Thursday, February 5, 2009

songs in stone, metal and wood

this week theme thursday is celebrating statues! I never knew how many frigging snaps of statues I have in my photo stash....I really tried to narrow it down, I swear!

America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.
Jesse Jackson (b. 1941) civil rights leader, baptist minister, politican

Oh, the brave music of a distant drum!
Omar Khayyam (1048-1122) persian poet, philosopher, and mathematician


I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
Lillian Smith (1897-1966) author and social activist, best known for her book Strange Fruit

People like eccentrics. Therefore they will leave me alone, saying that I am a mad clown.
Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) dancer and choreographer

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)French sculptor

Beings are bound by passion and are released by utilizing passion.
Buddist tantra

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) anthropologist

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) diplomat, humanitarian and first lady

notes on photos:
1) rat by design by george kocar another sculpture to celebrate the year of the rat. cleveland, june 2008

2) the drummer by barry flanagan, hirschorn sculpture garden. washington, may 2008

3) mermaid sculpture by lagoon at cleveland museum of art. may 2008

4) nijinsky's grave montmarte cemetery. paris, october 2004

5) the gates of hell musée rodin. paris, october 2005

6) hevajra sculpture (tibet, 17th century) cleveland museum of art. may 2008

7) the raven and the first men by haida artist bill reid the haida story goes:
life started when a raven flew from heaven towards the earth and found the earth covered in snow. He then stole the sun from the gods and created animals, forests, rivers and oceans. One day, on a beach, the raven found an enormous clamshell with five men in it. The raven coaxed them into leaving the shell with the promise of a prosperous life. Hesitant at first, they eventually emerged from the shell, becoming the first Haida men. Eventually, the raven told them where to find women.
museum of anthropology at ubc . vancouver. spring 1999

8) public art in barcelona. march 2007


noon - thursday, 5 february, this just in today is bob marley's birthday. had marley lived he would have been 64 today, instead he died at the tender age of 36. but bob lives forever in the music and the love left behind. thank you bob..... one love always.....

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?
Bob Marley (b. 5 february 1945-1981)

I'm particularly pleased my brother told me about today being bob's birthday. now I have an excuse to include this photo - it was among the many photos on my desktop that went unused.... the photo was taken in october 2004 during my first trip to paris. for three years my sister and her family lived in paris, I was most fortunate to have been able to visit three times during their time there. this sculpture by polish sculptor igor mitoraj is called eros bendato (eros bound). this was one of many of mitoraj's pieces which were exhibited in the jardin des tuileries that fall. his work is amazing - although it is rooted in a classical tradition, it has a very post-modern twist! (by the way, that is my sister and her son inside the eye).

42 comments:

John Hayes said...

Really enjoyed this photo essay-- the Hirschorn sculpture garden was a favorite DC spot of mine when I lived in Virginia, roughly 2 hours south of DC; don't remember that sculpture, but perhaps it wasn't there 20 years ago (yikes-- has it really been that long. & those Cleveland rat statues are amazing.

tut-tut said...

A great quilt you've made, with your images and quotes. I notice many similar themes and images, too. Happy Theme Thursday!

Loveanewidea said...

Your posts are just so nice to look at and to read.

marianne said...

what a nice variety of sculptures & the quotes with them are perfect. the raven legend is a bonus- they have been showing up in my art lately and i was planning to look it up... happy thursday!

Roy said...

Nice collection, Kim! And I love it that you included Raven. I have him tattooed on my left shoulder as Raven/Crow is one of my totems. Another Trickster who created something (in this case humans) against the advice of the other gods. Gotta love those tricksters!

dennis said...

Dennis finds the rat interesting.

Dumdad said...

Fabulous photos with perfect quotes.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

john - depending exactly on when you were there, that statue probably wasn't there - flanagan cast it in '89-90, but I don't know when the hirschore acquired it. I go to d.c. fairly frequently and try and make a point of visiting the sculpture garden if I'm anywhere near the mall. I too love the rat statues, as you might have guessed I do have a special fondness of all things rodent!

tut... I never thought of it as a quilt, but you are spot on with that analogy...it must be why I do love making these theme thursday assemblages of photos and quotes

love - thank you so much....that is so lovely to hear!

marianne - I have long been drawn to the raven...such a powerful (and yes often tricky) figure in lore and myth. not only in north america, but the celts, the scandanavians, and even in asia...how wonderful that they are visiting your art these days.

roy - ah, yet another connection! a raven is a very powerful totem! I have considered one of my totem animals as a trickster -the raccoon

dennis - I'm sure the rat would in turn find you quite interesting too!

dd - thank you....it was so hard to choose - I had a dozen paris statues on my desktop....and had to narrow it down...like so many places in europe bursting with interesting statues - and not just in museums.

Candie Bracci said...

nice post
:)

Gabby said...

Hi Mouse!
I started following your blog when it was featured on B-O-N a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely admire it. I especially love TT, Theme Thursday. Your photographs are amazing and the quotes match them perfectly. Your blog, and some of your followers blog, have really inspired me to be a little more creative with my blog.
Thanks for posting and have a great day!

R.L. Bourges said...

wow. I was already loving the selection, then I got to the last one and, well... you got the wow word out of me. Great stuff, petite souris.

lettuce said...

is there anything which you don't have dozens of pictures of? (serious question...)

the 2nd is my favourite

Avid Reader said...

I love the statues! Lillian's book was required reading in college. A Very interesting woman,

subtorp77 said...

Great set-up with the snaps and quotes :)

Linda Pendleton said...

Enjoyed the photos and quotes. Very nice. I think my favorite sculpture might be the Drummer.

Megan said...

That was lovely, thanks Mouse! As always, so hard to pick a favorite.

But you know, why should I have to pick a favorite?? They're all wonderful!!

John Hayes said...

Thanks-- that explains it-- I moved to San Francisco in 1989, so there's no way I saw it-- haven't been to DC since, tho I was in Charlottesville, VA for a few days in the mid 90s. Thanks for the info.

Cinnamon said...

What an amazing collection - you could open a gallery. First visit it- really enjoyed the photos :)

Colette Amelia said...

What a wonderful vision quest of statues and stories and quotes and bits and bobs!

You soar!

word verification: bless

Marianna said...

I must say some of the best statue pictures I have ever seen. Loved the quotes as well!

Glad I found theme thursday...so many wonderful and creative blogs! you say you wanna visit greece and I say...I REALLY wanna visit America. Who knows one day maybe we will both get our wishes granted!

Take care now
peace and love
xoxo

Barbara said...

Wow! I'm always amazed at what you are able to pull out of your photo archives. Great job!

Coffee Messiah said...

How many gigs of photos must you have? !

I like them all, but I can see looking out of the eyes of that last one! Was hoping it was in your neighborhood!

Quite a turnout eh!

Cheers!

e said...

Hi Mouse,

Your letter for the word game is K. I put up another more fascinating post for Theme Thursday on my Blog. Check it out and thanks for your visits. I love all your photos!

Betty said...

All good, but that last is just fabulous. Isn't it great to be able to get inside art & become a part of it? Takes you a step further from just observing.

flawsnall said...

can only write 'wow' - great posts, literature, great references to great people. i love Marley too. i easily lose in his work, easily.

Kris said...

I like them all, but that second one is particularly striking!

simstone said...

Absolutely love the huge head with two faces staring out the eye socket ... and Rodin's Gates of Hell, always on the top of any sculpture list for me.

The Rat will definitely draw pedestrian attention won't it?

Squirrel said...

I have to agree with Betty-- art you can get insdie of! fabulous!

R. Yaeko said...

I have to say both the Nijinsky photo and quote are my favorite.

Do you stockpile quotes for times such as these?

-R. Yaeko

ArtSparker said...

I love the out of scale things in particular, especially the head.

edward said...

i like the mermaids

Gary said...

You chose well. I was wondering if you were going to include any of the photos from the class trip you took with us to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. If I had gotten myself together beforehand I might have done that myself.

I thought that was you in the eye on that last picture. Your sister resembles you.

Baino said...

Aww you've gone ballistic with this one. Wonderful shots and fabulous sculptures. I love Rodin sculptures, they bring me to tears!Although I am not impressed that yet another person I know has also been to Paris (I swear I'm the only one in the world yet to get there!)

Best game said...

for more information about medical encyclopedia visit website

http://medicine-encyclopedia.blogspot.com/

Dot-Com said...

Thanks for sharing all the statue photos. It's great with a photo blog entry! Looking forward to checking out your blog in more detail later (time for work now *sigh*)

edward said...

i like the rabbit and the grave and i like the raven, and the last one with people in it.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow - so many comments. tt is rocking this week with so many playing - thanks megan for setting up the tt blog!!!!

a few comments on some comments...

avid - you must have gone to a progressive college where strange fruit was 'required reading' that is GREAT...

subtrop77 - thanks for visiting the mouse. re my 'set up' of photos and quotes for tt it seems to work for me so far.... and it's fun to do..I hope folks will say something if it gets too tedious...

linda - flanagan, the sculptor of the drummer does seem to have a fondness for rabbits...there is another one of his rabbit sculptures in washington dc and around the world for that matter. I expect if you google his name you can find where they are...

cinnamon - I guess the mouse is a virtual gallery.... thanks for dropping by and the lovely compliment...

ca - bless is a wonderful wv!!!
bless us all!

barbara & coffee - I have no idea how many gigs of photos I have.... but I have lots of photos....one day I'd love to have a system of indexing and cataloging my pics...unfortunately it is something I should have set up years and years ago....

betty - a lot of sculpture does just seem to call out for us to get 'personal' with it!!

flawsnall - I think went we get lost in a marley song we often find something really important....what a gift he had

kris - ah another rabbit lover...and you from down-under and all????

simstone - I'm sorry to see the rats gone on our streets....but soon we will be finding a herd of oxen in their place...

ry - mice are great stockpilers...

sparkler - ;)

gary - darn I didn't put a nyc piece in the whole assemblage....ah so many statues...

baino - at one point I had four rodin pieces picked out - all from different cities, but then I thought, it best to have more diversity - it was difficult to narrow it down to just the one....although I guess technically the gates isn't a statue but a sculpture....I did get lost in the art and then failed to stay on point....oh well....

dot-com - come on back anytime!!

eddy - you are so sweet....

Merle Sneed said...

Mouse, this post was spectacular!

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh! You have a pic of my Haida friend Raven. Very cool.

Actually they're all cool. I love cemetery statuary, too.

tony said...

Nijinsky's grave ! Amazing! Another reason for me to visit Paris.........I,m ashamed to say,I,ve never been although it's just an hour's plane journey away from Me! Thank You for all the Statues & the Whole Theme Thursday concept.Regards Tony.

A.Decker said...

Great spread for statue day! Your photos are superb, and the quotes well matched. I like.

Maraland said...

hey...we havent had internet for a while so Ive been missing your posts..LOVE the pic of A & A in the eye..Mara and I have been having some weather adventures..but meeting amazing people nonetheless. Trying to get some pics up..but m has some on her facebook. all is well and good with us. we start spanish lessons monday 8am. till friday, then bussing it back to panama city..long trip, but should be seeing a lot of the countryside. oxoxP