Art Madness!

MC Escher in the Real World
February 28, 2009, 12:18 pm
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We all love and appreciate the art of MC Escher, whose unique artwork often fools the eye of the viewer. What makes Escher so interesting is how the images are made of shapes that blend together and interlock. Check out this example, called Bird Fish Sky.


Thanks to a friend, Jackie Gimson, I have a great comparison from the natural world! She sent me a link to these photos of a group (flock?) of migrating sting rays that create a formation very similar to the interlocking shapes of an Escher work. This is what the Madness is all about!

Update (3/1): A large group of sting rays is called a “fever”!  No kidding, look it up!


More photos…
January 22, 2009, 8:32 pm
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Here is another batch of photos from my trip to the Inauguration.   The interesting thing about this experience is that even though I was there to soak it in first-hand, I don’t have  many great photos.  The shots are mostly from  a distance and don’t accurately reflect the experience.  You all probably had a better view  sitting at work or at school!

One thought continues to stick with me over the last 48 hours:  Given the fact that there were 2 million people on hand for the Inaugural address by President Obama, I still cannot believe how quiet everyone was.  The entire crowd, 2 million strong, stood enraptured.  We all knew this was the moment we had waited for, over the last several years and the long cold hours on Inauguration Day.  We savored all nineteen minutes, and it sure tasted sweet!

New Satellite View
January 22, 2009, 1:46 pm
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Amazing view from space.  This is only a fraction of the people who were actually in attendance, however!


January 22, 2009, 8:04 am
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Proof that we made it!  Becca on the left, and my older brother Luke

Proof that we were there! Our friend Becca on the left, and my older brother Luke in the center.

We all know that a national and international event occurred on the Washington DC Mall midday Tuesday. What needs to be remembered is that it was also very personal for many who watched from afar, but especially for those who were present. We were immediate witnesses to history. We were part of the backdrop for the Inauguration of the first African-American President – very few nations have the faith in their democratic system to elect a person who represents such a small portion of the population. But
President Obama is more than that; he represents all of us, and we elected him not because what he looks like or where he came from, but because he offers the best chance for meaningful change. American elected the candidate they believed represented hope and new ideas; A New Beginning for America. The crowd that you see in these pictures was radiating this sensation of optimism and faith that these new ideas can be carried out under the leadership of President Obama.


More photos of the crowd!
January 22, 2009, 7:30 am
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I wanted to share a few more images of the crowd and the sheer volume of people that were at this event.  At times, we felt like we would never move again!  The press of thousands and tens of thousands of people was intense and more than a little intimidating.

The first image is us waiting in line to enter the Purple Gate where our spots on the Mall were located.   The second image shows us inside the North Standing section within the Purple Gate.  Apparently, many people never made it through the Purple Gate to the Mall but were stuck outside during the Inauguration.  How frustrating!

A Day-Long Journey
January 20, 2009, 11:07 pm
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We left my brother’s house this morning at 4:30 hoping that we would be able get ahead of the lines and the millions of people who would be joining us.  How wrong we were!  Below are some pictures of the lines and the massive crowds we would wrestle with all day.

Yet, despite the chaos and the hassle, the EVENT itself was incredibly worthwhile.  I will post later about the speech and the inauguration ceremony, but for now, let me just say that it was awe-inspiring.   It was an emotional crowd and an atmosphere that transcended the troubling times that our nation faces.   All those who attended this event will forever remember this day…

45 - Line to enter the Metro Station

4:45 - Line to enter the Metro Station

Free from DC!
January 20, 2009, 7:21 pm
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I made it home safely today after 48 hours of traveling. In reality, the travel was far easier than I thought. I have a lot of photos still to post and a lot to share but I’m having trouble with my computer and the internet connection. I will continue to work on it tonight, but be patient. If it still doesn’t work, I’ll make sure to catch up tomorrow.

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