It was Patti this week who got us to search our photo files for unusual items for the 182nd Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Interesting Objects. Turned out to be really fun since so many places we’ve visited have been interesting — for one reason or another.
Art is continually working to take the crust of familiarity off everyday objects.Rudolph Arnheim
Take, for instance, the sculptured babies (one at top and two below) by artist David Cerny. Babies are everyday subjects, right? But when enlarged and place out in the open near an art museum in the Mala Stana section of Prague, they become . . . well, interesting. (To say the least.)
Something else of interest caught our attention while driving through a subdivision in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. A simple red basket became a safe nesting place for a baby white owl. (Can you see him in the basket on the right?) We weren’t even considering a better, closer shot of it once we spotted the mama owl nearby, but we all agreed it was clever of the neighbors to help mother owl protect her little one.
In Hanoi during Chinese New Year, many small furnaces were for sale but had no idea how or for what they were used. We later found that they’re for burning paper in tribute to loved ones who have gone before. As the smoke and bits of paper waft upwards and away, it’s an interesting way of expressing love and respect.
On our recent trip down the Elbe River for the Christmas markets, we stopped at Polabske Muzeum in Czechia. After roaming through numerous outbuildings filled with antiques, implements, and Christmas vignettes, we came upon this set of mannequins representing beloved Christmas figures. But behind them were what we had heard of but really hadn’t fully processed: frighteningly dark figures intended to scare children into being good so Santa would come to visit on Christmas Eve. (I would have been good as gold to avoid these scary guys.)
Another object — a simple flower — caught our attention as we were returning from the beach at Pawleys one especially hot, still afternoon. What made this sight so interesting was the emergence of a colorful, little blossom, growing deep inside cracked concrete asking nothing in return except to be noticed!
And finally, a trip to the bathroom after a bountiful breakfast at Tally’s Silver Spoon in Rapid City, Iowa, brought us squarely in front of a couple of doors marked “Whichever.” Perhaps now that the volatile controversy over who potties where has calmed down, this wouldn’t attract much notice at all. But when we first saw it three years ago, we definitely did a double take.
Thanks for taking a look at a few objects of interest that we’ve encountered in our travels. And for more, please go to Patti’s PilotFish Blog to see what others have posted.
Rusha & Bert