Watching the pace and flow of New York City from above is amazing. The constant stream of yellow taxis lining the avenues, the waves of pedestrians hurriedly crossing with the change of traffic signals, little figures disappearing into and emerging from the subway stations, the chorus of honking horns and sirens. It’s all so rhythmic and strangely soothing to watch. It makes me feel incredibly small.
It usually isn’t until I’m removed from the situation or set far apart that I notice overall rhythms and patterns such as social structures.
Image description: Picasso or Panda? Giant panda Tian Tian gets his paws dirty with non-toxic water-based paint at the National Zoo. Painting is one among many activities that fall under Animal Enrichment—a program that provides physically and mentally stimulating activities and environments for the Zoo’s residents.
Art produced by many of the Zoo’s mammal and bird residents will be available for purchase at the National Capital chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Art Show, which will take place spring 2012.
Photo by Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Love it! Underlines my belief that art should be accessible to all.
A 1955 piece by Lotte Reiniger. Now the settings are in full color (though the characters are still black silhouettes) and the story-telling has changed (narrator, sound, not so many transitions). Lotte masterfully incorporates color and non-paper material (cels?). Although this piece is beautiful and captivating to watch, I think I prefer her silent animations a little more. All of Reiniger’s works are masterpieces.
Lotte Reiniger’s films are some of the most beautiful animation in history. Cut-out silhouette animation has its own character of movement. Since everything is told through silhouette, all the actions are that much stronger. The details and textures are extraordinary, and the metamorphoses and transitions are sublime. And made in 1926!