Friday, June 06, 2008

Skywatch Friday: They Shoot Horses Don't They?


They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

No don't laugh — that is the actual title of this sculpture on the South Promenade at Blackpool.

Created by artist Michael Trainor and erected in October 2002, it was at that time the world's largest mirror ball, 20ft in diameter and weighing 4.5 tonnes.


I first spotted it a day or so earlier from the South Pier, looking across the sands and past the Pleasure Beach. I didn't at that stage know what it was nor anything about it.


You can take a 360° virtual tour of the Mirror Ball at 360 spin

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52 comments:

  1. Great sculpture that is and jolly good photos too!

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  2. What an amazing sculpture!
    Great shots!

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  3. Strange name. and I'm not to sure about it as a work of art.. but a good Sky Watch subject anyway.. did you remember my humbug rock? :O)

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  4. Great sculpture and tremendous photos.
    Happy SWF.

    Come visit,
    Troy

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  5. I don't think I have seen anything to compare with this. Nice photography.

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  6. Very interesting art work and a great medium for taking sky reflection shots.

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  7. The title caught me off my guard; I was thinking of this year's Kentucky Derby. Entering into the beauty of your photos took me far away from that literal experience of the title. Nice pictures.

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  8. You are so clever !! And such a nice sculpture, and a little bit strang to...

    From Anne in Norway.

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  9. This is so cool. If you have time come on over to my blog and see what I did last week. You might find it quite interesting.

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  10. Great photos and a very unusual sculpture.

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  11. very well done, that's one interesting sculpture and the refection made one excellent photo.

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  12. Gerald: That beautiful sculpture surely has a funny name. Very nicely captured fro SWF.

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  13. The photo is itself lovely! the reflection: awesome! Happy skywatching!

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  14. Twenty feet in diametre? That's big! Nice shot of an interesting sculpture.

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  15. I tried to find the horses in the first photo before I read the rest of the post... :sigh:

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  16. Wow, how very interesting. I hadn't heard of this piece of art before. How far away were you when you first spotted it? Great photos.

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  17. Excellent series of photos with beautiful landscapes and colors, congratulations.

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  18. I was in NYC recently and there was huge mirror ball in Rockafeller Center. It was really cool to look in it.

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  19. Amazing sculpture!
    Excellent shots!

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  20. I don't understand why the artist gave it that name...but what do I know:)
    Love your shots anayway!!

    Petunia's SWF

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  21. Well worth waiting for Gerald.

    My lady and her lamp - are now up and running.

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  22. Wow, those are great shots. Very interesting post. I wonder why the sculpture is named that?

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  23. Amazingly well balanced, but with that kind of weight it has to be. Why the name, I wonder? Nice find!

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  24. very interesting sculpture. wonderful reflection and sky

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  25. I can see you taking the photograph in the first one! All interesting perspectives and great photos!

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  26. Thanks fort the spin! That ball was much much bigger than I expected.

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  27. Gerald, a one-word response to your question about whether the Golden Gate Bridge is closed under foggy conditions: rarely. The bridge carries such a high volume of traffic that to close it would cause major congestion on the other already over-congested freeways around the Bay. Compounding the situation is that it is the only north-south route into San Francisco.

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  28. Wonderful Skywatch posting! Love the pix.

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  29. How very, very unusual! But very very interesting! Great photos! :D

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  30. I so want one of these - LOVE IT!!!

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  31. Okay, that is one cool sculpture! Great sky watch.

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  32. Oh, this is a good one. Great capture.

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  33. mmmm, interesting (I also enjoyed the virtual tour, and the bluebell woods were stunning too). These days, as long as it is not a straightforward painting, it is art!

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  34. Happy Sky Watch!!! I enjoyed your photos, lovely colors and such an unusual picture...always something new here.... cheers!!!!!

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  35. I am very glad that you walked on until you found out exactly what it was that you saw--interesting--but I can't get the reasoning behind the title of it.

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  36. Great sculpture and wonderful photos.

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