A crevace in the ground

I opened my email to find a photo of people walking around a giant ice crevace in the ground.  It was one of Edgar Mueller’s 3D street art illusions.


I had to share this here because I got thinking that these people work for days/weeks and what he (the artist) and his assistants have to show for it is a picture or two, someone writes an article, someone blogs about it and then what? the artwork is gone? Walked all over?  I checked out his website and no mention of what becomes of the scene where the pavement was used as a canvas.

For me, it got me thinking – like a new meditation on the impermanence of everything.  Reminded me of the sand mandalas of the Tibetan monks.

What stuck with me reading some quotes of his is that his intent is to “get people to think”.  He uses his talent to give us a different point of view.  What we do with the information is totally up to us.

Instead of feeling that after a hard day’s work, I have “nothing to show for it” as sometimes I feel doing the mundane things of everyday living, what if I approached each task as my own work of art?  Not worried about having something of permanence to hold on to in the end but just have the energy I put into the task/work be a catalyst to anyone who comes in contact with it.

In the email I received, Mueller was quoted as saying that he was inspired by the work of Julian Beever http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm

I’m inspired by anyone who does something because they are called to do something and they hear the call.

2 thoughts on “A crevace in the ground”

  1. I like to think the artist considers it a way to give people a unique experience, making those people who saw it before it disappeared special. Sure there are photos, but I’m sure in person it is much more amazing. They want their art remembered as a once in a lifetime experience, free to those who come across it, as opposed to something that could later be sold, transferred, and then only those who can pay for it would be able to enjoy it in person.

  2. I had to comment again to update this post with somethign that showed up on facebook today. A link to an older post (march 9, 2006) of a blog on the artwork of Julian Beever. Emphasized the point to me that although this art is fleeting, it is here to stay and touch us, and inspire our imagination for a long time.

    A lot of good photos in the blog post so i’m sharing here. http://www.impactlab.com/2006/03/09/amazing-3d-sidewalk-art-photos/

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