Arts and Craft : Kokusenya Kassen By Utagawa Yoshitaki

Arts and Craft (Post#28) : Kokusenya Kassen By Utagawa Yoshitaki

Photo of the day is all about Kokusenya Kassen (The Battle of Coxinga) Ukiyoe print. It shows the puppet play created by Chikamatsu Monzaemon which portrays the historical figure named Koxinga or Coxinga (Chinese Ming loyalist resisted Qing) and depicts a jidaimono play (historical episode) restoring the rightful dynasty of China. Utagawa  Yoshitaki (also known as Ichiyosai Yoshitaki) is a famous Japanese designer of ukiyoe woodblock prints in Osaka whom created more than 1200 ukiyoe prints during his time and commonly portrays kabuki (classic Japanese dance-drama) actors. The photo is part of Osaka Tour last May 2017.

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Notes : 
Photo : Kokusenya Kassen, Ukiyoe print
Location : 1-chōme-6-4 Nanba, Chūō-ku, Osaka, 542-0076, Japan
Directions / Transportation :
1. For trains, there are four Namba Stations where different train lines stops near Namba Hatch.
a. Take Yamatoji Line for JR Namba Station or
b. Take Hanshin-Namba or Kintetsu Limited Express or Kintetsu-Nara Line for Osaka-Namba Station or
c. Take Modosuji Line or Sen-Nichimae Line or Yotsubashi Line (all subway lines) for Namba Station or
d. Take Nankai Line or Nankai-Koya Line or Nankain Limited Express for Namba Station
2. From different station, follow the walking path towards Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum
3. For official access link, please refer here.
Official Website : Kamigata Ukiyoe MuseumDotonbori

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Arts and Craft : “Greeting from Rottnest” By Sally Morgan

Arts and Craft (Post#27) : “Greeting from Rottnest” By Sally Morgan

Photos of the day are all about the painting entitled “Greeting from Rottnest” made by Sally Morgan that is being displayed in Rottnest Island Museum. At first that I found this banner, I thought that it was just nothing but, it caught my eyes because it shows modern people above and people’s bone at the bottom. Then, when I read the excerpts included at the bottom of the banner, then I realized that it shows the reality even at the time of my visit in the island, because even myself, if I did not visit the museum is most likely ignorant to the Rottnest dark past.

“Greeting from Rottnest” was painted in 1988 as response to bicentennial of the colonization of Australia. In summary it depicts tourist visiting Rottnest Island standing above the unmarked graves of Aboriginal prisoners which forgotten. The tourists are smiling for photographs and underneath the buried aboriginals and showing their shield eyes from the sun and metaphorically from island’s history.  Morgan, the painter is a local artist and author where she frankly look at the history of the place. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : painting, “Greeting from Rottnest” By Sally Morgan
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Arts and Craft : “A Glimpse of Thompson’s Bay” & “The Sea Wall Thompson’s Bay” By Axel Poignant

Arts and Craft (Post#26) : “A Glimpse of Thompson’s Bay” & “The Sea Wall Thompson’s Bay” By Axel Poignant

Photos of the day are all about photographs that were hand-coloured bromide prints displayed inside Rottnest Island Museum made by Swedish Axel Poignant whom moved to Western Australia in 1926 which also became a leading society photographer in Perth. In these photos, Poignant portrays Rottnest Island by featuring Thompson’s Bay (Thomson Bay). These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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“A Glimpse of Thompson’s Bay”

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“The Sea Wall Thompson’s Bay”

Notes :
Photo : hand-coloured photographs, “The Sea Wall Thompson’s Bay” By Axel Poignant, “A Glimpse of Thompson’s Bay” By Axel Poignant
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Arts and Craft : The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave

Arts and Craft (Post#25) : The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave

Photos of the day are all about “The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave”. Below are the excerpt that I got from the information board that I had chance to capture. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

Mulka’s Cave contains the largest collection of Aboriginal paintings in the south-west of Western Australia. Hand stencils and other motifs occur quite commonly in the region, but while most other sites have fewer than 20 there are over 450 at Mulka’s Cave. This is a clear indication of the significance of the site and the associated myths that connect the areas from the desert of the coast.

Most of the artwork takes the form of hand stencils. These are made by placing the hand on the rock then blowing over with pigment. When the hand is removed a negative impression remains. The reason for making hand stencils are many, but principally they are a form of signature left by those who had rights to an area.

When the cave was studied through mapping and recording, they were able to summarize the result:

A Summary Of The Artwork In The Cave

1. Total of 452 motifs were recorded – front chamber has 131, main chamber has 318 and rear shelter has 3

2. Eighteen distinct motif types plotted, 69% of total (313 in all)

3. Solid sprayed areas are another feature, while other motifs are small simple graphics.

4. Left hand outnumbered right hand with a ration of 3:2

5. Four different techniques were recorded, with stenciling dominating (86%)

6. Printing for 8%, painting for 5%, and drawing for 1%

7. Seven colors were recorded, purple-red for 50%, white for 25%, orange-red  for 10% and the remaining being divided  between brown red , yellow, cream and orange.

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Notes :
Photo : arts, craft, aborignal arts, stencil arts, hand stencil arts, aboriginal paintings, The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave
Location : Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Wave Rock

Arts and Craft : York CRC Mosaic Art

Arts and Craft (Post#24) : York CRC Mosaic Art

Photo of the day is about York CRC Mosaic Art that I saw while exploring York Town in Western Australia. It’s a mosaic art installed in their business office at the main street which just along the Avon Terrace. The photo is part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : arts, craft, mosaic art
Location : 89 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town or
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : York CRC

Arts and Craft : “The Signature Ring” By Simon Gauntlett and Matthew Ngui

Arts and Craft (Post#23) : “The Signature Ring” By Simon Gauntlett and Matthew Ngui

Photos of the day are all about “The Signature Ring” which was a gift from Simon Gauntlett and Matthew Ngui. This piece of art was a representation of passage time from 2000 to present where it has fiber optics that illuminates interactive panels. These photos are part of Perth and Surround Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Arts, Craft, “The Signature Ring”
Location : Perth, WA, Australia
Transportation : Perth CAT

Arts and Craft : The Strike by Greg James

Arts and Craft (Post#22) : The Strike by Greg James

Photos of the day are all about sculpture entitled “The Strike” made by Greg James. The sculpture depicts the moment where two prospectors named William Ford and Arthur Bayley strike the gold in 1892. Discovery of the gold led to secure the future of colony in Western Australia. These photos are part of Perth and Surround October 2016.

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The sculpture depicts the Gold Strike near Coolgardie by prospectors William Ford and Arthur Bayley in 1892 which unleashed the Gold Rushes that secured the future of the struggling colony of Western Australia. Established one of the states most successful and enduring industries and led to the foundation of the Perth Mint in 1899.

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Notes :
Photo : Sculpture, “The Strike”
Location : 310 Hay St, East Perth WA 6004, Australia
Transportation : Perth CAT
Official Website : Perth Mint

Arts and Craft : The Lord McAlpine by Linda Klarfeld

Arts and Craft (Post#21) : The Lord McAlpine by Linda Klarfeld

Photo of the day is about the statue of Lord McAlpine. While I was learning about the town, I came across a lot of times about  the name of Robert Alistair McAlpine. From Broome Historical Museum, in Sun Pictures, at Cygnet Bay, in Matso’s Brewery and then in Cable Beach. My impression with him was, he made a lot of things for Broome. When I found his statue, I was not really surprised anymore because it was evident that he made a lot of contribution to the town. And because of him, Broome were able to survive as it lost for decades after the war. I can truly say that with this kind of people giving so much to the town, Broome itself is no doubt that its honoring the people whom it made the town what is it now. The statue was made by Linda Klarfeld a Czech immigrant became Australian and sculptor whose bronze and granite works of art focus on the human figure.  The photo is part of 2 Days Broome and Surround Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Statue, People
Location : Western Australia, Australia
Transportation : Town Bus Service, Broome Cycles, Car HireBroome Taxis
Link : Cable Beach

Arts and Craft : Shell Collection by Mrs Phyllis McDaniel

Arts and Craft (Post#20) : Shell Collection by Mrs Phyllis McDaniel

Photo of the day is about “Shell Collection” of Mrs Phyllis McDaniel. The table and the Shell cases in the Rae Val Annexe are all from her collection, which was bought by the Broome Shire and vested into the care of Broome Historical Society. McDaniel was known for her world-class shell collection. The photo is part of Broome Historical Museum Visit October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Exhibit, Archive, Display
Location : 67 Robinson St, Broome WA 6725, Australia
Transportation : Town Bus Service, Broome TransitBroome Cycles, Broome Broome
Official Website : Broome Historical Society & Museum

Arts and Craft : Aboriginal Arts at Manning Gorge

Arts and Craft (Post#19) : Aboriginal Arts at Manning Gorge

When we reached Manning Gorge Waterfalls, the surrounding walls while we were trying to reach the falls closer, shows some of the aboriginal arts drawn in the rocks. The said arts is a proof that ancient people lives around the gorge. And up to this date, the Australian Aboriginals keeps managing the area. These photos are part of Day 7 (Manning Gorge) of 9 Days Darwin to Broome Overland Adventure Tour October 2016.

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Arts and Craft : Aboriginal Arts at Judbarra

Arts and Craft (Post#18) : Aboriginal Arts at Judbarra

Trekking Nawilbinbin Walk towards the ridges made the trek not only worthy as physical adventure activities within Judbarra (Gregory) National Park but also worthy as discovery adventure of aboriginal rich cultures for Australian history. An extensive amount of rock arts, variously created by painting, stencilling, drawing, printing, and “pecking and pounding”. These photos are part of Day 2 (Judbarra/Lake Argyle) of 9 Days Darwin to Broome Overland Adventure Tour Oct 2016.

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Arts and Craft : Replica of Karlstejn Castle by Bernie Havlik

Arts and Craft (Post#17) : Replica of Karlstejn Castle by Bernie Havlik

Before we reached Litchfield National Park, we passed a small town called Batchelor and while we stopped here for few minutes, I had a chance to capture a photo of Karlstejn Castle replica. The replica was made out of a huge rock and turned into an art and made by Bernie Havlik. The photo is part of Litchfield National Park Tour Photo Collection September 2016.

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Arts and Craft : Atlanta From The Ashes (The Phoenix) by James Siegler

Arts and Craft (Post#16) : Atlanta From The Ashes (Phoenix) by James Siegler

While walking in Peachtree St NW, at the end of Woodruff Park, I saw a monument called “Atlanta From The Ashes” or simply “The Phoenix”. The monument symbolizes the rise of Atlanta from the ashes during the Civil War to become a world city. The monument was created by James Siegler of Houston, Texas. These photos are part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Arts and Craft : Gateway of Dreams by Raymond Kaskey

Arts and Craft  (Post#15) : Gateway of Dreams by Raymond Kaskey

Within Centennial Olympic Park, I found this monument with Olympic Rings symbol and there is the statue of Baron Pierre de Coubertin who is considered as Father of Modern Olympic Games. The monument is to honor de Courbetin and the ideals of the game and made by American sculptor Raymond Kaskey. These photos are part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Arts and Craft : “Grand Mercy” by Jerry Peart

Arts and Craft (Post#14) : “Grand Mercy” by Jerry Peart

Before I crossed W Peachtree St NE, I had a glimpse of unique arts within the vicinity of Hyatt Regency Atlanta. I did not knew this art and I found some information about it after looking in the net. It was called “Grand Mercy” and created by Jerry Peart which means to saluting the people of Atlanta. The photo is part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Arts and Craft : Carnegie Monument by Henri Jova

Arts and Craft (Post#13) : Carnegie Monument by Henri Jova

Carnegie Monument is also called as Carnegie Education Pavilion which located at the exterior facade of the previous Carnegie Library which torn down and now new building replaced it and within Hardy Ivy Park. The monument was created and designed by Henri Jova in 1996. This monument was built to pay homage to Andrew Carnegie (an American philanthropist whom donates almost 90% of his fortune to charities, foundations and universities). I read some article and found out that this pavilion was made from the remains of the Atlanta’s First Public Library which is Carnegie Library. The photo is part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Arts and Craft : “Ballet Olympia” by John Portman

Arts and Craft (Post#12) : “Ballet Olympia” by John Portman

When I reached SunTrust Plaza, all I can think of taking photos aside from the building is the sculpture at the entrance of the tower. I had been searching what is the title of this master piece and I had been lucky to find out what it is. It is called as “Ballet Olympia” which created by architect John Portman who also designed the SunTrust Plaza. This has been created in 1991-1992. It was also noted that this sculpture were made based from another sculpture entitled “Maenad” by Paul Howard Manship. These photos are part of Atlanta Walks Photo Collection November 2015.

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Arts and Craft : Scarlett in Blue Dress By Helen Carlton

Arts and Craft (Post#11) : Scarlett in Blue Dress By Helen Carlton

When I saw this painting hanging beside the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta as part of “Beyond the Pages and Behind the Scenes” exhibit, I saw this plainly as painting. But after I saw the movie, I realized how lucky I was that I had a chance to see this painting for real which has been part of 1939 movie. The photos is part of Margaret Mitchell House Visit Photo Collection November 2015.

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Scarlett in the Blue Dress, Oil on Canvass, 1939
Helen Carlton, artist
Loaned by Atlanta Board of Education

The life-size portrait of Scarlett hung on the wall in Rhett’s bedroom in their Atlanta mansion built after the Civil War. Joseph B. Platt, head of New York decorating the firm, coordinated the set interiors for Selsnick’s art department, including the selection of appropriate furniture, wallpapers, carpets and accessories for Gone With the Wind.

In 1939, the portrait traveled from California to the motion picture’s premier in Atlanta where it hung in the window of the downtown Davison-Paxon department store. More recently, the painting hung in the cafeteria of the Margaret Mitchell Elementary School in Atlanta.

Note: Excerpt from the notes displayed under the exhibit item.

Arts and Craft : Gone With the Wind Portraits By Dan Sayre Groesbeck

Arts and Craft (Post#10) : Gone With the Wind Portraits By Dan Sayre Groesbeck

When I went-up stairs to start exploring the Margaret Mitchell House, I found the original paintings of “Gone With the Wind” Portraits painted by Dan Sayre Groesbeck, an American painter and artist. The portraits were displayed in Loew’s Grand Theatre foyer during its film premiere at Atlanta in 1939. The photo is part of Margaret Mitchell House Visit Photo Collection November 2015.

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Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler
Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes and Olivia De Havilland as Melanie Hamilton

Arts and Craft : Two Lovers Point Statue

Arts and Craft (Post#9) : Two Lovers Point Statue

Two Lovers Point is not the only one that has story on its own, if the tourist spot has its legends and real love story that surrounds it, even the Two Lovers Point Statue has its own. Last 2002, Typhoon Pongsona twisted and knocked the statue to the ground. Many believed that it’s too great to repair, the brass lovers was sold as scrap. The amazing facts happened about the statue, after 13 years, it was put back again to its location because of the people who now involve in the real love story that surrounds the place. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.

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