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Silly Tuesday monumental error!

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 28 February 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Everybody that I asked just didn't have a clue what it is or what it stands for, but it stands outside of The Gate entertainment complex in Newgate Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

If any local reader knows what this silly big green thing is all about, then please get in touch.

It looks for all the world like one of those monumental errors that local politicians make from time to time.

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ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

A giant lava lamp?

28 Feb 2012 5:05am

@ursulakatariina: Not a giant Stabilo highlighter pen?

ks from Kanagawa, Japan

wow cool! great processing

28 Feb 2012 5:06am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Looks pretty modern.

28 Feb 2012 5:30am

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Batteries not included. Great green color.

28 Feb 2012 5:33am

sunstonemaria from California, United States

interesting shape :) and the green is beautiful !

28 Feb 2012 5:57am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

I like it!

28 Feb 2012 6:10am

Lydia.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

Modern art !!

28 Feb 2012 6:14am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Impressionnant ce monument

Bonne journée

28 Feb 2012 6:15am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Ha! The style of art seems a little out of place here. For a public art monumental error - check this out!

28 Feb 2012 6:24am

@Stephen: That certainly is a hoot!

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

mysterious thing - but the green colour is awesome

28 Feb 2012 6:50am

Lewy from Wallis, Switzerland

i like your colofull processing very match.

28 Feb 2012 7:36am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

It looks like one of those old bubble lamps without the bubbles!

28 Feb 2012 7:44am

@Richard: I think it's a highlighter pen.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

28 Feb 2012 7:48am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot
well done

28 Feb 2012 7:57am

Florence from Paris, France

At least a great subject for tone mapping dear !

28 Feb 2012 8:05am

@Florence: Funnily enough, I didn't bother, just used a Topaz pre-set and a little high pass filter to sharpen.

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

W O W !

28 Feb 2012 8:24am

Loukas from Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

I like the processing of the shot Curly

28 Feb 2012 8:33am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ..What a color !! Very beautiful !

28 Feb 2012 8:34am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

It's quite a sight and your composition and processing captures it terrifically.
I think you might be right about its origins. They have a really uninteresting eyesore in Weston-Super-Mare built at the end of the High St that shows how well the local Councillors are able to waste public funds !

28 Feb 2012 8:38am

Ank from Zwolle, Netherlands

Wow, great job! I like the object itself also, I don't see the error, it is just a matter of taste I suppose.

28 Feb 2012 8:39am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

very cool; looks like a giant lava lamp. perfect subject for HDR, Curly. And hello from Baucau where I've managed to get internet access this evening and am reveling in some aminus3

28 Feb 2012 9:51am

@Skyriani: I didn't bother with HDR, the processing was done in Topaz Adjust then sharpened with a high pass filter.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld.Old West Wales lad, Germany

"Art for arts sake" !! Nice processing.

28 Feb 2012 10:07am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A work built with taxpayer money :) Your processing is superb and splendid colors. Good day.

28 Feb 2012 10:41am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful colors...magnificent.

28 Feb 2012 10:59am

Z from Shanghai, China

fantastic image and color...as to this one i have no clue of it

28 Feb 2012 11:01am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Curious thing. But there are so many curious things all over the world. I like the mysterious green color.

28 Feb 2012 11:29am

Deej from Perth, Australia

But it's so pretty and... no that's it... but your shot makes it interesting! Nice shot!

28 Feb 2012 12:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Well, it is a conversation starter. I like that green color, too.

28 Feb 2012 12:54pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Reminds me of what happened in Macau before China (PRC) regained ownership - the local government spent shed-loads of cash on 'sculptures' all over the place - just so the money in the account wasn't also acquired.
UK local governments will only get given a 'suitable' budget each year if they spend a certain amount of different 'community facilities and regenerations' (if they don't spend it all, they get less the following year) - this looks like an expensive, erm... 'project'.

28 Feb 2012 1:08pm

k@ from Paris, France

Colors are top, along with the sci-fi feel, super neat !

28 Feb 2012 1:10pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Stunnig colors and my favourite treatment.:-)

28 Feb 2012 1:19pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An interesting text friend! It is true that governments do things similar or different we all leave with the impression that we are stupid and do not understand anything of what we are seeing ... Sadly commonplace ... I assure you Curly! I have no idea of what can be! The intriguing mystery does ... ¿The ship in which Superman came to earth cryptonita made ​​of? A hug Curly! Adela

28 Feb 2012 1:21pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

quite a dramatic treatment to this frame - can offer no words of wisdom on what it may represent!

28 Feb 2012 1:43pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Bloody obvious. It's an Analubic Transometer, minus it's reciprocating can follower. We've got lots of 'em down here. The local dogs like them a lot!

28 Feb 2012 2:34pm

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

:) like this composition

28 Feb 2012 2:45pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A great shot for silly Tuesday. It reminds me of an oversize hood ornament that some designer created when he couldn't sleep late at night!

28 Feb 2012 3:26pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I think I see small bubbles - I love the colour - I vote "lava lamp" as well! The piece certainly does draw conversation...and this image is just fantastic, Curly! Beautifully processed and composed (or is it composed and processed? I guess it would be composed and processed, in that order) Excellent any way you slice it!

28 Feb 2012 3:31pm

Anita from United States

This one made me smile, especially your comment about politicians. Good composition and excellent processing!

28 Feb 2012 3:37pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Very nice processing. a graphical feel....

28 Feb 2012 3:42pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Why don't you send this to your local newspaper ... maybe they'd like to ask the question for you! ;D

28 Feb 2012 3:59pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Nevertheless, it´s beautiful! Nice processing! Happy ST Curly =)

28 Feb 2012 4:07pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

giant perfume bottle? love the color whatever it is

28 Feb 2012 4:18pm

Nelida Margarita De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

beautiful architecture, with wonderful colors

28 Feb 2012 4:58pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Stabilo tower i think you'll find it's called. If not it should be.

28 Feb 2012 5:29pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Looks like a space capsule fallen off a space craft from the movie star wars :) Superb picture Curly and I love your composition and processing. Great stuff. hope you're doing well. Cheers!

28 Feb 2012 5:35pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Beau traitement !

28 Feb 2012 6:01pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ha! no accounting for peoples ideas of art. Happy to see there's room for all kinds. Once again great processing Curly.

28 Feb 2012 6:02pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Really out of place. Maybe some earned any money with this. Interesting image, great colors and composition!!!

28 Feb 2012 6:41pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

you´ve found a perfect 'model' for your capture and underlines this with your extraordinary style and feeling for the processing!

28 Feb 2012 6:47pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Hey Curly - do they sell the American men's fragrance "Aqua-Velvet" in The UK? Clearly - here is the fountainhead for this ancient product. "There's something about an Aqua-Velvet Man."

28 Feb 2012 6:49pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It looks like the world's largest lava lamp! What an interesting find in so prominent of a place. But I am sure it creates a lot of chatter and buzz! Great colors and processing!

28 Feb 2012 6:52pm

inezk from Netherlands


28 Feb 2012 6:58pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!

28 Feb 2012 7:18pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super processing here Curly! I am sure it was a good idea at the time! Happy ST! ;-))))

28 Feb 2012 7:25pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

2012, a Space Odyssey :-)

28 Feb 2012 7:47pm

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Very special, I think it came out of space. :o)

28 Feb 2012 7:48pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

pretty.... love the processing

28 Feb 2012 8:07pm

STEED from D, France

Is'nt it a "pub"for the lighters???

28 Feb 2012 8:32pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i normally have trouble with green (and red, for that matter), but this is such a powerful shade of green that even i can see it clearly! that's why i LIKE it, not matter what it should be - i guess it just IS !!!

28 Feb 2012 9:15pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Well, it is pretty! Great processing and Happy ST!

28 Feb 2012 9:43pm

OCTAVIUS from Almada, Portugal

Such an interesting (and surreal picture). Its composition and colours are striking!

28 Feb 2012 9:53pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great Curly, if we knew why or how Politicians spent our tax money we'd know to much. It's a secret.

28 Feb 2012 9:54pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

In fact upon 2nd look it looks like some of the silly insect bombs I've seen in some Japanese stores, but then again maybe not.

28 Feb 2012 9:55pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A rocket ship? I actually kind of like the lava lamp idea. ;-) Happy Silly Tuesday.

28 Feb 2012 9:59pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

terrific use of hdr. happy st

29 Feb 2012 1:09am

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

I don't think we are to know what it is but to just enjoy it!!! I am!

29 Feb 2012 1:48am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Stunning colour work. It's a relief to see that our politicians aren't wasting money on silly projects like they used to.

29 Feb 2012 3:32am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I think an alien landed his ship and forgot where he parked it ;-)
Nice processing! Happy ST Curly!

29 Feb 2012 4:12am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

It's a fancy lava lamp...can't you see the bubbles fizzing up from the bottom?!! I bet it's lit up at night, now that would be a pic for you to capture, curly! :OD

29 Feb 2012 4:47am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Don't know, but definitely striking!

29 Feb 2012 7:08am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful treatment...It's defiantly beautiful.

29 Feb 2012 7:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This be "Ellipsis Eclipses" by Danny Lane who said of it "With the spine like a mast and the glass like a sail, (it) will connect with the maritime tradition of the city." Sure looks like a marker pen to me.

29 Feb 2012 8:15am

@Ronnie 2¢: Oh well done Ronnie, thanks very much for your well researched answer, looking at some of the sites revealed by a Google search, it hasn't gone down too well with lots of the locals.

Sebastien from Geneva, Switzerland

A beer opener!

29 Feb 2012 8:17am

coriandre from Villeneuve sur lot, France

Quelle ambiance ! C'est vraiment vert comme ça ?

29 Feb 2012 8:23pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a portal to another dimension perhaps:)

1 Mar 2012 11:01am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wow! Spectacular.

1 Mar 2012 3:54pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

I like it and thanks to one of your contacts it make sense...superb details and color

4 Mar 2012 1:06pm

Anastasia from Czech Republic

thats cool-> tohle je fákt hustýýý

8 Mar 2012 2:38pm

1/1500 second
ISO 800
27 mm (35mm equiv.)