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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

23/11/2014

“I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves and new shapes made possible by the introduction of concrete into the building process.” Oscar Niemeyer

 Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Five Swords Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Five Swords Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - The Arch Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – The Arch Installation by Alexander Calder at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Wishbone outdoor sculpture/installation by Mark Handforth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Wishbone outdoor sculpture/installation by Mark Handforth

The word angular describes objects that have sharp angles, such as something with many corners and few soft curves. Vocabulary.com

This week’s photo challenge was an interesting one. We had to move from familiar objects and nature to abstract objects, angles and shapes. I have to say that even though I understand the concept of angular, I had to look it up in the dictionary to grasp the term in order to visualize what our artist in residence for this week wanted. I found two definitions I liked. One was: “an object, outline, or shape having angles or sharp corners,” and the other is above.  Fortunately, I was able to revert back to my shots of outdoor installations at Storm King Art Center and elsewhere.  Above are two Alexander Calder installations and Wishbone by Mark Handforth. I don’t think I did the Handforth piece justice as I was a bit far back. Ditto The Calder Arch. Next time I’m in the areas where they are displayed, I will try better angles. Both The Arch and Wishbone are quite huge. Plus, I love the idea of a steel wishbone for lasting luck.

“Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.” Mary Schmich

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Flamingo Installation by Alexander Calder in Chicago

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Flamingo Installation by Alexander Calder in Chicago

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center

Above, I have another Calder taken in Chicago near the Federal Reserve Building. It is aptly named Flamingo because its neck curves down like one. The Frank Gehry designed Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts has an unusual roof with many angular shapes. I love that dramatic building especially when it is lit up at night. It is efficiently designed and quite spacious and welcoming inside. Frank Gehry is a highly regarded architect known for these types of gravity defiant roof designs and he has done many others, including EMP Museum in Seattle and, of course, the famous one: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Have you seen any Frank Gehry designed buildings? What was your first reaction?

More below!

“Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.” Havelock Ellis

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular -  Dual Installations at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Dual Installations at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular - Beethoven's Quartet by Mark di Suvero at Storm King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular – Beethoven’s Quartet by Mark di Suvero at Storm King

Thankfully, Storm King Art Center came to my rescue for this challenge. I found almost all (except for two) the pieces I needed there. The two above are examples of more beautiful, outdoor art installations that look better in their landscape than they do in photos. Don’t you just love that Mark di Suvero sculpture? If you are ever in the New York area, I would encourage you to visit this and other locations that have outdoor sculptural art. Hope you enjoyed the selection.

What are your thoughts? How did you pick your choices for angular? Were you able to find suitable examples? Do share? Thank you!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular  This week, Not to put too fine a point on it, though this week, we challenge you to show us what “angular” means to you.

Positive Motivation Tip: Open your mind and eyes to the range of artistic expression and enlarge your vision in the world. Let go of narrow perspectives.

More Weekly Photo Challenge Posts

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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40 Comments leave one →
  1. 23/11/2014 1:39 pm

    Thanks for your info about Storm King, which I have not heard about before. Nice place indeed. And I’m a huge fan of Frank Gehry!

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  2. Becky J. permalink
    23/11/2014 1:55 pm

    Fabulous,although angular each piece draws you towards it in a warm inviting way….splendid post!,!!!

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  3. Masshole Mommy permalink
    23/11/2014 2:57 pm

    Those photos are all so beautiful. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  4. Courtney permalink
    23/11/2014 3:04 pm

    Omg these are pretty neat pieces!!!! I love looking architecture like this!!!!

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  5. 23/11/2014 3:58 pm

    These are amazing and unusual photos! The sculpture all demonstrate the word angular perfectly 🙂

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  6. JoAnna permalink
    23/11/2014 4:07 pm

    Very nice! I like this photo challenge. The red sculpture is very neat 🙂

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  7. 23/11/2014 4:57 pm

    Great shots! I always have a hard time taking photos of abstract items, but you made them all look really cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. brandyellen permalink
    23/11/2014 5:03 pm

    These are the perfect photos for angular, love them. I am excited to see what your next weekly photo challenge photos look like. Thanks for sharing them!

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  9. 23/11/2014 5:17 pm

    Don’t you love Chicago? So many interesting works of art and cool architecture. I grew up a few hours from there, but now I am halfway across the country.

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  10. Mary Hunter permalink
    23/11/2014 7:12 pm

    These are so interesting! I really like the wishbone sculpture — it looks huge!

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  11. Ann B (@AnnBac9) permalink
    23/11/2014 7:49 pm

    Very cool photos. I am just learning photography and I am going to try to take some photos of angular items. Thanks!

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  12. franckxethee permalink
    23/11/2014 7:54 pm

    The outdoor structures looks really amazing. We also have a nice outdoor structure in our global city since they have an art foundation who handles this.

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  13. ctcarra permalink
    23/11/2014 9:21 pm

    I like the first photo. I like the shape, curves, and color

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  14. Dawn McAlexander Crawford permalink
    23/11/2014 9:23 pm

    These works of art are gorgeous! I love sculptures that you have to interpret!

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  15. GadareneDream permalink
    23/11/2014 9:45 pm

    I was just at the EMP museum, yesterday in fact, and it’s a pretty spectacular building. I should have taken photos!

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  16. 23/11/2014 11:38 pm

    Fabulous, thanks for posting these, I love Arch and Wishbone, but they are all cool!

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    • 24/11/2014 4:58 am

      Thank you Gilly! You comment on my last post helped me remember to go back to Storm King for this challenge. I’ve written other posts about the outdoor art center and I added a link in this post to one of them. Check it out when you can. 🙂

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  17. Fi Ní Neachtáin permalink
    24/11/2014 2:57 am

    I think you captured the angular challenge really well. These types of photography challenges and capturing different elements and subjects are great ideas.

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  18. 24/11/2014 3:25 am

    These sculptures all look amazing. Abstract objects always look so intriguing. Great photos.

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  19. friendlytm permalink
    24/11/2014 4:23 am

    Good choice of pictures that show angular objects. My response to this photo challenge happens to be Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. I just returned from Spain after visiting a few cities there. I had only seen his Walt Disbey Concert Hall in LA. Check out my post for my impression.

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  20. Nicole Mamatofiveblessings Homeschooling permalink
    24/11/2014 4:57 am

    These are amazing sculptures. Love the colors and shapes.

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  21. Delia Rusu (@happyblogplaza) permalink
    24/11/2014 6:08 am

    Let go of narrow perspectives. – I love this! We need to remember often that there’s another way of thinking, doing, and acting. Thanks for the great food for thought 🙂

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  22. lbosworth permalink
    24/11/2014 7:02 am

    I love the Beethoven’s quartet installation! I think it would be great in Toronto’s Music Garden!

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  23. 24/11/2014 9:40 am

    I love seeing sculptures like this in my city. They are truly beautiful.

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  24. Lisa Bristol permalink
    24/11/2014 9:47 am

    These are amazing photos. Such unique sculptures.

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  25. 24/11/2014 12:35 pm

    Wow, great structures!

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  26. bonniegowen permalink
    24/11/2014 7:00 pm

    Great post and some great pictures. I’ve never really seen anything that looks like that before. How neat.

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  27. angelachristopher permalink
    24/11/2014 7:13 pm

    Wow those are amazing! And such great photos! Thanks!

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  28. Barbie's Beauty Bits permalink
    24/11/2014 8:17 pm

    What unique sculptures. Love the photos. These would make some great art for the wall..

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  29. 25/11/2014 4:40 am

    These are some gorgeous structures. I pinned that red one yesterday!

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  30. tanyacoffman permalink
    25/11/2014 3:11 pm

    I love seeing structure art…and the thought process behind it ❤ Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos 🙂

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  31. Victoria permalink
    25/11/2014 7:32 pm

    These are very unique. Also, your photos are amazing as always.

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  32. 25/11/2014 11:27 pm

    There’s an awesome sculpture park in St. Louis, Missouri that also has some fairly cool abstract art. I think they are really interesting to look at

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  33. chrissy4gordon24 permalink
    27/11/2014 8:44 am

    These are simply beautiful! I wonder how long it took them to make these, wow!

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  34. 28/11/2014 3:17 am

    Elizabeth, for me these are truly amazing 🙂

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