"Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent."
--architect Tadao Ando
All the winners of my Wabi Sabi street art contest will receive TCO treats in the mail. I'd like to grab the mic and give a shout out to everybody who participated. Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos with me!
Goadingthepen hunted for street art in DC. She receives a special "best in show" award for editing all her images into a music video (the soundtrack courtesy of her guitar-strumming son!)
Watchmebe gets the gold medal. She emailed such a great variety of images--from stickers to stencils to clever murals--that I compiled them into a slideshow. Most of her pictures were shot in Athens, Georgia.
Sarahcreate, my silver medal winner, sent this whimsical creature from Iceland.
The bronze goes to Beautyofwashinglines in Newcastle, UK (of course! Where else would we find a Tetris-style homage to Shakespeare?)
Haras17 hails from New York. She spotted this crazy joker etched in cement.
Briheartsbooks is another Florida girl (from Panama City). She emailed several photos, including this otherworldy squid.
David R's sunset-drenched shot of Venice Beach (also known as Muscle Beach) reminds me of Dogtown and Z Boys.
Little Willow channeled Disney and Lucas with her shot of the mouse-eared dark lord. She writes:
"In order to get from my home to the library, I have to walk under an overpass. Sometimes, the sidewalks are littered with random objects, and the concrete walls are littered with graffiti. A few months ago - no, longer than that, at least half a year ago - I saw this airbrushed on the sidewalk.
"It made me laugh. But why? I'm not a fan of Star Wars, nor do I outright hate it. I didn't even notice the mouse ears at first. I suppose it was the use of the word "papi," a word I've always found amusing, but moreover, its placement, there among the half-opened bags of forgotten clothes, the windblown leaves, the occasional grocery cart, and an abandoned couch or two."
Hurdler4eva stumbled across a splash of color in the Windy City.
Princessofgenovia writes, "I found this street art on a corner of a house in Amsterdam and i thought it was so wonderful how the classic poetry that was on the old part (on top of the graffiti) and the modern part (the graffiti) and how well it mixed."
Some might call it "wabi sabi"...finding beauty in decay:
Congrats to all the winners!
Happy reading (and don't forget to carry a camera in your bag!)