Category Archives: Nude art

The Oblation


Originally uploaded by mpgambo

Location: University of the Philippines, across the Philippines

This post is a tribute to the University of the Philippines’ commemoration of its Centennial Year (1908-2008).

From wikipedia:
The Oblation is the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, represented by a man with arms wide-stretched and face facing up, symbolizing selfless offering of one’s self to his country…The (original) Oblation was made by Professor Guillermo E. Tolentino with the help of Anastacio T. Caedo, his student apprentice…. Several replicas of the Oblation were made for campuses of the University of the Philippines, some by national artist, Napoleon Abueva, and 2005 national artist nominee Glenn Bautista…

At the UP Diliman campus, Quezon City, Philippines (uploaded by Michael Tienzo)

Front view at the UP Cebu campus, Cebu, Philippines (uploaded by APO-Zeta Omega)

at the UP Mindanao campus, Mintal, Bago Oshiro, Davao City, Philippines (uploaded by barefoot cinderella)

At the UP Open University, Laguna, Philippines (uploaded by Al Librero)

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At the UP Visayas Campus, Iloilo City, Philippines (uploaded by IAMME00)

Back view at UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines (uploaded by orangedroplet)

Aurora


Flickr pic originally uploaded

by Always_be_closing

Location: Crystal mall, Burnaby BC, Canada

Sculpture by: Colin Kwok, bronze

Quoted from geocities.com:
Trained as an architect but passionate as a bronze sculptor, Colin was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design: “We are primarily interested in Art that is still Art. You can pick it up and move it in a thousand years half way across the world and people can still appreciate it. This means that it is both specific to a purpose and that it has enough passion and depth to contain multiple meanings. Our strength is in finding and expressing the essence of a project while keeping all of this in mind. Our aspirations are to make Art that is about life.”

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Rafaga Unleashed

Originally uploaded by The Blue Quasar

Location: Pier 8, Waterfront, Hamilton, Canada

Design Team: Veronica de Nogales Leprevost and Edwin Dam, bronze and stainless steel, 2004

The design team for this sculpture also included designers from Kubes Steel Ltd. headed by company president, Joe Kubes. Quoted from an article “Nerves of Steel:One stunning example in (Kubes’) company portfolio is the Hamilton Waterfront sculpture known as “Ráfaga – Unleashed”, an installation erected by Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales this past year, located at Pier 8 alongside the Canada Marine Discovery Centre. Kubes describes the sculpture as “a 60-foot sail made of stainless steel,” but it is also a testament to the talent of his team and their ability to blend grace, strength and design perfection. Because no welding was allowed at the pier, the huge steel abstract was created in three parts at the plant, and machined to fit together perfectly once on-site. The resulting sculpture looks as if it’s about to take flight — and Kubes remains tight-lipped about the process, saying only, “a little bending can make a lot of difference.”

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photo courtesy of OlaNowak

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The Kiss


The Kiss

Originally uploaded by ststok

Location: Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas

Sculpture by Charles Umlauf, bronze, 1970

Quoted from wikipedia:
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a museum and outdoor sculpture garden centered around the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf…In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin. Six years later, in 1991, the city built a museum to display the artwork on adjoining city property with private funds…

Quoted from Texas Home & Living:
The Kiss, a bronze that Umlauf created in 1970, pulls the eye to the central pond. As viewers slowly circle the water, textured with Louisiana iris and water cannas, the sculpture fully reveals itself…

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First Generation

Originally uploaded by c a m i l o

Location: Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore

Sculpture by: Chong Fah Cheong, bronze, 2000

Quoted from wikipedia:
Chong Fah Cheong is a Singaporean sculptor known for many public sculptures in Singapore. Though he worked in a variety of styles from abstract to figurative, his name is identified with a series of figurative sculptures depicting the life of people living and working along the Singapore River. The sculpture (First Generation) was created as part of a series of sculptures by various sculptors, in the Open Air Interpretative Centre project by the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Piss

Location: Franz Kafka Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
Sculpture by David Černý, bronze, 2004(?)

Quoted from an article by Jeffrey Fleishman of LA Times:
Cerny’s …project is a sculpture of two bronze naked men. They have swivel hips and, facing each other, they urinate into a pool shaped like the Czech map, writing famous Czech sayings in the water. One is by Kafka: ‘Prague is beautiful but it has claws.’

“There’s a Czech idiom about ‘peeing over somebody,’ which I guess translated into English would be to ‘get one over on somebody.’ That’s what the peeing men mean. It’s the way our country behaves,” he said.

Cerny sat near the sculpture the other day. “Oh, it still works,” he said. “You know there’s a computer underneath and you can send phone text messages and the men will pee them…

…Yeah, I’m a prankster,” he said. “It would be nice at the moment when I’m dying if I could say to myself, ‘You know, someone enjoyed something I did.’ Why not?”

Controversy Rating: High

Recommended! For a 360° view of ‘Piss,’ click here. To view a Youtube video of it, click here.

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Detail shot: flickr photo originally uploaded by iLoveButter

Close


Antony Gormley – Close, 1993

Flickr photo originally

uploaded by Ben Dalziel

Location: Hakone Open Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan

Sculpture by: Antony Gormley, bronze, 1993

Antony Gormley is an English sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North…Gormley describes his work as “an attempt to materialise the place at the other side of appearance where we all live.” Many of his works are based on moulds taken from his own body, or “the closest experience of matter that I will ever have and the only part of the material world that I live inside.” His work attempts to treat the body not as a thing but a place and in making works that enclose the space of a particular body to identify a condition common to all human beings. The work is not symbolic but indexical – a trace of a real event of a real body in time. (Info quoted from wikipedia)

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