Monthly Archives: April 2017

“Mirage House” – a glowing jewel in the Californian desert…

motto:“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”(Snow-White and the 7 dwarfs)

Doug Aitken is an American artist and a filmmaker who loves artwork that lives in context. His mirrored house called “Mirage” camouflages into the mountainous Californian Desert; it’s amazing to watch how it constantly changes and evolves throughout the day. Using a ranch style house, Doug has transformed the banal lines of suburban architecture into a reflection on the scenery. By cladding the exterior in mirrors, the house seemingly folds itself into its surroundings like a chameleon. This original piece has been created for “Desert X” – a festival that fills the Coachella Valley with site-specific art by 15 established and emerging artists.
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With its doors and windows removed, the house’s fluid relationship with the environment is heightened, as no sense of indoor and outdoor, yet the structure moves in synchronicity with the landscape. Aitken has described his “jewel” in these words:“Like a human-scale lens, ‘Mirage’ works to frame and distort the evolving world outside of it. There is no single time to view this work, as each variation provides something new… There’s no fixed perspective or correct interpretation for each experience of this living artwork is and will be UNIQUE.”
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N.B. if you travel to ‘sunny Cali’: Mirage house will be visible until October 31st, 2017… in the meantime: have a glowing week and a super MMMM = magical and marvelous month of May! 🙂

“Hey, I’ve got nothing to do today but smile…”(Paul Simon)

I wait for Elisabeth in front of the bistro, she should get here in about 10’… she celebrated her b’day a few days ago, out of town, with her close ones, and for years, we’ve repeated the same friendly ritual: for our b’days, we’ve had lunch or dinner @ a small restaurant… it’s a little chilly, yet fine weather, I stay outside to watch “life” in this tiny flowery square, and around me, several people “dipped” into their smartphones… well, I do NOT have one, and the addiction to these “devices” annoys me, because to me, real life is much more interesting than hovering or pretending to live within an endless virtual space, which suits and flatters the ego… I may be too “conservative” or not “modern”(updated?!) enough, and if so, I’m not alone! 🙂 I look at the other side of the street where a couple in their 50’s talk joyfully, they laugh and then, they kiss “good-bye”, and move away in opposite directions… I notice a big and frank smile over the face of the lady, our eyes meet and I naturally smile back… 🙂  

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all recent studies have proved that smiling openly does emphasize our positive emotions, and gives us a little breath of well-being… this is called “remanence”(retention!) – the continuation of a phenomenon after the disappearance of its cause, such as that of the smile, and the pleasure caused by exchanged glances… watching the cloudless blue sky, I say to myself that a warmhearted smile is always contagious, even though I’ve been absent from the conversation… my friend arrives, apologizes for the delay, due to the alternating traffic, I tell her why I smile, and she replies to me:”you know, Melanie, I’d like to have a lifetime with a “chain reaction of smiles” – I mean “retentive”… the truth is that we get the best results of life whenever we smile at it, thus here’s an easy reminder:”Today, give a stranger one of your smiles, as it might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”(H. Jackson Brown Jr)
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have a smiling weekend, folks! 🙂

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