The final post taken during my September 2015 trip to New York City. After an sunrise walk downtown (see previous post), I took the subway back to the hotel. The station had sculptures of little policemen all around the platform. It is hard to brighten up a subway stations, but these little guys sure did.
We continued along in the Met, moving from the sculpture garden filled with realistic figures frozen in time to modern American art. Some intriguing and famous pieces in this section. This one caught my eye. I think it was the lighting combined with an every day object used in a way that is abnormal. Yes things hang from hangers, but not other clothes hangers. The piece is called Obstruction by Man Ray. It is a wonderful piece of art and worth seeing when visiting the Met.
The sculptor capture the anguish and despair of these subjects amazingly. The story this sculpture tells is horrible. It refers to a scene in Dante’s Inferno where a man condemned to die of starvation succumbs to his hunger and eats his children and grandchildren. You can read more about the statue, which is in New York’s amazing Metropolitan Museum of Art, here. The sculpture is called Ugolino and His Sons, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux in 1865.
Visovak Island is a small island in the River Krka. A monastery is located on the island. Krka river is absolutely beautiful and I would recommend a tour of the small island. As I came out of the monastery, I noticed this statue. It was in a fenced off area, and it wasn’t immediately clear what this was. But it was pretty creepy. Makes me wonder what else lurks on this island.
The new year always brings so much hope. A clean slate. After a year of grim headlines in 2015, I wanted to start 2016 with a message of peace and love, symbolized by the iconic LOVE sculpture in Philadelphia.