All posts tagged: Art

Madame Mona Lisa, and Not Enough Time for Musee du Louvre

One of the items on my bucket list is to come face to face with madame Mona Lisa, an experience I was able to check off during a visit to The Louvre when I traveled to Paris with my Contiki group. That morning, our visit started with our tour manager telling our group that he would be showing us a secret entrance to The Louvre known only to a few. This, he said, would help us skip a lot of the longer lines. He of course had also pre-purchased our tickets. True to his word, we were able to get in without a hitch. The Louvre, we found out, was originally intended to be a castle but eventually determined not to be extravagant enough to serve its purpose. (This is the reason they built Versailles, which I wrote about in a previous post.) The museum itself is so large that if you would like to be able to see all the collections, you would need to dedicate a few days (maybe even more). We did …

Storm King

“The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.” – D.H. Lawrence Just an hour and a few minutes drive from New York City is Storm King Art Center, considered one of the world’s premier sculpture parks. My boyfriend and I have been talking about going over to Storm King since earlier in the year (he has been there before and has been wanting to take me), but I was hesitant this morning. He was not feeling that well this week, I have had a long week at work and a lot is going on everywhere else in life-dom. But we decided we needed this — so we headed off to a day of art and the outdoors. It was a gorgeous Saturday weather-wise. It did not quite feel like fall yet though the leaves suggested otherwise, their colors are radiant and beautiful, and not summer anymore even with the sun feeling warm and bright at times while we were walking from one sculpture to the next. Storm King combines …

Wednesday Sightings: Head in the Clouds (All it Takes is an Idea)

In the age of social media, some of the platforms that bring with them a lot of promise are crowdfunding platforms, arguably the most popular ones being Kickstarter and Charity Water. All it takes is an idea, and anyone can appeal to the world why they should get to have their dreams realized, or why their cause is important. As a marketing communications professional, digital marketer and full time idealist, crowdfunding has always peaked my interest. Inspiring stories, such as movies being produced with the help of people instead of big production companies for complete creative control, and more importantly, wells being dug around the world in places where clean water was next to impossible before, prove the power of these platforms in making a difference. One example of a project that was realized through Kickstarter was the “Head in the Clouds” project, an installation made up of recycled materials in Governors Island in the summer of 2013. We did not know what we were going to find in Governors Island when we went there …

On Art

I have this daydream that I am going to one day have one of those experiences that’s a cross between Owen Wilson in “Midnight in Paris” and the late Robin Williams in “What Dreams May Come.” I sometimes have a misguided picture of myself as an old soul and old heart, but then again a big part of me lives in this very moment. I do believe I have my own world and sometimes think I am the only one who understands in what plane I am living at any given instant, but that’s okay, too. And when I have encounters with art, it happens, even for so brief a time as I allow myself to get lost. I think that’s what it’s all about though isn’t it — getting lost and drawing from ┬áit what’s personally important.

The Fountain of Four Rivers

Rome is surreal — with art, architecture and literature all converging and melding into one great historical and picturesque place. Like all other tourists, we had a list of places we wanted to see during our first visit in Rome. But not until we stood in front of this Bernini sculpture in Piazza Navona, La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi — The Fountain of Four Rivers — completely accidentally and not even realizing it, that it hit me. There I was standing in front of a masterpiece: one that has been a subject of many other literary masterpieces years after he himself passed on, a testimony to the enduring legacy of his work. This, I realized, is the same thing with great civilizations. They leave behind their works of art, their philosophy, new ways of thinking that millennia after, new civilizations build on what they have started. What, as a civilization, are we going to leave behind? (Photo taken in Rome, Italy, May 2013)