Friday, October 23, 2009

Getting Buffed at the BMA!


I told you that I never do my volunteer shift at the Birmingham Museum of Art without my trusty camera. Last week it was the neat reflections in the rain puddles. This week may be the best yet. I looked out over the Sculpture Garden and Botero's "Reclining Figure" was getting a bath! I ran for my camera and scooted outside. This friendly museum employee, who works in the restoration department, explained that this is done periodically and after her bath she will be waxed and polished to protect her finish. She laughingly added that she would wait till after the lunch crowd had cleared out of the Terrace Café. Apparently the "buffing process" always draws a nice crowd of (snickering?) onlookers. I hate I missed that! If this piece looks familiar, I've featured her here. You really do need to visit the Birmingham Museum of Art you know. There's a really great exhibit you need to see!


A nice surprise yesterday. Our blog friends Maya and Janet gave me a SKYPE call and we had a terrific visit. I even got a "tour " of their new apartment in France, a stone's throw from Geneva where they have jobs now. This time they didn't catch me in my baseball cap, worse.....I was in my PJ's much too late in the morning! That could be drawback of SKYPE I think.

36 comments:

Tash said...

V - you gave me and my son a terrific laugh. (She is mighty "buffed" already.)
My boss was talking about SKYPE today (he talks to his cousin in Hong Kong for FREE) - I'm behind the techno times again.

Tash said...

PS - lets see if the getting-buffed-woman will bring in more comments than the buns-of-iron-man.

Bergson said...

the statue seems to like

Halcyon said...

Funny! I guess even statues need some TLC every once in awhile. :)

Tricia said...

I can certainly understand why she'd want to wait til after the crowd had gone to do her waxing. Hehehee

Happy Weekend & thanks so much for stopping by my place!

Leif Hagen said...

Are they using warm oil?

Virginia said...

Leif,
You made me spill my coffee!!! :)

Bergson,
Mais oui!!

Tash,
We'll see what kind of comments our rowdy blog friends post here today. I'm a little nervous about Wayne and Marley showing up! Leif just made me scream!

Halcyon and Tricia,
I got lucky on this one. Thanks.

Dusty Lens said...

I'm sure there are plenty of people willing for this job. my guess some will work for free. "No patty fingers if you please!"

Daryl said...

The two Botero figures that grace the lobby of the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle are always in need of polishing . they are nudes and I swear not a single tourist walks past that doesnt touch the male figure's privates!

Jacob said...

This is just wonderful, V. Terrific shot!

Jilly said...

Oh how utterly fabulous. You really caught the moment, Virgiia. Well done. I adore Botero. Monaco has loads - Adam and Even and Woman smoking which is rather like this lady but lying on tummy.

Don't talk about Skype and being caught out. I answer mine now but I don't turn on the video! Problem solved.

Petrea said...

I believe you stood there with your camera and waited and waited and waited for this to happen.

(It was worth it.)

Hilda said...

This is just a still of the bath and it got me snickering! ;)

altadenahiker said...

Draws a pretty good crowd here, too. I agree with P, you sneaky thing.

Virginia said...

Oh but Jilly. Seeing Janet and Maya was half the fun! You and I will have to chat sometime! I'll email you my info. Feel free to turn the video off if you're having a bad hair day! HA

Petrea,
Actually I took a lot of shots and most had too much glare or too dark. Thank goodness the one i really wanted of OK! Lucky moi.

Jilly
I remember when you posted Adam and Eve. Adama had been well handled by appreciative viewers as I recall!:)

christina Klas said...

Wow. Today that is just what I needed. Terrific!! :)

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Tom said...

What a great capture.. perfect timing ha!
I resisted the male in me who was like a small shoolboy... jumping up and down at the back of the class... banging his desk lid... Miss.. Me Miss.. Let me have my say... ;o)

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

I tried to rub a Botero once and got yelled at by the docent

Char said...

skype always makes me think of Jane Jetson and the mask she would put on before some of her phone calls

great catch

Vogon Poet said...

A surreal image, funny and creative.

Paula said...

I've seen myself on Skype and it's not pretty a pretty sight. Still, we'll have to try it sometime, but with Halloween masks.

Ask your pal, the friendly museum employee, if she does windows...mine are pretty sketchy and could use a good cleaning. Nice catch!

Virginia said...

For you SKYPE friends, NONO NO! The fun is being able to talk with your friends and actually see their smiling faces. Although Janet and Maya chuckled at my "garb" the most fun was seeing each other. That's what makes it better than a phone call. NOW....... that said, if I haven't got my make up on , we aren't doing any SKYPE! :) PJ,email me and I"ll give you my name or password or whatever it is.

Cloudia said...

Good capture :]


Aloha, Friend!


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JT said...

Perfect timing

Thérèse said...

Apparently the Jenny Craig's diet did not work , let's see if the Waxing works...

Babzy said...

Great shot , you captured an original moment , beautiful sculpture ;)

Cafe Pasadena said...

Wunderful, unique shot!
I kinda wish I had been there with you to take this photo so I could put this one on my own blog.

JM said...

What a capture, V.! Love it! :-)

Bibi said...

Ha! I love this. I wonder if she's ticklish.

Bob Crowe said...

Okay, now we're getting a little racy. Would there be different implications if the work was being done by a male staff member?

I think that Botero's subjects spend all their time in Hardee's and Dunkin' Donuts.

Virginia said...

B ,
Oh that's the lawyer speaking here I"m thinking!!! And Botero was certainly gathering his bountifiul subjects in the good ole U.S. of A!! Oui??

Maya said...

Hah! This picture is priceless! It was great catching up with you (even in your PJ's)! Don't you have a love/hate relationship with Skype? Yeah, me too! ;-)

Marie-Noyale said...

Always good to have the camera close by!!!
Great capture.

marley said...

Oh V! What can I say?!

A job I'd like for sure!

This photo reminds me of your melon photos!

Is her real job description a Boob Buffer?!

There must be something I can say about nipple rub but I couldn't possibly!

Virginia said...

Oh Marley,
I knew you'd show up eventually. I'm putting you and Wayne in Babooshka's Sin Bin for sure! You are a mess!!! Oh and I'm throwing Leif in there with the two of you as well.
V

Victor said...

Ha!