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In Mexico el día de los reyes magos is similar to the Christmas Eve visit from the big jolly Santa Claus. All year long los niños look forward to this day. Much like Christmas in the US, there is quite the build-up beforehand. Toys line the sidewalks in the streets of the pueblito – trucks, barbies, kitchen sets, scooters – while kids pass with longing in their eyes. The little ones dream of that yellow tonka truck while convincing themselves of their good behavior during the year, and hoping that the 3 kings will turn a blind eye to all the times they disobeyed their parents. As the days dwindle before the promise of the visit, children begin to build their wish list, choosing either Melchor, Gaspar, or Baltasar to entrust with fulfilling their requests. With the greatest belief that their wish list will reach one of the wise men they send off their faith in a helium-filled balloon.

the twigster,
Josephine

PS: DiF, one of the Mexican government agencies with which I work, hosted its yearly event to celebrate the Day of the Three Kings this past Saturday. The pictures below are from the event.

PPS: It was very hard to see about 2,000 balloons cast off, knowing the damage they will cause environmentally. Why can’t the kids just send their letters to the North Pole?

Co-workers dressed as the Three Wise Men

Children of my pueblito

Up, Up and Away - Carrying wishes, causing environmental harm

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Say hi to the Easter bunny and have a beautiful Spring day.

The twigster,

Josephine

PS: Eat a peep.

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The other day was my first time in Chicago, and by far my biggest priority was to see the Bean, or the Cloud Gate. Typical tourist. I know, and I totally reveled in it.  I first saw some of Anish Kapoor’s work at Gladstone Gallery in NYC in 2008. Since then, his work has continued to fascinate me, especially his ability to engage the viewer in his work and question their perspectives.  Unsurprisingly, this artist has captured my sister’s attention too, and I invited her to share some insight on the sculptor’s work.

the twigster,

Josephine

The Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park is a seamless construction, executed with precision and talent. A total of 168 stainless steel plates comprise the exterior, yet the Gate appears as a whole bean-shaped drop of “mercury” amidst the city backdrop.  The form and stainless steel material of the Bean then allows the sculpture to form a dialogue with both its audience and the surrounding environment. The sculpture entices the audience to play with their reflections and distorted shapes, and to walk around and even under the sculpture. The viewer quickly learns that different points of contact with the sculpture yield different reflections, different perspectives, and a totally different experience with the art.  This experience, with the backdrop of Chicago’s downtown reflecting in the Bean throughout, unites the viewer, the environment, and the sculpture as one entity. Anish Kapoor successfully created a world within a bean – a windy world.

twigster sister

The Bean!

The Cloud Gate, Chicago
Under the Bean

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