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Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

It was a longish walk out from Helsinki city centre to this. Unfortunately we arrived just after three tour buses had disgorged loads of Chinese tourists, each of whom wanted a selfie in front of it. It took ages before I could get a people-free shot.

Sibelius, Helsinki

Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

Sibelius, Helsinki, Finland

I must say that face reminded me of weel kent Scottish literary figure Hugh MacDiarmid.

From reverse:-

Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

Some of the other tourists:-

People at Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

So here’s a bit of Sibelius for you. Finlandia, Op 26:-

Catherine the Great Statue, St Petersburg

In Ostrovskogo Square, just off Nevsky Prospekt.

The building in the background is the Alexandrinsky Theatre:-

Catherine the Great Monument, St Petersburg

Monument to Catherine The Great, St Petersburg

A lamppost nearby:-

Lamppost in Ostrovskogo Square, St Petersburg

Planting in Ostrovskogo Square:-

Planting in Ostrovskogo Square, St Petersburg

More planting, between the statue of Catherine the Great and the Alexandrinsky Theatre Building.

Planting Ostrovskogo Square, St Petersburg

St Petersburg Sphinxes and Rostral Towers

There are two Egyptian sphinxes by the banks of the River Neva in St Petersburg. Our tour guide was quite proud of these. They stand on what is known as the Quay of the Sphinxes. It wa sthe first stop on our first tour.

A Sphinx, St Petersburg

Second Sphinx, St Petersburg

Sphinx Ornamentation:-

Sphinx Ornamentation, St Petersburg

The sphinxes are close to the Blagoveshchensky Bridge Over The River Neva:-

Bridge Over The River Neva, St Petersburg,

River Neva Bridge, St Petersburg

Next we stopped to see the Rostral Towers (or Columns) once beacons for St Petersburg’s original port and another symbol of the city:-

Traffic and Rostral Tower, St Petersburg

A Rostral Tower, St Petersburg

Warnemünde Again

In Warnemünde town centre is a sculpture of a man and two women in a boat. It is the Pilot’s Monument for Stephan Jantzen, sailor, harbour pilot and life saver.

Sculpture, Warnemünde Town Centre

A nearby plaque bears information about the sculptor, Reinhard Dietrich Lotsenehrung. It also says, “1976 Beton, Eigentum Hansestadt Rostock.” (1976 concrete, Property of the Hanseatic City of Rostock.)

Sculpture plaque, Warnemünde

In another side street there was this unusual fountain:-

Fountain Warnemünde

Which bore this plaque:-

Plaque, Fountain, Warnemünde

The small park had a pillar containing books acting as a library:-

Book Pillar In a Park, Warnemünde

The children’s play area had this delightful ride a (working) digger:-

Play Digger in a Park, Warnemünde

Four Liverpool Lads

In my last “Art Deco in Liverpool” post I mentioned John Lennon.

He was of course one of the four Liverpool lads who were probably the town’s most famous export. (Export in the sense that their music went all over the world.)

I refer to The Beatles. A (larger than life size) statue of the four stands near the Liverpool waterfront:-

Four Liverpool Lads

It is difficult to move in Liverpool without stumbling over something to do with the four. This is the entrance to Matthew Street wherein lies the Cavern Club where they had a residency back in the day. (Note the establishment known as Sgt Pepper’s to the right):-

Matthew Street, Liverpool

The club is not the same as the one The Beatles used to play in. Part of the original no longer exists and the entrance has been moved. Below is the old Entrance to Cavern Club. The Cilla Black statue to the front commemorates her stint as a cloakroom attendant at the establishment:-

Old Entrance to Cavern Club, Liverpool

New entrance:-

The Cavern new entrance

Entering the venue proper requires going down a fairly steep set of stairs:-

The Cavern stairs

The arched interior is a little claustrophobic:-

Interior Arches, Cavern Club, Liverpool

I have more photos of the Cavern Club but this is enough to be going on with.

More From “A New Era”

There’s less than a week left of the “A New Era” Exhibition at the Modern Two Gallery of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

I thought I’d post more of the delights to be found there.

The Sensation of Crossing the Street by Stanley Cursiter:-

the sensation of crossing the street

Heavy Structures in a Landscape Setting by William McCance:-

heavy structures in a landscape setting

Cartwheels by Eric Robertson:-

Cartwheels

Women Singing at a Table by Keith Henderson (reminiscent of his “The Harbour Crowd” at that earlier exhibition):-

Women Singing at a Table

After the Storm Loch Tay by William McTaggart:-

After the Storm Loch Tay

Das Schloss by Thomas Nigel McIsaac:-

Das Schloss

Orchestral: Study in Radiation by William Watson Peploe:-

Orchestral: Study in Radiation

The same artist’s Souvenir de triangle rouge:-

Souvenir de triangle rouge

Untitled (aquarium) a sculpture by William Turnbull:-

Untitled (aquarium)

The identically titled painting is an odd experience. You can almost see the fish moving:-

Untitled (aquarium)

Horse Sculpture, Peebles

Erected in honour of Olympic medal winner Scott Brash. Created by Kevin Paxton. Situated just by the A 703 near its junction with the A 72.

Horse Sculpture Peebles

Front view:-

Horse Sculpture Peebles Front View

Information plaque:-

Peebles Horse Sculpture Plaque

Dedication plaque:-

Dedication, Horse Sculpture Peebles

Leixões and Matosinhos Beach

This is a panorama of Leixões from the SS Black Watch’s bow:-

Leixões Panorama

On the edge of the beach near the harbour entrance lies this monument “Tragédia do Mar” or “Tragedy of the Sea” a sculpture commemorating the Shipwreck of 1947, where 152 sailors lost their lives:-

Matosinhos Beach Monument

Matosinhos Monument

Much further along the promenade, too far away for us to walk to as we were pushed for time getting back to the ship, was this sculpture, “She Changes” by artist Janet Echelman.

Leixões Sculpture

I found this better photo by António M.L. Cabral on the internet:-

Ferrera Park, Avilés, and Seaside Sculpture

Thee is a lovely park in Avilés, called Ferrera Park. It was well used by people strolling or jogging and had that essential for a park – water; in this case a pond by which there were not only geese but a black swan.

Black Swan, Ferrera Park, Avilés

Off to the side was a nice parterre garden:-

Garden in Ferrera Fark

Complete with fountain:-

garden in park 7 fountain

You know you’re not in Fife anymore when you see a tree like this:-

Tree, Ferrera Park, Avilés

Just behind the parterre garden was this painted building:-

Painted Building by Ferrera Park, Avilés

As the SS Black Watch left we passed this striking sculpture. It’s by Benjamín Menéndez and is called “Avilés”:-

Sculpture, Avilés

Face-on view:-

"Avilés"

This interesting rock formation sticks out into the Ría Avilés estuary:-

Rock Formation, Ría Avilés Estuary, Spain

Further out where the estuary meets the Atlantic we could see loads of surfers riding the waves into Playa San Juan de Nieva but they were a bit too far off to photograph.

The Birks of Aberfeldy

The Birks (birches) of Aberfeldy is a local beauty spot lying just outside that Perthsire town encompassing the Falls of Moness.

They inspired Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, to write a poem/song called The Birks of Aberfeldy.

We dondered up there in February. The path is steep in places and there was snow and ice lying at the time.

The Falls of Moness:-

The Falls of Moness, Birks of Aberfeldy

The Falls of Moness, Birks of Aberfeldy 2

A statue of a seated Burns has been situated at the spot where he is supposed to have derived inspiration. I doubt it’s much of a likeness:-

The Birks of Aberfeldy, Robert Burns Statue

And this is said view:-

The Birks  of Aberfeldy

More falls:-

The Birks  of Aberfeldy

The Birks  of Aberfeldy

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