Friday, January 25, 2008

Filling the Silence at the Heart of Things

Filling the Silence at the Heart of Things

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This week I had occasion to go to Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. It is a large and beautiful treasure which includes a formidable old world glass plant conservatory, the Asian Art Museum, lovely grounds for strolling, and a large round tower. As I was looking at the view, a woman climbed into the "Black Sun" sculpture by Isamu Noguchi (or as Soundgarden titled this inspiration on their song "Black Hole Sun") to see what the view of the reservoir and Space Needle might look like. Don't let the sunshine fool you; the reservoir she's peering into was partially frozen and gulls were walking and sliding on the ice!


Piobaireachd said...

I didn't realize that this sculpture was the inspiration for the Soundgarden tune! I love this weather. Clear and crisp. The sun coming up behind the Cascades during my morning drive to Port Townsend just sets the day off. Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier has been visible from the Olympic Peninsula the entire week. Change is coming later today but that's ok too. I like the rain and snow as well. Change is why I live here.

Ben said...

That "large round tower" is (or at least was) a water tower.

American Fork said...

Love it!

Hyde DP said...

is this serendipity?

are folks actually allowed to climb on the sculpture?

makes a great photo anyway

Kim said...

Piper, your view sounds spectacular. I, too, like all the changes that come about. Thanks for visiting!

Ben, Thanks. I've yet to go up in it, but I've seen photos taken from up there by some of my Flickr friends, and it's something I have to do soon.

AF, Thanks so much!

Gerald, I see people do this all the time with this particular work and have never seen an attendant ask them to get off or seen any signs. . .I do notice skate board clips along the bench it rest upon, though. . .so some things are prohibited. Thanks for stopping by!