A Word a Week Photo Challenge: yellow

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Pineapple Twists; artist Christine Hellyar. Exhibited at A Walk of Art, The Auckland Botanical Gardens, Manurewa. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

Crocheted table mats, impregnated with bright yellow resin and mounted on slender poles in such a way that they look as though they might fly away at any moment. This is Christine Hellyar’s “Pineapple Twists”, a work exhibited as part of the Walk of Art at the Auckland Botanical Gardens between November 2013 and February 2014.

Pineapple twists; artist Christine Hellyar. A Walk of Art at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, Manurewa. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

Pineapple twists; artist Christine Hellyar. A Walk of Art at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, Manurewa. Photo: Su Leslie 2014

Hellyar has said of her work that “The overall theme …is related to the domestication and socialisation of the found landscape.”

I have a great love of art that places human artifacts in the natural landscape. Fake flowers threaded in trees, crocheted leaves threaded, vine-like around lamp-posts; I love the interplay of nature and – particularly cheap mass-produced – representations of it.

The psychology behind this is probably complex, but I like to think of it as just taking a childish delight in simple colourful things that kind of belong, but still make us pause for thought.

Yellow is this week’s word at Sue’s Word a Week Challenge (A Word in Your Ear).

Here are some other posts on the theme that I enjoyed:

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/01/11/a-word-a-week-yellow/

http://cornishkylie.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/a-word-a-week-challenge-yellow/

http://goneallday.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-yellow/

http://klling.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/a-word-a-week-challenge-yellow/

http://soniajonestravel.com/2014/01/09/a-word-a-week-challenge-yellow/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/08/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-yellow/

http://steve-says.net/2014/01/07/a-word-a-week-challenge-yellow/

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4 thoughts on “A Word a Week Photo Challenge: yellow

  1. There is a trend in the USA of artworks that are crocheted, and suddenly appear in cities. It’s called Yarn Bombing. and tries to use art to call attention to this or that. I am reminded of it through the artwork that you have captured.

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    • I think we’ve had something like that here Sally. A year or so ago the railing at the Devonport Ferry Building was covered with crocheted leaves and flowers to look a bit like a gorgeous colourful climbing plant overtaking the cold metal. It was wonderful and, from memory, created by women from all around NZ.

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