Taking Art to the Taxis

I’m always impressed when I see new ways to experience art. I discovered Taxi Fabric Art on Kickstarter today. It’s a new artistic campaign in India that is really taking art to the taxis by allowing a vehicle (no pun intended) for artists in Mumbai to submit their artwork for printing onto the fabric that is used in taxi cabs. The philosophy behind the project, from the founders:

We want to help Indian designers have their work not only be seen but also allow them to connect with members of the public who up until now perhaps haven’t understood that design can tell stories and create emotions…

Example of one of the taxicabs fitted with taxifabric on Art Is Everywhere

Example of one of the taxicabs fitted with an artist’s design. Photos via Kickstarter and Taxifabric.org

Not only that, but this is an opportunity to bring economic benefit to those who often have even more difficulty than in America of being discovered as an artist. India is also a place of such dichotomy, with such beauty, natural wonders and gorgeous, delectable food but with such disparity with those who have very little and live with a lot of hardship.

Every Taxi Fabric design has the opportunity to be seen by upwards of 4,000 people in the 4-5 months that it features in a Mumbai taxi. If we reach our target, that will mean 120,000+ people in Mumbai will have seen the work of these designers by Christmas.

The Taxi drivers have commented that they believe their customers are not only engaging with them more, but most of them also ask them about their designs featured in their taxis. Some have even told us that they are getting more fares because their taxis stand out in a way the other taxis don’t.

3 out of the 5 designers who have made Taxi Fabrics have been contacted by members of the public who have seen their designs and want to work with them further…

Taxifabric 3 on Art Is Everywhere

Quite a fashionable ride here. Be sure to read all the artists’ stories.

Taxifabric 2 on Art Is EverywhereClick here to read more and perhaps fund as little as $16 to this campaign. They’ve already reached $7,983 of their $12,402 goal (at the time of this writing) with 83 backers. You have until August 11th to participate.

Click on each image below to read the story behind the artwork. I’m not surprised that their website is very user-friendly, so be sure to go to the home page to check out each of these artists’ taxi’s artistic story and hit the back button to read more here.

Taxifabric 4 on Art Is Everywhere

Click on this image and other images below to read about the artist’s inspiration

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What do dabbawalla delivering his dabbas, the last man standing in the train compartment, the taxi driver dodging traffic and you – battling time have in common?

Taxifabric 5 on Art Is Everywhere

Who knew hawkers could be so pretty?!

I think, if this effort takes off, and it looks like it will, the concept could be implemented elsewhere. It just goes to show you that the most everyday, taken for granted and often overlooked places show that art can be everywhere.

You can read more about the organization on taxifabric.org

Some Sunny Summer Murals

Here are some bright and colorful patterned sunny summer murals.

These remind me of one of my favorite kid pastimes with Spirograph, but taken to the next level.

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Hoxxoh mural photos via Fubiz

Hoxxoh murals-2 on Art Is Everywhere Hoxxoh murals-3 on Art Is Everywhere Hoxxoh murals-4 on Art Is Everywhere Hoxxoh murals-5 on Art Is Everywhere Hoxxoh murals-6 on Art Is Everywhere Hoxxoh murals-7 on Art Is Everywhere Hoxxoh murals-8 on Art Is EverywhereThey are painted by Hoxxoh, (real name Douglas Hoekzema and his Rubick’s cube website is a fun visit as well). He’s based in Miami, as found on Fubiz.

Hoxxoh_rubicks cube website on Art Is EverywhereI’m not quite sure how he accomplishes the layout of his artwork but it is beautiful to watch.

You can watch more of his videos here.

Click here to read a previous post on other brightly colored, Spirograph-like murals.

A Few Newsworthy Items

This will be a quick post with some newsworthy, yet unrelated items, except they all regard artists and paintings.

Item 1 • Gaza Strip Murals

As we all sit back and wait to see what happens with the US and Iran and the global fallout that may occur, it is comforting to know that some peaceful measures are taking place in the Gaza Strip. Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara is painting beautifying murals in this war-torn region to help breathe some life into the despair felt just by looking around. He was commissioned by a local council group to paint these murals on old air-raid shelters along the Israel-Gaza border in time to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. Here are just a few eye-catching ones and more can be seen on Quartz.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara paints a mural on a concrete protective shelter in the Kibbutz Sa’ad, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 14 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli soldier walks next to a painted concrete protective shelter surrounding the kindergarten in the Kibbutz Nahal Oz, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 25 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli girl places tables next to a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the city of Sderot, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 17 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

Israeli children sit next to a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the village of Kfar Maimon, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 14 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli helps his son to ride a bicycle next to a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the village of Shokeda, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 14 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

Young Israeli play next a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara at a school in the town Gan Yavne near the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, 25 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli man walks past a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the village of Sharsheret, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 25 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli man rides his bicycles past a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the village of Zimrat, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 25 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli man walks past a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the village of Shokeda, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 25 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara on Art Is Everywhere

An Israeli women waits for a bus next to a concrete protective shelter painted by Israeli artist Eliasaf Myara in the village of Kfar Maimon, located a few kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, 25 June 2015. The Israeli Defense Ministry has placed hundreds of small concrete protective shelters to all towns located near the Gaza Strip to protect its citizens from incoming rockets. On 08 July 2015, Israel will mark one year since the 2014 IsraelñGaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Item 2 • Thomas Cole Murals Discovered

Murals painted by Thomas Cole that had been painted over were recently discovered at the famous Hudson River painter’s home and now museum. He’s the painter who painted Man’s Voyage of Life series of large-scale paintings, some that can be seen at the National Gallery of Art. You can take a fantastic, interactive, up-close-and-personal tour of these paintings on the Explore Thomas Cole site. In a recent post, Thomas Moran’s paintings remind me of Thomas Cole’s.

Thomas Cole's home and museum via New York Times on Art Is Everywhere

Thomas Cole’s home and museum via New York Times

Interactive Voyage of Life on Art Is EverywhereItem 3 • Hula Update

Hula, the artist about whom I did a recent post, has painted another portrait. This time on board that could be transported. Smart! You can watch his process below. His artwork is really wonderful, especially with the concept of reflection as part of the total experience.

Imua by Hula on Art Is Everywhere

Imua by Hula

 This video by Aaron Austin, just makes you want to go there but the place is undisclosed + you’ll need a surfboard.

Patriotism Beyond One Day

Happy belated July 4th!

There are ways to display your patriotism beyond one day.

Look at this flag mural. It certainly raises the lowly barn to a new level.

Flag barn mural on Art Is EverywhereArtist Jake Songer in Huntsville, Utah describes his process in this article and on the video.

Similar to Scott LoBaido, who paints flag murals across the country to pay homage to Veterans and all their sacrifice, Songer expresses his patriotic ability with painted flags and in this example the Statue of Liberty, but his main intent is using barns as his canvas for bringing art to his community. There’s a lot of country in Utah and the many barns that dot the landscape are big enough to be seen but this means the murals have to be extra large-scale to stand out.

I like this picture of Scott LoBaido painting a recent flag mural just with roller, not an easy thing to do, because you can see his paint process and how the illusion of flowing stars and stripe are created with his shadows and highlights.

Scott LoBaido paints flag mural on Art Is EverywhereHe’s on a mission to paint flag murals in all 50 states. This is his 17th but he’s more than half way now. Before you know it, a flag mural may soon be in your own town. If not, you can at least fly your own American flag all year round or try your hand at barn painting one.

A Father’s Day Celebration

We have an ongoing monthly brunch with my son and his wife. We decided to combine that with a Father’s Day Celebration last weekend.

It was a 4 star-sensory dining experience at China Chilcano, with everything from the visual decor to the food presentation, taste, smell and even touch with our seating sensation being sunken into the floor, a la modern Japanese style.

China Chilcano is an amalgamation of Peruvian, Chinese, Mexican and Japanese cuisine and eating styles. The food is excellent and the style is serendipitous, so if you’re in for a surprise, as we were, it is a pleasant one.

China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

2 China Chilcano decor on Art Is Everywhere

ceviche at China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

beautiful and delicious ceviche

Sunken table at China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

Sitting at the sunken table

Shaved Blackberry Ice at China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

Raspadilla de Chicha Morada. Shaved purple corn ice, lemongrass manjar
blanco, pineapple

Before taking the Metro home, we headed to the nearby Smithsonian American Art Museum and discovered this unusual building facade along the way.

Trompe l'oeil building facade in DC on Art Is Everywhere

Trompe l’oeil building facade in DC

Sculpture at the  Smithsonian American Art Museum on Art Is Everywhere

Sculpture & artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Adams Memorial

About Adams Memorial on Art Is Everywhere

Angel Painting by Abbot Handerson Thayer on Art Is Everywhere

Angel Painting by Abbot Handerson Thayer

Thomas Moran Painting on Art Is Everywhere

Thomas Moran Painting

Later that evening an unexpected thunderstorm came through that created some unusual lighting, similar to the Thomas Moran painting, in its wake. Coincidentally, our American flag was highlighted. Be sure to fly yours on the 4th!

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Metry Gets Muralized

I’m always encouraged to see improvements in my native New Orleans.

So, I was happy to learn that Metairie, an area of the city that we often called, Metry, as it was often pronounced, and otherwise affectionately known as “Fat City” passed an $150,000 initiative a year ago to have murals painted to beautify the town. The Arts Council of New Orleans is overseeing the project. Here are some of the first murals that have been painted.

Metairie Mural 4 on Art is Everywhere

Fat City Murals —  photos via Times Picayune

Metairie Mural 5 on Art is EverywhereCertain areas of Metairie flooded during “The Storm” — Hurricane Katrina. Most all the homes have been rebuilt but some business sections are up and running but many have been slow to come back or improve. The murals will add color and interest.

Metairie Mural 3 on Art is EverywhereA flooded Lakeside Shopping Mall after Hurricane Katrina.

Lakeside Mall after Katrina on Art Is Everywhere

New Orleans, LA–Aerial views of damage caused from Hurricane Katrina the day after the hurricane hit August 30, 2005.
Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Lakeside Mall on Art Is Everywhere

Lakeside Shopping Mall today

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18 th Street in Fat City –  back of Lakeside Mall, Metairie via Times Picayune. This is where some of the murals are planned to be painted.

Scenes of Veterans Boulevard after Hurricane Katrina.

Veterans Blvd after Katrina on Art Is Everywhere

Veterans Blvd after Katrina via Frompo.com

Corner of Clearview and Veterans Blvd in Metairie, day after Katrina on Art Is Everywhere

Corner of Clearview and Veterans Blvd in Metairie, day after Katrina

 Scenes now — the water is gone but there’s a lot of empty parking lots.

Causeway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard on Art Is Everywhere

Causeway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard

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The long stretch of Veterans Boulevard (right side), Metairie and Jefferson Parish — Suburbs of New Orleans

When I return and drive down Veterans Boulevard, the main strip through Metairie, many of the buildings still look the way I remember in the 80’s, when I was in high school and even older than that but that’s when I started driving, so started paying attention. Since that time, many areas have just become a “concrete jungle.”  The mural arts programs is trying to change this with murals that definitely help to reinvigorate and spruce up the place.

Metairie Mural 6 on Art is EverywhereMetairie Mural 7 on Art is EverywhereThis concrete corridor reminds me of a Radiohead song…that just keeps getting better (see below).

Robert Dafford, the same artist who painted the now iconic clarinet on the side of the downtown Holiday Inn, painted this beautiful mural of a girl blowing a visionary bubble.

Metairie Mural 1 on Art is Everywhere Metairie Mural 2 on Art is EverywhereClick here, if you’d like to read more about this story.

Meanwhile, enjoy Radiohead’s great song Fake Plastic Trees, recorded without an audience in a studio in Holland.

I found this interesting edited film set to their music, using footage from the 2006 movie Cashback by Sean Ellis that I thought was well done.

This is a last minute addition that I thought could help with some healing in Charleston, South Carolina right now. If you’re there or nearby this coming Friday, June 27th, everyone is welcome to go paint a section of a “Power” mural as part of FestivALL.

FestivALL Charleston mural on Art Is Everywhere

Test Your Color Vision

How you see art, may be related to your color acuity.

Test your color vision with this simple iGame Eye test and see if you see more colors than a cat or better than a bat. Remember bats live in the dark so do not need to see a lot of color. Cats on the other hand have better vision than dogs. Does this relate to intellect? Hmmmm, I wonder. Read here about the evolution of color vision, and learn which animals see in color and which don’t. It might surprise you to know that invertebrates do see color but most mammals have a limited range of color.

iGame eye test 1 on Art is everyhwereiGame eye test 2 on Art is everyhwere

Full disclosure, the first time I did the test I got a 19 and color vision of a cat. The more you take the test, the better at it you will be. Also, memorization won’t help you because the color grids chage each time you take the test. A smart color test!

iGame eye test 3 on Art is everyhwere

iGame eye test 4 on Art is everyhwereMeanwhile there’s an artistic bent in the test itself, the more colors you see, the more creative you may be. Find out!

Here’s another Color Hue Challenge that’s not as easy as it looks. Farnsworth-Munsell test was first created by Dean Farnsworth in the 1940’s but Pantone (the “color experts”) provides this free one online, for their X-Right Computer Screen color calibrator product, that I’ve used before for print color management.

Pantone color hue challenge 1 on Art is Everywhere Pantone color hue challenge 2 on Art is Everywhere Pantone color hue challenge 3 on Art is Everywhere Pantone color hue challenge 4 on Art is EverywhereGoogle is researching the links between color, creativity and productivity (via a New Orleans study effort).

Creative Thinking Hub’s article on Thinking more Creatively by Using Color is pretty interesting. No wonder blue remains my favorite color, but I love it more in combinations with other colors.

Engaging New York City Murals

If you happen to be in New York City any time soon, you’re in for a treat. There are some new and interesting ways to enhance your mural sightseeing experience.

First, there is this interactive mural map from YDR that takes you on a walking tour of progressive history murals, starting on Market Street. There is a link to view popup thumbnail images of the murals, a synopsis about them and even a link to conveniently view on your mobile phone. You can learn as you walk.

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via YDR

Interactive NYC mural map 2 on Art Is EverywhereYou’ll probably want to visit the new One World Trade Center while in the city (just opened on May 29th). Upon going up in the elevator, the walls become a virtual display (click here to see the video) that progressively shows the city below as it advances and morphs over the course of 500 years, from original swamp to present. Although you don’t get an actual glass-elevator view, this is even better and completely gives you the feeling that you’re looking out while the change is rapidly taking place. The elevator ride is less than a minute.

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via Visual News

1 World Trade Center elevator2 on Art Is Everywhere 1 World Trade Center elevator3 on Art Is EverywhereInside you’ll also see this large-scale abstract mural by Jose Parla. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge recently viewed the mural this past December on their sojourn to the States.

William and Kate view 1WT mural on Art Is EverywhereFinally, while out touring, be on the lookout for these beautiful, large-scale female portraits painted in undisclosed places by Sean Yoro, known as Hula. He is originally from Hawaii but now in NYC transforming abandoned sites into beautiful portrait murals worth discovering. He’s exceptionally talented and makes realistic painting look easy, just look at his time lapse and other work via his Instagram. I’m a big fan!

Hula Street Art Portrait 1 on Art Is Everywhere

via Bored Panda

Hula Street Art Portrait 2 on Art Is Everywhere

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A Penumbra Performance

I often overlook trending videos in email promos from YouTube but for some reason this one caught my attention. It’s a pretty spectacular performance from a 13 member, all-Filipino troupe called, El Gamma Penumbra. They perform shadow dances with a message. This one happens to be about the dual character of Mother Nature — both beautiful and powerful.

They were vying to win Asia’s Got Talent, and they did!

Here are more visuals of previous performances leading up to the winning one.

Click here for previous posts on Shadow Performances.

A Graduation Performance

I attended my goddaughter’s high school graduation recently. It was one of the best graduations I have witnessed with the focus being on the arts and the overall achievements of the senior class.

The weekend started and ended traveling with gorgeous weather over Memorial Day weekend. We headed to George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA, just outside of New Jersey, where we were staying at the Hilton Garden Inn because there was nothing available closer in. Luckily for us, because this was a surprisingly pretty hotel.

I hadn’t stayed at this type of Hilton before but it is geared toward a high-end experience, with multiple interior vignettes, as well as outdoor seating areas (one around a fire pit) and a mini-golf / gaming lawn, where one can sit and enjoy children playing nearby. I was taken with the tall sheer curtains in the lobby, raising up at each corner of the vestibule to a tiered, vaulted ceiling with hanging lights as the centerpiece, surrounded with ever-changing fluorescent lights covering the color spectrum. It was modern, comfortable, welcoming and a pleasant stay.

Hilton Garden Inn, Trenton, NJ on Art Is Everywhere

Hilton Garden Inn, Trenton, NJ

Hilton Vestibule Lights surrounded by ever changing florescent lighting on Art Is Everywhere

Vestibule Lights surrounded by ever-changing fluorescent lighting

Hilton lobby sitting vignettes on Art Is Everywhere

Hilton lobby sitting vignettes

Hilton lobby sitting vignettes on Art Is Everywhere

Drum light with metallic table and comfortable seating in piano vignette

It was beautiful, almost-beach-weather for graduation day. The setting was at the school’s grotto, which was shaded with dappled light. Because the sides were naturally on an incline, everyone had a descent view. We had a several moments of silence, as is Quaker tradition to take in and reflect on being in the moment. The leaves were rustling among the trees and birds were singing.

The graduates filtered in and instead of calling them continuously, one-by-one, to received their diplomas, each row was punctuated with performances by the students — either a spoken reflection or a musical piece with signing and piano accompaniment. I found out later that the students had to audition to play these parts. The ceremony was a well-executed performance, with all the students having their shining moments. One even did backflips across the lawn to pick up his diploma. It was hard to top that but others added their own personal strut.

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George School graduation in grotto

This past performance will just be one of many. I’m so proud of my goddaughter and happy that she has now graduated and proceeding on to enter what will probably be a career of screen acting. I have no doubt that I’ll probably see her name in lights one day as a famous star.

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My goddaughter graduates

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