Saturday, April 27, 2013, was Slow Art Day, a global all-volunteer event to help more people discover the joy of looking and loving art. In actuality, it was a really nice day for a handful of people to enjoy some art together. Our host, Tanya Miller, led the expedition of art aficionados through the Dallas Arts District to view some hidden gems of the local art scene.
Tanya’s Slow Art Day group met at Border by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir across from the Meyerson Symphony Center. The collection of sculptures includes thirteen pairs of life-size figures made of aluminum and cast iron. Tanya gave us time to view and interact with the sculptures before she gave us some insights on the work and the artist. The group then struck similar poses as the sculptures to get a feeling of being the art. Border is on view through July 2013.
The groups next stop was the Crow Collection of Asian Art, but not before a quick view of the mural at The Catholic Foundation Plaza. Each fall The Catholic Foundation holds a competition for a new mural. The current mural is When the Troops Come Marching Home to the City of Dallas, What a Day of Celebration That Will Be! by Cornelious Brackens, Jr.
Tanya then led the group to the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where she is a docent. She took us in to see the Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery as they continued working on their latest mandala sand painting. The group sat mostly in silence as the monks deposited small grains of colored sand on the nearly completed mandala. Tanya informed the group that this was the last day for the mandala. There was to be a ceremony later in the day which involved the sweeping up of the mandala and depositing the colored sand into Turtle Creek.
The group ventured to the Crow Collection of Asian Art sculpture garden. Tanya introduced us to three sweeping monks. At first glance the sculptures appear to be warrior monks with a large weapons resting on the ground. But at closer inspection the weapon is a bunch of sticks and leaves used for sweeping. Two of the monks were solid black with the third in red. Tanya again gave the group time to interact with the sculptures and strike a few poses before she embellished out understanding with the monk’s way of life. The group even did one of the monk’s daily exercises, spinning in a circle with arms out for twenty-one times.
Tanya also pointed out the stream of rocks that will never have water and the Chinese bell, which anyone is allowed to ring.
Tanya’s Slow Art Day group decided on having lunch together at Klyde Warren Park. A good time was has by all.
Slow Art Day Gallery
Click on the thumbnail image to see a larger version. All photographs are by Mr. Holga.