Parque das Nações, Lisbon
Rizoma (Rhizome II) by Antony Gormley
This sculpture isn't one I particularly like, but even so it's intriguing. The "legs" are the same size as people. The whole thing is much taller than it looks in this picture - I can't find the dimensions anywhere online, but I don't think it matters too much.
The title "Rhizome" is meant to relate to the repetition and replication of a shape, very much I suppose, in the way a plant rhizome replicates.
In the background is the huge Atlantic Pavilion and some of the flags - both of which were in - this picture -
where, if you look really carefully, you can see this sculpture close to the water, behind the trees half way down on the right.
There are quite a number of sculptures at Parque das Nações. Almost all were commissioned for the Expo 1998, and have stayed, making the place a bit of a treasure trove. Each time I go back I search for another one or two, I'm not sure if I'll ever find them all and record them well enough to share online.
As the area continues to be developed more artwork is being included, one of these new installations will be shown tomorrow.
I've tried several times to take a decent photograph of this sculpture, but have failed each time.Every time I've found that to get far enough away and get a clean background meant standing in deep shadow. (A wider, more expensive, lens would perhaps help.)
Believe it or not, this is the best of a bad bunch, but there's no real excuse for poor technique - I didn't even manage to get the camera vertical - hence the white sections to each side.
On the other hand, it's so easy for "purists" to ramble on about the "best time of day" to take pictures and so on, use this filter or that gizmo, but not everybody has them and, in reality, it isn't always possible to choose the time of day etc, nor is it always practical or possible to use a tripod. There are also other people to think about too, who also want to do the same, which is to take away a memory of what they're seeing..