Ailsa's photo challenge: Sculpture

For a couple of hours every afternoon in the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Australia, an artistic mist drifts over a pond, hiding the water and reeds and reflections and ducks and sixty-six sculpted heads.

Heads from the North and duck, Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia
Heads from the North and duck, Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia (NGA)

When the mist clears it’s an uncomfortable experience to circle the pond, looking at the heads facing in many directions.

Heads from the North, NGA
Heads from the North, NGA

Dadang Christanto, an Indonesian-born sculptor now living in Australia, created Heads from the North in 2004 as a memorial to an Indonesian military coup in which his father died.

Heads from the North, info
Heads from the North, info

Beside the pond there’s a restaurant in a marquis.  I couldn’t eat there.

Sculpture Garden restaurant, National Gallery of Australia
Sculpture Garden restaurant, NGA

Though I frequent the sculpture garden, I have, until today, always skipped quickly past this pond and over to the sculptures I understand, those I would have in my own garden (if I could), like Rodin’s Burghers of Calais.  But this afternoon I twisted my own arm and stopped to look into the eyes of these drowning men.  Now I see, in a small way, what a task it must have been for Dadang Christanto to create this work of art to honour his father.

Four Heads from the North, NGA
Four Heads from the North, NGA

Ailsa came up with this great theme of Sculpture.  Take a look at her photos here.