E.J.Wilkins

25 Mar 2009 696 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image Parque das Nações, Lisbon

Parque das Nações, Lisbon


Homem Muralha. (Man Wall) by Pedro Pires - 2008

Just one of the many possible views of this interesting and eye-catching artwork/installation that stands not far from the Vasco da Gama Bridge (longest in Europe)

These "men" stand on a wide base at the top of a sloped walkway leading to a new apartment building.

This artwork was put in place last year (2008) as part of the ongoing programme of bringing "art" to the public - which was part of the original Expo 98 remit/plan for regenerating this previously derelict and run-down area.
.

Parque das Nações, Lisbon


Homem Muralha. (Man Wall) by Pedro Pires - 2008

Just one of the many possible views of this interesting and eye-catching artwork/installation that stands not far from the Vasco da Gama Bridge (longest in Europe)

These "men" stand on a wide base at the top of a sloped walkway leading to a new apartment building.

This artwork was put in place last year (2008) as part of the ongoing programme of bringing "art" to the public - which was part of the original Expo 98 remit/plan for regenerating this previously derelict and run-down area.
.

comments (24)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 00:04
I would love to know the scale of these statues, Ellie. Are they lifesize or LARGER? Stuff like this never ceases to amaze me!
EJWilkins: The scale is hard to judge because to see them you have to look upwards, but I'd guess they aren't much more than "real-life" height, about six foot or maybe eight tall perhaps?
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 00:25
I am also fascinated, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Good to hear it, these were "quite something" to see
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2009, 02:29
Seriously interesting sculpture, Ellie.

I see elements of alarm at pixellation, and perhaps a scared feeling about the approach of the Transhuman condition.
EJWilkins: Yerrs Ray, ummm ... grin
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 03:23
That's clever! They look very digital.
EJWilkins: They are clever
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2009, 07:16
these sculptures are fascinating, great shot ellie
EJWilkins: Yes, fascinating, clever - says it all really, and creative too
This is wonderful, Ellie. I hope you had a good day the other day when the two bores came to visit you.
EJWilkins: Glad you like this.
Yes, had a lovely day yesterday thanks, not at all boring! Look forward to meeting you in the summer
Fascinating. It looks like all metal, and they will keep changing as the different light catches them and the shadows change.

On a different level, perhaps Pedro Pires was a sci-fi fan, because they looks like some other galaxy inhabitants.
EJWilkins: I can't find an online description, but it looked as if they were made of steel squares that had been painted black.
I can't find much about Pedro Pires either, his website doesn't give much away.
It's here ... http://pedropires.pt/Site/DESTAQUES.html
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2009, 09:37
These look rather menacing like modern knights in armour.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: I thought the same about the knights in armour from a distance, but in the bright sunlight they weren't menacing. It might be different on a dull, grey day
I love the angle, good work Ellie smile
EJWilkins: It was hard to choose which of the pictures I'd taken to use, so ended up showing the whole thing. I'm pleased you like it
Interesting picture and info' Ellie...and I too like the angle you chose.
EJWilkins: It was hard to choose which picture to share, so I chose the one that seemed to show the whole group at their best
Fabulous image! What strange statues. Well seen
EJWilkins: Hard to miss them really, because of their position. A quite "stunning" sight
Great composition, Ellie! When was this taken? It's been a while since I've been to the Parque das Nações and I was wondering if I could still catch these guys over there... smile
EJWilkins: It was taken earlier this month (March 2009). I'd think they're a permanent fixture.

I think they're in front of the building between Rua Commandante Cousteau and Rua Cais das Naus. Some of the other pictures, looking north east, show the footbridge at Cais do Olival in the background

Here http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=38.775934&lon=-9.092127&z=19.1&r=0&src=msl
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2009, 11:07
Interesting sculpture and a super pic. Strange how we feel empathy for silent watchers.
EJWilkins: I think it might be less well received in this country
Quite fascinating indeed Ellie!
EJWilkins: Yes, they are
I confess I rather like them!
EJWilkins: So do I, they seem to "fit" their surroundings too
Looks like they were put together with the remains of a Mecanno set Ellie, very interesting.
EJWilkins: Ah yes, why is it there are always one or two bits left after making something?
Not a woman among them.
EJWilkins: Err, no, and I think they're all the same, just looking in different directions
'' er umm Sid ... which way were we supposed to be looking ....?''

ricjhard
EJWilkins: " ... At the camera, we'll be famous!" wink
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2009, 19:38
Crayzee Ellie - never seen anything like it before!
EJWilkins: Me neither
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Mar 2009, 19:50
I like the diagonal composition of the row of figures.

Ray, oh Ray. It is worth my day to read all his comments.
EJWilkins: Just to the left of them is a stone bench, normal "seat" height, which could be used perhaps for people to copy these men or to get a different point of view.
(agree about Ray wink )
not a curve in sight, very nice ellie, well shot
EJWilkins: No, that's a good point, I hadn't noticed that
ha, put these aside the sculptures on Crosby beach and that would be a winnergrin super shot Elliesmile
EJWilkins: Aha, you spotted that resemblance too!
Un composición excelente. Muy buena.
Lovely shot. We have a similar but different set around my area.
Interesting how four of them seem to be looking in one direction and only the one in front is looking at our left.

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera E-400
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/640s
aperture f/5.6
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 15.0mm
Tallinn MemorialTallinn Memorial
Spring bloomsSpring blooms
Parque das Nações, LisbonParque das Naçõe...

Warning