This week’s theme from Debbie for One Word Sunday is UGLY
I was truly stuck for this challenge until I remember this photo which I used last year for Sculpture Saturday – I’m all for recycling!
This piece of sculpture stands in the harbour of Póvoa de Varzim – a fishing community in Northern Portugal. The angle of the photo says it all – upon first glance I thought it was some poor deformed soul with a massive tongue – ‘symbolising what?’ I wondered. I was heading off but doubled back for another look. From a different angle its not too bad I suppose – the ‘tongue’ is actually a fish – but that lifeless face! I can’t find much info except that it is called “Monumento ao Pescador” (Monument To The Fisherman) and was created by João Cutileiro. The town’s website describes the piece as ‘represented in a marble sculpture of various shades that illustrates the idealized figure of a fisherman with a fish’.
The idealized figure of a fisherman – oh dear – I know they have a very tough life – but……
Link to One Word Sunday at Debbie’s here
30 thoughts on “UGLY”
Now that is an amazing sculpture..hoping to see this when we can travel to Portugal.
It’ll be the highlight of your visit!!!😅 😂
I think you chose well for the theme of ‘ugly’ 😆
I think you chose very well for this theme of ‘ugly’ 😆
There’s absolutely nothing that I like about it!!
Sorry my comment appears twice – I have no idea why!!
I do that ALL the time!!! I press ‘send’ and the message is still sitting there and I wonder if I didn’t actually hit the button so I do it again just in case!!! Sure its good for the stats!😅 😂
That is a haunted face!
The sculptor died early this year and from what I read he quite liked causing controversy with his works.
You’d wonder what the townsfolk think of such a piece on their doorstep!
Good choice of theme Debbie – really making people dig deep this week! XXXMarie
Your first impression of this statue made me laugh! 🙂
But am I right or am I right!!!!!!
Those eyes! He looks posessed. 😛
I know…. what’s that about I wonder!
I agree. It fits the criteria for ugliness. Maybe the fisherman is scared because that fish is enormous.
He should be delighted!!!!
I actually thought the “fish” looked like a seal. His face is very …. not sure what word I am searching for.
I can’t find much written about the piece at all…. I’d love to know what the thinking behind it was… As Debbie mentioned, the sculptor wasn’t afraid to produce controversial art. I must dig deeper at some stage….
I remain undecided. I thought at first that fish was a seal.
You could be right actually!!! 🦦🦦
I thought it was a tongue too. I looked at the pictures before reading.
Glad you recycled. 🙂
The same photos are beginning to appear more and more often in my blogs – definitely time to get travelling again!!!!
I thought for quite a while about the word as well – it actually was a very interesting thought exercise.
Love what you came up with – such an intriguing sculpture!
I love looking at what others come up with in these challenges – and every week I think ‘I never thought of that!’. Good for the brain!!
I love it, too! So may different perspectives and beautiful images to peruse!
Exactly!… lifts the mood….. XXXMarie
That’s one weird fisherman. Not sure whether to examine or recoil. I certainly prefer the one looking out to sea in Southern Ireland. Is it Kinsale? Now he’s got character and beauty.
Checked my Ireland Journal. The carved sculpture I’m referring to in in Ardmore. Doh!
Don’t know it – is it a wooden one? Fisherman in a boat?
Hi Marie, Yes it is beautifully carved, and he’s in a boat looking out to sea from a roundabout. I recall vaguely that there’s a large fish /whale too.
I know it – its beautiful – although he looks as though he might be sinking!!!!😅