Global Weather Art

What’s one of the first things the news broadcasts on a continual basis? And what do you want to know — besides traffic? What info can help you for what to wear, what to pack, and what to prepare? Weather!

NOAA, the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration, has created a new global weather view map that is interactive. It’s not only fun and informative but beautiful and art in motion. Look at these views and check out the real-time animation for yourself.

NOAA_interactive global weather map via NOAA Environmental Visualization on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_interactive global weather map via NOAA Environmental Visualization

Don’t forget to move the earth with your cursor to see other countries.

Who knew pressure could be so pretty!

NOAA_global weather winds on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_global weather winds

NOAA_gloabal weather precipitation on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_gloabal weather precipitation

NOAA_global weather moisture on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_global weather moisture

NOAA_global weather Temperature on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_global weather Temperature

 I’m hoping the weather this week during vacation in Ocracoke, NC will make some memorable artwork on this global view map or at least be.

An Oakland Mural Mess

I’m always sad to see a lovely mural painted over but I’m equally interested in following a legal battle that has ensued. This one is between artist Dan Fontes, who is suing previous and current owners of the Nissan Dealership in Oakland, California for $400,000K for damages for painting over his well-known, Lake Merritt cloud-skyline mural.

Dan Fontes Oakland Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Dan Fontes’ Mural_via Contra Costa Times

Evidently there is a copyright issue at hand, where the dealership did not give the artist a required 90 day notice before whitewashing the mural. The dealership, under new management since the mural was originally painted, claims extortion and that the mural had to be painted over because it had been tagged and was unsightly. However, what is interesting about this case is the artist took measures to paint the mural on panels that could be removed and used a special German paint that can last hundreds of years. It is the same German paint I used to paint this public mural on panels that were installed on the side of the neighborhood school, then I know there is a coating that was probably and precisely used to mitigate tagging. It allows the top, protective layer that might be tagged to be removed without damaging the mural. I used this coating to help protect the mural from outdoor weather conditions as well as possible tagging, that never did occur. The mural was based on images that the school children had submitted and represented the four seasons related to their student garden planted in front.

JH-Mural-Installed_by Ashley Spencer_AIE

Jefferson Houston public art mural by Ashley Spencer

A note about this mural, because there was major construction done to upgrade the school, the mural panels were removed to be used elsewhere. It remains to be seen where they are being used but here is the new school where they were located on the playground.

New Jefferson Houston School on Art Is Everywhere

New Jefferson Houston School

Getting back to the Oakland case, the artist had dropped by the dealership and left his card for someone to get back to him so he could repair the mural. They never did, granted the owner at the time was focused on his wife dying of cancer and then establighing a charity in her honor. Instead, the new owner simply painted over the mural and the artist was never contacted.

What a shame and what a mural mess that appears could all have been avoided with better communication. It will be interesting to see if the copyright issue wins this case and is worth noting for future reference.

On a positive note, the same day I ran across this story, I saw this one about Annapolis, known for his static historic sites, is “softening” their image to allow more public murals in their industrial district.

It seems to me that more and more cities are considering murals and artwork to help beautify and add interest to their streetscapes.

Color a Village

What a remarkable image! Artists color a village in Mexico to bring beauty and benefit to the small town of Pachuca. Quartz appropriately describes it as “color therapy.”

Pachuca village_via  Quartz on Art Is Everywhere

Pachuca village_via Quartz

Oddly named German Crew group is responsible for this urban renewal project with its youth graffiti artists who transformed 209 residents’ homes with swaths of broad strokes of color.

The village is located in the most impoverished area of the Palmitas about 100 miles outside of Mexico City. The project hopes to bring cultural awareness and tourism to help fend off crime while engaging the community to take back their town.

This part of the project has taken six months, from the design by Mibe, a street artist from Mexico City, to the whitewashed basepaint before to the bright colorization.

Pachura before via ArtNet / German Crew on Art Is Everywhere

before via ArtNet / German Crew

Pachura colored via ArtNet / German Crew on Art Is Everywhere

Pachura colored via ArtNet / German Crew

The second phase will add figurative murals to the streets scape. It’s a beautiful work in progress — putting artists to work and adding a beneficial facial “uplift” to the town — in more ways than just cosmetic.

Just look how this Pachura town stands out now. Photo via German Crew on Art Is Everywhere

Just look how this town stands out now! Photo via German Crew

In a previous posts, you can read about how a similar town of Favela was transformed with murals and color.

An Ai Weiwei and Charleston Mural Update

Here’s an Ai Weiwei and Charleston Mural Update.

I wrote an Weighing in on Ai Weiwei post back in June 2014. I recently read that this controversial Chinese artist was randomly given his passport back after four years (600 days) when the Chinese government first took it away, basically leaving him captive in his own country and after he served jail time. He is still barred from posting anything on the Chinese Internet. However, all this didn’t stop him from creating thought-provoking, ‘pain in the Chinese government’s rear and side’ type of art through instructions he gave to his minions to follow and set up exhibitions in other countries. I have to give him kudos for getting around the situation. Now that he can travel, no telling what he’ll do…

First stop, London.

Ai Weiwei via Washington Post on Art Is EverywhereAlso, here’s a quick link update to the post about the interactive public art “Power” mural in Charleston, SC along with a picture of how the mural came out. The initial information is published in the Metry Gets Muralized post near the bottom.

Power Mural Update_Charelston Gazette Mail on Art Is Everywhere

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

Taxifabric 6 on Art Is Everywhere

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.

Hoxxoh murals-1 on Art Is Everywhere

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

Adams Memorial on Art Is Everwhere

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!

Strange light after a storm on Art Is EverywhereStrange lighting with dark sky on Art Is Everywhere

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

18 th st back of lakeside mall_metairie_times picayune on Art Is Everywhere

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

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