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Fantastical Traveler - Close-up (3 of 3)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 October 2019 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Close-up of the statue of Ray Bradbury, author who was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. Titled “Fantastical Traveler,” the statue was created in stainless steel by artist Zachary Oxman. The design — which features Bradbury, book in hand, on a rocket ship — was inspired by Bradbury’s poem “If Only We Had Taller Been.” The statue tells the story of a man “beaming with unbridled imagination, curiosity and surprise,” Oxman said at the dedication. It shows a “seasoned Bradbury” astride a vintage-style rocket ship with his “legs blissfully outstretched to the wind.” “We see a grown man on the outside yet a curious boy on the in,” Oxman said. “As a writer, Ray loved metaphors, and this rocket is the personification of the scores of novels young Ray devoured at the Waukegan Library that propelled him to uncharted worlds.

“The cogs and gears turn, interlock and harmonize, the endless churning of a vibrant and curious mind. Enraptured in the glory of the moment, Bradbury sends to the cosmos with pages fanning in the wind, beckoning us to explore, imagine, write and tell stories yet untold.” Bradbury, who died in 2012, often spoke of the hours he spent at the Waukegan Public Library, then housed in the Carnegie Building on Sheridan Road. The library moved in 1965 to its current home at the corner of County and Clayton streets. Bradbury, who received an Academy Award, two Emmy awards and a Pulitzer Prize but never attended college, struggled during his years at Central School, said Jonathan Eller, the director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.

The statue was dedicated on August 22, 2019, what would have been Ray Bradbury's 99th birthday if he were still alive.

Photo captured August 23, 2019.

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great framing and magnificent rendering of the stainless steel. Bradbury is one of my favourite author.

24 Oct 2019 5:13am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

He looks joyful

24 Oct 2019 5:19am

Magda A.-Coulter from Langley, Canada


24 Oct 2019 5:23am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

La joie est communicative

24 Oct 2019 6:55am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Cet angle de prise de vue est mon préféré.
Bonne journée Steven

24 Oct 2019 7:42am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

lovely expression and feeling of motion you capture in this one

24 Oct 2019 9:01am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

He looks happy under the beautiful blue sky.

24 Oct 2019 9:58am

Devi from Chennai, India

aw!! What a beautiful close up !! Fantastic sculpture..lovely expression..great details ..and of course a great capture by you :)))))

24 Oct 2019 10:02am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb smile !! Great framing.

24 Oct 2019 10:32am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Another great look at this sculpture. 5*

24 Oct 2019 12:19pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An excellent shot of the statue of this rather famous author. who hasn’t read one of his books.

24 Oct 2019 1:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This point of view made me smile. How full of joy it is!

24 Oct 2019 1:07pm

Rose from Clinton, United States

This makes me like it even better...joy is captured in his face.

24 Oct 2019 2:25pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Now we see how happy he is. Very nice series.

24 Oct 2019 2:39pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

encore une merveille de cette oeuvre d'art métallique superbe image et composition
Belle soirée

24 Oct 2019 3:37pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent point de vue qui renforce le geste gai de la sculpture...

24 Oct 2019 3:49pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

The sky makes the details from the sculpture nicer and better.
A good and happy photo.

24 Oct 2019 4:22pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great point of view. Excellent shot of this beautiful statue. Superb. :)

24 Oct 2019 5:20pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

intéressant ce livre d'acier

24 Oct 2019 6:30pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Cet angle de prise est merveilleux, celui que je préfère jusqu'à maintenant.

24 Oct 2019 6:34pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Une statue magnifique ! Merci beaucoup pour la description détaillée !

24 Oct 2019 7:49pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

OMG he looks like Dame Edna Everage's lost twin brother?! ;)

24 Oct 2019 9:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He looks to have been a happy person. A super shot of the statue.

24 Oct 2019 9:40pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

the sky is quite pretty here, but the details that are made to be seen from a distance don't hold up well in a zoomed close-up. This is a near universal fact about monumental scale art, and not a criticism of your shot.

25 Oct 2019 1:15am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Ah that's great! Love your shot!!

25 Oct 2019 1:26am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

I think that this is my very favorite! Beautifully photographed. I love it! 5*

25 Oct 2019 1:37am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Je la préfère à la précédente, car beaucoup mieux cadrée à mon goût.

25 Oct 2019 2:41am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Magnifique sourire !

25 Oct 2019 6:03am

omar from Hamburg, Germany

Superb, happy, smiling, sun, shining

25 Oct 2019 6:19am

willy from Belgium

superbe angle de prise de vue Steven

une image que j'ai regardée en souriant


25 Oct 2019 9:28am

Remus from Portugal

Smiling, the trip will be much more enjoyable.

Great capture/close-up and beautiful composition.

25 Oct 2019 2:53pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Great is this detail.

25 Oct 2019 3:11pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

always take a good book : - )

25 Oct 2019 3:44pm

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Bravo pour la prise de vue
Merci pour les explications
Bonne journée

26 Oct 2019 6:16am

Olivier P from Tlse, France

Belle série...qui se termine en beauté ! Bien joué !

26 Oct 2019 8:56am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Very beautiful light.

26 Oct 2019 4:33pm

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

An excellent shot of the statue, best photo!

26 Oct 2019 8:24pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is wonderful.

26 Oct 2019 11:53pm

Urspo from Phoenix, United States

Praise be for memorials for authors !

27 Oct 2019 6:53pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I love this sculpture! It's so happy!

27 Oct 2019 11:18pm