Ah, color

I’m sure most everyone is aware of the ad campaign that Sony Bravia is doing with bunnies. But if you haven’t heard about it, this will get you started I found that site today when I was wandering around the internet like I do.

Reminds me of The Big Pig Gig from back in 2000 in Cincinnati. New Orleans had the Festival of Fins the same year. I like the idea of art being placed haphazardly all over the city…sort of in general. I know some people didn’t like the fish – imagine how much more intrusive a big ol’ pig would have been (and they were big). So it was odd to see this article from February I don’t know how that slipped by me. I don’t really remember seeing them either. I guess I’m not very connected with the art community thing. Sad.

But I like the idea of it and I was wondering if there wasn’t something that could be done in that same vein? I don’t know what but I’m thinking a rogue group of people hiding art pieces all over town like big, public easter eggs. Too bad none of the krewes would let me in. At least then I’d have some people to cohort with on this.

But since I don’t, I guess I’ll just throw it out on the public domain. I just think it would be nice to do something colorful, organized, purposeful, and positive. It isn’t as obvious now, but one of the things I remember most about Katrina was how dark it was those nights after the storm, then when I got back again weeks later, it seemed like it was still very dark at night but even during the day everything was so gray. I think sometimes I still see the gray even if it isn’t there anymore.

13 Comments so far

  1. termite. (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    i LOVED the fins!! wish i had been a part of that when it was going on.

    i’d really love to see that sort of project return to the city. we sure do need some color! but this time ….. a Pelican!!

    i’d have a blast with that! ;D

    Geaux Saints!…hmmmm maybe a Saints Pelican.. ;)


  2. TBK (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    I too am quite fond of the giant fishies. I don’t know when this new one started, but I started noticing them awhile ago. The giant wonderfully painted fleur de lis. They’re everywhere.
    Sadly I can’t recall the name of the organization that is sponsoring this. Though I do remember it’s for a local children’s charity.


  3. termite. (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    hmm, kimmie, i know the fins were sponsored by The Young Leadership Council. not quite sure about the new one.


  4. Jack Ware (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    From the link:

    “Tommy Fonseca, president of the Fore!Kids Foundation, which produces Professional Golfers Association events in the New Orleans area, is spearheading a new Fleur-De-Lis Fore!Kids drive.”


  5. termite. (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    termites don’t read fine print.

    only large captions. :p


  6. raspootin (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    http://www.allmolds.com/

    You have a great idea. I have no idea how to cast molds but if a group wants to get together and figure it out I doubt it would be expensive or hard to produce quite a few. I have no problem paying for a mold – just deciding what it should be.

    I like the idea of just handing the casts out to anyone who wants to paint and hang them somewhere in the city. None of this “only artists” can paint. Everyone from your grandma to your grandchild should be included: a community effort.

    I of course would then be MORE than happy to use my gallery a distribution point for the object d’art to be painted –


  7. kapaali (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    Someplace else has done pelicans already. Somewhere in Florida, I think.

    Speaking of random public art, I’ve been seeing lots of hand printed messages, signs and art tacked up on telephone poles. Most of it’s pretty good stuff; some of it is downright inspirational.


  8. termite. (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    raspootin, count me in. that’s something i’d love to be a part of.

    kapalli, i’ve seen the hand printed messages as well (on Magazine around p.j.’s)
    cool stuff, i agree.

    ;) love me some art! anytime!


  9. termite. (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    raspootin…now my lil termite wheels are turning. ;)

    and i’ll be more than happy to go in half with you on the cost.


  10. Jack Ware (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Hey, maybe big colorful termites! They would be easy to construct and distinctive.

    and kinda cute

    And then something like this could be done as a center-piece.

    Could sort of symbolize people scattered after the storm, some who aren’t back yet. Maybe some percentage of the termites could have designations to represent people who aren’t back…like some percentage won’t have wings to show them grounded where they landed by choice or otherwise.


  11. termite. (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

    you’re a mess monkeyboy. :p


  12. mikesmiley (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 7:44 am

    Pelicans were done in Lafayette.
    http://www.pelicansonparade.org/


  13. Dan F (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    some kind of focus on musicial instruments would be a good fit I think. Maybe a trombone here, sax there, giant harmonica, something to remind people about this city’s musical heritage.



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