No, really, still your life for a moment. On this crazy day when people are running around trying to get Black Friday deals or whatever else … just pause for a moment, remember the gratitude of Thanksgiving and celebrate the beauty of stillness.
I mentioned the other day that I’d gone to a winery on Treasure Island during my fire truck tour and while there I saw the dancing woman statue.
It’s a 40′ tall statue that was previously at Burning Man and now has a home on Treasure Island.
It’s called Bliss Dance and was created by artist Marco Cochrane, an Italian-born artist now living on Treasure Island.
”The sculpture is lit by 1,000 LED lights controlled by a customized iPad application” – source
“Love is a radical act. Taking the time to actually love someone, to truly value who they are rather than hurt them or force them to be someone else, is a radical act. To value acts of love over disposable things is a radical act. It goes against what we are taught by society.”
That quote comes from the About page of an interesting collaborative art project called Love Is A Radical Act. The photo is one of the ceramic plaques sold through this project. But it’s really the quote that interests me. Do you agree that love is a radical act? It’s a bold statement. And I’m not sure I agree actually. But I like it.
There are so many opportunities to see different types of burlesque performances in San Francisco. I’ve seen a variety of styles in different venues over the years. The group I see most often is Bombshell Betty’s group, which performs several times each year at The Elbo Room. The performances are generally themed and I’ve done ones that were for Valentine’s, Easter and Christmas. But my favorite as far as themes go was one I went to a couple of months ago that was themed around art history. Each of the performers based her piece on a famous artist or style of dance. So intriguing!
This was Picasso with his muse.
This one and the one above it was Dali and surrealism. It was actually really kind of creepy and reminded me of some of the freaky scenes in experimental films I’ve watched. But in a good way.
One of my favorites, although also creepy, was the Frida Kahlo piece. She burlesqued her way out of her cast.
This was a group performance of Warhol’s Marilyns.
Earlier this month I shared the photos I had of the Seward Johnson life-sized bronze sculptures that popped up in Fillmore neighborhood starting this summer. What’s really interesting about them, though, is their detail, so I thought that today I’d share some of the more detailed photos I’ve taken.
The Hot Dog Guy
This sculpture is the only one of the 12 in the group that debuted here in San Francisco; the others have toured other cities first.
I especially love the details on their clothing.
Last week I shared that I had gone to a wine and painting class. The person I went with decided he wasn’t very interested in the instructional process (you may understand why if you read my original post) and decided to just spend the time painting his own thing. I enjoyed what he created:
When I’m staying in someone else’s home I usually take the time to stop and smell their roses … or more accurately to pay close attention to the little things in their homes. I’m not talking aobut snooping but rather about appreciating the things they have on display in the open for all to see. Sometimes I’ll photograph the stuff they have that I like and make a scrapbook for them because this helps them actually see their home in a new way again. We put these little things up in our space because we love them but when we live with them day in and day out then we can forget how much we like them. Here are some things I loved in one space I visited recently:
What would someone see if they walked into your home right now?