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.
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This is a really neat piece of art.
just lovely. so creative. (:
I love this piece. I'd be happy to have something like this in my yard.
Love the art! :)
What a great piece of garden architecture.
Oh I love that artists always amaze me with their talents. B
now that is The Way to recycle. the heron is beautiful, i really like it.
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!
Great! I've seen some sculptures made of repurposed metal pieces but this one is more sophisticated than most.
Give it a little push, it will fly.
i like that very much. would love to have one of those around my pond!
That is an amazing piece!! So realistic!! I love that it has links to the past, too!
That is a cool looking sculpture.
An artist whose imagination took wing … what a glorious sight and such a creative way to make use of things that were discarded.
fantastic sculpture--I really like the feel of it.
Amazing how metal parts can be made into such a wonderful bird likeness.
The gardens in the photo are lovely, too.
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.
And much easier to sneak up on for a photograph!!
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.
I love the metal sculptures, this heron is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!
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!
George Holanchin is a most talented sculptor. That is a wonderful blue heron. Too bad it isn't in my back yard.
Great piece of art indeed.
daily athens photo
another great couple of photos,
A very unique piece of work! I'd love one for my garden. :)
A beautiful piece of art!
I love when metal is used in this fashion!
Oh, that is a great piece of art!
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)
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
What an amazingly graceful statue!
this is beautiful...it looks like this bird is about to take off.:p
Beautiful piece of art!
Such a beautiful piece of art, I like it very much, CameraGirl!
Greetings, Anna :))
Creative and energizing sculpture ~ great photography ~ (A Creative Harbor)
What a wonderful sculpture and beautiful gardens too.
Such creativity from wastes! Great job done!
Great use for old metal!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
I love this sculpture!
the flow of the lines and the sense of freedom
Really beautiful statue! I can see it flying.
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