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posterMore Oor Wullie statues in Glasgow

As I said in the previous post,  we went around Glasgow a few weeks ago and noticed colorful young boy fiber-glass statues dotted around in front of main sights or on squares. Each of the boys is sitting in the same pose on an upturned bucket, but each is painted and decorated very differently.

We learn that this is Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail of Oor Wee Wullie sculptures and each one has a sign explaining what/who that one is and who is sponsoring it. One of the guides on a City Sightseeing bus explained further. “Oor Wullie”means “Our Willie“  (and “wee” means “small”) and he was/is a beloved comic strip character from the Sunday Postfrom the 1930s until fairly recently. He always used to carry a big bucket around so that he could sit on it. Oor Wullie has a broad smile, cheery face and spikey hair and is one of the most famous images in Scotland.

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George Square in Glasgow has a number of Oor Wullie statues

This Oor Wullie Bucket Trail is to raise money for children’s hospitals in Scotland. Another goal of the trail is to highlight Scotland’s diverse culture and heritage.

There are 201 statues around Scotland, 58 of them in Glasgow, and we had a lot of fun randomly finding quite a lot of them. We didn’t have the app or a Wullie map, so we didn’t plan a particular route. But, most of the main sights and buildings in the city have an Oor Wullie statue, and it was interesting to read the plaques to find out the story behind each one.

Here are three more.

steelThe Metal Wullie is on the main George Square. Jason Paterson, a well-known Glasgow artist, wanted to make a different kind of Wullie statue that wasn’t painted. So, he chose steel instead. It was forged with 450 “Oor Wullie” steel stencils, 200 “Bucket Trail” steel stencils and 2,000 pieces of rectangular steel, all welded together to recreate the iconic features of Oor Wullie. The light inside the sculpture projects Oor Wullie across the area, meant to represent a shining beacon of support for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Metal Wullie is sponsored by DC Thompson Media, the home of Oor Wullie. One of the leading media creators in the UK, the company is headquartered in Dundee with offices in Glasgow, London and other UK cities. They publish newspapers, including the Sunday Post (which published the comic strip), as well as a number of magazines and comics.

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O’er the Heathery Braes (above) is outside one of the entrances to Glasgow University.  The creator is Erin Michele O’Shaughnessy, who was inspired by the beauty of Scottish landscapes—the beautiful colors, the heather, the wildlife and the amazing forests. The colors on this Oor Wullie were mostly inspired by breathtaking sunrises. It was sponsored by the Reid-Timoney Charitable Foundation, established by the Timoney family to assist charities that support treatment and care of sick children.

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dealThe Scout Oor Wullie (above) is outside the Radisson Red Hotel near the Glasgow Events Campus. Created by David J Mitchell, this is Wullie in his scouting days—in his kilt and neckerchief he’s ready for adventure. It is sponsored by Radisson Red, which has walls covered in comic book characters and a hero team of its own, so Wullie in his red will fit in just fine. The hotel’s bar is also getting into the spirit of the Wullie Trail with a special offer.

 

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Hidden Valley Winery from up on the hill walk

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Some of Hidden valley’s vineyards

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Some of the olive trees

On our last trip to South Africa we were lucky enough to visit a number of wineries we’d never been to before (see Idiom Winery here https://viviennemackie.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/idiom-lunch-with-a-stunning-view/).

Hidden Valley was another one. We’d driven past the entrance many times before on our way up to the end of the road at Uva Mira Winery, but never got around to stopping. Thank goodness our sister-in-law, who lives in the area, decided this was a good lunch place, as it’s another gem, in a stunning location.

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Winery buildings from The Deck

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The lake

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Path along the lake to The Deck

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The Deck from the path

This winery is high up on the Stellenbosch Helderberg, just below Uva Mira Winery. After driving up the steep entrance road, you park and then can choose to either walk up the ramp to the large modern tasting room and the fancy Overture Restaurant (reservations and many $$ required!), or take the path along the edge of a small lake, surrounded by lovely indigenous gardens, to The Deck. We chose the latter.

The Deck, a casual eating place, is a floating deck on the lake. The view up to the mountains and the vineyards is spectacular, and it’s an unusual experience to eat and enjoy a bottle of wine while rocking ever so slightly on the water. We had a burger and wine—seems like a strange combination but it worked.

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Us on The Deck

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The Deck and lake from hill walk

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Classic Fragment (Face)

Along the path we passed two large bronze outdoor sculptures; one a face (called Classic Fragment) that has become the icon of Hidden Valley and is now on most of the wine labels; the other is called Ramona, an attractive young female figure. These pieces are only some of the “hidden” gems that one can find around the farm. The same bronze face, just smaller, greets visitors as they walk up the ramp to the tasting room. We also found a gorgeous big cat in a slivery metal (we think a Cape leopard, but there was no identifying plaque) near a parking lot above Overture Restaurant.

 

 

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Ramona

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Wine label (stuck in my travel notebook)

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I pose with a smaller Classic Fragment

You can take a walk on a circular loop from The Deck up the hill behind, winding through the fynbos, past some of the estate’s vineyards and olive groves, getting a great overview of the estate and across to the mountains. Rod did it while I sat with our sisters-in-law and just enjoyed being on the deck.

In 2015, banker Riaan Stassen (who has been involved with wine for many years) became the new owner of Hidden Valley and oversaw numerous new projects and upgrades. The cellar is still surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, almond orchards, and gorgeous fynbos gardens, but there is now a sculpture studio run by sculptor local Willie Botha

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What we think is a Cape leopard

(1958-), and some luxury accommodation next to the Overture Restaurant.

To get to Hidden Valley, take the R44 towards Stellenbosch. At Mooiberg Farm, turn right into Annandale Road, which is quite narrow. It splits after a little bit, so follow the road up, past Guardian Peak, towards Uva Mira. An even narrower road turns off that, and winds upwards.

 

 

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Taken from the bridge connecting the Art Institute and Millennium Park

closeThis will probably be my last post on Chicago for a while, as I want to focus a bit on South Africa next before we visit Glasgow, Scotland, in the summer.

The Gift Horse is a special exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute, up on the third floor of the Modern Art Wing out on the open air plaza linked to the Terzo Piano restaurant. We first visited this special horse exhibit in November last year, which I wrote about here.

https://viviennemackie.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/gift-horse/

It was really cold in Chicago at the time but we did our best to take photos out in the open air.

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Weather was warm enough to take off sweaters that day

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A good look at the ticker tape

When we were back in Chicago in April this year the weather was briefly better one of the days (snowed the other days) so we returned to see the horse again.

The horse hasn’t changed but the photographic chances were better, so I’m posting a few more pics of this special outdoor sculpture before it moves on to another venue at another institute.

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IMG_5059Over the years, we have seen a number of Animals on Parade series in different places, which I’ve written about a few times. Here’s an example.

https://viviennemackie.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/animals-on-parade/

The lovely dark blue and white horse mentioned in that article is in a garden not far IMG_5060from us in Urbana, and whenever I walk past I stop to admire it. As the owner explained, it is not part of a series, it’s just a one-off. But, it’s the same kind of fiber-glass animal done in the same sort of style and it’s great that this horse is still around for us to admire.

So, a few weeks ago I was dismayed to see that the horse was on the ground, probably blown over by really ferocious winds we’ve had recently, linked to really abnormal weather here (much colder, wetter, more windy).

The other day I walked that way again and am happy to see that the fallen horse is back on its feet.

Long may you stand horse!

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By sculptor Richard Hunt, 2005, welded stainless steel

As people know, I love public art of all kinds and Chicago is famous for its outdoor public art. So, whenever we are in the city I try to find a few more pieces. This sculpture is on Randolph Street, very close to the Culture Center. The form is interesting, both angular and rounded, with the suggestion of reaching up to the sky. The name is a teaser: “We Will” makes one wonder what it is we will do.

Richard Howard Hunt (born 1925) in Chicago has over 125 sculptures on display in the USA, some in Chicago. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and still lives and works in Chicago. He has received many awards.

 

 

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The big setting for the statue at Idiom—you can just see the statue at the far corner of the lawn

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How’s that for a setting?

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legOutdoor Sculpture at Idiom Restaurant, by Anton Smit (born 1954 in Boksburg, SA)

We first came across the work of Anton Smit at Idiom Winery and Restaurant, where there is a huge sculpture of a naked man, arms stretched behind him and face upturned to the sky, on the edge of the lawns in front of the restaurant. There was no plaque describing the piece, just the word “Anton 2015” engraved on the sculpture’s leg. So, it took a bit of sleuthing to track down the creator.

It’s a powerful work in its own right, but made more so by the setting: The figure on tip-toes, maybe worshipping the sun or the mountains, with a backdrop of vines and mountains; a huge figure in a grand landscape, but not dwarfed by it. If you view it from the garden by the parking area, the statue is in the foreground and, way behind, you can see across False Bay to Table Mountain.

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The statue at Lourensford

Interestingly, there is a similar (?replica) statue outside the yoga studio and art shop at Lourensford Winery. Also a beautiful work but, in our opinion, the setting is not nearly as dramatic, and doesn’t set off the figure like the setting at Idiom does.

This South African sculptor is well known for his towering human figures, nudes, impressive heads, masks, hands, angels, floating and stretching figures, and warriors, as well as abstract works. Anton Smit works mostly with steel, metal, fiberglass and bronze. He tends to imbue his work with an illusion of movement or gesture, bodies curling up or limbs reaching out to the onlooker, like a call to movement. Many people say that this is why his sculptures, even the more abstract ones, seem to communicate with the viewer. Anton’s works are in public and private collections in South Africa and internationally.

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At Lourensford

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At Idiom

Anton works the first three months of the year in his Cape studios in the Strand (on False Bay, very close to Somerset West), and for the rest of the year in his studios at Bronkhorstspruit Dam, where he has a dedicated work force of 16 people.

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At Lourensford

 

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“Forward” outside Madison State Capitol. Note “Wisconsin” statue on top of the Capitol dome

Earlier, I mentioned the statue “Wisconsin” on top of the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol on Madison. Another important statue linked to the Capitol is called “Forward”.

The woman on top of the Capitol dome is named “Wisconsin”, although she’s often misidentified as “Miss Forward”. Perhaps that’s because she was placed on the Capitol dome as a symbol of the state’s motto, ‘Forward’ and to represent ‘the spirit of Wisconsin progress’.

The statue at the State Street corner of the Capitol Square is also often misidentified as “Miss Forward”, but “Forward” would be more accurate. However, actually this is a replica of the original “Forward”, which is now in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s HQ. Originally placed at the entrance of the Capitol in 1895, the original was moved to North Hamilton Street in 1916, where it stayed until 1995, when it was moved because of damage by the elements. So, a bronze replica was made and installed at the State Street entrance to the Capitol.

The 7-foot-tall original “Forward” was created by Wisconsin sculptress Jean Pond Miner. She made it for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, when she fulfilled a plaquecommission to create art representative of her native state. She felt that “Forward” was a symbol of devotion and progress, special qualities of Wisconsin.

Miner was born in Menasha, Wisconsin in 1865 and grew up in Madison. She graduated from Downer College in Fox Lake and continued her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. She planned to become a portrait painter, but her classes with famous sculptor Lorado Taft convinced her to change her major. In 1893, Taft and the Janesville Ladies Afternoon Club recommended her for an artist-in-residence position at the Columbian Exposition. Hence this lovely statue.

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