The Fearless Girl

Last Wednesday a week ago, many women abandoned their work and marched to recognize “A Day Without A Woman” but I found the Fearless Girl statue facing down the well-known “raging” Wall Street Bull sculpture much more remarkable and leaving a powerful impression. Ironically the US-based political march was mostly by angry women striking about a life without women with participants shouting visceral chants against the newest administration. I’m for free speech but I think the Fearless Girl, precisely as little as she is, has more impact.

The march was strategically planned on International Women’s Day, which has a long history (since 1911) of celebrating the positive accomplishments of women. It brings recognition to the importance of women, since the oppression of women was first recognized in 1908 — with a march. The recent women’s strike was not mentioned on the IWD’s website.

This is not to say marches don’t send a message. They can and have affected change. I’m in Northern VA, where schools had to close because female teachers didn’t come to work. The Fearless Girl statue, however, gives an enduring visual perspective through the personal expression of art that a fleeting march just can’t. The statue brought all sorts of questions to mind because I didn’t know its backstory but wondered who the artist was and how the statue was able to be placed in the current location. Will it stay?

Here’s what I learned. The statue was commissioned and officially put in location by State Street Global Advisors and they tweeted this statementWe wanted to highlight the power of women in leadership. So we made room in the one place business couldn’t ignore.

Fearless Girl video by State Street Advisors via Youtube on AIE

Fearless Girl video by State Street Advisors via YouTube. Click this link to play.

This is a wonderful video! I love the demonstration of the creative process and the message. Hey, but where’s the credit to the artist, who is female, by the way?!!

Here’s how they installed — the day before the women’s march and IWD.

And the message at this little super power of a statue’s feet says much.

Fearless girl statue base via CNN on AIE

The Fearless Girl faces the Charging Wall Street Bull.

Fearless girl statue back via wbur_AIE

via WBUR

Fearless girl statue front via CNN_AIE

She really does look like a super heroine, with her stance and standing strong in the wind, visible by the flow of her dress and movement of her hair. I hope she stays in place. Based on some of the comments on Twitter, sadly, it looks like this is a temporary installation. There is a petition going around to keep her in place, however.

Also, at the time of this writing, I could not find a single mention of credit (via State Street or the McCannNY Ad Agency, who is running their campaign) given to the female artist who created the statue and who is shown in the video. I asked about it on YouTube because overlooking this significant information seems contrary to the message the statue is being used by the ad agency to give — females make a difference (girl power and #shemakesadifference) — and should be noted as such, as should all artists.

Finally, I found the artist mentioned on KTLA 5 news, where I found the picture below. Her name is Kristen Visbal, and here’s her wonderful work!

My favorite picture thus far is how this beautifully rendered statue has already inspired little girls to be the super heros they are.

Abrianna Tabor Almonte wears her red-and-pink superhero outfit to go see the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street. (Credit: Amanda Marmor via CNN)_AIE

Abrianna Tabor Almonte wears her red-and-pink superhero outfit to go see the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street. (Credit: Amanda Marmor via CNN)

Post this publication, here’s a reader’s comment in the Washington Post remarking on the same, non-mention of the artist.

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Fabulous Fibonacci is Golden Art

I’ve just backed Rafael Araujo’s Kickstarter project to bring his beautiful architectural illustrations to light in an adult coloring book. Araujo is a Venezuelan architect in Caracas, who’s been using the Fibonacci Sequence or Golden Ratio for over 40 years to create his artwork.

Rafael Araujo at work_ Art Is Everywhere

Rafael Araujo at work

The Golden Ratio uses “Phyllotaxis,” which is the tendency in nature for things to grow in spiral patterns. This concept can be seen in mathematically sequenced spirals in seashells and butterflies — two of my favorite things — among many other elements that are found in Nature.

Golden Ratio shell 1_Art Is EverywhereHe’s left all the mathematical plotting points intact to show the diagram of the object he’s illustrating, similar to Leonardi’s famous image of the Vitruvian man, which in this case also shows how the circle and the Golden Ratio Rectangle come together.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man_ArtIsEverywhere

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man via Stanford University

Golden Ratio shell 3_ Art Is Everywhere

Araujo’s shells using the Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio shell 2_Art Is Everywhere

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Blue Morpho Butterflies in flight by Rafael Araujo

Casart Butterfly Logo2_Art Is Everywhere

Casart coverings Blue Morpho Logo Butterfly

I love the Blue Morpho Butterfly, as you can see above. I took these next two pictures while in Panama. It is one of the most majestic creatures. I was so excited to see them in flight, as well as leaf cutter ants at work. Pretty amazing and mesmerizing.

Blue Morpho Underside wing pattern in Panama_Art Is Everywhere

Blue Morpho Underside wing pattern in Panama

Blurry Blue Morpho eating_AIE

Blurry Blue Morpho eating

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Araujo’s Monarch Butterflies

I’m loving this coloring book because it epitomizes the apex of where art and science come together. I’m excited to receive one but more importantly, I’m very happy, Mr. Araujo and his printers have already reached their fundraising goal. I’m just pleased to be a part of the effort to bring his exceptional art to others. You can still be a part of the effort too until April 27th, so get on board and surf the Golden Ratio wave!

Golden Ratio Coloring Book_ArtIsEverywhereHere are some more links that may be of interest:

Rafael Araujo’s website

His creative process on Imgur

Math is Fun – The Fibonacci Sequence

A Fun Math Exercise in Your Garden

About the Fibonacci Sequence

Golden Ratio in relation to Fibonacci Sequence

More on Golden Rectangles

Golden Ratio Rectangle_ArtIsEverywhere

Don’t ask me to explain the math, except maybe this is why I like Spirograph so much! 😉

 

Preventing Cancer with French Flair

My husband and I were excited to be invited as guests to attend the annual Prevent Cancer Gala, held at the National Building Museum. Peter’s Committee Chairman, Congressman Fred Upton and colleague Diana DeGette were the honorees for their tireless efforts to introduce and push legislation through Congress to help find, fund and speed the process for 21st Century Cures for today’s illnesses.

Prevent Cancer Gala-2 honorees_Art Is Everywhere

Prevent Gala honoree_Art Is Everywhere

Organization President and Founder and event Chair, Carolyn Aldigé, Congressman Fred Upton and wife Amey

The theme was La Vie En Rose, which was fitting in light of the Paris terrorist attacks that linger in our collective consciousness. In fact, as I write this post, the remaining terrorist has just been caught in his hometown in Brussels. I hope the French get the information they need and that will help protect other countries from terrorist activities.

Prevent Cancer Gala La Vie En Rose_Art Is EverywhereBizzBash rates the gala as one of Washington’s top events in 2014. It was definitely decorated to the nines, complete with a huge Eiffel Tower replica at the bar with bartenders in berets serving French 75 champagne cocktails. Other French flair attributes included: cabaret dancers, antiqued-mirrored rectangular tables, beautiful floral bouquets of spring flowers in tall vases and individually set en masse down the center of the table. The food was delicious and typically French: bouillabaisse with mussels (my favorite) in a saffron aioli, charred beef tenderloin in red wine jus and cauliflower puree, poirier (pear) au chocolat (chocolate sponge cake with Poire William ice cream) and a demitasse café or tea with macaroons, cappuncino eclairs and almond madeleines. Surprisingly, this was not all that filing.

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Photo by Alfredo Flores. 22nd Annual Prevent Cancer Spring Gala?. National Building Museum. March 11, 2016_AIE

Photo by Alfredo Flores. 22nd Annual Prevent Cancer Spring Gala. National Building Museum. March 11, 2016

French 75 via Gin Foundry_Art Is Everywhere

French 75 via Gin Foundry

I wish I had taken pictures but unfortunately I got so caught up in having a good time that it was not on my radar, except for the first floor shot above. We dress up so infrequently in ballroom attire — long dress and tux — that it would have been nice to document. Dommage! Tant pis, pour les temps prochain!

Prevent Cancer Cabaret Dancers_ArtIsEverywhereYou can see many more pictures on the Prevent Cancer Organization’s Facebook page, but here are a few highlights and with some of the fun folks we met, like the Energy & Commerce Committee’s young staff.

Prevent Cancer Gala attendees_Art Is Everywhere ECC young staff strike a pose_Art Is EverywhereThe French Ambassador spoke. Andrea Roane, our local news anchor was the MC and the most clever method was used for their fundraising. Upon arriving, guests registered their cell phone and credit card with a bevy of young staffers inputting all this info on laptop computers. Guests were then sent a link on their phones to download the Prevent Cancer Org app. There was a floor auction in the bar area that could also be bid online and during the meal. This raised 1 million dollars! Another $40,000 in cash donations was raised during the evening from guests giving any increment using the app and their name would be displayed on the large teleprompters that were conveniently located on either side of the room. These really helped everyone see and hear the speakers as well as stay informed about the fundraising, which cleverly became a competition with those who gave not only pressing others to donate with their names flashing for all to see but anyone who contributed was handed a flashing necklace. You wouldn’t want to be caught without one. Smart!!

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Table arrangement. Photo by Josh Hartman

The most impressive thing, however, remains what this organization does with all the dollars it receives.

Prevent Cancer Gala-3_Art Is Everywhere Prevent Cancer Gala-4_Art Is EverywhereThis is a quick update. “Who” knew Roger Daltrey of The Who fame, would be involved in the 21st Century Cures regarding his effort with childhood cancers through Teen Cancer America, the organization he founded with Pete Townsand. This can be viewed via the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing just yesterday.

Roger Daltrey testifies on hill_Art Is Everywhere

The Art of Speaking

I was posting on the Slipcovers for Your Walls blog for Casart coverings about Apple’s latest run in with the FBI about providing a backdoor entry on their devices in relation to their existing home technology, when I came a several great videos on Fast Company.

You could say these videos below explain how there is an art to the well-crafted interview, so the interview questions are perceived the way that one wants the interviewee to hear.

Art of Speaking_interviewing_FastCompany_on Art Is EverywhereOtherwise, the interview becomes a classic case of you say this but this is what they hear.

Actually there’s an art to speaking in general, so keep watching the second video. It humorously shows the double speak within office meetings.

Too funny and too true! (from Fast Company)

If you want to see more, head on over to the Slipcovers for Your Walls blog post on Apple Wants to Unlock Your Door.

The Art of Plating Food

If you’re a world renown chef, you’re used to plating (arranging food in a pleasing manner); although, what is your creative process for arranging such an artistic plate?

scallops-platedThere is an art to plating food.

Helen Rennie‘s Youtube channels does a good example of explaining just how it is done.

Even more visual is the exhibit, Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity. detailing chef Ferran Adria’s plating process starting from when he was the chef of el Bulli, now shuttered but it was one of the most famous restaurant in Spain in the 80’s.

I first learned about this exhibit in 2014 and it’s taken this long to come to the US.

Ferran's plating diagram on Art Is EverywhereBrett Littman, the exhibition curator, “has been constructing and deconstructing  Ferran’s visual concepts. In fact, out of this exhibit comes a 2,720-page catalogue raisonée, elBulli: 2005-2011, that details all the recipes and techniques of the restaurant from its final seven years. This will be a food lovers visual delight.”

In the meantime, it is interesting to see that the exhibit uses plastine models to visually prep-create the food to give a 3-D perspective of what the plated food will look like.

Plasticine used for the Art of Plating exhibit_AIEI can relate to Helen Rennie’s approach and philosophy, “it’s all fluff” but have fun with it. Plating certainly makes preparing any meal more fun. In some ways it is similar to me needed a Facebook page for my business, it is expected for chefs these days to have a pleasing food presentation. Not only this, as a diner, you’ll remember and possibly come back — if it tastes even better than it looks — so good for business.

You may see other interesting appealing food presentation examples in these previous Food category posts.

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.

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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.

Adding to the Apple Bite

Apple has just opened its new store in the Jiefangbei section of the Chongqing in China. With its unveiling comes a mural, in which Apple commissioned 2 artists to produce, Navid Baraty, a US-born photographer who took the photo of Chongqing’s skyline along the River and Yangyang Pan, a Chinese artist, who added dripping paint strokes to add interesting color.

The mural is enlarged and displayed in the round, wrapping around inside the glass walls of the new retail store. The architecture in itself is pretty stunning as is Apple’s apple bite that seems to float in the center.

Apple-Store-Jifangbei_via AppAdvice_on Art Is EverywhereAbove is a photo of the storefront without the mural and below the video story of “making the mural.”

Art Patrons in the News

I was glad to read about these two stories regarding well-known celebrities bringing art to communities.

Actress Viola Davis has given $1500 to Segue Institute for Learning for their campaign to paint Martin Luther King Murals for 2015. The charter-based school for at-risk, 6th – 8th grade students, is located in Central Falls, RI, where Ms. Davis is a native. She has helped to support the school since its inception in 2006.

Viola Davis via GoLocalProv on Art is EverywhereAlso in the news, Bill Gates is commissioning over 30 artists to create artwork that promotes getting vaccines. The campaign is called “The Art That Saves a Life.

Art That Saves a Life on Art is EverywhereThe Birth of Vaccines Photo by Alexa Sinclair on Art Is Everywhere Clicking on the link above will show you all the artists involved, including the Russian illustrator Evgeny Parfenov, whose portrait of Tom Yorke, of the famed Radiohead band,    that I find interesting.

Tom Yorke Portrait by Evgeny Parfenov on Art Is Everywhere

 

 

 

Merry Monarch Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Here’s our charitable organization to which we contribute each year, The Blue Monarch in Tennessee. They do incredible work of breaking the cycle of family or drug abuse in providing rehabilitation and  giving the children of affected mothers a chance at a new beginning.

As you can see from this postcard — Art Is Everywhere and the children are flourishing.

Blue Monarch 1 on Art Is Everywhere

Blue Monarch children create a mural

Blue Monarch 2 on Art Is Everywhere

Plus, they put the mothers to work making the most scrumptious granola, which becomes our Christmas presents to family each year.

They exemplify the true spirit of Christmas all year round.

Blue Monarch 3 on Art Is EverywhereWe also like that they connect us to our Sewanee roots.

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