For the 9/11 memorial in New York city, the footprint of the original World Trade Center twin towers has been memorialized as two large reflecting pools. The design, which is called Reflecting Absence, comprises two one acre waterfalls, the largest man made waterfalls in the US.
Not all great art is on display in a museum or a gallery. Some of the most fun art to discover is street art painted on walls, fences and garage doors. In New York city, the best examples can be found in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, which has become a fertile ground for artists that prefer to use a spray can on a wall in place of a paint brush on a canvas. Wander the blocks around the intersection of Troutman St. and St. Nicholas Ave. and explore the mural art that makes up the Bushwick Collective. You’ll find that these days, more than just a tree is growing in Brooklyn.
If you are heading to visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City, the first space you will experience is the Oculus – the train station terminal located at the World Trade Center. From the outside, the Oculus looks like a large white dove taking flight. On the inside, the Oculus is an all white, modern, large, open space. I found the bright and airy building with its soaring architecture very uplifting, not unlike being in one of the large Gothic cathedrals in Europe. A fitting prelude to the somber and peaceful 9/11 memorial.
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All great cities have an iconic piece of architecture that uniquely identifies them at a glance. Paris has its Eiffel Tower, London has Big Ben and Rome has the Colosseum. In the USA, one of the most recognizable structures is San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
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Kyoto’s Shibori Museum preserves and promotes a disappearing tradition for producing decorative Japanese textiles. On a visit not too long ago, I learned that the Japanese art of shibori fabric dying is to tie dying like Leonardo da Vince’s Mona Lisa is to a paint by number canvas – it’s a whole different world of artistry. I took one of the museum’s shibori dying classes where I learned all about this ancient Japanese technique and also went home with a beautiful handmade souvenir. Continue reading “Experience Kyoto’s Shibori Museum – Keeping an Ancient Artistic Tradition Alive”
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