Thursday, February 23, 2012
We visited jennifers mom who lives in Imperial County, the Salton Sea to be exact, right up against the Chocolate Mountains. Beautiful, isolated and quiet. The mornings so quiet you can hear the train cruise by a couple of miles away.
I took a bunch of photographs of the area and of Salvation Mountain a registered Folk Art site.
Got this information off the Ca. parks and game website
The natural springs and One of the world's largest inland seas, Salton Sea was created by accident in 1905 when increased flooding on the Colorado River allowed water to crash through canal barriers and for the next 18 months the entire flow of the Colorado River rushed downhill into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born - 45 miles long and 20 miles wide - equalling 110 miles of shoreline. 226 feet below sea level.
Tatum enjoying the evening hiking out back of nanas place.
Salvation Mountain in Niland about 15 miles from jen’s moms place.
Jennifer and Tatum
Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill north of Calipatria, California, near Slab City and just several miles from the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by local resident Leonard Knight, and encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and bible verses.
Tatum on top of the mountain
Looking back towards Niland from the top of the mountain
Tatum in the O
Inside one of the rooms of leonards mountain, people leave all kinds of offerings and writings to leonard and god.
some of the structure that is still a work in progress
Just waiting on a friend
Coming home through Cabezon wind farm
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
One of the earliest experiments in European ceramic sculpture, this object was commissioned by the father of the dead child in order to capture her likeness and perpetuate her memory. It was a personal and private sculpture, reflecting the grief of the little girl's family, and perhaps not intended for open display in the house.
Lydia Dwight was six years old when she died on 3 March 1674 (1673 by the Old Calendar). The fact that the next daughter was also christened Lydia does not suggest lack of grief on the part of the parents, but was usual practice in an age noted for its high infant mortality.
Materials & Making
John Dwight's first patent for salt-glazed stoneware, of 1672, did not list statues and figures among the types of product to be protected. They were, however, included in his second patent of 1684, when he had apparently stopped making them. Almost all his figures, like these two examples, were actually made in the 1670s. He is known to have shown a bust of Dr Willis and a figure to members of the Royal Society in 1674 and was clearly attempting to adapt his tough new material to the delicate art of modelling in clay, terracotta or wax at exactly the time his daughter Lydia died. The identity of the four different modellers involved in his experiments, assumed to be from Italy or the Low Countries, still remain a mystery. Dwight's failure to make commercial use of his stoneware figures has denied him the role of founder of the later tradition of English pottery and porcelain figures. But his attempts to link the stoneware material to art does have parallels with Josiah Wedgwood and Sir Henry Doulton in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Great collection of contemporary and historical ceramics here is the link to this awesome site!