The value of the invisible
On Park Hill, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, a bridge is made for people to pass between the 13-story skyscrapers. One day, a young man named Jason started writing down his heart with a white spray on the bridge to propose to the woman he loves, Claire.
This letter, written by a young man who had a phobia of heights, despite his dizziness, has moved many people's hearts since then.
There is so much graffiti in the world, but why did this writing move people's hearts?
The bridge of the building was not like the place you would find in a popular tourist destination. It didn't look fancy and luxurious to anyone. It was a bridge where ordinary people went to work every day in the fierce field of life, sometimes in a state of unemployment, sometimes wandering on the road of life, and staring blankly at the outside. A young man who sprayed white spray while singing a song to express love comes to mind on such a bridge. In a word, it was a love that the world could not buy with money. That is why people who recognize the value of that love begin to gather. And they start to be interested in the characters of the graffiti and their true love. But in reality, the couple never got married. Women die of cancer at a young age, and men continue to struggle with poverty.
However, this sad story that the company took notice of has become a commodity. Due to its popularity, the building was reconstructed. But the bridge was left untouched. The place is like the goose that lays golden eggs. They dimmed the woman's name and put her neon sign on his famous handwriting. And they made the letters into icons and sold them.
Couldn't it just be remembered as a beautiful moment of the couple? Or could they have rewarded the poor young man who wrote the letter herself?
It reminds me of an image I received at an exhibition in the past.
In the exhibition hall, a child looks out the window. There is a fast-food restaurant in front of the gallery. It's full of people. Everyone is laughing and talking.
The unknown artist exhibiting in the gallery wants at least one visitor to come in and look at his paintings. But only a small child is his visitor. The child looks to the other side. The images I saw were people's hearts for art. It may not look like that fast food restaurant, but artists dream of a landscape where you can feel free to come in and look at your paintings. But the reality is only for those who can see its worth. That is why art, which should be the purest, falls victim to extreme commercialism. Wouldn't it be great if people could genuinely reward and treat the value of that beauty? And how great would it be if artists could cherish such values and create works of art? Then there will be no need for marketing or business. But there is no utopia in the world.
The group Yungblud sang the story of Jason from Bridge.
His lyrics linger in my mind for a long time.
“A kid lifts up a spray can/ And never thought it would be famous what he did/ Turned the mess into a dreamland/ With a quirky act of romance/ A version of Romeo and Juliet/ This time with Adidas sneakers and cigarettes/ A couple of kids trying to cut down the safety net/ They twisted the story so they could bring glory to it” (by lyrics, I Love You, Will You Marry Me? Youngblud)
Urban art combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas, being inspired by urban architecture or present urban lifestyle.
Famous style of urban art, Graffiti is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
There are two buildings with gravity painted on them called Five Pointz in Long Island City. It has become a popular tourist destination because of its graffiti. The building was initially built in 1982 for the Neptune Meter, a factory that makes water meters. Still, in the early 1990s, Jerry Welkopi began renting it out to artists as a studio. Painters painted and sprayed here, and the street became a place full of beautiful murals.
In 2002, graffiti artist Jonathan Cohen began citing the Five Pointz, which means Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, the five counties of New York City. The building has emerged as a mecca for graffiti artists. The murals accumulated over the past 20 years have become works of art one by one and have represented as a symbol. However, as in all things, in 2013, the building company began to demolish the old building to construct a new condo apartment. The artists complained that the painting was removed without permission. This protest later escalated into a lawsuit. Ultimately, in 2017, a federal judge ordered the 21 artists who painted the building to to be paid $6.75 million each.
A Korean blogger named Jenny Han is blogging in her blog, " City and Architecture" by taking pictures of the scene of the Five Pointz. I love her artistic photos. Here are a few of the images. Click here to go directly to the blogger.
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My child also draws with natural instinct on the floor like this.
When I was in Germany, I also remember the Art Festival where people were free to paint murals in front of Karlsruhe Palace.
I also collected murals I had personally seen on my travels.
I was walking down a street, and I saw a graffiti artist on the street.
It was going to rain soon, and he did his best to finish the painting.
A picture that will soon disappear. Why did he draw so hard?
The desire to capture the beauty that will soon disappear and keep it forever, I think that is art.
Holiday light show
The Christmas light show kicks off on November 21st. One of our neighbors in Stony Brook put on a fantastic light show on their home, one by one, with a programmed chip that connects a radio and a light bulb. They've been putting those light bulbs on the yard, roof, and walls since January of this year for the show. If you've seen this show in person, you'll realize just how great their hard work is. The light of a light bulb that moves as if dancing in various lights and shapes to the music of the radio creates admiration. It was a fabulous show.
Since time immemorial, Christmas trees have been lit with candles. Christmas lights started just like candles. These candles were attached to the tree using wax or pins. The practice began in Germany during the 17th century and over the next 200 or so years; it became an established practice in Germany and spread out into other countries of Eastern Europe.
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb but didn't even light up the Christmas tree. Before electric bulbs were applied to trees, many candle-lit fires and accidents turned a happy Christmas into a nightmare. However, Edson's friend and vice president of Edison's company, the Edison Illuminating Company, Edward H. Johnson, made the first Christmas tree light bulbs in 1882 by hand-wiring red, white, and blue light bulbs with strings.
And In 1895, President Cleveland requested that hundreds of multi-colored electric light bulbs illuminate the White House family Christmas tree. With this, people started paying attention to the Christmas tree light bulbs.
On Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the country's celebration of Christmas by lighting the National Christmas Tree with 3,000 electric lights on the Ellipse located south of the White House.
However, it was not until 1903, before full-fledged commercialization, that it was necessary to call in an experienced electrician to install the light bulbs on this Christmas tree, and the procedure was complicated. So, these Christmas light bulb decorations become a kind of exclusive possession and symbol of the wealthy. In 1880/1882, it was Albert Sadacca who saw a future in selling electric Christmas lights. The Sadacca family owned a novelty lighting company. And through their company, the National Outfit Manufacturers Association (NOMA), a trade association, they started selling light bulb sets made for Christmas in earnest. It is an opportunity for commercialization, which means that it is elementary to hang Christmas light bulbs in every household.
You can even decorate the tree with your skill and creativity from house to house and put on a great light show like this. We pay tribute to those who have stepped forward little by little for a better world.
I came home and tried to create a decorative image of the light.
At the beginning of the 19th century, electric lighting appeared , and our days became longer than before. We have enjoyed more and more free from time constraints, such as using the increased time to enjoy hobbies and spend time with our families. This convenience has now developed into an aesthetic function rather than a simple, revealing function.
Like the bible story of three kings who followed the twinkling stars in search of the baby Jesus in the distant past, the sparkling light of hope adorns the tree. Adding a light effect like this to a simple image creates a dreamy and uplifting bright atmosphere.
One day, as my child got off the school bus, she carefully hold a small cup and got off. It was filled with soil. She told that had planted cones inside her cup at the school. She said these cones would later sprout and grow so that the corn would open up. Maybe she was taught about seeds and plants in school. Then she quietly spoke to me. Here, she secretly planted a goldfish snack together.
In the United States, among the snacks children eat at snack time or lunchtime in the school, Goldfish is a famous snack. It is a very small and cute goldfish-shaped snack common and well-known in Americans like an apple pie. It comes in various flavors such as cheese, bezel, and rainbow and is not sweet at all, but children like it, so it is well known as a healthy snack that mothers can safely feed their children. Of course, our kids love Goldfish too.
If the child planted a goldfish snack in the soil, she said later it would become a goldfish tree, and she would be able to pick it up and eat it without mother going to mart to buy it.
The goldfish snack tree will already be open in the child's mind.
I tried to work with Photoshop while thinking of the child's imagination.
Joseph Beuys said that every child in the world is an artist. I agree with his opinion. He was right. Children's imagination is unlimited, very creative, and gives us bright and happy energy. But I had to explain the differences between seeds and snacks for educational reasons, why goldfish snacks couldn't be a tree. After she had listened to it, she answered me. "It may not become a tree, but the Goldfish Snack will be a good nutrition for the corn."
After talking with the child, I wondered if there were actually goldfish trees, so I searched the Internet. There were no trees, but there was a plant called Goldfish plant.
Goldfish plant (Columnea) is a genus of ca. 200 species of epiphytic herbs and shrubs in the flowering plant family Gesneriaceae, native to tropical America and the Caribbean. The tubular or oddly shaped flowers are usually large and brightly colored – typically red, yellow, or orange – sometimes resembling a fish in shape. A common name is flying goldfish plants (see the related Nematanthus) due to the unusual flower shape. (by Wikipedia)
The creative ideas of the children helped me to learn the goldfish plant and to work on the related drawings. And in the future, I really hope that trees like this will open and give hope to people suffering from hunger anywhere in the world
Energy from flowers
In Germany, there are flower shops that are selling pretty flowers on every the square. Because of the german climate with rainy and cloudy mostly, and Germans love to decorate their homes and put flowers in vases to brighten up their homes and mood. I liked that vibe. The shops in the square gave me vitality during challenging life in Germany. Flowers strangely present us with comfort, joy, and excitement.
From that moment on, I have had a habit of buying flowers for myself. This habit was thanks to a realization that came to me one day.
One day, a Bible verse suddenly stood out to me.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).
It's such a famous phrase. But in an instant, I discovered what I was missing. It was the phrase "Like you love yourself." At one point, I realized that I wasn't taking good care of myself to love others. How I felt, how hard it was, how precious I was, and how helplessly I lived without defending myself in front of people who hurt me. It would be difficult for me to love others properly without loving myself sincerely.
At some point, I decided to buy myself a pretty flower as one of the minor practices. Once a week, I purchased a stunning bouquet in the plaza at the mart and put them in a vase.
One day, while I was buying flowers, my friend saw me and asked me. Where are you having a birthday party today? Then I answered. No, just for me. My friend was puzzled by my answer, but I think he probably understood me.
Flowers hold many symbols, meanings, and energy. That's why floral therapy exists. Some studies suggested flower arrangements or planting and caring for the elderly with dementia, and they significantly alleviated the symptoms. A floral therapy treatment room at a hospital in Korea published a study that showed that when dementia patients combine drug treatment with horticultural activities, their cognitive abilities such as memory and concentration improve compared to when they receive medication alone. said. So, it is well known that this horticultural act of caring for, looking at, and planting flowers is actually very effective in preventing dementia.
Thinking of the therapeutic energy that these flowers give, I started digitizing these flowers, starting with the tulips I worked on before.
Tulip series, 2021, Myungja Anna Koh
Below is about single flower.
Unusually, when I take flowers one by one and express them in single mode, I find that the energy that flowers give is not just beauty and joy. I feel that each individual flower is expressing its own energy by pushing it out from the object. Working in single mode is always fun because I can discover the energy of flowers in this way.
Myungja Anna Koh