Buns Of Steel

Or of bronze and granite in this case.

This is Theseus slaying the Minotaur. He is one of the figures who stands in the Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

Every time I go to Hyde Park I have to take a picture of Theseus for Jules. From behind. She is in love with his buns. It is getting ridiculous because she cons everyone she knows into photographing Theseus’ buns. Our friend, Johnny, has a pro camera with a magnificent zoom lens. He has taken several extreme close-ups of those buns; but me, I prefer to gaze at them from afar.

Jules has created a slideshow of Theseus and his bulging buns which she frequently plays on her computer. I’m sure it is some kind of disorder that has a website dedicated to it somewhere entitled Statue Love.com or the like.

I’m not condoning such behaviour but I must say that Theseus does have a cracking set of buns. Unlike his front appendage. What is it with sculptors and mythological figures? Why is the front part always so under-endowed? Look at Michelangelo’s David – a real disappointment in the front bottom department. Perhaps Theseus’ sculptor ran out of granite.

As I was snapping the buns a group of Japanese tourists asked me what the name of the statue was. I wasn’t sure they would understand about Theseus and the Minotaur and the Labyrinth and all that so I told them it was called Buns Of Steel. They giggled and put their hands in front of their mouths. See what you’ve reduced me to, Jules, I am corrupting Japanese tourists. They’re probably emailing their relatives right now with the photos of the Buns of Steel they saw in Sydney.

But as Jules always says – where is she going to see buns like that in real life?

And as I always reply – I can’t argue with you there.

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24 thoughts on “Buns Of Steel

  1. the thought of disappointing front views has not occur to me, guess I always miss that part when I look at the David statue, I prefer to look at the face

    & thanks for the chuckle, frankly it’s more fun calling it buns of steel than the actual name

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  2. Thank you Selma for putting my carnet de dessins in your favorites posts of the week. I started looking around the co-listers and then your blogrolls, and then your posts…and I will have to come back.

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  3. This would be a ready-made target for our Squadron’s ‘zaps’ (stickers, which we stuck all over the place everywhere we visited … with a prize for the whackiest or most inappropriate ‘zap’.

    I think of a line of statues of naked Greek gods and goddesses I saw in a museum somewhere … I forget where, but it reminded me of the ‘William Tell Overture’

    (Titty bum, titty bum titty bum-bum-bum … :D)

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  4. Ok I’m going to be the one that goes off on another tangent. While I certainly appreciate those magnificenmt butt cheeks, how could I possibly ignore those rippling back and shoulder muscles, oooh and those arms too. I’m glad he has his back to the camera if the front is a disappointment. I don’t want my illusions shattered.

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  5. Thanks Selma for making my day with this one!!!! I am almost tempted to use your picture as my pic of the day for my Project 365! I definitely like this view and I was wondering what the front looks like πŸ™‚

    β€œWhy is the front part always so under-endowed?” – I thought that many times in Greece when we were looking at the statues until I saw (I don’t know if I can say it here) a huge one.. I’ll have to send you the picture!

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  6. Hi JULES:
    You need help. Seriously.

    Hi PUNATIK:
    There is definitely a glitch in the matrix at the moment πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Hi LISSA:
    Glad I could make you laugh. That statue will always be named ‘Buns of Steel’ for me!

    Hi PUDDOCK:
    Watch out. You’ll be making a slideshow next and then there’ll be no hope for you πŸ˜€

    Hi BENEDICTE:
    My pleasure. You are an amazing artist. It is a treat for me to view your work.

    Hi HEATHER:
    Many have done it before and sadly, I have witnessed it. It is a shameful sight. Shameful!

    Hi MELEAH:
    I’ve wondered it for years πŸ˜†

    Hi SLAMDUNK:
    Hahaha. He is a cute little turtle all right!

    Hi GABRIELLE:
    Shrinkage and erosion. Excuses, excuses!

    Hi TRAVELRAT:
    Oh, that is the perfect musical accompaniment. You crack me up!

    Hi GYPSY:
    You’re right about the back and shoulder muscles. Lordy. Believe me, he is best viewed from behind. Hahahaha.

    Hi LAURI:
    Oh, come on. You have to tell us. Pretty please….

    Hi GROOVY:
    Oh, me too. LOL. Love it!

    Hi TBALL:
    You saw a huge one. OMG. You have to send me the picture. That is absolutely hilarious!

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  7. Well you won’t find them on a rear view of me, Selma, that’s for sure!! But, we had a wonderfully animated girl stay with us for a few weeks, she was about 18, and she had the hardest butt I’ve ever been asked to ‘have a feel and see’ – her request. She said it was from years of horse-riding. It was like touching concrete.

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  8. Hi ROWE:
    OMG. I have never had the opportunity to feel such a well-toned butt. Amazing. So it is possible in the real world. LOL.

    Hi ROSHAN:
    Guilty as charged. We all wish we had such great buns πŸ˜€

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  9. Love the title of your post. Buns are good reason to photograph.
    Glad to see I’m not the only one who wonders why so many great sculptures and art from history misrepresent the “average” size male as if he was a child. I’m not sure if that has to do with religious constraints from cultural influence during those times?
    Sounds like you had a wonderful excursion!

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  10. OH my, I just read through comments. (I always read them after I comment.) LOL bout “it must have been cold” and OMG, I knew there were “other” reasons I’ve always wanted to go to Greece! (no joke; it’s on my top places to visit but I had no idea there was a statue of art worthy…)

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  11. HI GEL:
    I think religious constraints might have a lot to do with it. Plus the cold weather. I definitely want to go to Greece now too. πŸ˜†

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  12. haha. classic. have you seen the sculpture of the bull down in world square??? thats another one of my favourites. must go. i make everyone who visits me in sydney go there! πŸ˜€

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  13. Hi SAN:
    No. I haven’t. I will have to go and check it out. So nice to meet a fellow blogger from Sydney. I really appreciate you stopping by!

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