Monday, September 24, 2012

Metallic Heron/Our World

 Winged blue heron, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario

This heron was created by local sculptor George Holancin. Making  sculptures from discarded metal scraps and machinery is Holancin's way of minimizing waste. He envisions birds and animals when he comes upon hay rakes and obsolete plows tangled in weeds and nestled in wooded areas.

Small garden on major road into town

Part of a fountain, the base and impeller are cast iron and original components of one of two drainage pumps that in 1928 drained the Holland Marsh (now rich farmland that lies in Bradford West Gwillimbury, King Township and East Gwillimbuty).

In 2006, this piece won Top Honours for Floral Display for that year's province-wide Communities in Bloom contest.

More photos from Our World can be seen by clicking HERE.

42 comments:

Andy said...

This is a really neat piece of art.

Beth Edwards said...

just lovely. so creative. (:

Kathy said...

I love this piece. I'd be happy to have something like this in my yard.

Lois Evensen said...

Love the art! :)

Jill said...

That is gorgeous!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a great piece of garden architecture.

Buttons said...

Oh I love that artists always amaze me with their talents. B

Sandra said...

now that is The Way to recycle. the heron is beautiful, i really like it.

Lowell said...

There is a metal heron sculpture in Eustis, Florida. Unfortunately, it is not in the same league as this one. This one is beautiful and I like the way it appears to be taking off, spreading its wings!

see you there! said...

Great! I've seen some sculptures made of repurposed metal pieces but this one is more sophisticated than most.

Darla

rainfield61 said...

Give it a little push, it will fly.

TexWisGirl said...

i like that very much. would love to have one of those around my pond!

Judy said...

That is an amazing piece!! So realistic!! I love that it has links to the past, too!

Stephanie said...

That is a cool looking sculpture.

Penelope Postcards said...

An artist whose imagination took wing … what a glorious sight and such a creative way to make use of things that were discarded.

kaye said...

fantastic sculpture--I really like the feel of it.

Janie said...

Amazing how metal parts can be made into such a wonderful bird likeness.
The gardens in the photo are lovely, too.

RedPat said...

It's probably the best piece I have seen from recycled metal!
I didn't know we had a Community in Bloom contest in Ont.

Paul in Powell River said...

And much easier to sneak up on for a photograph!!

Leora said...

From a "distance" it look like a real heron! Great capture by the artist of the feel of the heron about to fly. Love your shot with the garden below.

eileeninmd said...

I love the metal sculptures, this heron is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific metal sculpture indeed, EG! I love it and what great captures! Lovely flowers and beautiful skies as well!! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Taken For Granted said...

George Holanchin is a most talented sculptor. That is a wonderful blue heron. Too bad it isn't in my back yard.

Robert Geiss said...

Great piece of art indeed.



daily athens photo

Gill - That British Woman said...

another great couple of photos,

Gill

Halcyon said...

A very unique piece of work! I'd love one for my garden. :)

Randy said...

That's wonderful.

Michelle said...

A beautiful piece of art!

Rohrerbot said...

I love when metal is used in this fashion!

Rose said...

Oh, that is a great piece of art!

Jim said...

I like your heron, Ms. E.G. It is so pretty and very majestic looking. I like to watch them here around our lake diving for a fish they just saw.

This link is a Sunday poem I wrote about a heron that used to sit on our 'long bridge' coming to our home.
A Missing Friend (this doesn't have to be about a heron, it could be about a person)
..

Small City Scenes said...

Oh I really like this guy. How neat. I have/had a Heron made out of rebar and filled in with colored glass and bits of mirrors. Really striking and I put him in my pond and he was there for several years and one day was gone. I think he fell over but ya know he could of flown away. LOL MB

ladyfi said...

What an amazingly graceful statue!

Luna Miranda said...

this is beautiful...it looks like this bird is about to take off.:p

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful piece of art!

Anna said...

Such a beautiful piece of art, I like it very much, CameraGirl!
Greetings, Anna :))

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Creative and energizing sculpture ~ great photography ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Carver said...

What a wonderful sculpture and beautiful gardens too.

Indrani said...

Such creativity from wastes! Great job done!

Gary said...

Great use for old metal!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dianne said...

I love this sculpture!
the flow of the lines and the sense of freedom
it's beautiful

Ekaterina Trayt said...

Really beautiful statue! I can see it flying.

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