Friday, September 02, 2016

Delightful Curious Creatures on a Concrete Bench

at the 
Krannert Art Museum
Urbana Illinois
bench photography, statues
Unfortunately I can't tell you much about this sculpture except that it's in the wee garden outside the museum.  searched online but couldn't find any info anywhere, not on this link below either.

Tour | Public Art at the University of Illinois | ExploreCU

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was established in 1868, and it was as early as 1875 that an art gallery was established in Old University Hall by Regent John Milton Gregory.

What I remember of this day in 2014 is how lucky I was to come across a Goya exhibit titled Goya's War: Los Desastres de la Guerra. Such a powerful and compelling exhibit, and painful. It was also a reminder to me that you don't have to paint huge to make a powerful statement with an artwork. After spending a couple of hours in the museum I sat outside in the wee garden and ate my lunch next to these wonderful curious creatures. They were a whimsical break from Goya's exhibit and a time to just let my imagination soar.


So if you dear reader know who created this sculpture please leave a comment.
cheers

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Bench Photography and the Amazing Pier 2 Arts Center in Kaohsiung Taiwan

bench photography
This was a two sided bench at the Pier 2 Art Center. This Art Center is amazing because without a doubt you can tell Kaohsiung has made a HUGE commitment to the arts and artists in the area with the the revitalization of the  warehouse district. This place showcases the the work of local artists, special exhibitions, sculpture, graffiti, murals, statues and is truly one of the best art experiences I've ever had. 

Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung: Art, Leisure, And Fun In Taiwan

Talent can be found anywhere, and why travel around the world without witnessing local talents in different countries? Since art has become a huge part of cities in Taiwan, such as Kaohsiung, local art has been given its own place to shine. One such place is the Pier 2 Art Center.
art revitalization
 MAJOR credit goes to the persistence of local artists whose vision for the abandoned warehouses has made this center a stunning example of revitalization and a community treasure that draws record crowds.

Taipei Public Art | VICE | United States

Over the past few weeks, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, 'Taipei,' we have been featuring a number of photo albums taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. In this selection, Tao shares some of the public art around Taipei.

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Walk By a Winter's Pond and Being Grateful

Bench Photography
Maybe you've noticed I am posting photos of benches ;) and since it's HOT and humid, I thought it would be nice to look at a photo of winter.  I took this photograph the day before I got the news about my Mammogram. A lovely soft snowy Sunday and a walk by Ellis Pond happily ignorant of what was to come. I remember this morning so well and being in awe of the pristine beauty after a gentle snowfall. My husband and I were the only people there, and the place had a majestic sacredness about it. Just us, the snow, the pond, the trees, and the sounds of nature.  
So you see dear readers it isn't JUST a bench, but a place much loved by many, and full of memories. 

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
Marcus Aurelius
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Red Bench at the Heard Museum Phoenix Arizona

Sculpture Garden in Heard Museum 
"The overall mission of the Heard Museum is to educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest. The Heard Museum is not a history museum. It is a living museum featuring both artifacts and contemporary art of Native cultures".