Friday, August 10, 2012

"Metropolis"

Remember nail art? This has to be one of the most ambitious examples and it is found in the lobby of our new City Hall. Titled"Metropolis", it was done by artist David Partridge in 1977 after he won a competition in 1974 to provide a piece for this location. It is constructed of 100,000 nails of various sizes and the centre of the piece is said to represent downtown with the rest of the city spreading out from it. It is really well done and is so 1970s when you see it!

16 comments:

Eyeliquor said...

Fabulous!!

Deb said...

It manages to look futuristic yet dated at the same time!

LĂșcia said...

Cool, it reminds me of the aztecs!
Have a good weekend RedPat! ;-)

Sharon said...

I love it! All those patterns are amazing.

Paul in Powell River said...

Very nice! I like this a lot!

Andy said...

Nice photo. I just can't imagine anyone waking into Home Depot and asking for 100,000 nails.

Jack said...

It is amazing, RedPat. I don't associate it with a particular period. Guess that is the deficiency in my art education.

Randy said...

I admire the patience that artist had to create this.

James Wei said...

This is incredible! Looks like uneven fluffy surface with metalware!

llandudnopictures said...

Fantastic piece of work, a LOT of hammering must have gone into creating it!

Lowell said...

I've never even heard of nail art. This is quite magnificent. What a project that must have been.

La Principessa Errante said...

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous. Love the title, so very appropriate, very futuristic, goth kind of feel

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Really futuristic!

EG CameraGirl said...

It looks quite nice in this photo. I'm gonna have to venture into the city to take a closer look.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Can you imagine working with all those nails! It reminds me a bit of aboriginal paintings with the millions of little dots that make up the image.

NixBlog said...

Oh yes, I remember those! :-) I wonder of it gets dusty and how they clean it?