"Fire on the River"

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A.Lebacq on January 31, 2010

Nice and creative work Ian, very well done.

Greetings Arthur

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2010

Thanks Arthur. It is a photo of a sculpture on the Brisbane River bank.

Warm greetings, Ian

gezginruh on January 31, 2010

"Fire on the River" is marvellous and fantastic! Congratulations...

Warm greetings. Füsun

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2010

I knew you would like this one, Füsun. Isn't it nice to enjoy the artwork of another and create a little of your own with the camera? This sculpture sits on the river bank outside an old powerstation that has been converted into a performing arts centre. I took my camera out for the night, accompanied by Margaret!

Thank you very much, dear friend.


Geerten on February 1, 2010


is this the word FLOOD??? that's on an other photo there...


Rainer Warzecha on February 1, 2010

Beautiful artistic picture. Well done Ian!

Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2010

Geerten and Rainer:

Dear Geerten,

YES indeed. This is a partial view of the letters "doo-" from the sculpture of the letters: flood. My night view is taken from the river side of the sculpture hence they read in reverse.

I presume this sculpture is set at the level that the 1974 flood reached here at New Farm. Here in the tidal estuary of the river, one tends to believe that the flood heights will be largely irrelevant. But during the Jan-Feb 1974 flood, quite a drama unfolded for this inner-city suburb New Farm. Just upstream from here in the next reach of the river a large oil tanker was moored midstream having been launched from the shipyard. It was being fitted out. During the flood its bow mooring cable broke and the ship swung around and its bow went close to wiping out a riverside apartment block. It only just fitted in the river lengthwise across the river. Had its bow stuck in the bank it would have temporarily been a dam in the river and New Farm would have been devastated by a raging torrent coursing through the suburb! I believe all this lies behind the motivation for this sculpture.

Brisbane is a river city. btw, a much great flood occurred back in 1893.

Thanks artist Rainer, for your appreciation. Thanks very much.


jeff_msn123 on February 1, 2010

Nice color. Where is the water?

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2010

The photographer would be standing in it, Jeff, if this were during the flood. This sculpture sits on the riverbank. Check the link in the comments to Geerten above and that will give you a good perspective on a river's rage: Fire on the River.

Warm regards to you Jeff,


©polytropos on February 2, 2010

Looks very impressing! BO.

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2010

Greetings polytropos. Thanks for the praise and the approval. Sometimes I wonder whether my creativity is a bit too much when I see other things from a different perspective. I am glad you approve.


bdeh on February 2, 2010

Nice composition Ian and thanks for the information. Rotterdam is a river city too, but we build a great barrier to close the river for incoming floods as a part of the Deltaworks. Greetings Berend

Rol/Photo/Alsace on February 2, 2010

Ian super Photo BIG ORIGINAL

Greetings roland

M.Kranenborg-Torn on February 2, 2010

very nice work Ian and thanks for the info.

Warm wishes from Greetje

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

Dear Berend,

It was a memorable visit that we made to the Delta Works in 1978, and also a as matter of interest to Afsluitdjke, Wieringermeer and Flevoland. I was a geography teacher in those days and so I was able to collect a significant amount of resource material and photos for my Australian classrooms.

While Rotterdam is a river city, Brisbane does not have to worry about floods coming up the river - rather it is the big floods that come down the river that are our concern. The construction of the Wivenhoe Dam on the Brisbane River was a key response to the 1974 flood with around 60% of its capacity reserved for flood mitigation, and 1.1 million ML being used to provide water supply for Brisbane.

Greetings Ian

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

Dear Roland and Greetje,

It is satisfying to know you both like this 'art', including its originality. Warmest greetings from Brisbane.


bdeh on February 3, 2010

Like I said you've been around Ian. Greetings Berend

ƤōƝƓ on February 3, 2010

Intriguing shapes, forms, and colours! Thanks for sharing even you know well it will not be accepted for GE, Ian.

Amelia Royan on February 3, 2010

I am so pleased that you have included an art tag on this one Ian. Exceptional photography and a golden star. It sounds as if you and Margaret had a wonderful evening :))


Amelia Royan on February 3, 2010

I think, in many ways, it requires an abstract tag as well :))

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