Bonsai Tree Meaning

A lot of people wonder about the meaning behind the bonsai tree. Well, let’s start with the meaning of the word itself. Bonsai, first of all, is a Japanese word and could be translated as ‘a tree in a pot’. The art of bonsai growing, however, did not originate in Japan but in China. It started over a thousand years ago and at that time the trees were called ‘pun-sai’. The art of pun-sai growing was called penjing.

 

It is believed that in those days, people were trying to create the trees that look like dragons, serpents, birds and other animals. All of these forms are deeply rooted in Chinese myths and legends.

 

Later on, when the Japanese learned of this new art form, the meaning changed as well. The Buddhist monks that brought bonsai growing to Japan viewed these trees as a symbol for harmony between nature, man and soul. With that, the form of the trees also changed. Gone were the bizarre and grotesque shapes of twisting serpents and fierce dragons. From then on the bonsai were all about harmony, peace and balance. They started to represent all that was good.

 

Buddhist monks had a great influence on the art and practice of bonsai growing that has never quite disappear. Even these days a lot of books that are dedicated to bonsai gardening and are published in the western world talk about meditation and zen. They will describe how growing a bonsai requires a meditative state and how all the pruning and cutting should be approached with a zen-like state of mind.

 

That being said, most of the bonsai tree meaning was lost to the general public in the last couple of decades. Most westerners now look on these trees as merely a decoration; a little touch of Asia to put in our homes. I’ll leave it to you to decide if that’s a good thing or not.

 

However, if you do become a bonsai artist and start growing your own trees, instead of just observing them or buying trees that someone else has made for you, you will find that taking care of bonsai still possessed a spiritual note. You will have to connect to the tree, understand it, see where it wants to grow and then gently direct it into the desired direction. You will have to find balance between what you want and what a tree is willing to give you. You will have to find patience inside of you and allow a tree to dictate how fast it wants to develop. And throughout all this process, you might discover something new inside of you. You might discover that indescribable thing that has captivated so many. With that, you just might find your own meaning of bonsai trees.

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Source by Carolyn Anderson

Japanese Naruto and Indian Krishna – What They Have in Common

People like fairy tales. If you have any doubts about it yet, check the Eurovision song contest winner of 2009.

People love beautiful stories with love between beautiful characters. If these heroes are faced by danger and complications, you have a story that sells. And when characters are not black-and-white, not flat villains and good guys, when they are endowed with both advantageous and not-so-good qualities, you have a plot that could bring you a name in the literary world.

Masashi Kishimoto is yet another example of this phenomenon. His manga character Naruto made both him and his creation a world-wide celebrities and sold with more that 100 million copies in many languages.

Here we make a little comparison of characters in Indian and Japanese fantasy worlds.

In Indian mythology Krishna is believed to be the God Himself descending on earth and playing a role of beautiful boy who has a lot of power when it comes to fighting against demons. In his everyday life he has a nice yet a little mischievous personality playing practical jokes with his co-villagers. Being a son in a royal family, he was abandoned due to danger of being killed by a demon Kamsa, and transferred to a little village Vrindavan where people led simple lives. He has many friends, cowherd boys, who have a lot of fun between regular attacks of demons. Then Krishna and his mighty brother Balaram come to rescue them.

Naruto is a fictional character created by manga artist about ten years ago. Although a nice beautiful boy, he is ostracized by his co villagers who believe that a nine-tailed demon is sealed in his body. He is kind to people, yet has a little mischievous nature. He fights against villains and demons who attack their village Konahagakure. He has great fighting skills that allow him to build his authority among villagers.

When we speak about avatars in Indian terms, we refer to descent or embodiment of gods or their expansions. The term avatar means completely different concept in online communities. It is kind of small picture that people use in forums and discussion boards. More than 100 thousand people search for Naruto avatars each month on Google. Krishna divine avatars are enlisted in holy scripture Shrimad Bhagavatam having a five thousand years of history.

So if we take into account mischievous personality of both beautiful boys and their environment, their villages that are attacked by demons, great fighting skills and practical jokes, we see many similarities between these characters. People love them a lot, thus they search for their avatars, in their different meanings, though.

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Source by Alex Radich

Drop Cloth Or Newspaper?

When painting a room some people go old fashioned by using old newspapers to cover the floor. This is the cheap man’s way when doing painting around the house. Besides being this a cheap of doing it, let’s look at it from a practical point of view as well as if this is actually the better way comparing it to using plastic drop cloth.

The advantages of using newspaper to cover the floor are easy to count. Newspaper is cheap and eventually you have it anyway if you subscribe to the daily paper of your home town. You can “borrow” some from friends and neighbors without the need paying for it, too. Newspaper absorbs liquids to a certain degree, too. A newspaper sheet covers a certain amount of floor and you just add additional layers on top of each other to reach maximum protection.

Disadvantages of using newspaper are easy to identify as well. Using newspapers when painting a room can lead to stains on the carpet as an example. No matter how many layers of newspaper you eventually put on top of each other, if you spill a can of paint it will most definitely leak through somewhere. Newspaper is dirty – just grab a few sheets of newspaper and then look at your fingers. In most cases your fingers will show black or grey color from the newspaper. Now imagine you cover an entire room with newspaper when painting and then walk over this several times. Then you leave the room where nothing protects your carpet. You can be sure to leave some footprints on your good carpet. And while this can easily be removed from your hands, it is difficult to be removed from your carpet.

Drop cloth however is a notch more expensive than newspaper. To cover a normal master bedroom with drop cloth you might have to pay somewhere between $10 and $30 for enough drop cloth. How much you pay depends on the thickness you choose. However, drop cloth is clean and does not cover your hands with some printer paint or so. It comes in large sheets and is a big time saver when it comes to cover an entire room. It is also better to be used when you have to cover furniture that cannot be moved out of the room that you painting.

Conclusion: While newspaper is the cheaper option to prepare a room for painting, it is the less optimal solution. Drop cloth is faster to deploy and provides better and cleaner protection for your carpet and furniture.

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Source by Christoph Puetz

Martial Arts Book Review: Zen Combat by Jay Gluck

Being the author of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I am always looking for books of exceptional quality to add to my library. If I have a book in my library, it’s definitely worth owning. One such book is Jay Gluck’s, “Zen Combat.”

This is a very well written book and one that I don’t believe is in print anymore. The copy I have I ended up finding in an old book store several years ago. This book gives you some outstanding information on the history of primarily the Japanese martial arts and their philosophy.

1. The Bull Story; Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama and Kyokushin-kai Karate:

This section covers a lot of, although brief, biography of Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama and how he came to learn the art of Karate. Included in this biography are stories about his training style or technique, his first U.S. tour in the early 1950’s, which was also the first time that the art of Karate had been demonstrated in the U.S. There is also a story about how Mas and the author visited with another famous Karate master, Gogen “Cat” Yamaguchi.

This section of the book concludes with some basic information from Mas on training techniques and methods, etiquette and principles of karate, descriptions on various punches, blocks and kicks, kata or forms with Heian or Pinan Nidan being described and illustrated. There is also a very good section on belt rank and the importance of it.

Of particular note, there is a terrific section on how to form a proper Shuto or knifehand strike, and on how to condition your hands for delivering powerful blows.

2. Why the Zen of Zen Combat; Martial Arts Philosophy:

This section is primarily devoted to the early history of the martial arts and their philosophy, and how Zen compliments them. This is really a very good although brief section on the history of martial arts.

3. Kendo; The Way of the Sword:

In this section, the author talks briefly about Miyamoto Musashi who was Japan’s greatest samurai swordsman. In addition to Musashi, he also talks about the art of Kendo and the samurai sword, and the basic techniques that are used when yielding a samurai sword. These techniques include; the proper grip, en-garde, touché, and the I-ai or “quick draw.”

The rest of this particular section is devoted to various weapons used by the samurai such as; the naginata, bo staff, spears, etc.

4. Kyudo; The Way of Archery:

This section starts out with a brief history of the bow in Japanese history and then quickly dives right in to how Zen became incorporated with Japanese archery and why it is still practiced that way even today.

The author gives a very detailed explanation on the equipment, ritual, and techniques associated with Japanese archery. This is a very thorough and well presented, yet basic, analysis of this very impressive art form.

5. Dancing; Dervishes of Strength:

We begin this section with a trip to Iran and its traditional dance at their House of Strength. This was very informative and was totally new to me, although the ideas expressed weren’t. The author also discusses the importance of dance and music to the martial arts if one truly wants to master them.

There is a terrific section included here that deals with how to breath and training your body through the use of certain breathing techniques. It also has a section devoted to the purifying of the body through the use of “cold training.” This section finishes with a brief history on the art of ninjitsu.

6. Aiki; Luke: 4-28:

This is perhaps the best section in this book and covers the art of Aikido and its master, Morihei Ueshiba. This section is quite detailed and recounts several exploits of the Aikido master. It also briefly explains some of the techniques and principles associated with this amazing art form.

This book was originally written and printed back in the early 1960’s, and therefore I don’t know if it is still available or not. You may have to get on the internet, or search your local used book stores to find it, but if you do, definitely pick it up. You won’t regret it.

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Source by Shawn Kovacich

What Is Artchery?

Artchery is a combo-word, a made up word I created and would like to discuss with you. What does it mean? Well, we know what archery is and the famous tale of William Tell, and we know that archery is an Olympic Sport, and that there were archers used in warfare during past periods, and we also know that the American Indians were excellent marksmen with bows and arrow, that’s how they defended themselves and were able to hunt and feed themselves.

We also know what art is, and art can take on many mediums, so, when we have fun as writers with combo-words or “invent-a-word” mind games, in a way that too is a form of art. Not long ago, I was enlisted as a model in our local art club, you see the others in the group are artists, real ones – sketching, painting, drawing, water colors, charcoal, photographers, etc. Me, well, I am just a writer, and although I write a lot, not a very good on. Still, they had me hold a make-shift bow and arrow and point it towards the sky while I stood there for 30-minutes for the sketching session.

Why you ask? Well, it’s simple really “action art” sells, and the best art (with people in it) has some sort of action going on. Interestingly enough bows and arrows are somewhat lightweight, but they are not easy to hold up for thirty minutes, especially flexing the 50-lb stretch strength bow. “What on earth did I volunteer for now,” I thought to myself, and then I wondered if my Indian outfit was authentic enough, and if they had also done the same, perhaps waiting for a prey to happen by or readying themselves for battle, if so, more power to them, they were in much better conditioning than I.

Okay so, that is one possibility for the word; Artchery. What might be another? Well, now that we’ve got your mind thinking, what say you? Have you ever seen photographs taken at high-speed, how about of an arrow piercing through an apple, or an arrow splitting another which has already made a perfect bull’s eye on the target? Well, that too could be considered Artchery.

Can you think of more? What about a new form of art, flaming arrows shot in sequence in place of fireworks? What about an expert archery demonstration team spelling out a word onto a large billboard? Artchery, right? Yes, that too would be artchery – can you think of more. Please do, and shoot me an email as to what you come up with.

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Source by Lance Winslow

Bishojo and Moe Characters – The Ideal Female in Japanese Anime and Videogames

“Bishojo” is a Japanese term literally meaning “beautiful girl,” and usually refers to genres of anime and video games that are centered on them. What is considered to be bishojo is subjective to its artists and audiences; such characters can have but are not limited to:

  • Large, endearing eyes to convey her emotions — a characteristic of the anime-art style
  • An ideal female body shape — the hourglass figure
  • An emphasis of the breasts by making them large, giving her sex appeal
  • A wide array of hairstyles, even those that seem impossible in real life
  • Have a wardrobe that includes skirts, blouses, and dresses
  • Moe characteristics

“Moe,” pronounced “mo-eh,” literally referring to a budding plant, is an informal Japanese term meaning a type of feeling towards anime female characters. The moe character exudes an aura of innocence, through her appearance and quirky personality; we might be attracted to her so much that we desire to be with her — to protect her, to be her boyfriend, to be her father, because in our minds she represents the ideal female.

Take the anime series, “K-On!” for example — it can be considered bishojo and moe anime. Mio Akiyama, among fans of the series, is a popular character because she displays moe characteristics. Though she is shown to be serious, we also see her embarrassed and frightened; she generates her audience’s desire to console her as well as protect her from her friend Ritsu Tainaka, who happens to tease her frequently. Mio can also be bishojo due to her hime (hii-may) cut hairstyle; though, all of the female characters of K-On! can be bishojo because the school uniforms they wear make them look cuter (subjective).

Visual novels (VNs) are a popular genre of game in Japan, and are another major source of bishojo and moe characters aside from anime series. The majority of VNs involve romance between a male protagonist and several female romantic prospects. Usually the male protagonist is depicted as a young Japanese or Asian, as it’s assumed that whoever plays such VNs is a male of Asian descent, giving him someone to identify with. A player sees the world in his view, and eyes a girl whom he deems bishojo and moe. He desires to be with her maybe because of her beautiful long black hair and clumsy personality, or he identifies her with a girl he has known in real life — he thus plays the game to vicariously have a relationship with her. In the end, he can have sex with her (in adult-oriented VNs), and/or marry and have children with her.

One might argue that bishojo and moe characters are objectifying the female sex mostly because of the nature of the anime art style. However, others argue it’s not — she offers herself for him to protect, offers herself for him to be with her, and most importantly offers her eternal love and support, not as an object but as if she were a real human female. She can represent a girl a guy has loved, and offer him a second chance with her, giving him a fantasy he cannot otherwise achieve in real life.

The world is an imperfect place and is filled with many broken hearts and loneliness. Bishojo and moe characters offer a perfect fantasy for male, as well as female, audiences to escape the harshness of the real world. It’s a potent concoction that can elicit feelings of longing and nostalgia.

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Source by Ryne Dorig

10 Tips for Painting Landscapes With Acrylics

Acrylic paints are versatile and this is helpful for painting landscapes. Acrylics are thinned with water or an acrylic medium to create transparency and imitate water coloring. The tint is used from the container for medium consistency. Apply layers of paint to create the illusions of thickness as seen in oil painting.

10 Tips:

1. Sketch or draw the landscape from the original scenery, a photo, or from your imagination.

Use light pencil strokes, colored pencils, or chalk to sketch an outline. It is difficult to cover heavy pencil markings if creating a transparency element such as water or thin clouds. Outline drawing with acrylics to avoid pencil marks.

2. Use oil painting technique preparing the canvas surface with a primer only if the surface is rough. Use acrylic gesso for smoothing rough surfaces. Commercial paper and canvasses are primed for acrylics.

I like to prime my surface with white paint as it seems to add more body or richness to the second layer of paint. Or paint the background with various colors to mark select areas. For example: blue for the sky, green for forest areas, and yellow for a field of wild flowers.

3. Are you painting a scenery in the outdoors? A spray bottle of distilled water helps to keep acrylics damp or use retarders or slow dry mediums to keep paints moist.

4. Practice traditional paint strokes, experiment with different techniques, and let your imagination create other methods.

It is worthwhile to practice assorted brushing techniques that artists use. It is to your benefit to experiment with different strokes using thin, medium, and thick paint. If you are like me, you will experiment with other objects for creative effects.

5. Palette knives, toothbrush, sponges, cotton balls, craft sticks, paper, and other miscellaneous items create effects..

I find texture to be a challenge in landscape painting. Nature creates smooth, rough, stringy, and other assorted tactile sensations with plants, trees, grasses, flowers, and other flora. A tree trunk has rough bark, blades of grass are narrow, plant life varies with smooth to thorny leaves, bodies of water have movement, and rocks have assorted surfaces. Using different objects helps with bumpy, spotty, rough, and fuzzy. You will enjoy discovering and creating assorted textures with or without brushes. Many layers of paint will create texture.

6. Gather Tint knowledge.

Gain knowledge of primary, secondary, warm and cool and mixing colors. Red and green produces brown, blue and yellow produces green. The reason to understand color mixes is that nature is not one color. Landscape scenery utilizes many colors along with light, dark, and shadows producing reality to your landscape.

7. Make a Color Chart

Mix paints in small amounts to avoid waste. This is the importance for a color chart providing mixing portions. The chart is a permanent guide for accuracy and saving time. Acrylic paints dry quickly, mist with water to keep moist while working. An acrylic medium is mixed into paints for longer working times.

7. Set aside a space for your artwork. Art work needs to sit on a counter or on the easel for a day or more. You will want to restrict this area from others. Storage space for art supplies is essential..

8. Clean paint brushes after each painting session. Synthetic brushes are made from nylon or polyester and are easy to wash with soapy water. Then, squeeze dry, reshape and store in a secure dry place insuring a longer life for brushes. The dry paint on a brush is very difficult to impossible to remove. These paints will stain clothing; wear a protective apron or cloak.

9. Protect finished work with a sealer. Store in safe, cool, and dry container. I store my paintings in cardboard files and boxes.

10. Sign your artwork. Are you planning to sell your creations? Copyright your work.

People who paint landscapes real or imagined reap the benefit of fun and accomplishment. Artists will learn much about texture and color combinations.

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Source by Tricia Deed

Reiki Level 2 Symbols: Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki

Cho Uk Rei

The first symbol in Reiki 2 is Cho Ku Rei (CKR). This symbol greatly increases the power of the Reiki that you channel. Initially, you will consciously invoke this symbol at each chakra and anytime you want to establish protection. As your intuition develops, CKR will automatically arise in your consciousness as needed. At first, please be very diligent about drawing, visualizing and invoking this symbol. With practice, it will become familiar and automatic for you.

According to Diane Stein, the line on the top of CKR depicts Shiva (male energy of the universe). The vertical line represents energy emanating from heaven to earth. The spirals represent Shakti (Goddess energy). Note that the spirals touch the diagonal line a total of seven times, corresponding to the seven chakras. Begin drawing the symbol from the top left, followed by a downward stroke. This is followed by a series of 3 clockwise spirals, crossing the vertical line.

(The symbols have not been shown in the present article. Your Reiki master will show you the symbols when you are ready for them. Of course, you can find them on-line if you are curious. Again, be sure you are well prepared for practicing advanced Reiki.)

As in Reiki 1, you can ask your patients if they have any physical ailments they would like to heal. Discussing those issues helps you focus the intent of CKR. As your patient describes their physical symptoms, your attention and intention focus specifically on those symptoms.

Cho Ku Rei (Clockwise)

  • Increase power
  • Protect your chakras
  • Focus on physical healing
  • Protection on walls, aura and other locations
  • Empower water, food and plants
  • Energize crystals

Cho Ku Rei (counter-clockwise)

Alternatively, the orbits of Cho Ku Rei can be drawn counter-clockwise. Generally, the function is the same as with the clockwise symbol. In the early stages of your Reiki 2 training, practice using the symbol in both directions until your intuition guides you to know which one is most appropriate at any given time. The anti-clockwise CKR is used to disperse energy, remove negativity from cysts and remove negativity from auras. Finally, you can use it to ground the soles of the feet. Ultimately, your intention during a healing is of paramount importance. The universal intelligence of Reiki conducts energy through you as a channel. So, rather than intellectualizing and laboring over your techniques, just relax and let Reiki flow. Many students try too hard and push the energy, exhausting themselves in the process.

Sei He Ki: The Emotional Symbol

The second symbol in Reiki 2 is Sei He Ki (SHK). This symbol focuses on emotional issues and purification. During healings, you may be inspired to ask your patient questions. Follow your intuition and you will know what to ask. SHK helps patients release negative emotions. Combining the power of SHK with well-timed, compassionate questions creates a powerful synergy between Western psychological practices and Eastern energy disciplines. Begin with general questions such as, “are there any emotional issues on your mind that you would like to heal? Are there any situations in your life that you would like to overcome?” More specific questions will intuitively arise of their own accord. This subject is discussed in more detail in my article concerning therapeutic communication.

Some sources define SHK as “God and humanity become one.” The SHK symbol resembles the two sides of the human brain. The left side combines angles with straight lines, representing the left side of the human brain, being logical and linear. The right side is curving, representing human creativity and imagination. As you gain experience with SHK you will comprehend for yourself its esoteric meaning and how to apply it in healing situations. Its primary characteristics and uses can be summarized as follows:

  • Use for emotional healing
  • Balance left and right sides of the brain
  • Create calm during stressful situations
  • Release stress from its origin
  • Purify chakras, rooms and auras
  • Purify food, water, plants and crystals
  • Release bad habits

The only limit to the use of these symbols is your own creativity. Focus on the positive and these symbols will augment your intentions.

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Source by Tom Radzienda

Frugal Travel Tips For Chicago

Chicago offers many free attractions for the frugal traveler. These free sights offset more costly splurges like deep dish pizza, the entrance to the famed Shedd Aquarium, and a trip up the Sears Tower.

Free Trolleys

From Memorial Day weekend through the Labor Day weekend, between 10am and 6pm, free trolleys operate every 20-30 minutes to Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations. There are stops along Museum Campus, Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile) and Navy Pier. Do a few of the loops to get a sense of the city. Drivers often give out bits of information about landmarks.

Street parking downtown is often free on Sundays.

Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, and Millennium Park

Buckingham Fountain (seen in the opening credits of the tv show Married With Children) in Grant Park, close to the waterfront, was designed to emulate the great fountains in the palace of Versailles. It consists of three basins, surrounded by four bronze seahorses.

More modern art can be found in the adjoining Millennium Park. The Crown Fountain has two giant glass towers with projections of faces on them. Water squirts out of the faces’ mouths, much to wading children’s delight. Cloud Gate resembles a giant stainless steel jellybean, warping the reflection of onlookers.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier hosts a street carnival type of environment. There is a classic styled 148 ft Ferris Wheel, a musical carousel with painted animals, a children’s museum, a museum of stained glass, and a funhouse maze. Add seasonal street performers, food vendors, and face painters, and travelers can people watch for hours.

The Old Water Tower

The Old Water Tower, situated on the famed Michigan Avenue near the John Hancock Center, is one of the most famous survivors of the Great Fire. Designed to resemble a tiny European castle, the Old Water Tower is now a visitors center.

The Art Institute Of Chicago

With great American masterpieces like Grant Wood’s American Gothic, the Art Institute Of Chicago is a must see for art lovers and a freebie for the savvy traveler. From May 31st to August 31st, admission is free after 5pm on Thursday’s and Friday’s.

There are many other free or frugal attractions in the Windy City, window shopping on the Magnificent Mile, facades such as Dearborn Street Station and others.

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Source by Kimber Chin

Her Most Famous Artwork the Nana-Hon-En Katedral by Niki De St Phalle

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine on October 29, 1930, Niki De St. Phalle was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker, whose fame to glory was “the Nana-Hon-En Katedral.” Inspired by her friend Clarice Rivers’ pregnancy, Niki created “Nana,” an expression of ‘everywoman.’ Through “Nana,” the artist tried representing and establishing the position of women in the society. Nana is a life size doll made of polyester and papier-mache, braced with a wire structure, signifying female exuberance, strength, confidence, and optimism.

Niki’s first “Nana” was exhibited at the Galerie Iolas, Paris, in 1965. The creation received harsh criticism from art circle. “Nana” was described as a wild dancing figure with “aggressive,” “satirical,” and “feminist” features. Determined Phalle ignored the critics and went ahead with creating another “Nana” in collaboration with artist Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Ultvedt, in 1966. The result was her most famous work, an eighty-two foot large sculpture, “Hon-En Katedral (She-A Cathedral).” The structure was installed at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. The conspicuous feature of the “Hon-En Katedral – Nana” in its reclining position with thighs spread open, is its entrance through ‘her’ vagina that lets the visitors walk through. The installation acquired much attention and severe criticism. A few critics were of the opinion that “Hon-En Katedral” was the “largest whore in the world.”

During the construction of the “Hon-En Katedral,” Niki met Swiss artist Rico Weber, who became an important assistant and a collaborator for both, de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. The three continued working as a team and went on to making many more “Nanas,” such as “Stravinsky Fountain (1982),” “La fountaine Château-Chinon,” “Queen Califia’s Magic Circle (Sculpture Garden),” and “Sun God (1983).”

Niki once said, “My first exhibition with Nanas was called Nana Power. For me, they were the symbol of a cheerful, liberated woman. Today, after nearly twenty years, I see them differently. I see them as heralds of a new matriarchal era, which I believe is the only answer.”

The “Nanas” gathered an exclusive and distinct credibility, identity, & status to Niki De St. Phalle in the ‘Contemporary Art.’ It is well- known that only a handful of artists such as Niki have the courage & the ability to continually create stunning works, despite harsh response from public. “Nanas” today do evoke inevitable appeal and captivate the attention of onlookers.

Niki passed away on May 22, 2002, at the age of 71, because of emphysema, caused due to the years of inhaling toxic polyester fumes.

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Source by Annette Labedzki

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