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Inspired by the Unprecedented

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

Surprisingly, after several trips to the Opera House, I’ve noticed that a large portion of newcomers to Sydney’s most distinct landmark are remarkably disappointed upon arrival. Most visitors believe that the opera house is one continuous structure, and that it sits many stories up, overlooking the harbor down below.  In actuality, the Opera House is three distinct structures that sit …

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The OG Davide

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

I’ve lived in Florence for about three and a half months, and I only saw the David yesterday. The David is Michelangelo’s arguably greatest creation, a seventeen-foot giant, muscular, contrapposto freestanding figure completed in 1504. I saw a lot of his work this break, including the Sistine Chapel, located in Vatican City. But Florence is the capital of the Renaissance, …

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Flies & Fields at the Power Station of Art

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Shanghai by Irina1 Comment

Upon entering the Power Station of Art, I was greeted by a huge swarm of insects. These insects were large sculptures, hung from museum’s high ceilings. However, upon closer inspection, I realized that they were actually half-human, half-insect. These hybridized creatures were grotesque- they had the torso and legs of a human but the head and wings of a dragonfly …

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A New News

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

Think about our relationship to current events: Who (or what) do we listen to? Immediately, one thinks of the media. Whether present in print, radio, or television broadcast, journalists are integral to the guidance of public knowledge, perception, and emotions towards the world they live in. Having an accredited voice in the political world is exceptionally powerful, especially when it comes …

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My Girl, Guanyin

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

I am currently in a class called Religion and Society in China where, every other week, we collectively hop on a bus and go to a location that has religious significance. Our most recent trip was to the Buddhist Longhua temple. This is also the the trip that I found to be the most beautiful as every room of the …

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A Sad State of Affairs

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Sydney by Flurin1 Comment

Art has always been a big part of my life. Both my parents were ballet dancers and once my athletic career slowed down I became a dancer too. It almost seemed inevitable for me to gain an appreciation for art. Although, I don’t mean appreciation in the academic sense. I really wouldn’t be able to tell you much about any …

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Accessible Art

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Buenos Aires by Kiana2 Comments

I think it’s accurate to describe Buenos Aires as a city for all. Keeping in mind a historic struggle to empower the working class that stretches into the present, it isn’t a surprise that art starts at ground level. And I mean that literally. Buenos Aires has beautiful, classic museums and art galleries, but the art that’s connected to me …

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Mona Lisa > Louvre ?

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Paris by Howard1 Comment

If New York is the center of finance and art, then Paris is the center of pure art, and even purer art. When talking about the “heartbeat” of New York, one would easily think of Wall Street, Empire State Buildings, and Central Park. If you ask people, who have never been to Paris, for how they imagine Paris to be, …

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“Place as Art”….or “Art as Place”

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

Although I have been to several art museums in Prague and have learned about important local artists such as Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha; and painter and graphic artist, František Kupka, I will approach this post a little differently. Instead of thinking of “art and place,” I am thinking about “place as art” or “art as place.” I …