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Super Lambanana

Lambanana, photo by JMorton

Super Lambanana


These strange looking statues can be found around Liverpool.  I have to say, if I did not read a note that it was supposed to be a cross between a lamb and a banana, I would not have a clue what it was supposed to be.  They are not really the most pleasing looking sculpture.  But as you see more of them, they actually grow on you (or probably to me only 🙂 lol)

Apparently the lambabana was originally designed by a Manhattan based Japanese artist Taro Chiezo.  The design was  created for the ArtTransPennine Exhibition in 1998 to make way for Liverpool as a corridor of art in the North of England.  The sculptures themselves were created by local artists in Liverpool.

 

Liverpool Love Locks

Love Locks, photo by JMorton

Love Locks, photo by JMorton

Liverpool Love Locks

The photos were taken of Liverpool love locks on the dockside of the River Mersey in Liverpool.

A love lock or love padlock is a normal small padlock, which is  locked to accessible  bridges, fences, gates, or similar fixtures, by lovers, sweethearts and  friends, to symbolize their love. The sweethearts’ names or initials are typically inscribed on the padlock.

To further symbolize unbreakable love, the padlock’s key is then thrown away. How many cast away keys now reside at the bottom of the the River Mersey? 🙂

Love locks originated in Serbia  100 years ago from a sad Serbian World War One (WW1) story.

This expression of undying love then spread to many countries. Some authorities regard them as a nuisance, health hazard etc., and remove them. When the padlocks  get rusty over the years, a poignancy is seems to be added.

Dark Vs Light

Sunset, Photo by PH Morton

Dark Vs Light

Thought of the Day:

30 March 2017

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Plato


15 April 2017 (Black Saturday)

If a man
wishes to be sure
of the road he travels on,
he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.
Saint John of the Cross

The Age of Innocence

Age of Innocence, V&A, photo by JMorton

The Age of Innocence

The above marble sculpture of a young girl was by Alfred Drury.  It was signed and dated in 1897. Apparently it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897.  It is now housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The young model for this work was Grace Doncaster, who was a daughter of one of Drury’s friend.

I was very taken with the facial feature of this bust.  The girl has such a sweet innocence about her.  Her plump cheeks and rounded chin are so lifelike!

Snuff Bottle – Qing Dynasty

Snuff Bottle, V&A Museum, photo by JMorton

Snuff Bottle – Qing Dynasty

The above object caught my attention immediately, not only because it was exquisitely beautiful but I remember I have a similar one at home, which Peter got me as a gift a couple of years ago.

I thought it was a perfume bottle.  It was only during a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum two days ago that I learnt it was a snuff bottle, which was used during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).

Smoking a tobacco was prohibited during the Qing Dynasty, therefore nicotine loving Chinese and Mongolian people had resorted to sniffing powdered tobacco contained in snuff bottles.  Inhaling finely ground tobacco was allowed as consumption was deemed medicinal at that time.

The snuff bottles were constructed as tactile as possible as they are carried by hand replacing the snuff boxes favoured by Europeans.  There were really beautiful, work of art, snuff bottles as they were a symbol of your position, how high up you were in society.  Sharing a snuff during the 16th century China was a form of greetings.

Wonderful to learn new things.  I now know that my ‘perfume bottle’ is actually a snuff bottle.  Where is the tobacco?!!! 🙂

Walis Tambo (Whisk Broom)

Walis tambo, photo by JMorton

Walis Tambo (Whisk Broom)

Walis tambo is a cultural icon of the Philippines.  The tambo is more than just a broom.  It is part of everyday life for Filipinos. It makes for shiny and clean floor. 🙂  It is handy and can be used anywhere in the house (but not the bathroom as a mop  or a walis tingting might be more useful).

it is known as walis tambo because the soft bristles are made from the phragmites reed called tambo in the Philippines.  The reeds flower in December and the blooms are gathered together to make the walis tambo, much beloved by Filipinos.

Like most Asian countries, many in the Philippines still sleep on bare floors over a thin covering of mats and blankets, therefore there is a need for clean floors.

The walis tambo, is so portable and noiseless that it is more useful than a  vacuum cleaner to sweep and clean shiny wooden and tile floorings at any given time.

Marilou, my sister bought a couple of walis tambo to take back to Los Angeles, CA. She insisted to buy the broom from Baguio.  Apparently the Baguio made are thicker, thus sweeps better, and last longer.  You learn something everyday.

 

Beefsteak Plant (Iresine herbstii)

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Beefsteak Plant (Iresine herbstii) , photo by PH Morton

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Beefsteak Plant (Iresine herbstii) , photo by PH Morton

This succulent looking plant is perennial.  Beefsteak Plant, also known bloodleaf plant, Latin name: Iresine herbstii, has beautiful glossy deep red leaves,  They are truly eye-catching and will certainly enhance the colour of the garden.

They can be grown as indoor plants which is a bonus as beefsteak plants cannot tolerate frosty condition.  So at the end of the season, in autumn, border plants can be potted and brought inside the house and planted out again when the weather turns warmer.

The leaves are variegated with red and green markings all over.

Beefsteak Plant loves the sun and high humidity.  The sunnier location it is planted the redder the leaves will turn out to be.  As an indoor plant it should be placed near a south facing window where it can get the sun.  Placing it in a gloomy area will result in the plant becoming leggy.

To keep the plant bushy, it requires a regular trimming.  Keep it well water but with good drainage.  It does not like being waterlogged.

Beefsteak Plant is worth the extra care as it is a stunning addition to the garden and as an indoor plant.

 

 

Lady of Lupari

Lady of Lupari @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

Lady of Lupari @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

The above bust was of a lady from the Lupari family, a prominent family in Bologna during the 1460s.

The bust is made from terracotta and the sculptor was Alfonso Lombardi.

What is a bust?

A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of a human upper body, from the chest to the neck up to the head.  The bust is often sat on a plinth to keep it secure.  A bust can be made from marbles, wood, metal, or terracotta.

An aust is an equivalent to a sculpted head of mythical beings and animals.