Saturday, August 23, 2008

Round Robin Challenge: Public Art

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

-Scott Adams

My pal, and Round Robin teammate, Karen, has chosen one of my ideas, submitted to the challenge pool during our last suggestion round, "Public Art." I love Public Art, and chase it around the Bay Area as much as possible. It's nice when there is a big project being shown in one place, such as the Cool Globes that are being shown along the Chrissy Field promenade. Out of all the globes I saw at the exhibit, this one ended up being my favorite. "Food For Thought" by artist, Nicholas Kashian. The "Cool Globes" project was brought about to bring awareness to Global Warming, by reminding us of how we can work together to help ourselves as we help the planet.

The project began in Chicago, in 2007, and after it's overwhelming success, it continued on to San Diego, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and after that it will be debuting in London in 2009! Each city brings it's own unique message to the globes, as regional artists select themes to represent the areas the globes are being shown in. This project will be around through October 12th, so I kinda think I will be out with the camera again before it closes. There are a lot of powerful messages that go with the globes, like the one Bill Clinton made in his Global Warming Initiative...

"Global Warming Inititive"

"It no longer makes sense for us to debate whether or not the Earth is warming at an alarming rate, and it doesn't make sense for us to sit back and wait for others to act. The fate of the planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit is in our hands, and it is our responsibility to do something about the crisis."

-Bill Clinton ( Global Warming Initiative)

Cool Globes "Hot Ideas For A Cool Planet"

Along the Chrissy Field Promenade

"Support Organic Products" By Vicky Tesmer

"Chicago's Green Roofs" By Mason Dixon

It's an amazing project, every city in America should really do more to raise awareness to the various challenges we face. Art can be a powerful medium for change, especially when we get children involved. I saw a lot of families that day, stopping to read the messages together. I wish there were more art programs being offered in public schools, but here it is, 2008, and sometimes I think we haven't learned a damn thing!

Here are some additional examples of Bay Area Public Art, that I have particularly enjoyed...

"Crouching Spider" By Louise Bourgeois (S.F. Embarcadero)

The Hawk For Peace By Alexander Calder (Berkeley Art Museum)

"The Dreamer" by Pepe Ozan (Golden Gate Park 2007)

"Capriccio" By Carol Sutterlund (Santa Rosa, California)

"Red Quake" By Peter Forakis (Santa Rosa, California)

Follow the art. Just click on the links below to see the Public Art the other Robins found for this challenge. And remember there is still time to play, just visit the official Round Robin blog for all the details.

Linking List

Karen... Outpost Mavarin (Posted)

Carly... Ellipsis (Posted)

Momma... Sandcastle Momma (Posted!)

T.J. ...T.J.'s Photo Blog (Posted!)

Annie... Pictures of Craziness and Me and My Phone

Wammy... The Ellis Family Cincinnati (Posted!)

Vicki... Maraca (Posted!)

Molly... Return of the White Robin

Pamela... The Dust Will Wait (Posted!)

Swampy... Anecdotes, Antidotes and Anodes

Sahvvy... Instantaneous Exsistence

Em Dy... Captured Beat (Posted!)

Jama Hameed... Sweet Memories (Posted!)

Jennifer Robin... Robin's Woods (Posted!)

Teena... It's all about me! (Posted!)

Gattina... Keyhole Pictures (Posted!)

"Food For Thought"
Chrissy Field Promenade
San Francisco, California
August, 2008


Sandcastle Momma said...

Those are great photos! I had not heard of the Globe Project but it looks so cool! I would love to be able to wander around looking and reading the messages.
That spider is pretty neat too.

Wammy said...

Love the spider and all the globes. I am definately sharing this with our 'green' daughter. Makes me want to get int he car and see what else our city has to offer. Thanks for putting a spark there.

Em Dy said...

This is a great idea. While I was looking through my archives, I found that I have more public art photos of other places than my town. Time to change that. Thanks to you!

swampy said...

As I started my "tour" of your Public Art, I was choosing my favorites as I went. I decided that ALL of them are my favorites !

I noticed that you live in the San Francisco area...I've never been there and hope to visit someday.

Happy Weekend to you and yours.

Pamela said...

red quake.
Now that one has me scratching my chin. ha ha.

charish said...

So amazing. Makes me want to go and see it in real life. Thak you so much for sharing

Molly said...

I like the idea of the Global Warming Initiative. It is always fun to see the various ways that diffrent artists interpret the same concept. I would love to see some these sculptures in person. Standing next to The Dreamer has to a delightful experience.

I have posted my public art example too.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I love the first one, especially the pear nose. The row of globes on the promenade is also great, and so is The Dreamer. Thanks for the wonderful topic, and for continuous inspiration!

TJ said... have been places and seen things! Great shots...The dreamer is way so cool...
Loved them all.

Martha said...

What wonderful photos of such cool art! Great job Carly! I'm almost embarassed that I didn't play along this time since I live in a city known for the arts ::sigh:: I have got to find better balance in my life so I have time to get back to the challenges! I really miss playing along.

Teena in Toronto said...

The first one is so colourful!

I played too :)

MyMaracas said...

Wow, thanks for sharing all these. I didn't know about the globe project. I really like the variations on the theme there. But I think I like the Red Quake one best.


the teach said...

What an extensive i ntroduction to Bay Area public art! Thank you Carly! I loved this Photo Challenge! :)