Tuesday, February 24, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Lending a Hand


Understanding artist intent not only increases clarity but also
allows us to experience a deeper appreciation of what it is we're seeing.
The Hand in Silver Spring, MD. is no exception.

Ray Kaskey created The Hand to reflect the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to record and protect the environment. The seagulls are part of the NOAA's logo, and the hand is releasing them gently into the atmosphere. This work of art stands 12 ft. high and is made of Bronze.

108 comments:

  1. That is a great work of art. I love the birds coming out.

    Michelle F>

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  2. Wow, thats pretty cool Where is this?

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    1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, MD.

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  3. That is awesome and seriously can only imagine how grand it is in person ;)

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  4. I always find sculptures like this fascinating. I like learning the meaning behind them too!

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  5. A beautiful piece, and a timely reminder! Sending you hugs.

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  6. Nice piece, I wondered what that hand thing was meant to symbolize (I did!)

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  7. The birds look so realistic in mid flight! Great symbolic work of art!

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  8. Brilliant, at first I thought it was a horse face down LOL

    Have an artistictastic week Rosey :-)

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  9. I've never seen a statue quite like this. Very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/02/off-of-saint-maarten.html

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  10. What a beautiful statue! It reminds me of that poem about footsteps in the sand....Do you know it? ;)

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    1. I do know it. I had it on my wall for years. :)

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  11. What a beautiful statue! I love hearing the background about these sculpture; what they symbolize and when they were created. Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. That is an amazing statue. I love coming across random amazing things like this!

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  13. Wow, what a gorgeous statue. I love it!

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  14. WOW, what a cool statue! I love seeing stuff like this and wish there was more of this kinda thing around here. Nice capture. Keep warm on the #WW (or not-so-wordless)! ;)

    Revisiting B&W

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  15. Love the capture, Rosey.

    Happy Wednesday!

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  16. what a cool sculpture...i love how the doves are flyin out of that giving hand....

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  17. That's a great sculpture! I love seeing public art. :)

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  18. I could probably stand and look at that for hours. The sculpture is magnificent--the reason given for why the artist made it-priceless!

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  19. That is one gigantic hand! So cool! I love big sculptures!

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  20. That was weird. I was typing along and my computer just entered. I swear I have poltergeist in my house LOL or in my computer. Yes, that's definitely where they are in my computer... Sorry about that. Now where was I... oh dam I forget. Anyway love the pic and love going places such statutes would be at. Thanks for sharing. HUGS my friend!!! Thanks for stopping by. You never forget me... you're a good girl.. maybe I need to adopt you... you can become part of our family I have many cyber daughters. hehehehe See look at all the sista's you would have!!!! LOL

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  21. A lovely meaning to this scuplture! Protect and give freedom is how I view this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. The hand giving back, makes sense indeed. That must have took a lot of work too.

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  23. Finding good looking sculptures is such a treasure. I would have enjoyed photographing this.

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  24. It's cool! I like the birds in it. We have something similar at a hospital we'll drive by every now and then.

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  25. Awesome and the message is even better.

    Have a terrific Wordless Wednesday. ☺

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  26. That is so cool! I'm always fascinated by big sculptures like this. They're such a testament to mankind's creativity.

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  27. it's really pretty. I love the grandness of it

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  28. I really love that. The message makes it so much better too.

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  29. That is a really neat statue. Though I bet my kids would try to climb it to try to sit in the palm.

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    1. Haha! I'm sure they wouldn't be the first ones to try that Theresa! :)

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  30. I have never visited Silver Springs, MD but if I get out there I will have to take a photo by this statue! I love to do that when I travel! Happy Wordless Wednesday! You got all deep with it, and mine is cheeky, LOL!!!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  31. I love this art. And it's true - knowing what the artiste is saying is always very helpful, or it can be interpreted in so many ways :)

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  32. Beautiful!
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  33. What an awesome work of art! I love the meaning behind it.

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  34. Wow, now that is gorgeous. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. How beautiful is this piece of art work.

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  36. That's an impressive piece of art!

    Thanks for linking up over at Toronto Teacher Mom!

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  37. That's a wonderful sculpture.

    http://www.joycelansky.blogspot.com/2015/02/wordless-wednesday-doggy-love.html

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  38. It is really true that knowing and understanding the artist intent makes a big difference in how appreciate a piece of art. This is a very nice piece, thank you for the extra info which makes it even more interesting and impressing.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  39. Beautiful. I am in awe of this sculpture. So beautiful in so many ways.

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  40. Thanks for sharing the meaning of this, we are headed to Northern va soon and if we see it I can tell my kids

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  41. What a beautiful message behind the statue. I would love to see it in person.

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  42. I liked that - big hand means big help - right?

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  43. Rosey that is a great statue and I agree it is great when we can understand the intent of the artist... sometimes it isn't easy... this one looks like it is about freeing the birds... awesome xox

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  44. Such a neat statue! I love the symbolism.

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  45. Wow! What an incredible piece. I could literally stare at that for hours.

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  46. What a gorgeous piece of artwork. I bet the picture doesn't do it justice.

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  47. What a gorgeous sculpture! To me, it feels like artist freedom is flying from his fingertips!

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  48. What a great sculpture. It's huge!

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  49. That's an awesome sculpture and I love the "lending a hand" title of the post!

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  50. Such a cool sculpture! I would love to stand next to this and see it in person

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  51. I love finding nice statues like this!! That looks huge and would be amazing to see in person.

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  52. That is so beautiful. I'm loving the pictures of statues that you highlight on your blog. Just love them!

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  53. I love this piece, it reminds me of a benevolent hand extended in a peaceful greeting.
    Estelle

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  54. What a masterpiece! I love the birds too :)

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  55. That's a beautiful sculpture! I love pieces like this!

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  56. This is a beautiful sculpture! I love how the seagulls seem like they are truly taking flight!

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  57. That is so neat. I love sea gulls and I love how they are taking off in this piece

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  58. I have a little hand in my garden, but this one is awesome! I definitely could use a hand sometimes... :)

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  59. Wow. That is beautiful. Clear and majestic

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  60. This is so cool! Wish we could visit it..maybe some day. Showed our soon to be 8 & 9 yr old boys and they wanna build one...out of snow. Lol I love it though!

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  61. I LOVE this...
    Wish I had art like this near me

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  62. I bet this hand cost a lot to put in. Bronze isn't cheap.

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  63. that is awesome! I would love to see that in person.

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  64. beautiful! Thats really awesome! THanks for sharing!

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  65. I absolutely loved it, Rosey

    The hands giving away...an expression of freedom, liberation!!

    Always a pleasure to have you link up :)

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  66. Beautiful sculpture!! What talent!

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  67. That is one huge sculpted hand. I like how it is gently releasing the seagulls. Although... seagulls aren't my favorite. It seems every time they are around, I get pooped on. Wonder if they are trying to tell me something.

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  68. This is a pretty cool piece! I love the hand releasing the birds. The message seems to speak to freeing yourself of whatever is holding you back.....at least my interpretation :-)

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  69. That's a beautiful statue-- I love it!

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  70. So strong! This says a lot! Definitely wordless!

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  71. Definitely a strong statement here. I love this statue

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  72. The art says so much - amazing what a hand can mean to so many

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  73. OK....I had to Pin this right off the bat. This is an amazing piece - I love its execution, detail, and just the overall concept. It's beautiful.

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  74. I've heard "a picture (can) paint a thousand words", but, it seems, so can a sculpture. This is absolutely beautiful.

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  75. This is a really cool sculpture! I love how they were able to incorporate so much symbolism into it and convey such a powerful message.

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  76. that looks pretty interesting and unique sculpture.
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  77. This is a rather Interesting Piece. I like it ... you conveyed so much without even saying a word

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  78. Beautiful, It such a peaceful piece!

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  79. that's a great piece of artwork!

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  80. I love this piece. It is so beautiful. It stirs up many different emotions.

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  81. I think that is a beautiful piece of work. Thanks for sharing it!

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  82. That is a beautiful peice of art! Thanks for sharing. Have a terrific weekend!

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  83. That is a beautiful sculpture. I wish i could see it in person to take the effect in.

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  84. I posted my first Wordless Wednesday last week and I really like it. its a quick and easy way to post on your blog.

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  85. What a wonderful walk down memory lane for me. I remember visiting some cousins in the DC area years ago and they showed me around and this was one of the sculptures I remembered so vividly. Still love.

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  86. I can't say that I understand all art or am even hugely interested in it but I do find this particular piece to be interesting and I like the concept behind it.

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  87. Very cool statue. I love seeing interesting pieces of art like this.

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