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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45. Statue (Week 36)

“I never felt poor. There were always shoes to wear and food to eat — yet I knew there were things my parents did without just to make sure I was clothed and fed. “ ~ Elvis Presley ~

At milepost 260.0, we exited the Natchez Trace Parkway to go to Tupelo, Mississippi.  We rode through town in search of the birthplace of Elvis.  Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935, in this modest two-room house built by his father Vernon.

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Also on the site is a life-size statue of Elvis at age 13.

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Many travelers make a pilgrimage to Tupelo to visit the birthplace of “The King of Rock and Roll”, and this complex has evolved to include the ’39 Plymouth the family  drove when they  moved to Memphis, a chapel, an outhouse, and a museum.  I wish I could’ve taken  more time in Tupelo.  I hear there is a larger-than-life size statue in the center of town which depicts a popular photo of Elvis.  One hand holds a microphone and the other hand is reaching out to fans.  If there is a next time, perhaps I’ll visit the hardware where Elvis bought his first guitar and Johnny’s Drive In to see the booth where Elvis liked to sit and all of the memorabilia on the walls.  But this trip, we had miles to cover and people to meet!

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