Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A real display of inviting colours

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON (Image ID: Malaysia2010-3816)


Perhaps this was once the main entrance to a pagoda. There was no one around to tell me if this was a real pagoda or not, or whether it used to be one many years ago. This was adjacent to the entrance of a shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur - and really whetted my curiosity.

I was drawn to the shapes and the bright colours - but I also wondered about the unpainted wooden square on the right. Perhaps it once held flowers or incense. It just doesn't seem to be part of the original structure. If you have any theories, do let me know.

28 comments:

ArtistUnplugged said...

What a beautiful shot full of color and texture. Can't offer any help on the unpainted box!

ellen abbott said...

I have no thoughts on what the box could have been for but it was there, at least, the last time the building was painted as you can see the green paint dripping down.

I love how the asian and Indian cultures paint their homes and building so colorfully and their clothing also. The US is so drab in comparison. If fact if someone paints their house colorfully, you can bet it will create an uproar in the neighborhood.

Granny Mountain said...

Beautiful..maybe for offerings?

Suldog said...

The box looks to me as though it might have been built to hold a speaker of some sort. Of course, my main dollar is made from audio production, so I would think that :-)

aims said...

Ah! Suldog said it first! I thought it WAS a speaker!

Graceful Moments said...

Beautiful photograph! I love the tiled roof with all of the detail and such a lovely shade of green. I have no idea about the box. It does look a bit like a speaker and there does appear to be a wire coming out of it.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Oh, I haven't been to see you for ages!! Nice to be back...
not sure about the box in the photo... it would definitely have had a use... lets hope someone can tell you.xx

Cloudia said...

looks like Honolulu






great shot


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Eddie Bluelights said...

Yes I thought a speaker too.

Daryl said...

Not just colors, eye pleasing shapes ..

Daryl said...

It looks like a speaker or maybe if it open in the center a bird house? OR maybe they ran out of paint!

Pagan Sphinx said...

I can see why you were drawn to the lines and colors in this structure. Beautiful photo.

Gina

david mcmahon said...

Maybe I should just go back there to find out, Artist Unplugged. What d'you reckon?!!

david mcmahon said...

Ellen, that is such a good observation. You're so right about the colours of Asia ....

david mcmahon said...

Ah yes, Granny Mountain - you may be on the right track there. Must find out ....

david mcmahon said...

Suldog, maybe the Bose speakers were being serviced that day.

david mcmahon said...

Aims, that could be an interesting theory ....

david mcmahon said...

Thanks, Graceful Moments - yes, the green caught my eye as well.

david mcmahon said...

How kind of you to drop in, Ladybird World Mother. I re-launched my blog recently, after more than a year away.

david mcmahon said...

Cloudia, I have to visit Waikiki soon. Especially after your comment!

david mcmahon said...

Eddie - you and Suldog and Aims may be about to crack the case.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks, Daryl - glad you like the shot.

david mcmahon said...

Maybe Ray and I should go back and finish painting it, Daryl - maybe we'd be able to give it a couple of coats in the space of a week, with some shopping thrown in!

david mcmahon said...

Thanks so much, Gina - yes, so many shapes, so many lines and curves ....

Virginia said...

My theory is you caught a great angle D.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you, Virginia. Appreciate it, greatly.

Shrinky said...

I love the roof design on this, and the bright, vibrant colour of the place. Your eye does seek out the most interesting of things!

Shrinky said...

Oh, my guess would be the box was originally designed to hold offerings?