Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What did the groundhog see?

Even though February is the shortest month in the calendar, I always thought it was the longest month psychologically.  It is the part of the winter when most New Englanders are getting pretty tired of winter, even mild winters like this one.

So, here is a reminder that winter is going to end.  Sunbather by Duane Hanson, 1971, in the Wadsworth Atheneum.

28 comments:

Steffe said...

Nice reminder. We had a thin layer of snow this morning, but I am happy to report that it is already melting away.

Malyss said...

She's almost roasted!here, local people know sun too much to let it burn our skins that far!Funny sculpture anyway!

Gunn said...

Gosh!

She looked like someone I knew.... years back!!:)

Cathy Hudspeth said...

OMG! What a fun piece of art - I bet it's kinda creepy in person, though. Is it?

joo said...

Not only New Englanders, Jack!Polish are also tired with the weather outside and really would do with some sun:)

Halcyon said...

Very funny one today Jack! You have such an interesting mix of art in Hartford.

Sharon said...

She's going to make some dermatologist very happy one day.

brattcat said...

a wonderful piece and i am in complete agreement with you about february.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

She looks so real..If the groundhog popped his head out and saw this, I think he'd retreat quick smart! This is a sight I see often on the beaches here, so crazy! Hold on Jack, spring is almost here for you!

Cezar and Léia said...

Funny sculpture, here I'm anxious waiting for Summer because I miss the sunlight so much.However in Summer I use to avoid sunbaths.
:)
Léia

VP said...

We have many of these on display in our beach resorts... Only the newspapers are different.

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. Maybe in New England February is the longest month. Last night I attended a meeting where a weather guy (it's his day job) said March is the worst here because just when you are convinced it's really spring, a blizzard dumps a ton of snow on us. Well, that's what HE said. I'm not sure I totally agree with him. :)

Sylvia K said...

I do believe that she's about done -- well toasted!! And this is probably the most unique sculpture I've ever seen! It does say it all! Thanks for the breath of hope for spring! Hope your week is going well, Jack!

Sylvia

Luis Gomez said...

This one is just great Jack!

Rambling Round said...

She needs to close her eyes! That sun is gonna burn her retinas! :)

Karl said...

Haha, fantastic!!

Lowell said...

Hmmm...looks like an ad for skin cancer.

Y'all don't like the golf cart I posted? Sheesh! You could afford at least two...one for you and one for you-know-who.

In The Villages, we've seen custom carts that cost $30K and up!

cieldequimper said...

VP's comment just literally cracks me up!!!!!

This is actually so true!

Jack, did you receive my email?

RedPat said...

This one cracked me up Jack! Thanks.

David Thomas said...

I think I have seen some of Duane's work here at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It's fascinating. I'm so glad we can take photos in art galleries most of the time.

Kate said...

This artwork could be used as a social commentary on the dangers of sunbathing. Could be hanging on a dermatologist's office wall.

Regina K said...

ha ha, I couldn't imagine what you were going to say about this sunbather and groundhogs.

Michelle said...

She look pretty realistic! I have to say that she has all of the important accoutrements with her.

SRQ said...

lol -- what a shocker for today's post! Good one. Btw, is it possible for snowbirds to have cabin fever???

Bob Crowe said...

Hanson's stuff is just too weird, but it's also fun and provocative. I first saw his work in Washington, in a little-known but quite large contemporary art area on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery. You pick your way through all this serious, challenging stuff and then wham, something like this. Really good image - just love it.

JM said...

This is so cool! Usually we are pretty tired of winter in February too (OK, winters are mild here), but not this year as we are having a spring feeling all season long. Actually the drought is causing an incredible number of forest fires that have never occurred this month.

Virginia said...

Lord I thought that was me for a minute but i'm not that .....tan.
V

jennyfreckles said...

So lifelike, like a waxwork. Wonderful bit of social commentary.