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“Searching for Utopia, Nieuwpoort, Belgium” was featured in the groups
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First, I owe an apology to Michael Galperin. He wrote it was in front the Grand Palais in Paris… I said “No”, because that’s not where I took this photo, and I had no idea it actually was there earlier this year… Just found this in Paris Daily Photo webpage of 19 March 2008:

“If you’d walk by the Grand Palais today (a huge exhibition hall originally built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900) you’d see something pretty unusual: a huge turtle made of bronze (it weights no less than… 5 tons!). The little man on the turtle is… a self-portrait Jan Fabre, the Belgian artist who actually made this masterpiece (called “Searching for Utopia”). BTW, the reason why this turtle sits outside the museum is that the Grand Palais is going to host ArtParis, a pretty famous modern art exhibition."

But the Photo was taken on Nieuwpoort beach in Belgium, its regular location, as Allen Lucas managed to find out… Well-done, Allen!

Photo taken with Canon PowerShot S70 camera, two years ago.

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belgium, bronze, europe, giant, gili orr, jan fabre, public art, statue, turtle

Comments

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 6 years ago

    I dont know but it is very nice!!!

  • Glad you like it… some people find it just kitch, but I like it a lot myself…

    – Gili Orr

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 6 years ago

    How about New Zealand..they ride whales there too!!

  • Nope, never been there, though I wish to, some day… ;-)

    – Gili Orr

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 6 years ago

    Its a wicked sculpture btw..beautifully shot Gili!!

  • Thanks, Sal! appreciate it :-))

    – Gili Orr

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 6 years ago

    A great shot!

  • Thanks, Thea!!

    – Gili Orr

  • Mechellerene
    Mechellerenealmost 6 years ago

    This is way freakin’ cool!! Where is it???

  • Mechellerene
    Mechellerenealmost 6 years ago

    Berlin?

  • Nope ;-)

    – Gili Orr

  • hank44
    hank44almost 6 years ago

    Trippy !!!!!

  • What is “trippy”?

    – Gili Orr

  • hank44
    hank44almost 6 years ago

    Its a good thing !!!!!

  • OH, like when you are high on drugs? lol. Thanks, Mark! :-)

    – Gili Orr

  • hank44
    hank44almost 6 years ago

    Yeah thats what i have been told lol, i mean, looks like Mickey Rourke wearing an Elvis suit riding a giant golden turtle, who needs drugs lol

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 6 years ago

    this is great Gili, I love it. Now what is it? Are we playing a game? lol. That’s ok. I guess I have never seen this one on my travels.

  • We ARE PLAYING A GAME ;-) The “Bubble Jeopardy” game… People seem to really love this game, and I just joined this fun group. Guessing games…

    – Gili Orr

  • Oh, and thanks for the compliment ;-)

    – Gili Orr

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