Man has created beautiful architectural curves. One prime example is the Dali Museum building in St. Petersburg. It is a curved masterpiece of glass and cement. The large free-form geodesic glass bubble known as the ‘enigma’ is made up of 1,062 triangular pieces of glass.
To add to the curves, the museum garden also boasts a statue of Dali’s curved mustache.
As you can imagine, there are many beautiful curves inside the building as well, but the only example I have been allowed to photograph is this impressive ‘fire horse’. It stands tall right in the entrance lobby, showcasing its many lit curves.
But how do the man-made curves compare with the curves created by nature? Like this giraffe on the savannah with its soft curves.
Or this Great Egret with its long, curved neck.
And how does any manmade curve, however masterfully created, compare with the perfect curve of the rainbow that hangs there, freely suspended in the air over the bay. Just like that.
And not to talk about the celestial ‘buildings’. The sun just about the dive into the ocean. Flawless, well-lit curves.
Or the moon laying on its belly in the evening sky. An impeccable curve, even when captured by a mere human on the ground.
I appreciate all beautiful curves, but I’m sure you can see what inspires me more…what about you?
58 thoughts on “Curves: Man vs. Nature”
Fun stuff. Natural curves light my fire! XD
😀 sounds good!
Gorgeous examples from nature, but now you also have me keen to go and see Dali’s moustache. 😅
His moustache – and the many interesting exhibitions are well worth the trip to St. Pete. And of course there’s so much more to see close by 🙂
Spectacular curves, all. But I’m with you on nature’s perfect arcs. And that Rainbow . . . Wow!
That was one of a kind rainbow! I did hang out quite a bit from my terrace to get it all 🙂
I can believe it, Helen. I’ve never seen one so “complete” before. Well done.
Last year I saw two complete ones within one week over the bay, for the first time ever, anywhere. This one had an almost magical glow to it…
I think beauty is a matter of opinion, but I also feel that man will never outdo Nature.
The museum is definitely on my bucket list!
I agree! That museum is very interesting as they have a large permanent collection of Dali’s works, and always an additional exhibition that somehow links to Dali. Well worth a bucket list placement 🙂
No replacement, Tiny, it’s been there since they built the place – my favorite artist!
Mine too 🙂
Wow, what beautiful curves you selected whether man made or natural, I wonder at them all.
Happy you enjoyed the curves, Susan.
You have captured nature’s amazing curves Helen!
Man creates entertainment and art, nature creates wonder ☀️
You said it beautifully, Val! Wonder it is 🙂
Nature always inspires me Helen and these pictures are a perfect example of this gift! ❤️❤️
Yes, nature’s beauty is truly a gift ❤ I just hope we would be better caretakers.
That museum looks just to my taste. Love him. Thank you for the follow!
Follow? I meant thank you for the comment – and in Swedish!
Varsågod! You would love this place both inside and outside 🙂
Natural curves certainly capture my interest Tiny, but I can appreciate the beauty that man’s imagination can produce also, our creative ability is what enables us to survive and flourish in life. Thanks for sharing, especially that moon!:-)
I do appreciate and enjoy creativity, but nothing we can produce compares with Creation…nature is pure wonder. That moon fascinated me because it is not often we can see it hanging “belly down” 🙂
Some truly beautiful pictures there. You inspire me to go out and try to take pictures that good.
Happy to hear that Michael!
Some may consider this a bit out of the norm yet as I was reading and appreciating your photos I found myself thinking about the curves life takes. And in my case, some of them have been equal parts inspiring and rewarding. 🙂
I think your observation is spot on 🙂 Sometimes we may feel frustrated when a curve appears on our planned path, but riding through it may open completely new experiences -and beautiful vistas 🙂
Such a beautiful comparison! This past week I was lucky enough to take in a lot of natural beauty, and also view a variety of artistic interpretations. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty!
I’m happy you had a great nature week (will come to visit soon)! My week was quite busy, I will need to take in the nature now over the weekend 🙂
What a great ‘Curve’ you serve!
The Daily Post is certainly allowing your creative juices to flow, Helen; and what a lot of fun, too! 😉
I haven’t known about the Dali Museum building in St. Petersburg, to date. What a fine/fun place, with magnificent curves to be seen. I’d certainly love to see it.
However, like you, nature’s curves are the most satisfying to my senses, indeed. They allow a stillness, and an awe that allows us to calm and rest. 🙂
Oh, that reminds me of my time as a tennis star, not 😀 I managed to get a curve ball into my right eye and that was the end my ‘career’, never touched the tennis ball after that. The Dali Museum is the second largest in the world, just a bit smaller than the ‘original’ in Barcelona, which is also worth a visit! They typically have the special exhibitions in turn. But I agree with you about the natural curves and their greater impact on our well-being 🙂 XX
Your photos are terrific Tiny! Curves are in almost everything that exist in our planet, I could comfortably say that every human have the concept of it embedded in their genes. However, we all fiddle a lot with angles and straight lines. Great post my friend! 🙂
Thank you for your great comment, H.J. We indeed fiddle with angles and straight lines. Even try to get life to go “straight” when it always wants to takes some curves 🙂
These are just amazing!
Thank you, happy you visited and enjoyed the curves! I hope you can take a long walk out in the nature and feel peace amidst everything that’s going on – “this too shall pass”.
This post inspires me!
Great to hear that, Ann! Happy weekend to you.
All great inventions originate from studying nature.
Lovely photos and showing the contrast (between nature’s curves and man made curves) is a terrific idea!
You are so right, nature is the inspiration for whatever art we humans create!
Very well selected gorgeous photos for this theme. I love them. Thank You.
Glad you enjoyed the curves, Matti. Have a great week ahead!
I’m going to look out for nature’s curves today. Beautiful post!
I am sure you’ll find inspiration! Have a great week.
Nature is very generous with her curves – they make even huge things seem softer and more gentle…
You are so right! Thank you Barbara.
A fabulous post! Great photos and wonderful commentary. I’m SO glad you wrote about this – I’d never heard of it and you’ve inspired me to go!
Can you share a bit more info about the fire horse?
Happy you got inspired to visit the Dali Museum! They have a new visiting exhibition starting any day now, in addition to the large permanent exhibition of Dali’s works. The fire horse is a tall sculpture made of wire (I think) with lights inside it. It is in the lobby area (I made a neutral background in that photo) Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside the exhibition halls. Their little cafeteria is great for lunch 🙂
Thanks again for the info. Fascinating about the Horse sculpture. For some reason I was thinking it was much smaller. Now we just have to plan a trip to St. Petersburg one day…
Yes, you do! If you’d like to meet there, or even take a swing through the salt marsh, please let me know 🙂
That would be terrific, Tiny! I’d love to and will definitely keep you posted about any forthcoming trips!
right on shoTZ! 🙂
Wonderful post and photos, the museum is beautiful! Wow, that is one unique mustache work of art, awesome!
Happy you enjoyed the post, Donna!
The Dali Museum is really interesting with so many glass plates. And the mustaches – so funny 😀
That is a very interesting place to visit, even the outside is an “exhibit” 🙂