Saturday, July 05, 2008

Coffee & Salmon

Coffee & Salmon

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Can you imagine creating graceful tapering spirals like these from sheets of metal? They are a common element in two of Paul Sorey's metal sculptures that have become very popular public art works in Seattle. In this mosaic I've captured 9 views of. Coffee Pot Pergola (2005) in the Lake City neighborhood, and 4 of Salmon Waves (2001) in Ballard at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Can you tell which is which?

13 comments:

The Renzntzman said...

Cool compilation. Great job!

Maya said...

These are all great shots of great art! Did you enter this in the Photo Friday challenge: spirals?

Marcel said...

Very unique and very interesting.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

very eye-catching, i love the precision involved in the curves

Steffe said...

That looks like hard work. Good collage of the artwork.

Virginia said...

When I first spotted your photo I thought it was octopus tentacles! Like the collage. would love to know how you did that.

Nathalie said...

I can't tell which is which but I can tell a great composition when I see it. You've always been good at those but this collage is fantastic!

Kim said...

Thanks very much to each of you for your kind comments. What doesn't come over well in the collage is the size of these works. The spirals (Salmon Waves) in the center photo are taller than I am, and the Coffee Pot Pergola is perhaps more than three times as tall. The sphere at the top made from blue glass hexegons is supposed to be the ball on the lid of the coffee pot, and these photos don't include the spout which resembles a flower in bloom.

And Virginia and Nathalie, the collage tool I use is FD's Flicker Toys' "Mosaic Maker," which offers very little control over the order in which the photos are arranged unless one goes through very elaborate preparations, which I don't. I can manage to place the center shot, and then I try to tweek only one or two other placements if the tool places things in a really wonky balance. The program is just so inelegant and hard to manipulate, and I haven't enough time to do much else with it.
-Kim

Chuck Pefley said...

Nicely done, Kim. I was quite surprised to read that Flicker's Mosaic Maker was the tool used. The balance is great. The salmon sculpture is really a tough one to get your mind around and your isolation of parts is quite compelling. Also like the train bridge. Often contemplated a similar shot, but conditions never were quite right.

Jilly said...

What fabulous work - yes, the metal shapes but also your collage. beautiful! Random choice or not.

Rafa said...

Also look like octopuses...


Great presentation!!

Amber said...

very cool photo collage. wow. I love the photos and how you arranged them. Has a surreal quality.

Livio said...

Very gorgeous composition. I love it