Lens-Artists Challenge #171 – Weird and Wonderful

I think that something needs to be weird in order to have real beauty. – Carine Roitfeld

This week we all have the opportunity to share our weird and wonderful images in the challenge! I am sure you have some in your archives that would fit the bill – or why not go chasing new ones?

I will start out with one of my favourite artists, Salvador Dalí. I was fortunate enough to visit his home in Figueres some ten years ago. And, I was not disappointed. More of strange architecture – this autumn when visiting Denmark, we came across a gigantic cone in the forest. I am quite sure it hadn’t fallen from one of those trees…because you could go inside it to admire the construction.

This summer I finally got to visit the ARoS museum in Aarhus, Denmark. The building itself is a piece of amazing architecture and inside you will find some amazing art.

The Australian artist Ron Mueck’s sculpture Boy has become one of the landmarks of the Aarhus Art Museum. Measuring 4.5 metres in height and weighing in at 500 kg makes it impressive, but also rather weird – and wonderful. He looks so real. Displayed all over the museum entrance hall are the gigantic crochet sculptures by Portuguese Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Rán.

So far, artists, architechture and art – but then there are also more natural, but still somewhat weird, phenomena –

– like The Sand-Covered Church, also translated as The Buried Church, the names given to a late 14th-century church dedicated to Saint Lawrence of Rome. It was a brick church of considerable size, located 2 kilometres from Skagen, Denmark. According to Wikipedia, the last half of the 18th century the church was partially buried by sand from nearby dunes, and the congregation had to dig out the entrance each time a service was to be held. The struggle to keep the church free of sand lasted until 1795, when it was abandoned.The church was demolished, but the tower was left as the only part of the original structure still standing.

Finally – of course it is possible to make things and places even more weird and wonderful than they are in reality…here I have played around with the Nik collection and photoshop. The installation of mirrors is real.

Special thanks to Patti for her Street Art – a much loved theme for both participants and readers! It’s been a joy to see how much good street art you have beautifully captured! Now we are looking forward to seeing your weird and wonderful images too. Please link to my original post, and be sure to use the Lens-Artists tag. Stay cool and careful navigating out there.

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  13. Am from Europe and have seen much art (so I may sound a little critical) Love the first piece on the left, and the
    installation of the mirrors – although it’s not a very novel idea. Thanks for sharing. A pity about the buried church…

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  15. This whole post so was intriguing. I would have loved to stumble across the pine cone in the forest, and to go in it must feel like you have landed in a fairly tale. The sand covered church has such an interesting history, and while also beautiful, I loved that there is a person sitting on the bench across from it for perspective. In the day is was quite a large church and how the managed to salvage JUST the tower was a feat. The boy sculpture was a favorite. Kinda of eerie to look at the face too long, but was an amazing piece of art. Have a nice weekend. Always a pleasure to see your work. Donna

    • Thank you so much, Donna! I have understood that the Boy is a favourite with many – but weird he is. And for the church – yes, it was essential to have a person sitting outside for understanding the size.

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  27. Absolutely fabulous images here — what great examples to lead off this week’s challenge. I love that Boy — no wonder it is a landmark for Aarhus. I’m heading to my stash of photos now to see what weird, wonderful things I can find!

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  30. Hi Ann-Christine

    As I mentioned in my earlier reply to your post, this is an engaging topic from you.

    I am still enraptured with your photograph of that mirrored installation. Just think! To be an artist and conceive of – and successfully execute – such a piece! What a life that must be. Surely that artist is not glued to the boob-tube or frittering away hours on PlayStation ( or whatever is hip & happening in the game world )

    Anyway, here’s my take nbr 2 on the LAPC Weird and Wonderful challenge this week with a couple of weird and wonderful experiences at the lake:


    Best, Babsje

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  48. Good ones. A church tower without the church is definitely weird. You can depend on Dali to pull beauty out of the weird (or is it the other way round?). The eggs are a wacky idea, and look strangely good, especially since he uses the same matte pinkish white as many hen’s eggs. I’m not sure that I can stand in the same room as the boy for long, but I would love to walk around and take lots of photos of the mirror installation.

    I see that my pingback has not made it. In any case, here’s the link.

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    • Thank you – and I agree with your points. The mirrors are very fascinating – visited some years ago too. There are indeed endless photographic possibilities – and I stood watching them for half an hour.

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    • I am glad you found it interesting, Isadora, and those crochet sculptures were fascinating – hanging through the whole building! A visit you would have enjoyed, I am sure.

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    • Thank you, Sarah – yes the mirrors were very popular, and lovely photographing of course. I do agree about the Boy – really unsettling. Standing right under his arms looking up at his face didn’t feel that good…he looks too real.

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  66. well Ann-Christine, you have DEFINITELY found some weird, wonderful examples! I loved them all, especially the story of the sand church. I did find the ”boy” rather off-putting and will google it to see why it is so famous. It’s a strange world we live in!

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  75. :pts of weird and wonderful Ann-Christine. The church is amazing and would have liked the whole church to be buried to make a great story. I might even ”steal” some ideas 🙂

  76. What a weird challenge, A-C! 🙂 Loved all your choice although that ”Boy” is more than a bit weird as far as I’m concerned. 🙂 Have to see what I can come up with but probably not today. Headed over to my parents’ house shortly. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

  77. It is difficult to choose a favourite from such a great selection of weird art but, although ‘m not convinced it is really weird, I’m really taken with the boy sculpture. You’ve given us food for thought here.

    • Thank you, Mari! Well. I think we all might have different ideas about what is really weird. This Boy was weird to me in many ways – he looked so real, yet he is far too gigantic, and you could see different expressions in his face depending on where you were standing . An outstandingly intelligent artist who made him. So glad you appreciated this!

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    • Ah – hope you are enjoying London, Margaret! Glad you think it is a great theme too! I am hoping for very interesting entries – sorry you cannot play this one.

  79. Good evening, dear Ann-Christine,
    thanks for showing us this weird art. Maybe the best art is always seen as weird in the beginning before it gets mainstream.
    Keep well and happy
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Klausbernd, and of course you are right. And I don’t even think the art has to become mainstream – only the world must be ready for it. look at Gaudí for example. Sometimes they are just ”before the world”, and others will have to catch up

      • Oh dear, dear Ann-Christine, we don’t like Gaudi’s architecture at all. We like the minimalism of Mies van der Rohe or the clear lines of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus artists like Walter Gropius.
        We wish you a great Sunday
        ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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