Beautify This

Beautify This

One a recent walk,I  found myself at Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, awestruck by a magnificent mural on the wall of a pho restaurant… Bowl Kitchen.

WEB4The mural was done through an amazing organization called Beautify Earth.

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WEB2The cafe boasts a garden in the back with seating…

WEB3Flanked by the magical mural…by “John Park Art“…as I understand it.  Bravo!

 

 

 

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Walking with Sculpture 3

Walking with Sculpture 3

A walk through the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park on a moody late November afternoon…

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“The land along McCormick Blvd. and the north channel of the Chicago River that runs though the Village of Skokie is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. This land had been sorely neglected for a number of years, and by the mid-80’s had become a community eyesore. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District developed guidelines and wanted suggestions for its improvement.  The Village of Skokie came forward with plans to turn the area into a recreational park with biking and jogging paths and picnic areas. At the same time, a group of private citizens proposed using the park to display large scale contemporary sculptures.” —   http://sculpturepark.org/park-history/

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It’s all about relating…

 

Walking with Sculpture 2

Walking with Sculpture 2

A walk through the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park on a moody late November afternoon…

“The land along McCormick Blvd. and the north channel of the Chicago River that runs though the Village of Skokie is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. This land had been sorely neglected for a number of years, and by the mid-80’s had become a community eyesore. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District developed guidelines and wanted suggestions for its improvement.  The Village of Skokie came forward with plans to turn the area into a recreational park with biking and jogging paths and picnic areas. At the same time, a group of private citizens proposed using the park to display large-scale contemporary sculptures.” —   http://sculpturepark.org/park-history/

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Giving new meaning to the phrase…“Walking with Sculpture”…with, through, among and around.

Walking with Sculpture 1

Walking with Sculpture 1

A walk through the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park on a moody late November afternoon…

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“The land along McCormick Blvd. and the north channel of the Chicago River that runs though the Village of Skokie is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. This land had been sorely neglected for a number of years, and by the mid-80’s had become a community eyesore. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District developed guidelines and wanted suggestions for its improvement.  The Village of Skokie came forward with plans to turn the area into a recreational park with biking and jogging paths and picnic areas. At the same time, a group of private citizens proposed using the park to display large scale contemporary sculptures.” —   http://sculpturepark.org/park-history/

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The sculptures augment, and are augmented by, nature’s moody moments.

Los Angeles Love: Mariachi Plaza

Los Angeles Love: Mariachi Plaza

A new discovery! The historic Mariachi Plaza, in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.

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WEBaThe incredible independent “lending library”, “Libros Schmibros“, labor of literacy love.

Another reason to love LA…

Niki, Too

Niki, Too

Poet and Muse

Mosaic sculpture by Niki de St. Phalle., near the entrance to the Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Who is the Poet, and Who is the Muse? Does the Poet hold up the Muse, or vica versa?  Both are monumental, in Niki’s eyes.

“My feet’s too big….” Not in Niki’s eyes, or hands. Certainly not in her soul.

Nikigator

Mosaic sculpture by Niki de St. Phalle., also adjacent to the  Mingei International Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

The elaborate, fantastical “Nikigator” provides fun and fantasy for the young at heart. thrilling their imaginations.

Who needs a playground, when you have a Nikigator?

Too friendly to be ferocious? OR, Too ferocious to be friendly?  An easy or uneasy balance between the two?

The Nikigator is encrusted with brilliant “Niki “gems”…

…wild and fantastical designs and patterns that adorn her extravagant creatures…

And delight our souls.

What is your response to “Niki”?

If you feel so inspired, please share it with us here.  We love to hear from you.

Remember, we are all creating this thing called Life, together.

Here’s to Imagination…Creativity…DeLight….
Listen “Charlotte Talks“…all about Nikki…her daughter and granddaughter share about this wondrous being… and .prepare to be inspired!