Category Archives: Art

9 Breathtaking Photos Show the Empire State Building All Lit Up for a Fantastic Cause

A marvelous Empire State Building tribute to our precious animal species.

The Fifth Column

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The late Cecil the lion and other endangered species lit up the sides of the Empire State Building on Saturday, drawing attention to the plight of threatened creatures amid outrage over the recent illegal slaying of Cecil in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

Time reports that the show, titled Projecting Change, is “part of a promotion for the upcoming documentary Racing Extinction.” The creators of the documentary describe themselves on Facebook as “a team of artists and activists expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the world.”

The team posted images to Facebook highlighting projections of various endangered animals on the landmark, including Cecil himself:

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The Associated Press also captured some lovely images of the projections, which included tigers and whales:

Source: Craig Ruttle/AP
Source: Craig Ruttle/AP
Source: Craig Ruttle/AP
Source: Craig Ruttle/AP
Source: Craig Ruttle/AP

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Artful Stairways

There are amazing stairways in the world.  Artists have done themselves proud.  I “imported” them from my Pinterest account where I have a board called, “The Art of Stairways.”  I’d love to walk up any or all of these, wouldn’t you?  Except for those in Tehran, Iran and Syria, of course.

San Francisco CA-16th & Moraga St.

San Francisco CA-16th & Moraga St.

Morlaix, France-

Morlaix, France

Sicily, Italy-Constructed in 1608

Sicily, Italy-Constructed in 1608

Beirut, Lebanon-Dizzying, brightly colored stairway

Beirut, Lebanon-Dizzying, brightly colored stairway

Tehran, Iran-Floral stairway

Tehran, Iran-Floral stairway

Seoul, South Korea-Leading to a musical theater.

Seoul, South Korea-Leading to a musical theater.

Philadelphia PA-Museum of Art

Philadelphia PA-Museum of Art

Istanbul, Turkey-Rainbow stairway

Istanbul, Turkey-Rainbow stairway

Seoul, South Korea-Koi in a pond.

Seoul, South Korea-Koi in a pond.

Syria-Stairs of Peace

Syria-Stairs of Peace

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

I hope you enjoyed your travels on these fantastic stairways!

[images from Pinterest]

Where Art and Nature Come Together

Considered the world’s most prestigious competition of horticultural art, Mosaiculture was displayed at Montreal Botanical Garden in Quebec, Canada, last year. More than three million flowers were raised in greenhouses throughout Quebec, and then shipped to the gardens in May, where designers wrapped them in steel meshes to create living works of art. The sculptures were created using steel or aluminum forms that were wrapped in metal mesh, filled with earth and planted with flowers, ivies and grasses whose foliage provided texture and color. Interior watering systems and growing medium were added so that the flowers could last all through the summer till the end of the exhibition in the end of September.

I invite you to enjoy these amazing images:

Lemurs.  This line of lemurs was featured at the entrance.

Lemurs. This line of lemurs was featured at the entrance.

Mother Earth

Mother Earth

Water is a gift of Mother Earth, enjoyed by wild horses and eagles.

Water is a gift of Mother Earth, enjoyed by wild horses and eagle.

Lady and Cranes - taken from a Chinese myth.

Lady and Cranes – taken from a Chinese myth.

Lady and Cranes - from a different perspective.

Lady and Cranes – from a different perspective.

Man Who Planted Trees

Man Who Planted Trees

Crouching Frog

Crouching Frog on lily pad.

Cobras.  Some of the creations were very high.

Cobras. Some of the creations were very tall.

Clown Fish

Clown Fish swimming among sea grass.

Barn Owl.  One of my favorites of the display.

Barn Owl. One of my favorites of the display.

 Bird   Tree.  This huge sculpture is 40 feet high and they built  special high bridge at this end so people could take photographs more easily.  Every branch becomes a different bird. The wing span of the condor must be at least 8 feet.

Bird Tree. This huge sculpture was 40 feet high and a special high bridge was built at this
end so people could take photographs more easily. Each branch became a different bird.
The wing span of the condor was at least 8 feet.

Big Flowers.  Notice the large bee at the right.

Big Flowers. Notice the large bee at the right.

 Butterflies.  They are about eight feet high and stood outside the Insectarium, a building housing exhibits of insects.

Butterflies. They were about eight feet high and stood outside the Insectarium,
a building housing exhibits of insects.

 

Photos of world-class sand sculptors at work!

Excellent photos of the San Diego Sand Art Challenge! Very worthwhile to view this fantastic art.

Cool San Diego Sights!

Ten world-class master sand sculptors compete by creating amazing masterpieces! Ten world-class master sand sculptors compete by creating amazing masterpieces!

This morning I headed over to the 2014 US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition right as it opened, hoping to avoid the worst of the Labor Day weekend crowds. My timing was perfect, as the world-class competitors were all hard at work on their solo sand sculpture entries! I’m told they began on Friday; it appeared their truly breathtaking masterpieces were nearing completion.

For your enjoyment, I present many photographs of these super talented international Sand Masters at work!

Kirk Rademaker is a Sand Master who has won 10 major international awards. Kirk Rademaker is a Sand Master who has won 10 major international awards.

Kirk Rademaker works on his shoe sand sculpture on San Diego's B Street Pier. Kirk Rademaker works on his shoe sand sculpture on San Diego’s B Street Pier.

The master sand artists all work very carefully as big festival begins. The master sand artists all work very carefully as big festival begins.

Early Saturday morning, and the big Labor Day weekend crowd isn't here yet. Early Saturday morning, and the big Labor Day weekend crowd isn’t here yet.

Joris Kivits from The Netherlands has won many awards in different countries. Joris Kivits from The Netherlands has won…

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Some Things Have Changed in Mykonos, Greece

Many years ago, my husband Bob and I did lots of traveling, and one of my favorite places was Mykonos, Greece.  We “did” the Greek Isles boat trip over several days’ time, and Mykonos, was by far, my favorite of them all.  I’m sure most everyone who goes there will feel the same way; in fact, I’ve spoken to some inveterate travelers, and that was their thinking, as well.

On my Twitter account, I came across the photo below, and, although it wasn’t typical of the plain white-washed stone homes with the bright blue roofs and blue doors at the time we were there, it totally caught my eye.

 

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“I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem Lovely As A Tree. . .”

This is the station where I would get off the train to go to the museum.

This is the station where I would get off the train to go to the museum.

When I was a young girl,  growing up in Brooklyn NY, I rode the Utica Avenue trolley car (and later, on the bus when trolleys no longer ran) up to Eastern Parkway.  That’s where I went down into the subway station where the IRT (Interboro Rapid Transit) line ran.  I took it to the Brooklyn Museum, where, every Saturday morning, I took art lessons.

I remember the art teacher always urged the class to “feel” the subjects we were observing, and just let the lines flow.

One time, we were in the rotunda, overlooking a round stage below us.  Dancers were performing; they wore flowing skirts and their movements were very fluid.  We were experimenting with “conte” crayon.  A light brown square crayon that looked almost like charcoal or pastels, but was more dense (not as fragile) and was a little oily.  That’s how I remember it.  And it was easy to use – it “flowed” on the heavyweight art pages.

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Another time, in the Spring, when the weather was balmy and sunny, the class was taken to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens – next door to the museum.  We were introduced to the Japanese Gardens.  And I was introduced to my favorite of all places.  It was so peaceful, and I breathed it all in.  The beauty!  A new world appeared before me.  Bushes, bridges over water, still ponds, lily pads, colors.

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It was difficult to take it all in.  In my young age, I had not experienced anything like that on which my eyes feasted.  And the best of all:  the trees.

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After I no longer went to the museum for art classes, I still would take the IRT to the Eastern Parkway station and, with my pastels and art pad, I would meander through the gardens and put colors to paper and draw my heart out!

 

[images from bingdotcom]