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Sculpture, Rutland Water

2009 Retrospective - I had a number of images I took last year that I would have liked to have posted on SC but time didn't allow.  For the time being I am posting a number of these, in no particular order, which I hope you will enjoy.

One of the favourite spots for visitors to the East Midlands is Rutland Water, an enormous reservoir in the County of Rutland near Oakham.  It has a 25 mile shoreline and covers an area of some 3,100 acres all told.  More details are available from here http://www.rutnet.co.uk/pp/gold/viewgold.asp?id=3491

Passing by recently we called in and found this unusual sculpture by the water.  Sadly, although there is a plaque nearby, I didn't make any notes but have discovered it is called "The Great Tower" and is by a sculptor who goes only by the name "Alexander" and also it was a very dull and dismal day hence the "flatness" of the image.

Sculpture, Rutland Water

2009 Retrospective - I had a number of images I took last year that I would have liked to have posted on SC but time didn't allow.  For the time being I am posting a number of these, in no particular order, which I hope you will enjoy.

One of the favourite spots for visitors to the East Midlands is Rutland Water, an enormous reservoir in the County of Rutland near Oakham.  It has a 25 mile shoreline and covers an area of some 3,100 acres all told.  More details are available from here http://www.rutnet.co.uk/pp/gold/viewgold.asp?id=3491

Passing by recently we called in and found this unusual sculpture by the water.  Sadly, although there is a plaque nearby, I didn't make any notes but have discovered it is called "The Great Tower" and is by a sculptor who goes only by the name "Alexander" and also it was a very dull and dismal day hence the "flatness" of the image.

comments (24)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 Jan 2010, 02:12
I like how you have process this photo
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage, a touch of Topaz to lift the colours.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jan 2010, 02:28
Excuses not required here, Brian...this is one of the finest images in your excellent portfolio.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ray.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 Jan 2010, 06:59
eye catching sculpture and very nicely composed (zed takes note)
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Tony.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jan 2010, 07:12
This thing works very well in its setting Brian. Thank you for showing it to us
Brian Walbey: It is not in a place that makes it stand out like a sore thumb Chris.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Jan 2010, 08:05
I agree with Ray that this has no need for excuses, Brian. You have managed quite well to take all the dull, dismal flatness away!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, a touch of Topaz lifted the colours a bit.
Very nice photo, Brian.
I suppose, in a way, it could look like a tower.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila, the only likeness I could see to a tower was that it is fairly tall.
Had lunch a few years ago at Hambledon Hall hotel - very good food and a lovely spot. Great composition!
Brian Walbey: We haven't made it to hambleton yet Tom. Thanks for your comment.
A wonderful composition Brian. I like the tones!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
This sculpture doesn't do too much for me. It interrupts nature. The photo is very good though.
Brian Walbey: I am not overkeen on the sculpture Mary, if you could see it for real though you would find it is in quite an unobtrusive position and fits where it is quite well.
you've given it a little pick me up.
interesting spot!!
Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rob, it had a touch of Topaz to bring out the flat colours.
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2010, 14:25
Good shot. Great processing.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much for your comment.
You have processed it very well Brian, You do get about to some lovely placessmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Linda. I bet your husband will know Rutland Water from his times up this way.
I like the trees competing with the sculpture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, they added quite nicely to the composition as a lead in.
A beautiful image, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Charles.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jan 2010, 16:48
Hmmm.. no doubt done with some sort of Arts Council funding, Brian (i.e our taxes!) I often wonder what goes through the mind of the artist because sometimes these things are lost on me! A fine image though and good to include the trees to balance the image.
Brian Walbey: I don't know much about this at all Alan but I suspect, as the sculptor is vain enough only to be known as "Alexander", (wot no surname?), unless you are one of the Metropolitan Elite this would be considered too "South Bank Show" for the proletariat like me.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jan 2010, 17:01
I've often wondered what Rutland Water looked like. I quite like this sculpture as it seems to be ageing nicely.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Rutland Water is a great place to walk, cycle, photograph and so on Ingrid and covers a massive area. This sculpture is tucked away near one of the visitor areas in a not too obtrusive position.
Thanks for showing the sculpture...and you did well for a dismal day Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron, a touch of Topaz helped as well.
Works for me Brian. Well done Alexander too!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Bill.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jan 2010, 21:18
I like the sculpture in contrast to the landscape and in correspondence: its elegant shape, weatherbeaten patina, round and horizontal openings, I read that the sculpture looks different according to the weather, glittering in the sunlight...(http://books.google.de/books?id=VgrmH4N0DC4C&pg=PA290&lpg=PA290&dq=Alexander+sculpture+The+Great+tower&source=bl&ots=yMmGvIP09T&sig=B0vPblKLJ4ceudZ7wvfhhE_YBTQ&hl=de&ei=lhJaS67vGZee_Abrsq2YBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CC4Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=Alexander%20sculpture%20The%20Great%20tower&f=false).
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, sadly we haven't got to see this in sunshine as yet.
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2010, 07:59
i like the feel of this treatment
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much, it had a touch of Topaz.
I'm more taken with the trees standing like sentinels at the water's edge than I am with the man-made sculpture. However, you have captured a very interesting scene here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly, I must admit to not being overwhelmed by the sculpture myself, just a few sheets of flat metal welded together.
Great framing and textures!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much RS, I used a touch of Topaz on this.
An interesting shape but not much else going for it Brian, Rutland Water is quite a good place to be though, not far from the Rutland Railway Museum, like the composition though.
Brian Walbey: I wasn't overawed with it either Les, as I wan't with the Rutland Railway Museum on my only visit, lots of "stuff" dumped all over the place.
Beautiful processing Brian. You say the light is flat but the wonderful shape of it is very clear and I find it a very appealing sculpture. Usually I hate such things, deeming them a waste of tax-payers money, but this one is very attractive.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pamela, I used Topaz to lift it a bit but its actual resemblance to a tower is lost on me.

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