The Broken Column. Antony Gormley cheekily looks on as a hailstorm hits the Holland fleet in the harbour

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trikermike on November 23, 2012

Aaal bet his wee bum got a tad cald that day!

Grand idea to filter the whole image wi' yon hail stanes Bonnie wee Lass it maks a unique finish tae yer pretty picture!

Amelia Royan on November 23, 2012

Aye he's nowt but a cheeky wee beggar, yon Gormley.

There are 22 images like this around Stavanger Bonnie Lad, one of them is actually submerged in the harbour. The whole artwork is called The Broken Column, and I expect all of them got a wee bit chilly round the gorbals when they were watching the hailstorm. :))

Jos Boom on November 23, 2012

Hello Amelia, this is one of those pictures that makes me look a few times before reacting. It's so strange, the man, a statue looking at a navy ship next to very friendly houses, in nasty weather. Fascinating, well composed, fine coloring, and exeptional sphere. F. greetings Jos

trikermike on November 23, 2012

Yes Bonnie wee Lass I have to agree,when we first got the Angel it was soon realised that it was first offered to quite a few more Cities prior to it being accepted here(it was made to A. Gormleys 'plans' by lots of retired and out of work steel erectors and engineers from the 'old brigade' that lost their jobs following a certain lady who reigned as PM for a while, Some committee of boozy GEORDIES decided it would be a grand idea to hev it heor, and be as grand as yon Eyeful tower at fetchin tourists in.

Liverpool has a host of daft buggers getting wet when tide comes in twice a day, also Mr Gormleys idea!

No doubt his 'work' will go on being recognised now he is a 'Sir'!

Amelia Royan on November 24, 2012

Thank you so much for that very lovely compliment Jos.

The hail storm arrived suddenly, heavily and noisily, but didn't last for longer than about 5-10 minutes. The sun came out followed quickly by a rainbow, and the streets of Stavanger were washed clean as the hail melted.

The 3 Dutch ships in port, Holland Groningen and Zealand, left port on Monday for navigation exercises in the fjords.

Weekend greetings, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 24, 2012

The daft buggers used to be in Sola before they were moved to Formby Bonnie Lad, and I wish I'd been here before they were moved. The artwork, Another Place, was supposed to be moved to new York in 2006, but there was such an outcry that it seems they will remain there forever!

At least you lot have the Angel of the North, we must visit this when we go home! At least Gormley's work makes a statement, and because he helped out the unemployed, he deserves his knighthood. ;-)

trikermike on November 24, 2012

I know what you are saying, but he never 'helped out' any unemployed up here, if you can produse anyone that has had help from him up here, I'll take you and Adrian out for lunch when you come to see the Angel.

Your bonny pictures of Sola strand - - - - - with his statues on and in the watter just proves my point that his work is all secobd had. How much did Norway pay for the honour of having his junk aal ower yon bonny beach?

How much did Formby pay?

I have to admit that I personaly cannot stand his work wherever or whatever it is.

Amelia Royan on November 24, 2012


Well for some reason I kind of like the Gormley statues in Stavanger. Ugly they may be, but, as far as I am concerned they have always been there, and I guess I've got used to seeing them. ;-)

trikermike on November 24, 2012

I cannot knock personal taste Bonnie wee Lass, but I will bet I am not the only one who cannot stand his work or indeed the man himself, Likewise he has a lot of admirers and folks who like his 'work'

That's the amazing thing about art, it is rather subjective!

Haggs on November 25, 2012

Nicely seen even in bad weather Like

Amelia Royan on November 25, 2012

Thanks Haggs, glad you didn't mention Gormley! ;-)

Withing 15 minutes the sun was shining brightly and the streets of Stavanger were cleansed and shining. It must be cheaper than other street cleaning methods. :)

skida on December 30, 2012

Bead blasting the streets seems to be taking cleaning too far! Nice weather shot. I also think you got short changed with YOUR Gormley. ;)


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    by Amelia Royan
    • Taken on 2012/11/18 12:21:52
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