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Street life in bronze: a global exhibition

May 12, 2010

How often do you walk around a new place thinking that you’re taking it all in — as a sponge would — but in reality you’re not? Perhaps you are with a friend or a group, and they see things that you missed, show you photos, after the event, of something that you never noticed. Even though you were standing in front of it, next to it, or were practically on top of it.

My short fall has to do with sculptures, not the artistic monoliths standing erect in the centre (you can’t miss them), but the smaller sculptures, the ones that encapsulate a place’s meaning, its history and character. These stand in the most unusual of places: smack bang in the middle of the sidewalk, sitting on park benches even standing on a piers edge.

These pieces of street life are cast in bronze, iron, stone even concrete. And are free to view.

In a bright sunny corner in Singapore’s Bugis region sit two old men on benches eating a simple bowl of food. Engrossed in their meal, they ignore onlookers, the weather and one another.

by Cate

Standing on the edge of Wellington pier, his face focused, his body tall and toned, his arms extended like a bird about to dive:

by Cate

Walking in three, small and stout, dogs that show signs of intelligence and taste: one eating an ice-cream, another its leash. The owner is nowhere in sight.

by JR May

A stampede in the middle of urban-ville, horns flashing like swords. It’s a sight rarely seen on the modern landscape, a scene which laid the foundation to this city.

By JR May

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. May 12, 2010 9:06 pm

    These remind me of a sculpture in Sydney’s CBD of a man sitting on a bench reading a newspaper. He looks so real that the first time you notice it, you’re likely to miss it.

    I like the Singaporean sculpture. Is the diver in Wellington naked?

    • May 13, 2010 9:51 am

      Yes, butt naked. he also has an unusual looking face but getting a good angle was difficult.

  2. Catherine permalink
    May 13, 2010 9:22 pm

    what an interesting selection – I especially like the angle you got on the first sculpture…Mexico city is full of all sorts of street sculpture too…

    • May 14, 2010 4:06 pm

      Thanks Catherine, timing wasn’t good trying to shoot into the sun and all that. Would like to see what Mexico has to offer.

  3. May 30, 2010 10:39 pm

    I was thinking they looked very familiar (I live in Singapore)
    When were you here?

    • May 31, 2010 12:00 pm

      I visited in Feb 2009.


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