Sunday, September 23, 2007

sketching in Geelong Botanical Gardens

from w
Yesterday I walked around the Gardens and sketched the ginkgo tree, a leafy plant and three wooden sculptures set in the fern garden. They used to be in little Malop Street and were removed as part of the city council upgrading (?) of the city centre. I always thought they resembled the wooden slit drums and sculptures of Vanuatu. However a GBC info site suggested they are acually four fern inspired sculptures and were made by local wood sculptor Viktor Ceberg. Their notes suggest they are of no heritage value, and are not in excellent condition as the wood is deteriorating with the effects of water and exposure to the elements. They may be retained or removed as required. Hmmm. The timber will require maintenance to prolong life of the sculpture. Really? Isn't that part of the attraction? think they look great in this garden location. I used A4 paper, pencils and pen in the drawings. If you click on a picture it will be enlarged, then you see that it's just a whole lot of scribbly lines and marks.

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Blogger Penny said...

I say it again, you do such lovely detailed work. I love the look of these sculptures, seems a shame that eventually they will rot away but then again they do look very natural in the setting they are in now. We dont really value our public art and we should.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Thank you Penny. I think the deterioration through time doesn't matter.
I spell ginkgo or gingko wrong at times. We tend to be careless with foreign words - look what they did to that child abandonded at Southern Cross Station - called her 'Pumpkin' even when they did find out her true Chinese name. Peceli gets called Peneli, Pecheli, Peteli etc. and even Pat at golf.

4:58 PM  
Blogger lyn said...

vwbewThank you peceil and wendy for your kind words on my blog. I plan to draw Dancing with the Stars again tonight. This is wonderful to hear from people all over the world! I've been working on my figure drawing skills, a quick gesture drawing to start and a dancer may end up with someone elses head or skirt! Love your Geelong Botanical sketches, vegetation looks very different than here in Southern Calif. Good luck with the turdles!

3:57 PM  

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