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PPAC #5: Brilliant Art

Welcome to PPAC #5. Cee Neuner and I are co-hosting the new Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC). As you all can imagine, it is such an honor for me to co-host with Cee on this challenge.

A new challenge is posted each Friday at 9:00 PST. We both will visit all of your entries and we will both post an entry ourselves on a different day. To avoid confusion, please put your links only on the host’s post for that week. Please check out my PPAC Page to learn more.

What Is Public Art?

Public art is encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks or outdoor public places.

  • Seasonal Displays
  • Graffiti or Murals, Wall Art
  • Statues and Sculptures
  • Store Windows
  • Car Shows
  • Artistic Construction (Bridge, benches and buildings)
  • and more

PPAC Featured Bloggers

Cee Neuner had so many wonderful entries for PPAC #4. These posts stood out to me for different reasons. I recommend them for a second or third visit and definitely a comment.

My Choices This Week

This is my favorite statue picture of all times. This picture and several others also aligns with Becky B. #TreeSquare Challenge where the only requirement is that the picture has something to do with the topic and is square.

My husband Vince with Albert

To give you a better idea of the size of Albert, Vince struggled to climb up and to get situated. While he did, other tourists came along to capture the two together.

Vince and Albert

Not to be outdone, I wanted a little of Einstein’s brilliance to rub off on me, too.

Albert and me. He looks a little more bored having to read me a story.

Of course, there are many many more examples of public are in our nation’s capitol but I’ll only post a few.

“Photography, the electric telegraph, and the steam engine are the three great discoveries of the age. No five centuries in human progress can show such strides as these.”

Louis Daguerre, a French artist and photographer, invented the daguerreotype process for taking photographs. I was interested in this statue because I own a picture of my great-grandmother taken with this process. Daguerre also invented the diorama theatre.

“Daguerre”
Outside the National Building Museum When you feel like your head is in a vice, this sculpture reminds us of the importance of the nuts and bolts of life.
Above the entrance to the National Building Museum
Entering the National Building Museum
Court of Neptune Fountain outside the Library of Congress
These bronze statues were created in 1897-98 by artist Roland Perry.
Neptune and his minions

Coming Up and Looking Back

I’m so excited to announce that Cathy Cade will be hosting her friend and colleague, author Wendy Fletcher for August Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher is the leader of Cathy’s u3a writing group. For more information about Story Chat and how you can contribute, see my Story Chat page. Don’t forget that Gary A. Wilson’s story, “Sometimes a Miracle” is still open for comments.

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    • LOL, Jez. He’s lived with that, or should I say gloried in it, since I’ve known him. They used to call him the Einstein of Real Estate, or the Professor. Now, I’m slipping off to see what you have in store for PPAC this week. πŸ™‚

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  1. Wow that statue is huge Marsha, and thanks for the information you shared about your challenge. I also appreciate your suggestion that I join in with my recent tree post. Love these types of challenges πŸ™‚

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  2. That statue of Albert Einstein is huge! Your husband does bear more than a passing resemblance to him. When I first looked at the photo without reading the text I thought I was looking at a sculptor who had done a self portrait!

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    • LOL, there are other people who look like Albert Einstein. I met one at a conference I went to a few years ago. It was interesting to see someone who looked very different than Vince, but who also looked like Einstein. It’s been a lot of fun through the years. πŸ™‚

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  3. That sculpture of Einstein looks immense and is really good – and seeing your husband on his lap really demonstrates both the size and the resemblance between them! I love the memorial to Daguerre too, and the fountain looks beautiful πŸ™‚

    I thought I’d take you back to North Korea again this week, as people seemed to find my Pyongyang Metro post interesting: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-the-art-of-the-propaganda-poster-in-north-korea/

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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