“Art All Around Us” The Bored Angel…

I am always looking for interesting art. you know, the kind that has something to say. When you pair that quest with my “Art All Around Us” quest I often find rather “interesting” things that I am not sure a lot of people see.

Last summer we were in Bamberg, Germany. And they have a great cathedral (like most of the cities did). As I walked around inside I took time to look at the details in the craftsmanship.

There is great wood work, great design work… and great stone carving.

That is where I found this little guy; I call him “the bored angel”.

It must have been interesting to be a stone carver along time ago. You are making interesting and important things. You are revered as a master craftsman. You have a steady job building big buildings… but you start seeing the same thing over and over again.

So you bust out every now and again and do something different.

I am not sure that is what he was doing with this piece… but I found it interesting and wanted to give credit to the unknown craftsman who made it.  and did you notice that this is probably the oldest looking cherub you have ever seen?  Or that he is leaning on a Skull!

I am not sure how many people see and appreciate this little fat cherub. (or old man?)

Anyway, I noticed, and I want to thank that medieval stone carver for his work. He didn’t have to make it that interesting…

but he did.

And for that I say thank you.

Just remember, there is “Art All Around Us”. We just have to look up and notice it.

As always, keep sending those photos of the “art” you find. I love seeing them.

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“Art All Around Us” Window Shutter Holders

If you keep your eyes open you will see little pieces of art, art that wasere made just because it would be fun to do, and beautiful to see. Many things do not need to be ornamental, but dedication to the craft made it that way.

Here is an example; Shutter holders.

Many,

ok, almost all,

of the house we saw in Germany had shutters and therefore had shutter retainers. They are simple little devices to hold the shutters open.

They didn’t need to be made interesting, but they were.

We saw several styles, all based on a head design. they were cast metal and mounted with a cam type base so they would lock the piece upright when needed.

So I celebrate the shutter retainer makers of Germany for their idea of making these little gadgets interesting and fun.

If you see anything like these little pieces of art, I would love to have you share them with me.

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“Art All Around Us” The Wooden Bike

Here is something I have never seen before…and I have seen a lot of things.

A wooden bike. It was in a shop in the Black Forest area of Germany.

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It is ridable and beautiful all at the same time.

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So, I thought it deserved a spot in the “Art All Around Us” archives.

It is a little more expensive than the $90 bike you may find in your local big box store, but it sure looks great

And for that I say thank you to the creator of the wooden bike. You didn’t have to create something so beautiful… but you did.

I would love to hear your comments or see examples of the All Around You.

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Remember, there is art all around us, we just need to look up and appreciate it.

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“Art All Around Us” The Pretzel King

While traveling in Germany I noticed there were a number of ways to advertise a business. Today we would just put up a sign that says, “Pretzels for Sale” or something like that.

Well, a long time ago, in Germany, they didn’t seem to do that.

As proof, I found this “sign” on a wall.

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They could have made a boring, written sign…but No!  They made it interesting and beautiful.  And for that, I celebrate them.

I thought, this guy was a real artist. And artist in stone carving… and apparently in pretzel making. He may have even been a pretzel king.

So I appreciated his work in stone carving…

just wished I could have tried his pretzels!

 

If you find some old guys interesting sign…I would love to see it too!

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And remember, Art is truly all around us,  we just need to look up from our cell phones and see it!

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“Art All Around US” A Woodstove

My “Art all around us” project is all about finding something beautiful that did not have to be made beautiful. It is a celebration of the desire to make things better because it makes our lives better. So, I go about my daily routine keeping my eyes open for the little things that are special, and then sharing them, so others can enjoy them too.

It has been a wild spring for me. A lot of new clients and special orders have kept me away from sharing any newfound “Art All Around Us”.

But I have collected a lot of great examples and will be sharing them here over the next several months. So stand by!

And now, to get it going… I found a stove. Yes, a simple wood stove that only needed to be square and straight. But no, they wanted to make it special and beautiful. And they did!

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So, I celebrate this unknown craftsman for the effort he put into making something simple into something beautiful.

I would love to see your examples of the “Art All Around Us”.

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Art All Around US

I photographed this as part of my “Art All Around Us” series.

Then someone said it was not art.

Well I guess I just have a different view on life.

This is something I saw when I went to visit art class of a good friend of mine. Bernie Rosage has tasked his students with an outdoor quilt project. They showed me one of the designs they were working on (more on that in another post) when I noticed this piece of design art.

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Yes, it is a folded cafeteria table.

But I think it is great design work.  Functional, colorful, serves a purpose, and is in the school colors as a bonus!

And, for me, that is art.

 

I hope you keep looking for the “Art that is All Around Us”.

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Living Cobblestone

In Woodstock NY they have a great piece of “Art All Around Us”.

A piece of the brickwork has a lizard in it!

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Again, no real reason to do it that way…just to make it look cooler!

And as always for that I thank them.

If you find something that catches you eye, send me a picture. I would love to see it.

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