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Friday, March 2, 2012

THE MALL'S BALLS AND MORE

After our tour of WA and SA some months ago we spent a few days in Adelaide the capital of South Australia. After we visited the Pandas at the zoo we went for a walk through Rundle Mall, the main shopping area of the CBD. We came across some interesting sculptures.
 Officially called "The Spheres" but widely known as "The Mall's Balls" is a sculpture consisting of two stainless steel balls by Bert Flugelman. It has become a popular meeting place.

 The most fascinating sculpture I have ever seen is here in Rundle Mall, Adelaide. It is a group of life sized bronze pigs called "A Day Out" by Marguerite Derricourt. They are so real looking with heaps of character. A competition was held to name the pigs. This one is 'Horatio". Click here to see me having a chat with Horatio the last time I was in Adelaide.


This one rooting around in the bin is "Oliver"

 This one just standing around is "Truffles"

This one trotting by is "Augusta"

Another sculpture in the mall is "Girl on a Slide" by John Dowie. It was created as a discovery piece, something that would be discovered by accident.












This neo-cubist, copper welded sculpture on a wall is called "Progress" by Lyndon Dodswell. It represents the spirit of progress.

  

30 comments:

  1. I hope Rundle Mall's unique character is never compromised by 'progress'. When the pig statues were first put there, there were some complaints because the pig snuffling in the rubbish bin looked too real, and therefore 'dirty'! Luckily, commonsense prevailed, and the pigs got to stay!!!

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  2. Loving your site. Never been to Aus but trip planned for Sept. Trav solo so interested in your blogs. Any advice welcome

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  3. Your pig photos are so much better than the ones I took mid last year. Aren't they just brilliant?

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  4. i've always been fond of the mall's balls and the pigs. the little girl on the slide is great too. :)

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  5. Fun 60. Couldn't find email or comment box on your blog to send info. Best not to travel north or centre in summer months.

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  6. I 'm pleased to know you stopped by to have a chat with "the pigs" they are such characters ....my favourite is Truffles .... the more classy of the four.

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  7. You know you're a South Aussie when you say, "I'll meet you at the Mall's balls," to your mates!

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  8. Love love love those pigs!!! They look so happy.

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  9. The pigs seem so real and comfy in the busy shopping street.They look so great.

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  10. Great statues, the pigs are funny.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  11. These sculptures are real very nice and the pigs so cute they made me laugh !

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  12. Really fun. I like the pigs but I love those reflections in the balls.

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  13. I like all these neat sculptures, but I think the pigs are my favorites. They are definitely very life-like.

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  14. What for a funny idea with the pigs.
    Great sculptures in this area.
    Have a nice weekend
    Angela

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  15. I oftrn read things on blogs that inspire my next trip. It is too long since I have been to Adelaide. I love this post intensely, Diane. The photographs are a delight, with such a deft touch to the commentary. Do you know, I have NEVER been to the Adelaide Hills ... sad I know.

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  16. 'Mall's Balls' - that is too funny!
    But, the reflections in those are wonderful.
    I love the pigs!! The Three Little Pigs went to the mall instead of to market. :)

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  17. I wonder, are those the same pigs I saw in Seattle a couple of years ago? If so, they are certainly well traveled!

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  18. really very interesting and eye catching
    Regards

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  19. Hi Diane! Sorry for the absence, but time has been at a premium here... ;)

    Adelaide looks lovely... There is still so much of Australia for me to see... :-)

    Blogtrotter Two has reached April 2011; no trips, and posting delay is shortening... ;). Enjoy and have a great weekend!!!

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  20. I won't want to eat my lunch with a pig staring at me.

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  21. Diane: could you have a look please at AL's 'Warm Slice of Brisbane' and tell me if his latest post shows a eucalypt flower or otherwise, please? You are my resident expert.

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  22. The pig rooting in the bin is a delight.

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  23. Diane, the Malls Balls is a funny name, but they are cool sculptures for capturing the reflections. And I just love all the piggies and their names. Great post and I really loved these photos. Have a great weekend!

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  24. Bellissime le tue foto!! buona giornata....ciao

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  25. Absolutely love those characterful little piggies:)

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  26. A great collection of shots of my home town Diane. It's always interesting to see our City through the eyes of visitors, because we can so easily become blahze about the sights we see daily or frequently. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my blog again. Happy weekend!

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  27. Glad I stopped by. The pigs are my favourites.

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  28. Lovely sculptures of the pigs, what fun they are.

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  29. Thes sculptures are fascinating. I LOVE the pigs.

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