Ice

“Ice burns, and it is hard to the warm-skinned to distinguish one

sensation, fire, from the other, frost.”

― A.S. Byatt, Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice


Richardson Fountain – 2015

Here in North Texas the temperature is above freezing now and everything is slowly returning to normal. The biggest thing now are all the busted pipes – I know more than a few folks that have tremendous water damage. We were without water for a few days – a frozen pipe somewhere – but when the thaw came the pipes held. We were without power for a few stretches – rolling blackouts – but those weren’t a big problem for us. It was sort of nice to be without electricity for a bit – the temperature dropped but it was an excuse to bundle under the blankets.

The saddest thing at our house was we discovered two frozen young rabbits in the yard as the snow melted. I’m sure there was a lot of that.

There is a wire photo going around of the water fountain behind the library here in Richardson – in articles like this one.

Wire Photo of the Richardson Library

When I saw it, I remembered I had discovered it frozen five years ago and wrote a blog entry about it.

It looks like its a little more frozen this time, but it’s the same place. I do know the city leaves the water running to protect the pipes and it gets like this fairly often.

Richardson Fountain – 2015
Richardson Fountain -2015

Here’s the fountain on a warm day along with my cargo/commuting bike:

The fountain in back of the Richardson Library. (click to enlarge)

Horse Sculpture

““When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ”

― William Shakespeare, Henry V

Restrained, by Deborah Butterfield, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Riace Warriors, I,II,III,IV

“The Warrior of the Light is a believer.

Because he believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen. Because he is sure that his thoughts can change his life, his life begins to change. Because he is certain that he will find love, love appears.”
― Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

Riace Warriors, I,II,III,IV, Elisabeth Frink, he Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

We Stand Together

“The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

We Stand Together, George Rodrigue, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The Drummer

“My work is a ‘concrete’ of that which preceded language and which language is all about… to make a ‘talisman,’ to render myself proof from whatever I feel could interfere with the continuation of my personality and volition.

—-Michael Sandle

The Drummer, Michael Sandle, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

This is one of my favorite sculptures. I have written about… and photographed it seven years ago. The sculpture is exactly the same, of course, but the vegetation around it has grown considerably.

The Drummer, Michael Sandle

Reclining Mother and Child

“The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.”
― Henry Moore

Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Right at the entrance to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans is this sculpture by Henry Moore.

I like to compare it to another, more abstract, Henry Moore sculptures… one of my favorites here in Dallas, The Dallas Piece, in front of City Hall.

Henry Moore’s Dallas Piece, barricaded for the Turkey Trot.

During the art event Nasher XChange, a pink arrow was added by Rachel Harrison, who called it Moore to the Point. It was pretty cool, and only temporary.

Rachel Harrison, Moore to the Point, City Hall Plaza (click to enlarge)

Amanda Popken, in front of Moore to the Point (click to enlarge)

There is also a small version, a model, of the sculpture at the Nasher. A polished coppery gold, I like to take blurred photos of people walking past it.


Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas
Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, Texas