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PPAC: Piran 5. – Lighthouse and rocks

Who would think that Piran is such an arty town? This is the fifth post from it for our beloved public art challenge and two more are waiting to be posted. Today we look into and around the tiny lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula.

It’s true that you need to a pay a little something to climb the lighthouse, so what it is in there is not exactly public art, but the sculpted rocks around it that are free to visit make up for it.

We start with some photos of the lighthouse from afar, including two of temporary statues that are no longer there. There are two because one is a he and one is a she. Mean tongues say that of course the one with the open beak is a she.

Only recently has the lighthouse been opened to the public and it was only this September that I climbed it for the first time with my two visitors from Oregon.

All these years the rocks that separate the sea form the lighthouse have been sculpted by various enthusiasts, and so I show a selection of these as well. As you can see, mom had special fun with a couple of them. True, that was six years ago, but how can she look younger than I am now?

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Cee at Cee’s Photo Challenges

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

48 thoughts on “PPAC: Piran 5. – Lighthouse and rocks

  1. Yes, I loved the carvings in the rocks. Do you know how they appear? Are they commissioned? Do artists use them to promote their work? Or do random artists show up on random days and begin chiseling? I’m also glad you included art from the lighthouse, since I did not use any of my photos from the art up there. Every time you post a photo of us anymore, I have to pinch myself. It was only a couple months ago. I can hardly believe I was there in September!

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    1. True, Crystal, it seems like eons ago. It must be organised in some way, especially because the artefacts change with the years. They get replaced. It has to be connected with the annual Forma Viva event in nearby Portorož where sculptors from all over the world gather and create.

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      1. Two responses: first of all, oh no, I hope you feel better soon! Back pain is the worst. You’re supposed to keep moving though and do yoga or something. But yay! Thank you, I would love to come and see you in Piran some day ❤

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  2. Manja, these are amazing choices for PPAC this week. I love the rocks and the fun your mom had with them. The statue was really unique, too. Thanks for sharing this incredible culture.

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