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the Herring Eater

the Herring Eater
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Copyright: Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4675 W: 318 N: 7400] (29414)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-06-06
Categories: Artwork, Event
Camera: Sony Nex 6, sony 18-200mm - sel18200
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Outside Sculptures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-06-17 10:16
Viewed: 1285
Points: 44
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The Herring Eater
Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea – Tom Otterness

Yesterday I saw the upload of Malgo of an huge sculpture of Tom Otterness at the airport of Doha

I recognized the name and the style of the artist and remembered I did have a map full of pictures of Tom Otterness sculpture group: “Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea at a stone’s throw of the entrance of the museum “Beelden aan Zee” (Sculptures at Sea) in Scheveningen.

I will show you the next day some more impressions of this very attractive and inspiring artwork.

I start with a triptych of the sculpture: The Herring Eater
The Herring Eater is the largest sculptures of the group. It is inspired by the way the Dutch eats raw herring (maatjesharing – Hollandse Nieuwe)

You take the tail of the herring between your thumb and index finger, open your mouth and let the fish slip into your mouth……..DELICIOUS.

In the WORKSHOP you can see the sculpture at full size.

Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea
The group “Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea” counts twenty-three bronze sculptures.
Some of these fairytales are known all over the world (Gulliver’s Travel - Hansel and Gretel), while others sculptures are relate to the surroundings of Scheveningen (Herring Eater) or some Dutch legends.
Beelden aan Zee museum commissioned American sculptor Tom Otterness to design
and make all the sculptures. They were installed in 2004 on the seaside of the museum.

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Good evening Rob,
I like both the WS and the main photo, imagine has no limits... would not think of Herring at all.
Fine photojob about this artwork.
Have a nice weekend,

Bonjour, cher Rob,
L'on a du mal à s'imaginer de l'importance de la sculpture, heureusement la photo en atelier permet de se rendre compte de cette sculpture monumentale.
Le geste se comprend facilement. Il faut quand même une culture particulière pour mieux apprécier cet art moderne.
Les compositions sont parfaitement rendues.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8869 W: 57 N: 14869] (55054)
  • [2017-06-17 12:23]

Hallo Rob,
En dat ook nog op de dag van de Hollandse Nieuwe. Ik dacht al dat de kunstenaar van Malgo's foto dezelfde was, kon niet missen ook eigenlijk. Drie mooie foto's van deze haringeter.

Hello dear Rob and have a nice time
and a happy new day
original version
I love this deep blue color
drawing our attention
your notes are really useful
welldone and wellseen

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11537 W: 126 N: 20765] (107487)
  • [2017-06-17 15:09]

Hi Rob,another interesting post about artistic and original artworks. This is very curious and needs to read the note as usual to undesrtand better,i like a lot the useful full view in the WS too,and your original way to builth amazing main post,well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Rob,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details of the sculpture. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.


Hi Rob,

Interesting sculpture, well shot from this POV. The accompanying note is equally interesting and informative.


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9842 W: 144 N: 24697] (121031)
  • [2017-06-17 21:03]

Hello Rob,
How nice that my photo inspired you to post this lovely picture. The style of this artist is so characteristic that it was easy to recognize. also like in Qatar, to big sculpture are attached tiny ones. Amysusing scene with herrings. I also like herrings but I do not eat them this way. It looks splendid against the blue sky.

Kind regrads Malgo

Hi Rob,
Well framed, interesting photogenic and artistic result, nice sculpture well presented on this blue sky, tfs.

Hello Rob,
The herring eater is an amusing sculpture and you joined the elegant curves together very nicely. I like how we get gradually closer to the fish and the open mouth in a gradually darker view. Another interesting introduction to an artist I didn't know anything about.
Kind regards,

Hello Rob,
I cannot say that raw herring is my favourite dish, but I like the artwork and your triptych. The saturated blue sky makes an excellent backdrop.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13553 W: 0 N: 16002] (166972)
  • [2017-06-18 3:15]


quelel vue quelle statue et iamge ils mangent les poisson ce tentacules ces têtes rondes quelle compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazane skulpture, dobar kontrast, lepe boje. Interesantne i lepe skulpture.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work with beautiful photography workshop, a beautiful sculpture shown, good contrast, nice colors. Interesting and beautiful sculptures.
Have a nice day, all the best.

Hello Rob

A wonderful presentation of this interesting sculpture. I haven`t heard of this artist before. His name sounds very Norwegian, but I googled the guy and found that he`s American, anyway he might have Norwegian ancestors. The blue sky makes an excellent backdrop for the scene (or scenes). I like herring a lot, but I`m not sure I like it in the way you describe here. Well, it`s a wonderful photo and presentation:) Thanks.

Greetings, Erling

Hi dear Rob

Great cropping makes so wonderful output. Simple but that is why so appealing at all. Very nice geographic effcet.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3238 W: 0 N: 7350] (54297)
  • [2017-06-19 3:22]

A very creative artwork, a very nice triptych in a variety of close-ups, your collage presents it very well, bravo

Hello Rob,

This is a delightful sculpture!
It must appeal equally to children and adults!

To be honest, I like your w/s better.
Here, we can see the complete sculpture and I do like how it is relegating so many interesting features and colours to a very minor, b/g role!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Rob,
Very nice trio showing this cute sculpture against the bright, blue sky. There are many Tom Otterness sculptures here in NYC, and I always enjoy seeing them. I didn't know his work was also in so many cities around the world.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2669 W: 1315 N: 2978] (38216)
  • [2017-06-20 7:24]

Hi Rob

In fact, it's the same scene zoomed, and eventually the first one at left is the one I prefer, we see the whole sculpture and understand the creator meaning. Good appetit!

Ciao Rob,lovely composition with original artworks, I like WS tuo, wonderful colors,excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello, Rob!

The shapes of the sculpture are very interesting, making this composition very attractive! Excellent light and colors too! Wonderful job!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10364 W: 175 N: 17475] (77647)
  • [2017-07-09 8:12]


a curious subject for a sculpture. looks like a comic made in sculpture. at same time it is a mix of real with graphic. nice compo showing the artwork in different angles.



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