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Saturday, January 21, 2006

New Perspective on Sidewalk Art

How's this for a whole new perspective on sidewalk art? This is a great example of the type of art created by UK artist Julian Beever - 2-D artwork that looks 3-D when viewed from the proper perspective. Very, very, cool. Would you like to see more? Try here, here, and here for starters. (HT: GB)

4 Comments:

At 9:47 AM, January 22, 2006, Blogger Dan McGowan said...

I have seen a lot of these and they truly are unbelievable! I am an artist (of sorts) and realize just how difficult it is - well, FIRST to even DRAW a coke bottle! ha! But then, to create it in such a way that, as you say, from the right angle, it appears to be 3-D or, more accurate, REAL LIFE!

You know - our worship can be 3D or 2D, you know? 2D worship is the type that we do from rote (sp?) or habit - we show up, we sing some songs, we hear a sermon, and then flip people off in the parking lot! LOL... or, there is 3D worship - REAL LIFE worship - the type of worship that, when seen through the lense of scripture (the right angle) is seen for what it is - transformational!!

Readers - go check out those links... these sidewalk artists are amazingly gifted!

 
At 7:20 PM, January 22, 2006, Blogger Mark Traphagen said...

It's interesting that if you've spent way too much time on the Internet as I have, the same "hey look at this amazing picture/video" posts come around year after year...and they're still pretty amazing.

And by the way, Christian...you've been tagged!

 
At 8:40 AM, January 23, 2006, Blogger Christian said...

Hi dandykat - yeah, I hear you about the difficulty of creating this kind of art. I wonder if the biggest obstacle is simply "seeing things differently" in the first place - thinking "how can I do something in 2 dimmensions that will look 3 dimmensional". I think one of the things that I love about artwork and artists - they are constantly surprising us w/ things we think we know, have seen already, etc. And they also reveal and remind us of beauty, awe, transcendance, etc. To the extent that they do these things, they reveal God (even if they have no idea or intention of doing that).

I also like your connection w/ worship. Calvin liked to say that we "think God's thoughts after him" - which I think is what you are getting at w/ the lens of scripture analogy. As we learn to see the world the way God does, it opens up all kinds of things we have never seen before on our own - it's a whole new world, that has been there all along. In a very real sense, God is both the first and foremost artist - THE Artist, if you will. All other artists at their absolute best are simply echoes or mirrors pointing us back to God the ultimate Artist.

Good stuff. Glad you liked it as much as I did...

 
At 11:47 AM, January 23, 2006, Blogger Dan McGowan said...

Christian - yeah! I ressonated with that comment (is ressonate to artsy of a word to use?) Seriously... this is one of my beefs with "worship" in the church today... well, not just today - in general! I've been a music and worship leader for a long, long, long time... seen it all... been there, done that WAY too often... and if one theme continues to rear it's ugly head - it's this idea that worship is "created" for us on the platform... my goodness... if we can't worship God looking at the stars, or trees, or birds, or whatever - then we really have no concept of what worship - real worship - is all about... yeah, organs and guitars are fine... hymns and choruses are fine... but those ARE NOT WORSHIP!!! (Okay, my blood pressure is rising... gotta stop... maybe go get a "sip" of that guy's "coke" from the side walk...)

 

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