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Public Art at Christmas Time (Part 1)

Quoted from quotegarden.com

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish.  Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself. ~Francis C. Farley

[I]t is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain “have fun.”  Whether they call it Yuletide, Noel, Weinachten, or Christmas, people around the earth thirst for its refreshment as the desert traveller for the oasis. ~D.D. Monroe

Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing
Returns to you glad.

-John Greenleaf Whittier

We Heart Public Art wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Bust of Dr. Lincoln Goodale (taken by jfsl3 in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2005)

Statue of Captain James Cook (taken by werewegian in Yorkshire, UK, 2007)

Festive Hippo (taken by Helena Pugsley in Marwell Zoo,  Colden Common, UK, 2008)

A Statue in Savannah, Georgia (taken by jamieca, 2006)

Lion with a Wreath (taken by {elaine} in Chicago. USA, 2007)

Ibsen with a Santa Hat (taken by svanes, Grimstad, Norway, 2006)

An Angel with a Santa Hat (taken by kerryank in Adelaide, Australia, 2008)

Displays and Decorations: Winter Holidays

From quotegarden.com:

Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display–so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow. It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again. – Author Unknown

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, DC.  This wasn’t for any religious reasons.  They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. -Jay Leno

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. -Author Unknown

photo sharing (respect artist's copyrights)

Peas on Earth (taken by pleaseknock in Bondi, Australia 2007)

Giant Christmas Ornaments (taken by uzvards in San Francisco, USA, 2005)

Menorah Display for Hannukah: taken by hyagain at the Germantown Jewish Center, Philadelphia, USA, 2003

Now all we need is a giant socket… (Taken by megan duffy in NYC, USA 2007)

All wrapped up (taken by ichico in Tokyo, Japan 2006)

photo sharing (respect artist's copyrights)

Giant Christmas Lantern (taken by bikoy in Pampanga, Philippines, 2007)

Huge Festive Decors (taken by Kalle Anka in London, UK, 2008)

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)