Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Winter's Solstice, Blessed Holidays and a Joyful Christmas!

Don't you just love that first shot of that adorable puppy in the 'Santa' outfit? It seems to like it-the owner says she gets cold easily which makes getting her 'dressed up' in the winter a lot of fun. And, as you can see, she is a sun-worshipper too.

The following shots are from a ribbon cutting we had here in our city today for a new piece of public art (I am on the Arts Commission and was also on the local selection committee for this piece which was funded through the New Mexico Art In Public Places-AIPP-program). The site for the art was a reflecting pool that was never used as a reflecting pool. After it was built, the city felt that having a water feature when water is at a premium seemed too frivolous. 

The name of this art piece is called "Sun Mask" and artist, Don Redman was selected and commissioned to create this piece. It is made out of Corten Steel. Corten steel is a wonderful material for public art pieces for many reasons. For one, graffiti won't stick to it. It is durable and affordable. And, it requires very little maintenance. 

I have to say that when the selection committee was unanimous about this work for the site, I was very excited since I also knew that it would cast wonderful shadows on the tile glass surface. And, it does. And, it changes throughout the day. All quite wonderful. 

In two more days, it will be officially winter. Sigh. It sounds so much better to say, "Happy Winter's Solstice Day" though. Have a Happy Winter's Solstice, may your Holidays be Blessed and a Joyful Christmas to you all!

Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!


Chubskulit Rose said...

Awww how adorable the outfit is, Merry Christmas Paula!

Gemma Wiseman said...

An impressibve piece of art. And the little dog seems quite adapted to his Chrissy outfit. perhaps he understands more than we know...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I think a sun mask is much more appropriate than a water feature. Merry Christmas!

annieelf2012 said...

I very much like the art piece, Paula. I was also gratified to read of the corten steel material. It is nice to know that it resists graffiti. I wonder if it might be used more widely like for, perhaps, security doors that cover shops in downtown areas. I remember seeing a lot of that in London and Paris and they were all covered with graffiti.

Jutta.K said...

A successful captured shadows, great shots.
I come visiting you from Shadow-Shot-Sunday2.
I wish you a Merry Christmas
Greetings from Germany

robin. said...

My birthday and "winter solstice day" and more times than not...the same day.
and I don't like winter...imagine that. The art work is beautiful. Great job Paula (and committee). Love the Santa, sun worshiper shadow shot!!

Chubby Chieque said...

So much to celebrate. Love the sunny day.

Enjoy the best of it, Love.

Wishing you all the best this Christmas time.

See you around.

God Bless,

Judy said...

I love the image of the dog!! You don't see her ears except in the shadow!!!
And all the shadows of the people and the sculpture are great!!!


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