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:

Binky said...

A very neat piece!

bxcrochet said...

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

Michelle F>

Carra D said...

Wow, thats pretty cool Where is this?

Janine Huldie said...

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

Ai Sakura said...

such a meaningful piece!

mail4rosey said...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, MD.

Liz Mays said...

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

Jacquelineand.... said...

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

AnnaZed said...

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

Fabulousandfunlife said...

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

stevebethere said...

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

Have an artistictastic week Rosey :-)

NC Sue said...

I've never seen a statue quite like this. Very interesting.
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Kristi Maloney said...

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

Ashley @ Growing Up Momma said...

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

Masshole Mommy said...

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

Tessa Smith said...

Wow, what a gorgeous statue. I love it!

Cathy Kennedy said...

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)! ;)

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Veronica Lee said...

Love the capture, Rosey.

Happy Wednesday!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

What a beautiful statue!

Brian Miller said...

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

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh I like this!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is so beautiful and unique!!!

Tanya Lara said...

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

MikiHope said...

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

alissa apel said...

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

Marie Moody said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very impressive!

Reginia Cordell said...

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

Danielle Royalegacy said...

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

Jen said...

Wow that is awesome!

Sandee said...

Awesome and the message is even better.

Have a terrific Wordless Wednesday. ☺

Ben Butler said...

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

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Those seagulls are very well done

Anonymous said...

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

Amanda Her said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Tracy Iglesias said...

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

Colette S said...

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 :)

Stephanie said...

Beautiful!
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Pam said...

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

Shauna Torres said...

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

Vanessa said...

How beautiful is this piece of art work.

Diana M. said...

That's an impressive piece of art!

Thanks for linking up over at Toronto Teacher Mom!

AJ NutriFitMama said...

Really neat work of art!

Joyce Lansky said...

That's a wonderful sculpture.

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Jay CraftySpices said...

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.

Rebecca Bryant said...

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

Maria Long said...

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

Melanie Walsh said...

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

Chatty Crone said...

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

Mary O'Malley said...

What a really cool statue!

Launna said...

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

Rose Siders said...

Such a neat statue! I love the symbolism.

B said...

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

Melissa Vera said...

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

Lisa said...

That is really awesome

Echo A said...

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

Sippy Cup Mom said...

What a great sculpture. It's huge!

Rose Siders said...

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

Lois Alter Mark said...

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

Laura Funk said...

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

Jennifer Juro said...

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

Amanda Love said...

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

musingsonmotherhoodmidlife said...

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

Maureen Hitipeuw said...

What a masterpiece! I love the birds too :)

Lauren Richardson said...

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

Dave, Amy and Jace said...

Very neat. I love the birds.

Jessica said...

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

Debi Gerhart said...

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

Wendy said...

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

debdenny said...

Wow. That is beautiful. Clear and majestic

Ada Miller said...

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!

~ Noelle said...

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

alissa apel said...

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

Patricia Figurski said...

Great piece of art!

Katrina Gehman said...

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

Katriza Luna said...

beautiful! Thats really awesome! THanks for sharing!

Ruchira Khanna said...

I absolutely loved it, Rosey

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

Always a pleasure to have you link up :)

Marya said...

Beautiful sculpture!! What talent!

Crystal Wachoski said...

That's really different and freeing!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

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.

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

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 :-)

Elizabeth said...

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

Lexie Lane said...

So strong! This says a lot! Definitely wordless!

Christie C said...

Definitely a strong statement here. I love this statue

DeDa Studios said...

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

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

What a beautiful work of art that is!

Yona Williams said...

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.

Tammy Woodall said...

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

April Mims said...

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.

Dhemz Apdian - Dias said...

that looks pretty interesting and unique sculpture.
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RANE said...

This is a rather Interesting Piece. I like it ... you conveyed so much without even saying a word

Censie Sawyer said...

What a great piece of art.

Maggie King said...

Beautiful, It such a peaceful piece!

Heather said...

that's a great piece of artwork!

Stephen Parry said...

love this artwork!

I'm pooped said...

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

Krystal Butherus said...

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

Cascia Talbert said...

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

Debi Gerhart said...

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

Lr Jamison said...

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

Carly said...

This is stunning!

Eliz Frank said...

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.

Terra Heck said...

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.

Melissa Coleman said...

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