Thursday, September 8, 2011

Red sculpture in a blue sky in a tram window

Here's a post for both SkyWatch Friday and Weekend Reflections.

I got off Jerusalem's new tram at its terminus, Mt. Herzl, and transferred to my bus home.

I have learned the hard way that each of the two carriages can, and usually does, carry 250 passengers!
Most of us are standing, or trying to.

BUT, the tram, inside and out, is very good for reflections, as witnessed in the top photo.
See the famous "Calder red" color?

Across the street from the tram station stands, once again, Calder's huge "Homage to Jerusalem--Stabile."
It had to be moved while they were digging the underground park-and-ride garage, which has still not been finished.

The blue sky is typical for Israel's long and dry summer; it is normal to have no rain for 5 or 6 months.

To learn more about the sculpture and see some funny photos of its patchwork paint job, see previous posts.


Al said...

Beautiful shots. I would not enjoy being on a carriage with 250 people, but I do love those blue skies.

Spiderdama said...

The tram gives you many wonderful reflections.
And I think for me it`s cool that I recognize the building behind the tram at the first picture.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful reflection of a gorgeous red, Dina, but 250 people per tram car gives me claustrophobia just thinking about it. I can't breathe in a crush of people that close.
Beautiful when the tram car is empty, however.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

J Bar said...

It's an interesting sculpture and I really like the reflection shot.

Mark said...

Glad to hear the new tram is very busy. I love Calder's work and that is a great example. Enjoy your sunny weekend Dina.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The payoff for no rain for five or six months is a bright expanse of sky (although I'm sure you wish for a good thunderstorm now and then).


Cloudy, clear,
Bright or drear—
Blessed be the sky!

Sun and star,
Near or far—
Blessed be the sky!

Rain or snow,
Sunset glow—
Blessed be the sky!

Wind or calm,
Healing balm—
Blessed be the sky!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Arizona Sunset

Anonymous said...

It must indeed by huge ! Wishing you all a safe road ahead and a 'stabil' place to stand.

Please have a good Friday.

'Tsuki said...

Nice piece of art... I like the color : it is so full of life...

Karen said...

A great reflection!

Malyss said...

We have a "Calder" here too. But no way to catch its reflection..Great shots!

Francisca said...

The fact that the tram is already jam-packed means it was long overdue! Can I send you some of our rain?

[The "magic trick" wasn't working properly when you stopped by, but whew, I did get it right. The html code is not difficult to cut and paste... but even that I managed to mangle. :-) ]

James said...

Very cool! This sculpture is perfect for reflections. Thankfully the trams are there and you were too.

Irene said...

Nice ans interesting shots!

Emille said...

Beautiful sculpture -it made perfect sense to me, when I saw what it represented! Happy SK and WR:)

Kim, USA said...

Hahaha I thought you are being under attack by some aliens hehe. That reflection is something. Great shot!

Sky View

Petrea Burchard said...

Knowing of Calder's "Flamingo" in Chicago, I'll bet you have a soft spot for this work.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.


Ann said...

the red structure, looks like a giant space thing.