Urban landscapes: the precarious balance

“DEVICE TO ROOT OUT EVIL”, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I’d seen this 6.5-metre tall sculpture several times while driving around this western Canadian city’s downtown looking for potential photos. But before this winter dawn I’d never tried to make a picture because the setting is very busy with roads and buildings.
The perspective and lighting you see here convinced me to make an attempt. It was still a challenge because isolating the 1997 Dennis Oppenheim creation, mounted on a concrete platform, was pretty much impossible. So I incorporated Device To Root Out Evil in a larger scene, trusting that the lighting would make the surroundings complement the sculpture, rather than compete with it. Was I right?
Nikon D7100, tripod

Click on the picture for a larger view.

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