Dandelion, ink.



Bird In Space by Constantin Brancusi

PHOTOS: Shadows Over the Moon

uploaded by Courtland S.

These just reminded me of movie scenes that happen in the woods. And Halloween. What reminded me of these scenes was a certain seriousness to all of these shadows cast over the moon. A scene like this always occurs when a character is searching for something, or a large action scene is about to happen. They are meant to withdraw a the character into their own mind, a time to be contemplative, or make them think. It's also a bit wondrous (or even eerie) when you see and animal fly across the moon. This artwork might be representative of period of self-reflection and being at one with nature.

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uploaded by Courtland S.

Poem Analysis: Contrast

STRAY birds of summer come to my window
to sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of autumn,
which have no songs,
flutter and fall there with a sigh.

- Tagore
definition: stray-found or occurring apart from others or as an isolated or casual instance; incidental or occasional.

In comparison to the context of this poem, the bird depicted in Timpson' s work is lost, or looking for some place to abide. However, the idea that the bird is in the moon contradicts the idea that the bird is stray. Also the red colors in the stone figure complementing autumn contrast the green shades associated with trees during other seasons. So, the theme of Bird in Moon is contrast.

Uploaded by: Davin Burnell

Bird and Moon by: Joseph F. Gulino
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Bird and Moon and Bird in Moon are two very similar works of art. In these pictures, a shadow is cast of a single bird against a bright moon. The bird has a wide armspan and is a dark, single shade to attract attention. Also, the moon is a series of colors, but much brighter than the dark shade of the bird. This emphasizes the beauty of a birds shadow in the moonlight.
-Ashlyn Roberts

What is the Moon?

When I was looking at this piece I realized that the blue and green coloring couldn't possibly represent the moon, so I started wondering "What is the Moon?" After looking at the piece some more, I realized that the one thing that made this artwork different form the rest of the items in the gallery was that the stone was one of the main "characters" in Bird in Moon. After Mr. Timpson arrived I decided to ask him if he had intended this piece to look and work this way. He responded that yes, the stone is the moon and that originaly he had intended to grind the stone into a circle so that it would be more obvious that the stone was the moon, but decided against it so that the viewer had to read more deeply into the artwork.

-Matthew Hunter

Whos Moon?

Timpson's artwork, Bird in Moon, consists mainly of dandelion--creating the actually image of the bird in stone, which acts as the moon. When I looked up the symbolism of a dandelion, there wasn't much in the way of useable information, other than the reminder that the dandelion can, "become a weed, exploiting disturbed ground in human environments." ( When I read this statement, I immediatley thought of how the dandelion's disturbance in unwanted areas where it 'doesn't belong' directly correlates to the Space Race of the 1960s and 1970s. The Space Race was the race between the USSR and the United States to gain control of outer space. Basically, whoever got there first gained possesion. Bird in Moon, to me, relates to the idea of how a dandelion weed disturbs human environments, humans have disturbed outer space. Humans have given possessive titles to naturally, completely neutral ground. Why should nature be owned? Who has the right to call it "mine" or "theirs"?

Posted by: Sally Hunt

The Moon - Jason Wan

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The real Moon that is seen in the night sky. The material surround Bird in Moon is reminscent of the color and look of the moon itself.

A saturated version of the moon with a hue of 175. The colours are similar to those in Bird in Moon
-- Elizabeth Lucas