Daily Post Photo Challenge: Careful

Barbara Licha; ‘ Listen time passes’ seen at Sculpture by the Sea 2015, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia. image: Su Leslie, 2015

Barbara Licha’s sculpture, Listen time passes  seems to me to fit very well with this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge theme — careful.

The work is a series of figures encased in wire boxes suspended on poles by a cliff-edge. Although grouped, each figure exists in its own space, separated from the others by the tangle of wire which forms both a  prison, and the support structure that prevents each figure from falling into the ocean.

Barbara Licha; ‘ Listen time passes’ seen at Sculpture by the Sea 2015, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia. image: Su Leslie, 2015

Detail: Barbara Licha; ‘ Listen time passes’ seen at Sculpture by the Sea 2015, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia. image: Su Leslie, 2015

The title of the work is a line from the opening monologue of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milkwood’.
The narrator is describing, in rich and careful detail, nighttime in the small town of Llareggub where the inhabitants experience in their dreams the wild and fantastical denied them in their careful waking lives:

The boys are dreaming wicked or of the bucking ranches of the night and the jollyrogered sea. 

You can listen to the wonderful Richard Burton as The Narrator, delivering the opening monologue here.

‘Under Milkwood’ is one of my favourite plays; and the opening monologue one of the best ever written. It reminds us that no matter how carefully we craft our social selves, our dreams and passions and loves and losses will always shape our actions and relationships with others. Barbara Licha’s work similarly speaks of the carefully constructed, parallel worlds we each inhabit; touching but not always connecting.

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18 thoughts on “Daily Post Photo Challenge: Careful

  1. Most intriguing Sculpture,captivated by Burton’s opening monologue and your last foot note!You’re such an influential and inspiring person,dear Su!Thank you for enriching my humble knowledge,dear friend 🙂 xxx

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    • Thank you my dear Doda. I have loved Dylan Thomas’s work since I was at school and had a very charismatic Welsh teacher of English. He was the most inspiring teacher I ever had. From him comes not so much my love of language, but the acceptance that is ok to love art and culture. I hope you are well my friend. xxxx

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  2. Love these sculptures. The seem so delicate and with the blue sky shining through the spaces there is a beautiful dynamic going on. I love how the shapes you see change from different angles. Thank you for capturing them so we can enjoy them from a distance!

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