52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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20. Interpretation of Art (Week 44)

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  ~ Thomas Merton ~

Not all agree on what is acceptable art, as evidenced by the vote of 5 city commissioners in Sarasota.  By a vote of 3 to 2, an interactive art project was approved for a 6 month trial period last year.  The Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance oversaw the project.  Six spinet pianos, donated by Pritchard Pianos and Organs, were fitted with dehumidifiers, colorfully painted by local artists,  and then scattered around on sidewalks downtown.  Businesses that agreed to host them on their site would wheel the pianos inside at night or give them cover in rain conditions.  Passer-bys had such a positive reaction that the project has been extended for at least a year beyond the original May 31, 2014, end date.

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Talent at the piano has ranged from just sliding fingers across the keys, to endless “Chopsticks”, to more seasoned performers.  A number of the pop up performances have been captured for Facebook and YouTube.  Most recently, a homeless man has gained international fame by his performances when they went viral on Facebook and it has given him a chance to turn his life around.  You can hear what a great pianist he is by searching YouTube with key words “Sarasota”, “piano”, “homeless.”


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50. Urban Scenery (Week 41)

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill ~

The urban landscape of Sarasota is constantly changing.  This is very evident as you drive around the bayfront.  Everytime I go downtown, I see another building going up.  This is what you see as you approach downtown from the John Ringling Bridge.

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IMG_6857The newest construction project is to the left as you approach Highway 41 (locally known as the Tamiami Trail).

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The building is on the corner and it curves north along the Tamiami Trail.

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And if you turn to the right, you will see the “Unconditional Surrender” statue that I featured in my previous blog.

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The backdrop from one side of the statue is Sarasota Bay and the opposite view is of highrise condominiums downtown, as the Tamiami Trail turns south.

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22. It’s a Mystery (Week 40)

“It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — President Harry S. Truman

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This statue on the Sarasota Bayfront, named “Unconditional Surrender”,  was inspired by the photograph that Albert Eisenstaedt took in Times Square in New York City  of this spontaneous kiss when President Harry S Truman announced the end of the war on Japan.  Eisenstaedt was walking through the crowds on Times Square looking for pictures when he saw a sailor kissing every lady he could find – young and old alike.  As he put his arms around a nurse, Eisenstaedt snapped a picture.  Media photographers encouraged service personnel to pose in kissing pictures during the war, but Eisenstaedt was caught up photographing rapidly changing events as throngs of people crowded into the square and never had a chance to get the name of the American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress.  This photo was published a week later in Life magazine, as a full page, opposite another page of three other kissing poses in Washington D.C., Kansas City, and Miami.

The photograph has been known as V-J Day in Times Square, V-Day, and The Kiss.  The identity of the kissers has not been determined.  Many have come forward and claimed to be the nurse or the sailor with supporting evidence, but it remains a mystery today.

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29. On Two Wheels (Week 21)

I spotted this bicycle with all of the bells downtown this weekend.  I do not know the story – do you?

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from Worldwide Cycling Atlas:

Welcome to Biketopia.

Ride a bike.
And discover it’s not only a form of transportation,
neither a way of life.
Look around. It’s a common pleasure.
Something the richest person on earth
and the most humble man can both enjoy.
And when you enjoy something,
pleasure turns into energy.
Energy that not only takes you from one place to the other,
but also turns the world into a better place.
A place where everybody chooses to burn calories
over burning fuel.
Where people make things happen
instead of clicking the “Like” button.
Where the thing you love the most
can push you forward.
Finding this place is up to you.
It’s not on your couch,
It’s not on TV.
It’s not at your door.
It might be hard to imagine two wheels and a chain making a difference.
But we do.


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23. It Floats (Week 45)

“And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
 ~ Lee Greenwood ~

 

This is a weekend of parades around the country.  Of course “small town America” has a lot of July 4th parades.  And when you live in Florida, it’s not unusual to see boats as floats.

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This was a 6 – mile parade route down Anna Maria Island the morning of July 4th.

 

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People line up for miles hoping to get beads.  And they didn’t mind getting wet from any “super soakers.”

 

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The evening of July 3rd is another kind of parade in Sarasota.  The Annual Parade of Boats showcases the boats that have arrived in town on the Offshore Grand Prix circuit.

 

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The 30th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival spans over a week and culminates over the July 4th weekend with the Sarasota Boat Races on Sunday.  Since 1984, this event has raised millions of dollars to build facilities for physically and mentally challenged individuals in our community.

 

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The offshore race will cover 6 1/2 miles off Lido Key Beach.  There are two heats on race day (11:00 and 1:00) and they typically last about an hour each.  Fans will watch the racing boats reach 100 miles per hour on the straight-a-ways while  helicopters keep a watchful eye above.  The Annual Parade of Boats down Main Street on Thursday night is an opportunity for the public to see the boats up close.  The boats are on display again at Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park on Saturday.

 

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47. The S Curve (Week 9)

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

After spotting this “S” on the side of a building on South Pineapple Avenue in the Historical Burns Square area downtown, I did a little research to find out a bit about the artist.  Pixel Pancho prefers spray cans and a blank wall to brushes and canvas.  He likes robots and painting, so he combines the two.  Italy-born and with formal training studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, where he received his degree, he is a rising star among street muralists.  He’s painted his whimsical robots all over the world, including Paris, Amsterdam, Warsaw, and Istanbul.  Pixel Pancho created this piece when he was invited to the Sarasota Chalk Festival in 2012.

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