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Monday, April 14, 2008

Odd Shots on Monday - "Meet Madison"






Longhorns are big in this part of Texas since we are close to the University of Texas in Austin. In the early days, real longhorn cattle were frequently seen on the Chisholm which runs right through Georgetown, Texas. We celebrate those cattle herding days with an annual event called, appropriately, "Stampede."






Meet "Madison," an anatomically correct, eight-foot tall, 800 pound metal sculpture of chrome, stainless steel, and iron, most of which was found in automobile graveyards. An auto bumper forms the chromium jaw and the mesh may have come from automobile grilles. Rusting iron provides artistic contrast. Artist, Betty Hamblen Turner, created the commissioned piece.

More thought provoking sculpture may be viewed at the Benini Sculpture Ranch.




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22 comments:

  1. These are excellent photos & sculptures. Thanks for visiting me.

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  2. Very interesting sculpture. I love the twisted one below... reminds me of a tornado... as a storm chaser, I find that pretty cool... my blog

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  3. This is certainly an odd shot but I have to say that I liked very much the sculpture! A beautiful and interesting piece of art.

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  4. Terrific shots and what a great recycle. Though, he looks a little lonely...

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  5. Interesting artwork ~ an eXcellent use of recycled/reclaimed metal.

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  6. I love this! Madison is a most handsome bull - or do you call them steers? Gorgeous sculpture, and the fact that he's made out of reclaimed junk makes him even better.

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  7. Odd maybe but just beautiful!

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  8. He is a bull. A steer would have lost the opportunity to be well-endowed.

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  9. this is a beautiful sculpture. i love longhorns. my father raised them at one time. he had many, and loved every one. i have lots of pictures i took of them, because he had some with wonderful colors, or perhaps extremely wide horn width. very hardy in extreme conditions~
    GREAT SHOT(S).

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  10. This is definately odd shots!

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  11. I've been to TX many times and have seen a lot of cattle sculptures, but I have to say this is my favorite one. Nice odd shot!

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  12. Oh I love this great shot.
    Mine is up too

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  13. What a great Odd Shot. It is a wonderful sculpture! a little Odd but wonderful.

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  14. You have your metal bull, we have our metal dinosaur.

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  15. Improbable manufacture, beautiful bull, marvellous photographic description!
    Very good post!

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  16. Dang! That is so cool looking!

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  18. Cool! What a great use of "junk". Fantastic way to recycle!

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  19. I really love this sculpture. I never made it to Austin but my niece lived there for quite a while and loved it very much. Great photos of it too.

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  20. This is a very strong and impressive scupture. I was going to add masculine: but you did! They took a lot of time and effort to create this.

    http://meeyauw-pad.blogspot.com/2008/04/odd-shots-white-breasted-nuthatch.html

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