Wednesday, May 30, 2012

puff the magic dragon

The symbolism of the Goddess is not a parallel structure to the symbolism of God the Father. The Goddess does not rule the world. She is the world. Manifest in each of us, She can be known internally by every individual, in all her magnificent diversity.  
 Starhawk (b. 1951) writer, activist, ecofeminist

an image of an ancient goddess and a dragon adorn the body of kathy, the local wisewoman who owns goddess blessed, a most magical of shops in my hood.

kathy may have a dragon tattoo,  however, the other day i encountered a dragon with a girl tattoo. 


 
the dragon with the girl tattoo, created by local artist rob masek is in front of the tower press building

currently there are 25 dragons roaming the streets of cleveland; well, okay they aren't really roaming the streets.  the dragons are on display around town as part of the st. clair superior development association's annual public art project celebrating the animals of the chinese zodiac 

as soon as the dragons were installed i went off on a dragon hunt with a friend - below is a photo of the dragon-hunting party in reflection with the imperial king of all dragons, created by mitzi lai - this is the fourth animal mitzi has had in the annual zodiac project- they are all wonderfully fantastical and all  festooned by mitz's signature bling!!



We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves. 

Tom Robbins (b.1936) writer


 
to see a slide show of all the dragons which grace cleveland  click here - the slide show contains information as to the name of the dragon and the local artist.


  



peter, paul and mary singing their mega hit  puff the magic dragon in 1966,   the song was written by lenn lipton and peter yarrow in 1963.  the concert footage is part of the bbc series tonight in person. 

 

2 comments:

California Girl said...

I love these types of art projects. They're fun, creative, whimsical. Burlington, VT has or did have cows just a bit smaller than life size, cast out of some synthetic material (I think) each one painted by a different artist & displayed throughout the charming downtown.

Steve Reed said...

Those dragons are great! I love the idea of the dragon with the girl tattoo. That's pretty brilliant.

And of course I love Peter, Paul and Mary (RIP Mary), but "Puff" always makes me sad!