Picking flowers ! This picture reminds me of a song by Johnny Cash ''Picking flowers'' !
This is the first of a series of stone statues in Vrsar that received the nickname of the city of sculptures due to the number of sculptures that adorn its streets, squares and quays. Those are the fruits of the work of the sculpture students from all over the world that visit the already traditional summer school that takes place in the ancient stone quarries Montraker that already from Roman times has lent its stones for many famous works of art and architecture.
Look at what you will might be looking after too much tanning in the sun ! The body would partly melt and distort. The material that was in the head and in the arms has trickled and gathered into the bum and the legs !! Haha !! Actually, this black stone statue is very lively and its shapes pleasant to the eye !
This is the only wooden statue among those that are scattered in Vrsar. It looks as a kind of pilgrim or a traveler, holding a tambourine in his right hand. Unfortunately, I could not take a good picture as it was in the shade and a car was parked that I could not avoid.
What is that ? A helmet ? It is amazing, but if I had the choice, I would not moor on this one. I am not confident at all of the way a line will stand on this amazing shape. I thought at first that several were more "fancy" that "bollard", but finally, this is the only one which is not completely reliable !
If you enlarge the picture, you will read :
Putnik is traveler, Vrsar, the city. Csurgo might be the name of the artist author of the pilgrim/traveler. My dictionaries have not given me anything for Vàndor. Anybody has an explanation ?
The town of Vrsar had recently (they were not there in 2001 and they are here in 2004) the amazing idea to install fancy bollards. This one looks very feminine, smooth and full of curving. Besides its look, it must be very convenient as a bollard !
This fancy bollard is a more tortuous one ! I am not sure that mooring will be very reliable on this cork driver shaped bollard ! That is what I thought at first sight. Actually, thinking a little more, as it will not turn, it should work well.
This one looks more conventional, or at least like a conventional bollard that would have been used so long that the ropes would have carved deep in the stone !
In the background another one mixes the cork driver shape and a conventional top.
Isn't it looking like a small menhir (I mean one of these standing stone found especially but not only in the Celtic countries) ? Actually, I would not be surprised if the artist wanted to make a kind of replica of the campanile that tops the town.
This truncated sphere should also make a reliable mooring. Each of the fancy bollards have been carved by a different artist at the occasion of a kind of competition that took place in the quarry from where the stones were extracted.
"Only a few kilometers west of Kanfanara the remains of the mediaeval town of Dvigrad are located, which still dominates in the Lim Draga."
more infos: http://www.inforovinj.com/eng/rovinj/dvigrad.asp
This one has an amazing shape too, both curved and carved as a hook ! It should be very efficient for mooring. Once the line of the mooring will be trapped in the hook, there is no way that it might get loose !