Street Art: Christmas (Part 1)

Quoted from wikipedia:

Street art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Typically, the term Street Art or the more specific Post-Graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.

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Subway Greeting: Shot taken in London, UK (2006); Originally uploaded by daveknapik

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Tough Santa: pic taken in Montreal, Canada, 2008 (originally uploaded by Christian et Cie)

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Sneaking Elfvis: part of a series of graffiti art found in the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, 2007 (originally uploaded by Robyn Gallagher)

Holiday Satire: a stenciled message taken in Norwich, UK, Dec. 2007 (originally uploaded by Simon_K)

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Elf by street artist Box. (taken in Jan. 2008 in Bristol, UK; originally uploaded by Box.)

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Wheatpasted art by street artist Kriebel (taken in Dec. 2007 in London, UK; originally uploaded by Kriebel)

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Statement on Consumerism: taken in Jan. 2008, somewhere in Canada (originally uploaded by sin against nature)


Aurora


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by Always_be_closing

Location: Crystal mall, Burnaby BC, Canada

Sculpture by: Colin Kwok, bronze

Quoted from geocities.com:
Trained as an architect but passionate as a bronze sculptor, Colin was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design: “We are primarily interested in Art that is still Art. You can pick it up and move it in a thousand years half way across the world and people can still appreciate it. This means that it is both specific to a purpose and that it has enough passion and depth to contain multiple meanings. Our strength is in finding and expressing the essence of a project while keeping all of this in mind. Our aspirations are to make Art that is about life.”

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Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial (aka The Nameless Library)


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Location: Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria

Artist: Rachel Whiteread, concrete and steel, 2000

Quoted from Wikipedia:
The outside surfaces of the volume are cast library shelves turned inside out. The spines of the books are facing inwards and are not visible, therefore the titles of the volumes are unknown and the content of the books remains unrevealed. The shelves of the memorial appear to hold endless copies of the same edition, which stand for the vast number of the victims, as well as the concept of Jews as “People of the Book.” The double doors are cast with the panels inside out, and have no doorknobs or handles. They suggest the possibility of coming and going, but do not open.

The memorial represents, in the style of Whiteread’s “empty spaces”… a cultural space of memory and loss created by the genocide of the European Jews. Through the emphasis of void and negative casting rather than positive form and material, it acts as a “counter monument” in this way opposite to the production through history of grandiose and triumphal monumental objects.

As a work of art, the memorial was not intended to be beautiful and as such it contrasts with much of the Baroque art and architecture of Vienna… There is an aspect of discomfort in the monument that was meant to provoke thought in the viewer through the memorial’s severe presence. It was intended to evoke the tragedy and brutality of the Holocaust and in the words of Simon Wiesenthal at the unveiling, “This monument shouldn’t be beautiful, It must hurt.”

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Snow Sculptures (Part 1)

Quoted from arttalk.com

As kids we remember making snowmen and the challenge of making bigger and better ones than the neighbors. No matter what age, everyone seems to love the adventure of creating a jolly, rotund man with stick arms, a carrot nose, Dad’s old hat and last year’s muffler. Well, why not get a little more serious about your endeavor? Snow and ice can become creative art materials that are free, plentiful in most areas and loads of fun to work with. Take one step past snowmen and make something on a grander scale, something unique…

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“Kiss me!”: An entry for Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China in 2005 (flickr pic originally uploaded by MattinChina)

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Ice homage for the Vimy Memorial: shot taken at the Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg, Canada in 2007  (flickr photo orginally uploaded by thr33d)

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Japanese ice castle: part of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan in 2008 (flickr pic originally uploaded by Christopher Chan)

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Abstract Snow Sculpture:an entry for the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, 2007 (flickr pic originally uploaded by TinDenver)

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Pushing an Ice Cube: an entry for the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Competition in Valloire, French Alps, France in 2007 (flickr pic originally uploaded by mayadelic)

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Split Faces in Snow: part of the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Grindelwald, Switzerland (flickr pic originally uploaded by congochris)

St. Jerome the Priest


Flickr pic originally uploaded by Karon

Location: Sheridan Circle ( Massachusetts Ave. & 24th ), the Croatian Embassy, Washington D.C., USA

Sculptor: Ivan Mestrovic, bronze, 1954

From kittytours.org:
Jerome (341-420) was born in Stridon, Croatia and became a noted clerical scholar. He later moved to Bethlehem and wrote numerous commentaries on the Bible. He is credited with being the first to translate the Bible from Hebrew into Latin…This statue originally sat on the grounds of the Franciscan Abbey, but was moved to its present location in front of the Croatian Embassy after the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Croatian state.

About Mestrovic (from wikipedia):
Ivan Meštrović was a Croatian sculptor…(He is said to) be the greatest sculptor of religious subject matter since the Renaissance, the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Cloud Gate


The Cloud Gate

Originally uploaded by Intrepide98

Location: center of AT&T Plaza, Millennium Park, Chicago, USA

Artist: Anish Kapoor, stainless steel, 2004-06

Inspired by liquid mercury, the 110-ton elliptical sculpture is affectionately called “The Bean” by the locals. It is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.  According to Kappor, “What I wanted to do… is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline…so that one will see the clouds kind of floating in, with those very tall buildings reflected in the work. And then, since it is in the form of a gate, the participant, the viewer, will be able to enter into this very deep chamber that does, in a way, the same thing to one’s reflection as the exterior of the piece is doing to the reflection of the city around.” (From millenniumpark.org)

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Lord Murugan

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Location: Batu Caves, Gombak district, Selangor (13 km north of Kuala Lumpur) Malaysia

Lord Murugan is a popular Hindu deity among Tamil Hindus, and is worshipped primarily in areas with Tamil influence, especially South India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. This religious statue, unveiled in 2006, was said to be made by fifteen sculptors from India and 15 other general workers, taking more than three years to build. Standing at 42.7 meter (140.09 ft) high, it is considered the world’s tallest statue of Lord Murugan. The statue, which cost approximately Rupees 24 million (US$670,000), is made of 1550 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of steel bars and 300 liters of gold paint brought in from Thailand. (Info source: etawu.com, wikipedia)

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