Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Mural

One of the walks we often take into town is to the local market. It's where we go to buy our date night fare. The other day when we were walking up the hill it occurred to me that I should take a closer look at the painted concrete wall that we walk past every time we make the trek. I was surprised to see how incredibly well done it is. It's a full block long. Here what we see walking up the hill.












Happy Winter Solstice, friends!

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  1. Murals are an important art form (but then, so is graffiti, to my way of thinking). In my mother's town there are murals on the flood wall (to hold back the Ohio river) depicting the history of the city.

    The "sad" thing about both murals (yours and hers) are that they are often the only way people can experience the things depicted. No one can go back in history to view the events of the past, but, increasingly, it's growing harder to see wildlife as well. Murals to a good job. It's just unfortunate that they have this job to do.

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    1. Paul-- It is a sad thing that the world changes in ways that can't be undone.

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  2. What a beautiful mural! There are quite a few murals around here, but they are all people-centered. (I wrinkled my nose as I typed that).
    I wish you a very happy Solstice as well! YAY for longer days!

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    1. CCorax-- I was really delighted when I finally turned my attention to the wall. We usually just walk on by, huffing up the hill. Wonderful to behold such creatures!

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  3. Beautiful mural and as c. corax mentioned, so nice to see one that isn't anthropocentric. Wishing you a happy winter solstice too!

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    1. bev-- Yes, it is true most of the murals we see are anthropocentric. Ugh, what we have done to the planet in the name of our rapacious human selves.

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  4. Wow, that really is something. There is a supermarket not far from where I live that has a mural on one entire side. It's a Victorian-themed town square.

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    1. Sharon-- There is something wonderful about big works of art like this. The effort is always so beautiful.

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  5. murals in small towns say so much about the town and its interests. I'd love to see the whole of them, how they set in their environment. Happy Solstice.

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    1. Rain-- Yes, I think you are right about that... small towns and murals. This one definitely says a lot about Arcata. Happy Solstice!

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  6. Those are wonderful and I am so glad you took the time to appreciate and record for us. Someone put a lot of work into that and it should be appreciated.

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    1. Patti-- I was surprised it hadn't occurred to me before to photograph these beautiful paintings. I'm glad you liked it!

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  7. The mural is cool. Do you know who did it and how long ago? In 1976 a good friend did a ceramic mural that hangs in a recreation building at South Lake Tahoe. When Leah and I visited a few years ago, the people in the building had no idea where it came from or who did it. They were monumentally uninterested when I mentioned knowing the artist.

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    1. Mark-- I think the mural was done in the 1990s, but I'll check on that. It may be that more than one artist worked on this, but I'm not sure. I love a good mystery!

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  8. What a beautiful mural!
    I agree with you, just incredibly well done!

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