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photoblog image The Sitting Bull of Otterspool

The Sitting Bull of Otterspool

 

The 1984 Liverpool International Garden Festival saw many artists providing public works of art for display at the festival site. Amongst them was the Sitting Bull by the Indian artist Dhurva Mistry (apparently he was also responsible for statues in Birmingham's Victoria Square as well.)

The bull represents Nandi awaiting the Indian god Shiva's arrival in Liverpool. Nandi is the bull that Shiva rides and is also seen as the gatekeeper to Shiva's temples.

After the garden festival closed the site was left to decay and many of the works of art were dispersed to other places. Sitting Bull was eventually resited on Otterspool Promenade in South Liverpool on the north bank of the Mersey.

The Sitting Bull of Otterspool

 

The 1984 Liverpool International Garden Festival saw many artists providing public works of art for display at the festival site. Amongst them was the Sitting Bull by the Indian artist Dhurva Mistry (apparently he was also responsible for statues in Birmingham's Victoria Square as well.)

The bull represents Nandi awaiting the Indian god Shiva's arrival in Liverpool. Nandi is the bull that Shiva rides and is also seen as the gatekeeper to Shiva's temples.

After the garden festival closed the site was left to decay and many of the works of art were dispersed to other places. Sitting Bull was eventually resited on Otterspool Promenade in South Liverpool on the north bank of the Mersey.

comments (6)

  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:14
Colour contrasts are great. Nice pic, interesting subject.
Les Auld: Thanks Dave, appreciate the comment.
Yes he did. I have a picture of one of them in my unassigned bin. I wondered who it was by. They are rather likeable in an odd sort of way!
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, the Floozie in the Jacussi is really the lady in the river as I found out when looking up the artist, I know I have a few pictures awaiting processing as well. Thanks for he comment.
When I saw a Red Bull I thought of alcohol Les, but instead I see a most entertaining statue well taken by yourself, and lots of interesting back ground notes. thanks.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, it is actually quite boring in real life, but photoshop can make up for that.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 29 Mar 2008, 17:55
I like Mistry's work. I found his site on the web: http://dhruvamistry.com/Library/work91/work91.htm

He did an interesting reclining nude for Glasgow Garden Festival as well.

Incidentally, the Brummies stole the nickname 'Floozie in the Jacussi' from the people of Dublin. The piece that originally bore this name was called Anna Livia and it was in O'Connel Street. It was also caller 'The Whoo-er in the Sewer'. See link: http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/5/5a/250px-Anna_Livia_Plurabelle.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.answers.com/topic/anna-livia&h=487&w=250&sz=37&hl=en&start=6&um=1&tbnid=D99M3-jgDGamhM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=66&prev=/images%3Fq%3DAnna%2BLivia%2B%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN
Les Auld: Can;t trust a Brummie then Ian. Thanks for the comment, wonder of the Glasgow work survived?
Lordy I was one of those herded around the Garden Festival like cattle but can't remember this fella, mind you a lot of brain cells have evapourated since then, nice texture overlay BTW.
Les Auld: Never actually went to the festival David, I have only seen the neglect and the overgrown site. It is interesting though searching out the remaining artifacts. Thanks for the comment,
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 29 Mar 2008, 21:01
Goodness! You certainly could not miss this, could you! I like the low POV used here. Well seen.
Les Auld: He actually looks quite lost in the vastness of Otterspool, but a camera can change this. Thanks for the comment. Alan.

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