This is a shot of the amazingly enormous statue of Sam Houston on the side of I45 in Huntsville, TX. I drove past this on my way to Lake Charles, LA a few weeks ago and stopped on my way back to Dallas to get a few shots. The statue actually scares you when you come around the curve on I45 as it is hidden by the pine trees and suddenly appears. The statue, just south of Huntsville, TX is the world’s tallest statue of an American hero — Sam Houston. The 67-ft. tall (plus 10-ft. base) statue is named “A Tribute to Courage.” Sam Houston, celebrated political architect of Texas, towers in concrete above Interstate 45, with walking cane and snappy duds of a 19th century statesman. In the summer humidity of east Texas, we appreciate the tensile strength of one who could dress like this and still lead. from http://www.roadsideamerica.com.
This is a handheld HDR of the famous sculpture in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Atlas is a bronze statue (Nunzio Pontorno was the model) in front of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, New York City, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. It was created by sculptor Lee Lawrie with the help of Rene Paul Chambellan, and it was installed in 1937. The sculpture is in the Art Deco style, as is the entire Rockefeller Center. Atlas in the sculpture is 15 feet tall, while the entire statue is 45 feet tall, as high as a four-story building. It weighs seven tons, and is the largest sculpture at Rockefeller Center. The North-South axis of the armillary sphere on his shoulders points towards the North Star as seen from New York City. from wikipedia.
Capture Notes: Nikon D90
Tokina AF 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8
3 exposures at 11mm, f13, ISO 200 Handheld
Processing Notes: Photomatix 4 – HDR and tonemapping
Nik Color Efex Pro – Pro Contrast, Tonal Contrast, Glamour Glow
Continuing the Muscatine story from my previous post, this is the statue on the Mississippi River in Muscatine, Iowa that represents the clam fishermen that supplied the button industry in this small Iowa town
Brewer Fountain, standing near the corner of Park and Tremont Streets, by Park Street Station. The 22-foot tall 15,000 pound bronze fountain, cast in Paris, was a gift to the city by Gardner Brewer; it began to function for the first time on June 3, 1868. It is the only known surviving copy of the original, featured at the 1855 Paris World Fair, designed by French artist Liénard. The fountain is decorated with the figures of Neptune, Amphitrite (Neptune’s wife), and Acis and Galatea, a couple from Greek mythology.
A few weeks ago I posted a picture of the 2004 sculpture installed outside the Adler Journalism Building at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. I was in Baton Rouge last weekend and came across this sculpture by the same artist titled “Radiance” at the School of the Coast and Environment at LSU.
Jim Sanborn has had work exhibited at the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum. He has been commissioned to create artwork for such sites as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. elonka.com/kryptos/sanborn.html