In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, artist Daan Roosegaarde has paid homage to its most famous resident, Vincent Van Gogh, by creating a glowing bike path that relies on solar-powered LED lights and interprets his classic painting Starry Night.
Roosegaarde says he wants his work, illuminated by thousands of twinkling blue and green lights, to speak to everyone. "You have people who are interested in technology to make landscapes which are energy neutral," he tells NPR. "You have people interested in cultural history and experiencing it in a contemporary way. You have boys and girls who have a first date and want to take their date to a special place."
And, he adds, "You have an artist like me who wants to create something just incredibly poetic; and all that comes together. A good project generates new stories."
The path, which covers about a half-mile, opened last Wednesday as part of celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of the death of Van Gogh, who lived from 1853 to 1890. He lived in Eindhoven for a few years and used the town as a backdrop for his paintings.
As we reported last week, another Dutch town, Krommenie, installed solar panels on a bike commuter path outside Amsterdam. The power generated by the panels will be funneled into the national energy grid. (NPR)
Calling all California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska fine-art visual artists! Sanchez Art Center invites you to enter the 2015 Left Coast Annual, juried by Cathy Kimball, executive director and chief curator at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Awards: two Exhibition Awards ($250 + an exhibition in 2016), and two Merit Awards ($250). All entries are online through Café (callforentries.org). Entry fees: $15 per image entered. Entry deadline: Tuesday, February 10 at 11 p.m. PST. To see prospectus and enter online:
The statue of Gaspar de Portolá (top) on Highway 1 in Pacifica had long reminded me of the Passion Façade (bottom) of the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, Spain. As farfetched as it seemed, I decided to look into whether there was a relationship. To my utter shock and delight, it turns out that both works are by the Catalonian painter and sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs. Take a closer look at the sculpture of Portolá, and you see that it is a very impressive work – making Pacifica the lucky home of world-renowned art.
Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery presents its 2nd annual "California Raptor Show." The exhibit features 26 local artists who have captured California's diverse raptor population through art. Mediums include oil, watercolor, batik, acrylic, mixed media, wood carving, and fine-art photography. All art is for sale. Show runs to February 13. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and enhancement of open space, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast, for present and future generations. 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-5056.
A lifelong peace activist and fantastic artist, Mary Harris is a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all.
Pacifica sculptress Stella Pilgrim's take on a slice of life: Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly featured "lady in waiting" Suzuki (above left). Next to her is Frank Spadarella, owner/operator of Toto's Italian restaurant, originally at 23rd and Mission streets in San Francisco. Frank subsequently opened a second Toto's on Junipero Serra Boulevard in Daly City.
I built this for the Fog Fest Parade. The chassis is a zero-emissions, battery-fueled, personal-mobility scooter. The shark components are reused cardboard provided by Recology of the Coast. The paint is reused stuff from here and there. For a finishing touch, I added small white shark's teeth and a bit of aging/distressing wash.
I just finished watching the National Geographic Channel series “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us” (DVD should be available online). Fascinating stuff. Take the story of Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet officer who “saved the world” by not launching nuclear missiles when his detection equipment sounded a false alarm. I had never heard of this incident. On the silly side, I also learned that David Hasselhoff (whose Knight Rider TV show made him a huge star in Europe) serenaded the crowds celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Award-winning Bay Area film critic Dennis Willis takes his show to a bigger stage. His weekly Flick Nation Radio program (flicknation.net) joins Matrix Media's Web Talk Radio on July 8. "We've been searching high and low for the right media partner and have been impressed at how Web Talk Radio has been able to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast radio and internet radio," Willis says.
Joining him are longtime collaborators Steve Wagner (KKSF Radio, Filmtrip) and Steven Kirk (Soundwaves, Filmtrip), who will provide reviews and commentaries. Kevin Tripp (KGO Radio, Voice of Russia) will provide in-depth TV analysis and reviews.
Willis, a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, has never understood why sports and politics were deemed worthy of 24-hour analysis, but the entertainment industry had been relegated to fluff and fashion coverage. "Every single day, decisions are made that affect not only what we watch, but how we watch it. This is the most exciting time in the history of the medium, and it's time to change the conversation," he says.