light, the shadow can’t even make its appearance, and there would be no show for darkness. One of the coolest shadows I’ve seen is that of a horse-riding warrior in a square in Barcelona. A brilliant piece of art, especially during the night!
Glasgow, Scotland, taken on May 4, 2015
Beautiful statues of “The Sisters of Bethany” at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow. (See the original photo in colour.)