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Playful pears

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 6 December 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

This group of seven pears has long been a favorite at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). Visitors can touch, lean on (and for kids!) climb over it. It is back on display – in its new home in one of the gardens near the entrance to the Gallery.

The title of this steel sculpture is Pears – version number 2, by George Baldessin.

The NGA describes them as “playfully leaning toward each other as though engaged in conversation”. The pears “reflect light by day and cast intriguing shadows by night”.

NIKON D5000 1/50 second F/14.0 ISO 100 22 mm

Céline from New York City, United States

Cool shot !

6 Dec 2010 6:08am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Nice point of view and texture...
well seen and captured...

6 Dec 2010 6:21am

Brian from Australia

Great shot Stephen. I like the way they look as big as the gallery in the background.

6 Dec 2010 6:31am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Take 2 then you would have a pair of pears(Pathetic attempt at a joke, but its too early in the morning!) Well seen and shoit!

6 Dec 2010 6:59am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon,, Canada

Very beautiful photo of the pears and the gallery beyond.
The building looks beautifully modern. Superb angle.

6 Dec 2010 7:03am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great perspective and POV. A pear-fect shot ;) They seem massive.

6 Dec 2010 7:44am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A playful group for sure. Cool shot!

6 Dec 2010 7:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bien vu ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

6 Dec 2010 8:04am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

so curious!! yes, truly playful!

6 Dec 2010 8:41am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

They would wrap the chocolate!...

6 Dec 2010 8:46am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Easy to see why these are a favorite. Nice shot of them all ^^

6 Dec 2010 9:16am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

They really do appear to have a life and character, individualism in shape and form as if fooling about and talking to each other. Terrific interactive sculptures which I'd love to see in the flesh. A really neat shot, Stephen and so nice to see a little humour in sculpture as well as the educational and physical aspects that all who see and touch them would enjoy.

6 Dec 2010 10:01am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Great shot - imagine the pear cobbler:))

6 Dec 2010 10:02am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice place !I like those pears , well seen , Phil.

6 Dec 2010 10:09am

rem_la from Villiers, France

c'est original !

6 Dec 2010 10:10am

khatoon from Iran

What a funny symbol!Very interesting,very very !

6 Dec 2010 10:14am

k@ from Paris, France

A cool sculpture with a neat compo !

6 Dec 2010 10:42am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

A playful group for sure and guess it is also very beautiful to see it at night too...Excellent composition!!

6 Dec 2010 10:51am

Sam from Chennai, India

Fantastic photo of the pears and the building. Very nice to see sculptures which we can touch and play. Excellent interactive and playful pears ! :)

6 Dec 2010 11:23am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

some modern sculptures dont do anything for me, but these are real cool I can imagine kids running all around and over them

6 Dec 2010 1:15pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a great find... very nice sculpture ! Also the details of the architecture behind are fabulous ! Have a lovely day :)

6 Dec 2010 2:01pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

super cool find :)

6 Dec 2010 2:16pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb framing !

6 Dec 2010 2:22pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Indeed it seems to be a very playful piece of sculpture! They each seem to have a character and individualism of their own. Well seen and captured Stephen! ;-)

6 Dec 2010 2:43pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great find...Wonderful image.

6 Dec 2010 2:55pm

thami from Morocco

J'aime bien ces sculptures fruitées, sans support ni piédestal...
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuse!

6 Dec 2010 3:12pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Est-ce qu'on peut aussi croquer dedans :) ?
Très original!
Bonne journée!

6 Dec 2010 3:14pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great composition with the gallery used as the backdrop in this capture. So only kids can climb on them, huh? :-( I can see where conversation seems to be occurring.

6 Dec 2010 3:28pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wow.. wonderful sculpture..

6 Dec 2010 3:48pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Good shot. Beautiful sculpture

6 Dec 2010 4:44pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like these huge ones a lot !

6 Dec 2010 5:14pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really lovely pear

6 Dec 2010 7:32pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

the building behind has nice lines... interesting sculptures, the curves are pleasing to look at

6 Dec 2010 7:38pm

Njord 91 from France

Belle sculpture et belle photo

6 Dec 2010 7:56pm

Phil from France

Ca ! C'est de la Poire !On en mangerait mais je pense que c'est une sculpture en bronze ?

6 Dec 2010 8:09pm

dulang from Santa Rosa, United States

Interesting shot. All the colors go beautifully together.

6 Dec 2010 8:41pm

eva from Rouen, France

very beautiful !

6 Dec 2010 8:47pm

Anika from Tehran, Iran

Just COOL shot

6 Dec 2010 9:21pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Really interesting sculptures, indeed!
Should include a kid in to photo, so we can guess how big they really are. ;)

7 Dec 2010 12:10am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

lol...those are some big pears! nice!

7 Dec 2010 1:25am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Des pommes, des poires et des scoubidous...
Les couleurs sont en harmonies.

7 Dec 2010 2:12am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

The perfect sculptures for this building!

7 Dec 2010 2:53am

Becky from los angeles, United States

love this sculpture - and image! what fun!

7 Dec 2010 3:55am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

they look good, i like it...

7 Dec 2010 5:09am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

how facinating...........the inter pear (PLAY) of movement and form

7 Dec 2010 9:59am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

How cuuuuute. : D

7 Dec 2010 9:16pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Well composed and nice pov. Very interesting sculptures.

8 Dec 2010 6:20am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Excellent shot of an excellent sculpture. I love this.

10 Dec 2010 4:12am

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