notes in a bottle

Photo by Andy Lochire

Bottle of Notes is a sculpture by Cleas Oldenburg, completed in 1993, it is a magnificent piece of public art in Middlesbrough, UK, home of voyager and mapmaker James Cook. On the inside is written “I like to remember sea-gulls in full flight gliding over the ring of canals”, taken from “Memos of a gadfly” a poem written by the designer van Bruggen in 1987 and based on recollections of his Amsterdam childhood. Outside is a quotation from Captain Cook’s journal “we had every advantage we could desire in observing the whole of the passage of the Planet Venus over the sun’s disc” according to Middlesbrough Council.

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  2. tongue twister « word and image Says:

    […] This sculpture by artist Jean-Luc Cornec is called Scheiterhaufen-Zungenbrecher, which means funeral pyre of tongue-twisters.  It reminds me of this sculpture by Cleas Oldenburg, which I referred to in an earlier post here. […]

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