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On visiting the Vatican Museum and entering one of the courtyards, the Cortile della Pigna, (Courtyard of the Pine Cone) you can't miss seeing this bronze sculpture in the centre, 'Sfera con Sfera' (Sphere Within Sphere). It stands at 4 metres in diameter, and was created in 1990 by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro who lives and works in Milan. It's not known what it's meant to signify and is open to interpretation - some believe that the inner sphere is supposed to reflect Earth and the outer sphere reflects modern day society. It's not unique - there are 13 versions, including this one, which can be seen in various locations worldwide.
V1 & V2 are views from opposite sides, and V3 was taken from one of the first floor interior rooms of the Museum, showing the whole of the courtyard area.

Single Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Photomatix Pro and Photoshop Elements 11

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.

Trev Smile

Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 10-20mm EX DC HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2012 - 11:55 AM
Focal Length:16mm, 20mm
Aperture:f/8, f11
Shutter Speed:1/200, 1/250, 1/160sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Metering Mode:Matrix
White Balance:Auto
Title:Sfera con Sfera
Username:TrevBatWCC TrevBatWCC
Uploaded:24 Oct 2012 - 1:49 PM
Tags:Arnaldo Pomodoro, Rome, Sculpture, Sfera con Sfera, Specialist / abstract, Vatican museum
Votes:47
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Sezz
Sezz  9617 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 2:10 PM

What an incredible sculpture Trev, I should love to see it and photograph it!
All interesting images but I think V2 is my favourite, I particularly like the patterns and textures on this side of the sphere Smile

Sarah *

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 2:18 PM

It is both incredible and completely fascinating, Trev, and something you could spend ages just staring at it, and ages contemplating an interpretation: three fine shots documenting it, and with the folk around you can appreciate the scale of the thing.
Ronnie.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 2:21 PM

What a very strange sculpture, Trev, not really to my liking, but three excellent images of it. Carol

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 2:24 PM

Amazing ........................ What a sculpture! You have done a great job of photographing it Trev. I cant choose a fave, I really like V3 for the big picture and all the people thoughGrin
Diane

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achieverswales
24 Oct 2012 - 2:25 PM

What the mind can conceive the man can achieve, as the saying goes Trev, it is above my head, excellent photography though.

Regards

Trev.

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 2:46 PM

Excellent and very thorough reportage in both images and words, in your inimitable style.
I would second Sarah in her preference for V2 though I'm a bit worried at the sight of all those teeth: a giant pacman come to life!
Regards
Bill

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 - 2:57 PM

excellent capture trev,what a fantastic sculpture,well taken.ray

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 3:56 PM

I think it could be a cross section of my brain Trev !!
An interesting set.
Mick.

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

Trio of incredable images - I like them all each for a different reason - well composed and captured - interesting narrative too - presentation spot on - Elizabeth xx

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64438 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 4:45 PM

What a wonderful sculpture. All the detail beautifully captured. I'd love to see it for real.
x

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 4:51 PM

Amazing and intricate work, so many angles and possibilities. I remember the queues for this museum going round the block!!!

Dave

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:12 PM

An amazing sculpture beautifully captured.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:22 PM

whoah!!!
V1 for a vote today

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hunter031072
hunter031072 e2 Member 2hunter031072 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:33 PM

well i have spent a good ten minutes looking at your image, grate image can't take that away from you so well done with respect to your fabulous image.GrinTongueWink

but the sculpture is amazing. cant get over it the beauty of the symmetry with the curves blended in with the polished bronze surfaces. wow.
thanks for such a cracking image.
Regards Roger GrinSmileWink

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JohnChambersPhotography

Amazing sculpture giving many possible captures, very clever idea works well enjoyed them all

John

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 6:59 PM

An amazing sculpture, recorded and processed to your usual standard.
Ken

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:11 PM


Quote: a giant pacman come to life

That's exactly what I thought when I saw V2.
I've never seen anything like it, so thanks for sharing, and I bet it shows some good reflections too, some of which you have captured, especially in V1.

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:54 PM

A great set of this impressive sculpture... well done Trev.

Trev

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:12 PM

30th click for an amazing sculpture SmileSmile
Helen

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:27 PM

excellent work with a great pov

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 - 5:28 AM

Fascinating sculpture! Well spotted! Looks like a rotten apple if you ask me... Makes a great image! IB

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PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 11:19 AM

Amazing sculpture! Very well captured Grin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 3:31 PM

Trev as I first viewed I kept hoping you were going to show the back
and you certainly have what a fantastic sculpture...mesmerising Trev
and then the view from a distance...superb photography here 'sir'!
Lillian

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saltireblue Site Moderator 43922 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 3:57 PM

They've landed, haven't they???
Certainly looks like one of those alien transformers that turns itself into Arnold Schwarzenegger or something worse.
Like the overview provided in V3, Trev, putting all into perspective.

Malc

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 7:05 PM

Brilliant Trev seen that but didnt Know anything about it thanks for the write up .SmileSmile
Rob

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 1:12 AM

Great photography on your part Trev . Can't think what it represents, but I bet it cost a bomb !Wink xxx

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2012 - 10:18 PM

a very beautiful modern piece of artwork, seated in the middle of these old buildings - a successful composition between diferent styles and ages.
A great documentation,
Johanna


PS. Thank you very much for your UA, I feel honoured.

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twelvemegs
30 Oct 2012 - 2:58 PM

A very interesting sculpture Trevor. Wonderfully captured by your good self.

David

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