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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A WHITE ELEPHANT

Last week we visited the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane. There was a photographic exhibition which we were interested in seeing. However, we were not allowed to take photos in that area. On the way out we had a quick look at other galleries.
 We had lunch in the outside cafe.


 I thought this looked funny. A workman relaxing in the quiet cultural precinct.

 One of the installations that caught my eye.

 My favourite was this White Elephant by Bharti Kher.  She calls it, 
"The Skin Speaks a Language not its Own".
 Kher used thousands of stick on bindis to cover a full sized fibre glass elephant reclining on the brink of death. The White Elephant is revered in Asia as a symbol of dignity, intelligence and strength. Ironically in English the term "White Elephant" is used to describe something big and useless.

 Outside the gallery there is a sculpture garden right next to our bus stop.

Looking over the busway as we walked over the bridge to the outbound buses. Taking the bus is much faster and cheaper than driving and parking the car.



24 comments:

  1. What a lot of work that elephant would have been..
    Water features look nice and I bet good to listen to..

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  2. the elephant made me feel sad before i even read your words, laying there dying. not a happy sculpture but realyl great art. i love the photo of the worker in his out of place spot... and those whirly fountains i would love to see. I would like to eat at the table on the edge of the fountains. a really beautiful place to visit and one i would love.

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  3. Seeing what is happening in Africa with the poachers I find the white elephant very sad but maybe it will do some good if others see it the way I do, Love all the other photos, especially the worker with his hard hat still on, but why should he not relax in a calm place listening to the tranquil effect of the water.
    You saying about not allowed to take photos, the security guard spoke very seriously to me today as I was taking photos in the supermarket!!! There are no signs up but arguing in French was beyond me!
    Take care t'other Diane

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  4. That workman could almost be an installation. I imagine the lighting gave his hat a pink glow.

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  5. wow the cafe is great nice to drink coffee there

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  6. This looks like a marvelous museum. I really like the white elephant.

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  7. I love the elephant ... Have used that expression many times and never really thought about how awful it really is. Like an elephant ..no matter what color ... Is something not to be valued. Beautiful gallery.

    We have been loving the city bus system since we moved to town!

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  8. A great place for a visit. I really must spend more time in that area next time I'm home.

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  9. Looks like a wonderful day out with a little something for everyone.

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  10. A fabulous place to visit. I was particularly taken with the elephant, and the man in the red hat. Thanks for visiting Dianr and I appreciate the photographic tip too.

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  11. This elephant is just beautiful and so impressive ! what an artwork !

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  12. The elephant is really interesting, especially in your close-up. What a long time it must have taken it to cover it with the bindi dots! What a restful spot for the construction worker to enjoy his break in a beautiful setting.

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  13. waw for the third picture. A nice place to relax.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  14. I can see why the elephant would catch your eye - what a great piece of work.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. Oh my gosh Diane, the white elephant is spectacular.. so much work involved, I wonder how long it took the artist to complete and if she had any help. You've just got to love art galleries hey, you just never know what you will find..

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  16. Thin!k that white elephant is absolutely incredible, and must have taken forever to do. Beautiful work! Also what a charming place to have lunch

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  17. I was struck by the fact that the worker is in colour while the rest of the area hr's sitting in looks black, grey and white. ;)) I cannot imagine the work that went into creating the White Elephant!

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  18. It's fabulous diane and I will certainly put it on my list when next in Brisbane.... its lovely to catch up on your posts.... I've been missing for so long.... I have much to catch up on! I do hope you and yours are happy and well.

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  19. Hello Diane, wonderful captures of the fountains. I love the elephant too, awesome sculpture. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  20. Interesting art--I guess I am too 'average' to appreciate what is called 'art' most of the time :) The fountains and the view from above are great to see.

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  21. The white elephant sculpture is very realistic looking and its death pose is very poignant. I liked taking the buses when I lived in NYC--as you said fast and less expensive than paying for parking. Unfortunately there is not much bus service here into Denver, but someday I'd like to try the light rail.

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  22. While the photographic exhibit was most likely excellent, Diane, it is fortunate that you were able to share these images. The white elephant was amazingly detailed. Also the last view of the city scape was so photogenic. And, yes, public transport is sometimes the best way to travel.

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