Ultimo - point of departure by vignouse

Ultimo - point of departure

This image compliments the one in my Doubletakes album for today - http://365project.org/vignouse/Doubletakes/2014-06-17 - please, if you have time, look at both.

The old name for the area of Brittany where I live is Brocéliande, usually sub-titled "Land of myths and legends". The Association Etangs d'Art - 'Lake Art' - celebrate this mythological past each year with art installations placed in or around a selection of the many lakes in the area. This particular installation entitled 'Ultimo' is floating in a lake deep in the forest in an area known as "La chambre du loup" - 'The wolf's bedchamber'. The sculpture is made of tree branches and wild clematis vine and is 5m long, 1.5m wide and 0.8m deep: it is anchored to the lake bed but is free to move and turn with the movement of the water and the wind.

The artist, Véronique Matteudi describes her piece thus:

With the passage of time, the seasons of the earth and the generations of man follow one after the other, each with its unique point of arrival and departure.
Ultimo and man both will die, decompose and fall to the bed of the river where each will nourish seasons and generations yet to come and become one with nature.
The river and the art installation stand therefore as a metaphor for the River Styx, mythological place of passage between two worlds; that of the living leaving the living world behind, and their final destination, the land of the dead.

This version is processed to show my take on Ultimo just leaving the Land of the Living whereas the Doubletakes album shot shows her nearing her Final Destination .
Very evocative, Richard, and your color tones match beautifully.
June 17th, 2014  
Dan
This is beautiful! Nice job of the artist, but your capture of the mood of this scene is equally stunning. Fav!
June 17th, 2014  
I am learning more and loving it. I could just imagine it moving with the water. When you think that most art is meant to be forever this is really cool.
June 17th, 2014  
Stunning - what an amazing sculpture and your photo of it is beautiful - especially the reflections in the the lake and the dappled light in the trees.
June 17th, 2014  
How very interesting and innovative. Great to see one of these sculptures - it does look like a crocodile!
June 17th, 2014  
@maggiemae That's a shame because it's actually a reclining female figure but it proved very difficult, given the materials from which she is made, to show her form clearly.
June 17th, 2014  
Gorgeous shot and treatment as per usual.
June 17th, 2014  
What an amazing piece of art. I thought of Ophelia (from Hamlet) immediately I saw it. fav so I can go back and look at it from time to time.
June 17th, 2014  
It's clearly a woman. How lovely & I love a good story.
June 18th, 2014  
Wonderful capture and perfect lighting. Very interesting.
June 18th, 2014  
Great use of the light Richard
June 18th, 2014  
Very mystical, your processing of the image emphasises the detail of sculpture very well.
June 18th, 2014  
Great image and use of light
June 18th, 2014  
Nice light that gives a bit of mystery to the shot Richard
June 20th, 2014  
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