Tag: art

We need a big "thumbs up" statue in the U.S., too

These days, it can feel like you’re drowning in the news or in your social media feed. Based on the “news” of the day, it’s easy to be disheartened. To be pessimistic. To be jaded. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can fight to stay positive. To stay upbeat. To stay hopeful.... Read more »

French illustrator Yann Legendre sets artistic tone for Lycée French Market: Designs 8th Poster for the Annual Holiday Market

For more than a decade, Chicagoans have started their holiday shopping à la française with a trip to the Lycée French Market. The market’s mix of high quality French goods and foods, enjoyed while listening to the sounds of French music and conversation, is what makes it one of the most unique holiday shopping experiences... Read more »

Greek “monsters” reimagined in international touring exhibit

Greek monsters are big in our house. And, I blame Percy Jackson. Ever since my nine-year-old son opened to the first page of “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. Many a dinner conversation has centered on the Minotaur, Cyclops, Medusa, and Cerberus – and so many other Greek monsters. With each chapter came new adventures for the young heroes... Read more »
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Chicago artist Jim Bachor turns street potholes into works of mosaic art

We’re in the middle of winter here in Chicago, and with the snow, cold and slush comes the inevitable potholes. Yes, everyone who survived last year’s polar vortex knows that once the snow, cold and slush are gone, we’re left with potholes. And, lots of them. In fact, last year, at the end of January,... Read more »

David Černý sculptures in Prague: Czech artist’s public artwork infuses the city with personality

My husband and I recently returned from a stay in Prague. After extending our layover in Munich, we arrived in our final destination as the sun went down. By the time we first ventured out into Prague, evening had fallen upon the bohemian city. Have you ever arrived in a city after dark? If so,... Read more »

Japanese culture of kawaii: Even the signs are “cute” in Tokyo

This sidewalk sign helps show where the water supply is for use by emergency crews during the event of a fire - in a fun, light-hearted way.
Before my family ventured to Tokyo this past spring, I read up on kawaii – a word used to describe the quality of “cuteness” in almost all aspects of Japanese culture. As noted in a Associated Press story, Nobuyani Kurita, a sociology professor at Musashi Unversity in Tokyo, has said that the word “cute” is a “magic term” that encompasses everything that’s... Read more »
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Street art from around the world: Paris, New York City, Berlin, Tokyo, London, Prague, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Chicago

Here it is. The image that kick started my street art obsession. It's a work done by Fred le Chevalier. It greeted me every day as my family returned to our apartment in the Marais. It captivated me - and caused me to seek out more street art in Paris.
Like so many great love stories, I fell in love with street art – in Paris. My love affair with the increasingly popular and hip art form began in the Parisian neighborhood of the Marais to be exact. Just over two years ago. Walking through many of the 20 arrondisements that make up the snail-shaped... Read more »