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Sfera con Sfera

By TrevBatWCC    
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

Tags: Rome Sculpture Specialist and abstract Vatican museum Sfera con Sfera Arnaldo Pomodoro

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Sezz 13 617 15 England
24 Oct 2012 2:10PM
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 Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Oct 2012 2:18PM
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.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Oct 2012 2:21PM
What a very strange sculpture, Trev, not really to my liking, but three excellent images of it. Carol
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 2:24PM
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
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
24 Oct 2012 2:25PM
What the mind can conceive the man can achieve, as the saying goes Trev, it is above my head, excellent photography though.


woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 2:46PM
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!
excellent capture trev,what a fantastic sculpture,well taken.ray
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
24 Oct 2012 3:56PM
I think it could be a cross section of my brain Trev !!
An interesting set.
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 4:26PM
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
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
24 Oct 2012 4:45PM
What a wonderful sculpture. All the detail beautifully captured. I'd love to see it for real.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Oct 2012 4:51PM
Amazing and intricate work, so many angles and possibilities. I remember the queues for this museum going round the block!!!

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 6:12PM
An amazing sculpture beautifully captured.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 6:22PM
V1 for a vote today
24 Oct 2012 6:33PM
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
Amazing sculpture giving many possible captures, very clever idea works well enjoyed them all

JOKEN 9 3 10 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 6:59PM
An amazing sculpture, recorded and processed to your usual standard.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 9:11PM

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.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
24 Oct 2012 9:54PM
A great set of this impressive sculpture... well done Trev.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:12PM
30th click for an amazing sculpture SmileSmile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:27PM
excellent work with a great pov
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 5:28AM
Fascinating sculpture! Well spotted! Looks like a rotten apple if you ask me... Makes a great image! IB
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 11:19AM
Amazing sculpture! Very well captured Grin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 3:31PM
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'!
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
25 Oct 2012 3:57PM
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.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 7:05PM
Brilliant Trev seen that but didnt Know anything about it thanks for the write up .SmileSmile
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
27 Oct 2012 1:12AM
Great photography on your part Trev . Can't think what it represents, but I bet it cost a bomb !Wink xxx
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 10:18PM
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,

PS. Thank you very much for your UA, I feel honoured.
30 Oct 2012 2:58PM
A very interesting sculpture Trevor. Wonderfully captured by your good self.


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