The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Showing posts with label Paseo de la Reforma. Show all posts
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Curiosity


If photography has developed a special language it should be welcomed as an extension of our senses and seen for what it is 
– the first faulting steps of an infant medium towards maturity. - Pete Turner


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

El Caballito

(iPhoneography)

Horse Head or The Little Horse (sculpture by Sebastian)
In the background Caballito Tower - SAT Office (IRS) [Taxes Office]



Sebastián (born Enrique Carbajal on November 16, 1947) is an artist based in Mexico, and is considered the country's foremost living sculptor. His smaller scale work includes jewelry, sacristies, garden sculptures, and painting. However, he is most known for his monumental structures constructed in iron or concrete, which decorate cities throughout the world, from San Antonio, Texas to Osaka, Japan.

Sebastián was born in the small town of Santa Rosalía de Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico on November 16, 1947. He lived in Chihuahua until he began studying in the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City in 1964.
When studying in Mexico City, he survived by working at restaurants and buying clothing to sell it for a profit in Chihuahua. He studied in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (National School of Plastic Arts) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Persisting with deep appreciation for Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, he won first place in the 1965 Annual Exposition of the National Plastic Arts School at UNAM.
In 1968 Sebastián had his own show featuring his ceramic work in the Museum of Art of Ciudad Juárez. After completing his formal studies he continued his work with short-lived schools and movements such as the "Salon Independiente". He put on his second individual exposition, where he displayed ostensibly simple paper carton works that he called "desplegables" (folders). These seemingly small works became the base of ideas for his later monumental works made with tons of iron and concrete.  [Wiki]

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Eminent Crash






(or How to end up to the hospital on a quiet morning of June)

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Glanced up and down the street


Glance
Inner Circuit
Aperture ISO Speed 

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Biking with Dinosaurs





(Dinosaurs made with PET bottle recycling)
-iPhone shots+Snapseed-
“Music should be thought of as the desire for an ecstatic relationship to life."
"Music has to have a deep joy inside it."
 ~ Keith Jarrett  (Musician and former disciple of the mystic philosopher G. I. Gurdjieff)

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Monday, May 7, 2012

The Sound of Glass



The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.  
Robert Doisneau. "The Encyclopedia of Photography" (1984)

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sweet Fifteen



Quinceañera (lit. meaning One (f.) who is fifteen), sometimes called "Fiesta de quince años", "Fiesta de Quinceañera", "Quince años" or simply "quince", is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of people from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. The celebration, however, varies significantly across countries, with celebrations in some countries taking on, for example, more religious overtones than in others.
In Brazil, a Portuguese-speaking country, the same celebration is called Festa de Debutante, Baile de Debutante or Festa de Quinze Anos. [Wiki]


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Light Stela / Estela de Luz





Bicentenary Light Stele
Mexico architect Cesar Perez Becerril was commissioned to design and oversee the construction of the Estela de Luz (Stele of Light). The monument was to be two erect columns, one for each 100-year anniversary of Mexico’s war of independence. The completed monument weighs over 1,700 tons, is 104 meter (341 feet) high, 9 meters (29 feet) wide at its base, and is sunk more than 50 meters (164 feet) into the ground. A stainless steel frame molded and forged in Finland surrounds the monument. Sitting on the frame are 500 translucent quartz plates, said to be found only in Brazil and which were laminated in Italy.

The original budget for the project was 400 million pesos ($30.2 million) and the Stele of Light was to be unveiled at Mexico’s bicentennial celebration in September of 2010. Fast-forward to the chilly night of January 7, 2012. President Felipe Calderón presided over the inauguration ceremonies, which had been advanced one night without publicity. Instead of a large public event, those in attendance were members of his cabinet and a few hundred selected guests. The unannounced advancement of the ceremonies was to trick protesters who had planned to disrupt the festivities. A few showed up in spite of the change in time, but 1,200 police officers stood guard to keep the protestors a safe distance away from the ceremonies.

Sixteen months late in completion and at a final cost of 1 billion pesos ($76 million) many Mexicans are outraged. It has caused heated debate about corruption in the country. Protestors from a union pointed out than 150 schools could have been built with the same money. “We call it the Stele of Corruption,” said Pablo Escudero Morales.

A study conducted by the National Academy of Engineers claims the actual costs were closer to $37 million, leaving many Mexicans to wonder where the rest of the money went. Critics believe the delays and cost overruns were attributable to corruption more so than engineering challenges. [The Mazatlan Messenger]

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Static Performance



Monumental Acrobat 90. Sculpture by Jorge Marin 2005.
(From the open air exhibition The Wings of The City)


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Monday, April 2, 2012

Squatted Angel



Monumental Squatted Angel IV. 2006.
Sculptor: Jorge Marin

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunday Bikers



“Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.”

“I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.”

~Graffiti quotes

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