zaterdag 6 juni 2020

Our wild city garden!

For more than twenty years now we enjoy our garden. It’s a well-landscaped but somewhat wild city garden. Which means that a wonderful biodiversity has developed. Especially the little pond, the bushes and flowering shrubs attract all sorts of amphibians, insects and birds. The little fountain is a well-appreciated bathtub for the birds ;-).
The last couple of years we ‘ve got more time to contemplate in our garden. So it’s often coffees in the morning, drinks at the end of the afternoon -sometimes with (grand)children, family & friends (unfortunately, not now... ) and dinner in the evening. It’s a pity that our cat Puk  isn’t there anymore to keep us company and contemplate with us…
A selection of what we see and saw over the years in our garden in several seasons, you’ll find in my pictures.
So, be welcome and join us in the small and amazingly beautiful world of our biotope!

dinsdag 2 juni 2020

Homage to Christo

In the list of contemporary artists Christo is –together with people like Niki the Saint Phalle and David Hockney-  far at our top.
They have in common that by working very hard and knowing what they want to create, they make the most special and original works of art, no matter what!

                                                            Christo 1935 – 2020 (Picture ARTnet)

It’s unbelievable the effort Christo spent for years and years, trying to achieve what people thougt impossible. Like the Floating Piers at Italy's Lake Iseo, wrapping up the pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin. 

It’s sad that this great artist passed away at the age of 84, but it’s good to know he went peacefully at his own home in New York.

I’m very glad that my daughter and I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin some 25 years ago to admire his enormous artwork, the wrapped up Reichstag. We couldn’t get enough of this special sight and within a few days we went three times to the impressive building to try and absorb the beauty. In the pictures I took, you can therefore detect several types of weather.
In the second picture the presence of birds allow you to see the gigantic size of the building; the last one was created, as you can see, by old-fashioned copying techniques ;-)

But more important, let’s cherish Christo’s personality and be inspired by his enthusiasm and never ending courage to realize his ideas by working constructively together with many people!
Let’s hope that wrapping up the Arc de Triomphe becomes the crown on his work. 
May Christo rest in peace.