Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday AMuse

The Mariposa Folk Festival is now 50 years old and to celebrate, the city of Orillia (where the music festival began) has 50 7' tall guitars painted by local artists scattered throughout the downtown streets. My friend Suzanne and I spent considerable time finding them all, but you will be pleased to know I will only present a tiny sampling for your amusement.


The one on the left is called Mariposa Folk. The one with Gordon Lightfood is called called 'Feelin' Sundown' (below is the backsides)

and then there is Forest Folk

and here we have Guitars through the Seasons (note the lovely convertible in the background!)

but then we have this most elaborate one

called Dances While Balazs Plays


If you really, really want to read more about this and learn about every single one of the 50 guitars, you can download a pdf of the booklet here

23 comments:

  1. That is amazing. Can the guitars be played or arfe they faux guitars?

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  2. So many interesting guitars! That must of been fun! Especially like the last one :D

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  3. That is really neat. What nice way to show the folk art. There are dozens of life sized folk art mules around here I don't think I'll ever find them all though.

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  4. Persiflage: no you can't play them, but you can touch

    Jazz: yes, I love this kind of street art!

    Kaori: it is so much fun to find them all... and to see if you recognize the artists

    James: and it is surprising, how with their size and even with a map, you can miss some!

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  5. There are some really imaginative guitar decorations there. The last one is amazing.

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  6. Jabblog: I know! all the rest were painted, ane one had appliqued mirrored tiles, but this last one was very imaginative!

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  7. It reminds me of those sculpted eagles we saw all around Vancouver last year.

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  8. Those are some awesome guitars, regular works of art. Are they auctioned off? I wouldn't mind having some of them.

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  9. Scott: the best psart is that, unlike in a big city, these are much closer together. every time you turn around there's another one!

    Guillaume: and I understand you are getting elephants in London?

    Nora: you have until Thanksgiving before they are auctioned off

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  10. Wow!! Those are some guitars for sure!! Beautiful!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  11. These are wonderful and I wish I had stumbled upon them first. :) Heck, I might just have to visit Orillia and take some photos anyway!

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  12. These are great! I love that somebody came up with this fantastically whimsical idea.

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  13. Mo: aren't they, just?! thanks for visiting

    SueAnn: some of the symbolism was more apparent than others, but they are all great

    EG: I knew I had a blog post when I saw them! they are up until Thanksgiving weekend. there is also a great display of banners (unrelated to Mariposa)

    LD: it also gets people talking positively about something -
    civic pride at its best.

    Geewits: it is fun. and people always smile indulgently when you stop in their way to take pictures!

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  14. I love these sculptures for another reason,. My brothers and I have one thing in common, we all three play the guitar!

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  15. What a blast! I wish more cities did a theme art project like this. I think it really get people engaged and out in the community. Yeah!
    Cheers, jj

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  16. Jeannette: I've always loved the gatherings where someone just picks up a guitar and starts strumming...

    Joanna: I agree, it does seem to invite community spirit

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  17. I don't know who started the idea of the themed art sculptures in a city, bu I aways like them.

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  18. SAW: so do I. I have even been known to travel specifically to see them.

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  19. I've seen cows and horses but never guitars. Very cool!

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