Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Valley of the Dolls....















Strolling around the streets of Colonia Roma last week enjoying the calm atmosphere and the colonial architecture, I suddenly came across this exceedingly quirky lamp sculpture outside one of the houses on a very ordinary residential street....



















The sculpture is an odd assemblage of rusted junk and machine parts including a fan, umbrella, and a very freaky-looking doll....




















It was so incongruous just sitting there looking for all the world as if each individual ingredient had escaped from the nearby flea market on Alvaro Obregon where I had been wandering earlier in the day...




















Here you can find old typewriters, bull's heads, stuffed armadillos, antique furniture and skulls...



















Coming across strangely posed dolls in Mexico is not an isolated experience - here is one in the streets of Malinalco...and don't get me started about the Island of Dolls down at Xochimilco where we are talking many, many dolls perched in the trees....


















The grave junkmaster over at Magic Lantern Show specialises in such strange but beautiful finds - check out his blog and you certainly will not be disappointed. In the meantime what have you found strange but beautiful this week??

7 comments:

Owen said...

You weren't kidding, that really is pretty far out there in the realm of strange street art... at least you were able to take the photos and escape !

Isn't it wonderful to find weird contraptions like this when you least expect it ?

Catherine said...

Owen - yes it is certainly wonderful to discover such quirky stuff - and DF is certainly a city for such finds...

...louciao... said...

Fabulous find! Or finds, because the market looks like loads of fun, too. That lamppost (that seems like it's spelled wrong, but I checked it in my Collins) could fetch big bucks in the right gallery, I'm sure. We certainly imbue dolls with a lot of powerful symbolism...but don't get me started on that.
;-)

A Cuban In London said...

How odd, Catherine. But then, isn't that a sign that an artistic bent is innate in human beings? The need to create? I found the doll freaky, yes, but quite beautiful in its own quirky way. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Arija said...

Your last shot looks like a voodoo doll. Loved the junk sculpture, well spotted!

Cate said...

Far out, but I like it! Why do people get freaked out with dolls, maybe it's the eyes. this is a great find.

Catherine said...

yes what is it about the freaky nature of dolls?? I have a bit of a phobia about ventriloquist's dummies!!