Saturday, 25 August 2012

A Sizeable Problem

Ah, what an interesting sculpture, spotted as we walked along the seafront at Scarborough last week :)


It's made of steel, though it has the look of carved wood in places. It's called Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers; Freddie was one of the first Allied soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp on its liberation in World War II (I just lifted that from this article, which gives some interesting info about how it became a permanent fixture in Scarborough!) And it's by the artist Ray Lonsdale :)

But wait! Hold on a minute! Let us examine closely the following photograph:

 
 
Has The Tomboy shrunk??? Or is it in fact that the sculpture is built to a scale tending towards the ginormous??? It is, indeed, a sizeable problem...
 
This post was brought to you by Julie's The Height of Summer project-y series-y sharing-y thing. Me? I'm 5'7"-plus-a-little-tiny-bit, as it happens. (The little-tiny-bit is, of course, vital to my statistics.)
 

20 comments:

Mary B said...

Mel that is amazing and I just love the second photo

Amy said...

Thanks for those links Mel, they were interesting to read and the story behind the sculpture is lovely.

I am so pleased to see that you are one of the taller ones!

Jimjams said...

LOL you're obviously not feeding TTB enough - fab post!

alexa said...

How intriguing! Looking forward to the explanation ...

Miriam said...

I love this Mel and a special 'high!' to a taller one/ x

Cheri said...

Very unique approach to the whole height thing! Love the perspective that TTB adds to the second photo!

debs14 said...

Oh my goodness, what a surprise that second picture was! Great photo.

Julie Kirk said...

I can't believe I've never seen that before - I love public art + it's not a million miles from here either. Great photos and just perfect for this series!

Thanks so much for playing along - you're on the board now http://pinterest.com/notesonpaper/the-height-of-summer-2012/

Julie :-)

p.s: alas you're no longer uniquely 5'7 on the chart - you've got comapny!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is a really interesting statue. Love the scale of it.

Dawn said...

We too saw that statue whilst visiting Scarborough last saturday! Didn't manage to get any decent photos of it though as we were passing in the car!

Sian said...

Interesting!

Ruth said...

Great post ... although I am considering a Steward's Inquiry over your height claim; I was convinced I was taller than you!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I had just assumed the sculpture was life size, so a big surprise to see the true scale in the second shot!

Kirsty.a said...

A bit of judicious photoshopping? Great pic anyway

Maria Ontiveros said...

Glad to see you back posting. And a great "height of summer" entry. You always did strike me as tall!
Rinda

Beverly said...

lol Isn't it funny how perspective influences us? I actually pulled back from the computer and said "whatttt???" Great entry :)

The Mann Fam said...

Cool sculpture! Love that you have the relationship of size.

Alison said...

Great pics Mel!
Alison xx

Scrappi Sandi said...

What a fabulous sculpture & I love how that second photo takes you by surprise when it reveals it's true scale!! The Tomboy looks so cute too! :D

Missus Wookie said...

Oh that second one makes you rejig your brain. Lovely to see you blogging again - hope you are feeling better.