Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

I miss visiting the Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey in Spring time. We usually started our trips from the beginning of the month of April, almost every year for more than forty years. We enjoyed strolling under the cherry blossom trees, and seeing children running around with parents watching, while wearing their best dresses and suits to welcome the cherry blossoms in spring.  Some Cherry trees often have just started to open the little buds of flowers and some are in full bloom with white, light pink, dark pink and red of little flowers in clusters on every branches of the cherry trees. It is so beautiful!!

I was in awe when I saw the cherry blossoms the first time, and I promised myself that I would visit this magic and beautiful land of cherry blossoms every year.  It was such a happy time that we looked forward to with our family.  There was always a special lunch, on a blanket under the cherry trees with the comfort of spring temperature, and baking the warm sun in the afternoon. We enjoyed seeing other families and people that came to admire the Cherry Blossoms.  Even though we did not know them, there was the feeling of community, we smiled at each other and said hello to the people who passed by us.  It was a time of happiness, harmony, and peace as humanity celebrated nature that provided us peace and comfort in the spring time.


 

John with Hunter, our neighbor’s son who came to see me every Saturday to study beginning math lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we know that most of the country is locked down, we can go out only to get food and in emergency situation.  I have been in our apartment since March 12.  On March 10, I went to the hospital for our second grandson’s birth.  Then I stayed two nights with our four-year-old, first grandson.  Since then I did not go out anywhere.  My husband, John Watts are my provider, he went out to get food and necessity items that we need for during this lockdown of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The whole world is in the same situation as US.  From the end of December 2019, the coronavirus took place in Wuhan, China and the coronavirus has been spread out all over the world, up to today, Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2:08 P.M.

 [LIVE] Coronavirus Pandemic: Real Time Counter, World Map, News                          Started streaming on Jan 29, 2020   Roylab Stats

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 TOTLE CASES: 1,180,725

 TOTLE DEATHS: 63,951

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 TERRITORIES:  208

 I went to view my Cherry Blossom posts in my website and in the photograph files of the Cherry Blossoms that we took for many years.  I enjoy viewing the photographs.  They remind me of happy times we had together with family and the community.  I decided to select some of the photographs to post on my website.  I hope that it will give the viewers some smiles or pleasant feeling that Cherry Blossom in Newark, New Jersey faithfully give pleasure to the community every year in Spring.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, April 4, 2020

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PBS News: March 26  & 27, 2020

Washington Post: 1,581people have died from coronavirus in the U.S.

 and Mapping the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

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Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts: Herald Square Park New York City, New York, Spring 2014 (Video on YouTube)

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Mar 27, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, the House approves the largest economic relief package in U.S. history as the country faces the rising spread of novel coronavirus. Plus: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national shortage of ventilators, the UN secretary-general on global cooperation, Louisiana is a COVID-19 hot spot, Americans trapped abroad and the political analysis of David Brooks and Ruth Marcus. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS After voting drama, House passes $2.2 trillion relief bill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZiQD… Whitmer glad Trump invoked DPA, says GM is ready to oblige https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7MMW… News Wrap: Maduro blasts Trump over drug-trafficking charges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Iph… UN head: World not cooperating enough to beat pandemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDcup… Why Louisiana is emerging as a major coronavirus hot spot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arh9t… What will become of Americans stranded abroad? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y47fq… Brooks and Marcus on U.S. pandemic preparation failures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn6OJ… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

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Thursday on the NewsHour, the Senate passes a huge economic relief package as U.S. coronavirus cases climb. Plus: Stories from Americans who have lost their jobs, details of the pandemic aid bill, hospitals urgently seek to ramp up capacity, COVID-19 strands migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, how staying home puts victims of domestic violence at greater risk and the latest from President Trump. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS U.S. now has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmU_7… Stories from Americans the pandemic has left unemployed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UKYs… Summers: U.S. must spend ‘whatever it takes’ to manage virus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjA5v… News Wrap: DOJ announces indictment of Venezuela’s Maduro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPbnk… Hospitals take extreme measures to boost capacity, supplies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuEIt… U.S.-Mexico border closure puts migrants in dangerous limbo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxD94… What ‘shelter at home’ means for those who aren’t safe there https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS8Mx… Trump says he’s eager to sign economic relief bill into law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8juWu… Should parents shield their kids from news amid pandemic? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ_YA… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/coronavirus-us-cases-deaths/?utm_campaign=wp_to_your_health&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_tyh&wpmk=1

1,581people have died from coronavirus in the U.S.

By Joe FoxBrittany Renee MayesKevin Schaul and Leslie Shapiro

Data as of Mar. 27 at 6:44 PM. Published March 27, 2020

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The disease caused by the new coronavirus has killed at least 1,581 people in the United States since Feb. 29, when a 58-year-old man near Seattle became the first announced U.S. death.

Deaths Cases

New deaths reported per day

0100200300Feb. 29Mar. 7Mar. 14Mar. 21Mar. 27

The death toll from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, began to rise steadily in early March, then more sharply as the disease spread to every state and most U.S. territories. The virus has killed people in nearly every state.

Total deaths reported by county

[Mapping the spread of the coronavirus worldwide]

Because testing was slow to begin in the United States, health officials agree that the number of confirmed cases is much lower than the actual number of people who have the disease, and even the count of deaths is probably low because of differences in reporting by overwhelmed local jurisdictions.

Hotspots have erupted in a few places with large outbreaks, none more dire than in New York, where at least 44,876 cases have been confirmed and at least 527 have died since March 14, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced the death of an 82-year-old woman.

On Thursday, calls to 911 in New York City exceeded the number that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

Deaths Cases

New deaths reported per day in New York

Select a state:

New York

050100Feb. 29Mar. 7Mar. 14Mar. 21Mar. 27

State Confirmed cases Deaths Change from Wednesday
New York 44,876 527 242 deaths +85%
Washington 3,477 157 24 +18%
Louisiana 2,744 119 54 +83%
New Jersey 8,825 108 46 +74%
California 4,657 94 29 +45%
Michigan 3,634 92 49 +114%
Georgia 2,000 64 24 +60%
Florida 2,900 35 12 +52%
Massachusetts 3,240 35 20 +133%
Illinois 3,024 34 15 +79%
Colorado 1,433 27 11 +69%
Connecticut 1,291 27 8 +42%
Texas 1,937 26 11 +73%
Indiana 979 25 11 +79%
Pennsylvania 2,345 22 7 +47%
Ohio 1,137 19 8 +73%
Wisconsin 926 14 7 +100%
South Carolina 542 13 6 +86%
Arizona 665 13 7 +117%
Oregon 416 12 2 +20%
Virginia 607 10 1 +11%
Vermont 184 10 2 +25%
Nevada 536 10 4 +67%
Missouri 666 9
Mississippi 579 8
Oklahoma 322 8
Kentucky 301 7
Tennessee 1,318 6
Maryland 775 5
North Carolina 887 4
Minnesota 396 4
Alabama 587 4
Kansas 206 4
District of Columbia 271 3
Other 77 3
Idaho 205 3
Iowa 235 3
Puerto Rico 79 3
Arkansas 381 3
Delaware 163 2
North Dakota 68 1
Utah 472 1
New Mexico 136 1
Montana 109 1
Maine 168 1
Alaska 58 1
South Dakota 58 1
Guam 51 1
New Hampshire 158 1
Wyoming 70 0
Nebraska 82 0
U.S. Virgin Islands 19 0
Rhode Island 203 0
West Virginia 76 0
Hawaii 106 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0 0
American Samoa 0 0

But New York is far from the only area struggling to contain the disease and treat its victims.

Washington, where the first known U.S. outbreak began in early February, has had a high number of deaths among older people, particularly in the Seattle area. The disease took root early in several King County nursing homes and facilities that care for older, sicker people.

Most deaths worldwide have occurred among people older than 50 and those with underlying health problems, as they are often most vulnerable to respiratory disease.

[What you need to know about coronavirius]

Hard-hit Louisiana is facing a shortage of ventilators and protective equipment for health-care workers, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). A breakout in New Orleans may have been fueled by the month-long Carnival celebration that drew more than a million people to the city in February and culminated in a raucous — and crowded — Mardi Gras.

[Rural areas may be most vulnerable to coronavirus]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was the first to issue a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19 in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease that had already infiltrated the San Francisco Bay area and greater Los Angeles. The next day, governors in New York and Illinois issued similar orders, and others soon followed.

Wayne County, Mich., which includes Detroit, has a high rate of infections per capita thanks in part, health officials told the Detroit Free Press, to economic disparities. People in areas of concentrated poverty tend to have higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

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Deaths and number of cases data from WHO and CDC, collected by Johns Hopkins University, and Post analysis.

Armand Emamdjomeh and Bonnie Berkowitz contributed to this report.

Joe Fox joined The Washington Post as a graphics reporter in 2018. He previously worked at the Los Angeles Times as a graphics and data journalist.

Leslie Shapiro has been a Graphics Reporter for The Washington Post since 2016, focusing on data visualization and new media storytelling.

Brittany Renee Mayes joined The Washington Post as a graphics reporter, focusing on sports and politics, in June 2018. She previously worked at NPR on the visuals team as a news applications developer.

Kevin Schaul is a senior graphics editor for The Washington Post. He covers national politics and public policy using data and visuals.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/mapping-spread-new-coronavirus/

Mapping the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

By Washington Post Staff Updated March 27 at 6:44 p.m.

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The epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic has moved from China, where it began late last year, to Europe and the United States. The World Health Organization declared covid-19 a pandemic on March 11 as the coronavirus that causes it infiltrated countries all over the world.

The disease, which can trigger severe respiratory symptoms, has been reported on every continent except Antarctica and in more than 170 countries. Some countries are confirming thousand of new cases each day, including the United States, where testing was slow to begin.

Confirmed cases                                                 Reported deaths

591,802                 26,996

Country Confirmed cases Change from Wednesday Deaths
U.S. 101,657  35,879 +55% 1,581
Italy 86,498  12,112 +16% 9,134
China 81,897  236 0% 3,296
Spain 64,285  14,770 +30% 4,940
Germany 50,871  13,548 +36% 342
France 33,402  7,802 +30% 1,997
Iran 32,332  5,315 +20% 2,378
Britain 14,743  5,103 +53% 761
Switzerland 12,928  2,031 +19% 231
South Korea 9,332  195 +2% 139
Netherlands 8,642  2,204 +34% 547
Austria 7,657  2,069 +37% 58
Belgium 7,284  2,347 +48% 289
Turkey 5,698  3,265 +134% 92
Canada 4,682  1,431 +44% 54
Portugal 4,268  1,273 +43% 76
Norway 3,755  671 +22% 19
Brazil 3,417  863 +34% 92
Australia 3,143  779 +33% 13
Sweden 3,069  543 +21% 105
Israel 3,035  666 +28% 12
Czechia 2,279  625 +38% 9
Denmark 2,200  338 +18% 52
Malaysia 2,161  365 +20% 26
Ireland 2,121  557 +36% 22
Chile 1,610  468 +41% 5
Luxembourg 1,605  272 +20% 15
Ecuador 1,595  422 +36% 36
Japan 1,468  161 +12% 49
Poland 1,389  338 +32% 16
Pakistan 1,331  268 +25% 10
Romania 1,292  386 +43% 26
South Africa 1,170  461 +65% 1
Thailand 1,136  202 +22% 5
Saudi Arabia 1,104  204 +23% 3
Indonesia 1,046  256 +32% 87
Finland 1,041  161 +18% 7
Russia 1,036  378 +57% 4
Greece 966  145 +18% 28
Iceland 890  153 +21% 2
India 887  230 +35% 20
Philippines 803  167 +26% 54
Singapore 732  101 +16% 2
Diamond Princess 712 0 0% 10
Panama 674  231 +52% 9
Peru 635  155 +32% 9
Slovenia 632  104 +20% 9
Argentina 589  202 +52% 13
Croatia 586  144 +33% 3
Mexico 585  180 +44% 8
Dominican Republic 581  189 +48% 20
Estonia 575  171 +42% 1
Qatar 562  25 +5% 0
Colombia 539  69 +15% 6
Egypt 536  80 +18% 30
Bahrain 466  47 +11% 4
Iraq 458  112 +32% 40
Serbia 457  73 +19% 1
Algeria 409  107 +35% 26
UAE 405  72 +22% 2
Lebanon 391  58 +17% 8
New Zealand 368  163 +80% 0
Lithuania 358  84 +31% 5
Morocco 345  120 +53% 23
Armenia 329  64 +24% 1
Ukraine 310  165 +114% 5
Hungary 300  74 +33% 10
Bulgaria 293  51 +21% 3
Latvia 280  59 +27% 0
Slovakia 269  53 +25% 0
Taiwan 267  32 +14% 2
Andorra 267  79 +42% 3
Costa Rica 263  62 +31% 2
Uruguay 238  49 +26% 0
Jordan 235  63 +37% 1
Bosnia 232  56 +32% 4
Tunisia 227  54 +31% 6
Kuwait 225  30 +15% 0
San Marino 223  15 +7% 21
North Macedonia 219  42 +24% 3
Moldova 199  50 +34% 2
Albania 186  40 +27% 8
Burkina Faso 180  34 +23% 9
Azerbaijan 165  72 +77% 3
Vietnam 163  22 +16% 0
Cyprus 162  30 +23% 5
Kazakhstan 150  69 +85% 1
Malta 139  10 +8% 0
Ghana 137  44 +47% 4
Oman 131  32 +32% 0
Senegal 119  20 +20% 0
Brunei 115  6 +6% 0
Afghanistan 110  26 +31% 4
Venezuela 107  16 +18% 1
Sri Lanka 106  4 +4% 0
Ivory Coast 101  21 +26% 0
Cambodia 99 0
Mauritius 94 2
Belarus 94 0
West Bank and Gaza 91 1
Cameroon 91 2
Uzbekistan 88 1
Kosovo 86 1
Georgia 83 0
Montenegro 82 1
Cuba 80 2
Nigeria 70 1
Honduras 68 1
Trinidad and Tobago 66 2
Bolivia 61 0
Kyrgyzstan 58 0
Liechtenstein 56 0
Rwanda 54 0
Paraguay 52 3
Dem. Rep. Congo 51 3
Bangladesh 48 5
Monaco 42 0
Kenya 31 1
Guatemala 28 1
Jamaica 26 1
Madagascar 26 0
Togo 25 0
Barbados 24 0
Uganda 23 0
Zambia 22 0
Maldives 16 0
Ethiopia 16 0
Tanzania 13 0
El Salvador 13 0
Djibouti 12 0
Eq. Guinea 12 0
Mali 11 0
Dominica 11 0
Mongolia 11 0
Niger 10 1
Eswatini 9 0
The Bahamas 9 0
Burma 8 0
Haiti 8 0
Suriname 8 0
Namibia 8 0
Guinea 8 0
Antigua and Barbuda 7 0
Seychelles 7 0
Grenada 7 0
Mozambique 7 0
Gabon 7 1
Laos 6 0
Eritrea 6 0
Benin 6 0
Fiji 5 0
Syria 5 0
Cabo Verde 5 1
Guyana 5 1
Zimbabwe 5 1
Nepal 4 0
Angola 4 0
Holy See 4 0
Congo 4 0
Mauritania 3 0
Sudan 3 1
Chad 3 0
Saint Lucia 3 0
Central African Rep. 3 0
Liberia 3 0
Bhutan 3 0
Gambia 3 1
Somalia 3 0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0
Guinea-Bissau 2 0
Belize 2 0
Nicaragua 2 1
Papua New Guinea 1 0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0
Timor-Leste 1 0
Libya 1 0

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Last updated: March 27 at 6:44 p.m.

Canada

4,682 confirmed cases

54 deaths

[Tracking the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, state by state]

The U.S. total of confirmed cases has exceeded China’s and is now the highest in the world. Covid-19 has been reported in every state and in many U.S. territories. As more tests are performed, many states are seeing rapid growth in the number of known cases.

Confirmed cases                                                           Reported deaths

101,657                      1,581

Washington3,477 casesNew York44,876 casesCalifornia4,657 cases

Last updated: March 27 at 6:44 p.m.

Delaware

163 confirmed cases

2 deaths

[A more detailed look at the virus’s spread through U.S. counties and states]

For months, China had the most confirmed cases worldwide, but its tally of new reported infections peaked in mid-February and is now approaching zero.

Feb. 26March 26U.S.U.S.18,058 new cases18,058 new caseson March 26on March 26Feb. 26March 26ItalyItaly6,2036,203Feb. 26March 26ChinaChina121121

Feb. 26March 26SpainSpain8,271 new cases8,271 new caseson March 26on March 26Feb. 26March 26GermanyGermany6,6156,615Feb. 26March 26FranceFrance3,9513,951Feb. 26March 26IranIran2,3892,389Feb. 26March 26BritainBritain2,1722,172Feb. 26March 26SwitzerlandSwitzerland914914Feb. 26March 26AustriaAustria1,3211,321Feb. 26March 26BelgiumBelgium1,2981,298

 [What you need to know about coronavirus]

As the disease waned in China, it began to surge through Europe, and by late March, more people had died from the virus in Italy and Spain than in China.

Spain64,285France33,402Germany50,871Italy86,498 cases

Last updated: March 27 at 6:44 p.m.

The majority of China’s cases were reported in the Hubei province, where Chinese health officials said the new virus strain leaped to humans from wild animals that were sold at a market in the capital city of Wuhan.

Confirmed cases

0100,000200,000300,000400,000Jan. 22Mar. 26China81,782Othercountries447,809

Note: China total includes cases in Hong Kong and Macau

Last updated: March 27 at 6:44 p.m.

Coronaviruses range from some common cold viruses to those that cause much more serious diseases, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Some strains spread more efficiently than others; the virus that causes covid-19 seems to spread easily from person to person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[Graphic: How epidemics like covid-19 end (and how to end them faster)]

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An earlier version of this graphic included Hong Kong cases that were being monitored.

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Originally published Jan. 22, 2020.

Number of cases data WHOCDCNHC and Dingxiangyuan, collected by Johns Hopkins University.

*U.S. flu season estimates are preliminary and based on data from the CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance reports summarizing key influenza activity indicators.

Lauren TierneyJoe FoxTim MekoChris AlcantaraJohn MuyskensShelly TanAdrián BlancoArmand EmamdjomehYoujin ShinMonica UlmanuHarry StevensKevin Schaul and Bonnie Berkowitz contributed to this report.

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Herald Square Park New York City, New York, Spring 2014

By Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Dec 26, 2014   naahblubiv

Herald Square Park, New York City, New York In Spring 2014 I am sitting in my art gallery and work room with comfort. It is nice and warm inside the house but outside at this time in late December the weather is cold and I see no flowers and green trees. It made me think of spring time. John and I went to New York City. We stopped at the park between 33rd and 35th Street. The weather was just right with bright sunshine. People enjoyed sitting on the chairs with tables for putting drinks or other items. John enjoyed the sun in a chair. As a flowers lover I gravitated to the bed of beautiful pink and white tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers. People young and old were enjoying spending time in the park. This small Park can give so much pleasure to humans. In general people love nature. Seeing the tall trees and the flowers bloom makes people happy. Thanks to New York City for creating this little oasis named Herald Square Park. For more pictures and information please visit the following link:

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Friday, December 26, 2014

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Welcome to The World Bodhi

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and Mali DeSantis

Artwork by John Watts

🙂 🙂 🙂Happy Birthday Bodhi 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

🙂 🙂 🙂Happy Birthday Bodhi 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bodhi’s First Day on Earth, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

New born, Baby Bodhi, Big Brother Kai, Mommy Mali and Daddy Jim (James DeSantis), Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Big brother, Kai holds Baby Bodhi for the first time on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

New born, Baby Bodhi, Big Brother Kai, Mommy Mali, Grandma Ing from Thailand, Grandma Maria DeSantis from Italy, and Grandpa Jim DeSantis, descendant of Italian and Polish, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Bodhi and Grandma Maria DeSantis

Bodhi and Grandpa Jim DeSantis

Grandma Maria is taking photos of Bodhi.

Grandpa John, from Wales, UK, could not come to the hospital for the birth of Bodhi, Mommy Mali called him on his iPad at home.  He was so glad to see the new born, Bodhi, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

New born, Baby Bodhi was born with a full head of spiky red hair.

Big brother, Kai is gently touching Baby Bodhi head and fingers and, in his mind, saying “I will take care of you my little brother.”.

Daddy holds Baby Bodhi’s hand with all his love and care.  Mommy is so happy to see that finally Baby Bodhi is here, joining with all the family and grownups to be healthy and strong like Big brother Kai.

You talking to me Brother Kai?

Brother Kai!  See!  My tongue is coming out just like yours.

Yes Mommy, I am sorry.

Daddy is carrying me carefully and gently to Mommy for my second drink of Mommy’s milk.

                             🙂  Thank you, Mommy, I am very hungry 🙂

Big Brother, Kai is very Happy to have his Baby Brother, Bodhi on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

I went out to our small garden to take photographs of our little group of daffodils that have some flowers blooming.  I realized that today is the first day of spring.  I would like to welcome the plants that are starting to show their beautiful flowers from the long sleep during the winter cold. 

As I was looking at photographs of our second new born grandson, baby Bodhi, I thought that this is a great time for me to celebrate and share our new born grandson Bodhi with the world.  This healthy human came to the world giving us happiness and joy, despite the circumstances of the world. 

We will overcome the plight of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Scientists will find some medication to cure the disease.  This moment makes all people realize that we are part of one humanity.  If one country is in trouble, the whole world will feel the consequence.  It is only a matter of time for the ripple effect to reach the whole world. 

Although trouble comes to us, love still prevails. Our little baby grandson, Bodhi heals our suffering.  He gives us happiness, and joy, for the spring that is arriving, with flowers blooming.  Freshness and beauty will be with us all again.

🙂 Have a Happy Spring Everyone 🙂

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Friday, March 19, 2020

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The Halsey Street Festival, Part 3, Thursday, September 19, 2019,

On Halsey Street between Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA

John Watts demonstrated pottery,

Ing’s Peace Project, Ing & Johns Artwork,

A lot of Merchants, Food, Music and Fashion Show

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

More people came to enjoy the activities that The Halsey Street Festival presented.  I brought my Peace Poster offering to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does Peace mean to You?” or to them.

I brought Kai’s books for the boy to look at in case he got tired of adult business.

I was very glad to see more people were willing to record their thoughts on Peace.

People were lined up to see john throwing a large pot.

I was glad to see the group of young women who are studying at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) where I graduated with a master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry in 1980.

This artwork is my – Finished “Peace” artwork 8

Shadow of Peace and  La Asociación de Barranquiteños de NJ Inc., Puerto Rican Festival in Newark on August 6, 2011, organized by Carlos Maldonado Pastrana, President of La Asociación de Barranquiteños de NJ.  Finished artwork, after the written comments by  Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Link to Peace Comes to 5th Annual Arts Music Fair Elwood Park Page:

“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, & Other people were watching John demonstrate pottery.

I brought Kai, our grandson’s desk chair, and an Alphabet spelling board to the boy and offered him some drink.  He seemed to enjoy playing with the Alphabet spelling board.

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Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Thursday, February 16, 2020

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TOP 100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of the year

Published on : January 2, 2020 Published by : laurent jacquet

TOP 100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of the year

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We’re at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the Streetart360 team to do a retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals painted in 2019. We’ve selected 100 murals from around the world, some by renown artists and others by new talents. We based our selection on the number of likes and shares they have received on the StreetArt360 social network pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to give us your feed back and remember to visit the artists social networks or websites. Thanks for sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.

41. Den Extralargos aka Eva Mena in Puerto Del Rosario, Canary Islands, Spain

Eva Mena links: Website | Instagram | Facebook  page

Den Extralargos aka Eva Mena in Puerto Del Rosario, Canary Islands, Spain

Eva Mena

42. Leticia Mandragora in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Leticia Mandragora links: Instagram | Facebook page

Leticia Mandragora in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Best urban art 2019

Leticia Mandragora

45. GÔMEZ in Naples, Italy

Gomez links: Instagram | Facebook page

GÔMEZ in Naples, Italy

GÔMEZ

46. Murales Lian in Leitza, Spain

Murales Lian links: Blog | Instagram | Facebook page

Murales Lian in Leitza, Spain

Murales Lian

47. Ozmo in Rieti, Italy

Ozmo links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Ozmo in Rieti, Italy

Ozmo in Rieti, Italy

54. Ella & Pitr in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Ella et Pitr links: Tumblr | Instagram | Facebook page

urban artwork by Ella & Pitr in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Ella & Pitr

55. DEIH in Casablanca, Morocco

photo: M3ayzo.

Deih links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

DEIH in Casablanca, Morocco

DEIH

56. Iljin in Decazeville, France

photo: m.arya.lv.

Iljin links: Website | Instagram | Facebook

best urban artists 2019 Iljin in Decazeville, France

Iljin

59. Herakut and Nuno Viegas in Berlin, Germany

Links Herakut: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

street art masterpiece by Herakut and Nuno Viegas in Berlin, Germany

Herakut and Nuno Viegas

62. Jacoba Niepoort in Halifax, Canada

photo: Stoo Metz

Jacoba Niepoort links: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Jacoba Niepoort

Jacoba Niepoort

63. Bikismo in Odintsovo, Russia

photo: Maria Shkineva

Bikismo links: Instagram | Facebook page

Bikismo in Odintsovo, Russia

Bikismo in Odintsovo, Russia

67. Wasp Elder in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Wasp Elder links: Tumblr | Instagram | Facebook page

Wasp Elder in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Wasp Elder

69. Dourone in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dourone links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Dourone in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dourone

70. Carlos Callizo in Istanbul, Turkey

photo: Michael Larsson

Carlos Callizo links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Carlos Callizo in Istanbul, Turkey

Carlos Callizo in Istanbul, Turkey

71. Miramar Moh’d & Dalal Mitwally  in Amman, Jordan

Links  Miramar Moh’d:
Instagram | Facebook
Links dalal Mitwally:
Instagram | Facebook

Photo: Emad

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Miramar Moh’d & Dalal Mitwally

73. KAY2 in “Korean Demilitarized Zone”, South Korea

KAY2 links:  Website | Instagram | Facebook page

best street art in Korea

Kay2

74. Case Maclaim in Cancun, Mexico

Case Maclaim links: Instagram | Facebook  – Photo: Instagrafite

Case Maclaim in Cancun, Mexico

Case Maclaim

75. Dmitry Levochkin in Odintsovo, Russia

Dmitry Levochkin links:  Instagram | Facebook page

urban art mural by Dmitry Levochkin in Odintsovo, Russia

Dmitry Levochkin

77. Henri Lamy in Boulogne Billancourt, France

Henry Lamy links: Website | Youtube | Instagram | Facebook page

Henri Lamy in Boulogne Billancourt, France

Henri Lamy

78. Cee Pil in Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

Cee Pil links: Instagram | Facebook

best of street art in England Cee Pil in Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

Cee Pil

79. Lula Goce in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Lula Goce links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Credits photo: just_a_spectator

Lula Goce in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Lula Goce

80. Piet Rodriguez  in Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Piet Rodriguez links: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook page

Photo: Artem Getman

Piet Rodriguez  in Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Piet Rodriguez

81. Inti  in Santiago, Chile

INTI links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Inti  in Santiago, Chile

Inti

82. Mabel Vicentef in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mabel Vicentef links: Website | Youtube | Tumblr | Instagram | Facebook

Mabel Vicentef in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mabel Vicentef

83. L7matrix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

L7M links: Website | Tumblr | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook page

L7matrix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

L7matrix

84. Evgeni Sosiura aka Mutus in Minsk, Belarus

Mutus links: Instagram | Facebook page

Evgeni Sosiura aka Mutus in Minsk, Belarus

Mutus

85. Daniel Eime in Nazaré, Portugal

Daniel Eime links: Website | Vimeo | Instagram | Facebook page

Photo: Nelson

Daniel Eime in Nazaré, Portugal

Daniel Eime

86. Case Maclaim in Tbilisi, Georgia

Case Maclaim links: Instagram | Facebook page

Case Maclaim in Tbilisi, Georgia

Case Maclaim

87. Telmo Miel in Ghent, Belgium

Telmo Miel links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook page

Photo: M_FRENCHI

Telmo Miel in Ghent, Belgium

Telmo Miel

89. Swed Oner in Nouméa, New Caledonia, France

Guido Van Helten links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Guido Van Helten in Leiria, Portugal

Guido Van Helten

93. Paola Delfin in Tampere, Finland

Paola Delfin links: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook page

Paola Delfin in Tampere, Finland

Paola Delfin

94. Andres Cobre aka NDC media in Modesto, California, USA

photo: Ricardo Ontiveros

Andres Cobre Links: Instagram | Facebook page

Andres Cobre aka NDC media in Modesto, California, USA

Andres Cobre

95. Pichi & Avo in Boras, Sweden

Pichi & Avo links: : Website | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook page

Pichi & Avo in Boras, Sweden

Pichi & Avo in Boras, Sweden

97. Rogue One in Glasgow, UK

Rogue One links: Instagram | Facebook page

Rogue One in Glasgow, UK

Rogue One

98. Smates in Geel, Belgium

Smates links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

street art mural by Smates in Geel, Belgium

Smates

100. Manomatic in Patos, Albania

Manomatic links : WebsiteInstagram |  Facebook page

Festival Internaciona de Street Art Albania I.S.A.F.A. Mural Proyect by Urbanact.gr & VIZart

Manomatic mural artwork in albania

Manomatic

8th Annual Light Festival Illuminates Amsterdam with Glowing Sculptural Installations

December 10, 2019  Laura Staugaitis

“Butterfly Effect” by Masamichi Shimada. All photographs, unless noted, © Janus van den Eijnden

This year’s Amsterdam Light Festival, running November 28, 2019, to January 19, 2020, lights up the European city with illuminated art installations. The festival, now in its eighth year, attracts tourists and engages locals at a time when the city is cloaked in darkness for about sixteen hours each day. Visitors to the Light Festival use a phone app to guide themselves through Amsterdam’s city center, perusing twenty light works by artists from around the world. This year’s show theme was “DISRUPT!” and artists reflected the concept in pieces that ruminate on climate change, national history, technology, and more. See some of our favorites here, by Masamichi Shimada, UxU StudioSergey Kim and others. You can explore the full line-up and programming on the Amsterdam Light Festival website.

“Neighborhood” by Sergey Kim. Photograph courtesy of the artist

“Nacht Tekening” by Krijn de Koning 

“Atlantis” by Utskottet

“Surface Tension” by Tom Biddulph and Barbara Ryan

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The Halsey Street Festival, Part 2, Thursday, September 19, 2019,

On Halsey Street between Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA

John Watts demonstrated pottery,

Ing’s Peace Project, Ing & Johns Artwork,

A lot of Merchants, Food, Music and Fashion Show

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

More people came to enjoy the activities that The Halsey Street Festival presented.  I brought my Peace Poster offering to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does Peace mean to You?” or to them.

Thanks to this person who was willingly to record her thoughts on Peace.

John started his performance with a pottery demonstration.

People love to take John’s pictures as he is making his magic pottery.

I love the way John produced his pottery or anybody who can have control and discipline enough to achieve making beautiful objects.  I love to work with clay making my sculptures where I do not have to follow the rule and be well disciplined.  One of these days I am going to ask Master John to teach me how to throw on the wheel and produce the controlled pottery.

More people were interested in recording their Peace comments on my Peace Poster.

People seemed to enjoy taking pictures and watching John demonstrate pottery.

It is so lovely to see a mother holding her child, who shows the happiness and comfort of being embraced by his mother with joy.

“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, stopped her tour to write her comments about Peace.

Beautiful flowers and beautiful people made the atmosphere of the festival vibrant and Peaceful.  This is the kind of harmony we need when people get together to celebrate life.  (No Fighting, No Conflict and No More Wars)

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Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Sunday, February 2, 2020

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Published on : January 2, 2020 Published by : laurent jacquet

TOP 100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of the year P 1 & 2

We’re at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the Streetart360 team to do a retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals painted in 2019. We’ve selected 100 murals from around the world, some by renown artists and others by new talents. We based our selection on the number of likes and shares they have received on the StreetArt360 social network pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to give us your feed back and remember to visit the artists social networks or websites. Thanks for sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.

2. SimpleG in Athens, Greece

SimpleG links: Website | Behance | Youtube | Instagram | Facebook page – Photo: John Spinoulas

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SimpleG

3. Nick Napoletano in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

photo: Dave Lee

Nick Napoletano links: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Nick Napoletano urban artwork

Nick Napoletano

4. Owen Dippie in Los Angeles, CA, USA

photo: Impermanent Art.

Owen Dippie links: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Owen Dippie in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Owen Dippie

7. Saype in Decazeville, France

Saype links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Saype in Decazeville, France

Saype

9. JEKS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

JEKS links: Instagram

best street art in USA - Nasa and street art

Jeks

10. Federico Zenobi aka Kor1 in Marotta, Italy

Kor1 links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Federico Zenobi aka Kor1 in Marotta, Italy

Federico Zenobi aka Kor1

14. Noe Two in Havana, Cuba

Noe Two links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Noe Two in Havana, Cuba

Noe Two

15. Sef in Buenos Aires, Argentina

photo: Agustin Silva.

Sef links: Instagram

Sef in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sef

19. El Mac in Los Angeles, CA, USA

El Mac links: Instagram | Facebook page

El Mac in Los Angeles, CA, USA

El Mac

26. Xi de Sign aka Die Dixons in Berlin, Germany

photo: Jörn Reiners.

Die Dixons links: Website | Instagram | Facebook page

Xi de Sign aka Die Dixons in Berlin, Germany

Die Dixons

28. Sonny Sundancer in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sonny Sundancer links: Youtube | Instagram | Facebook page

Sonny Sundancer in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sonny Sundancer

31. Fanakapan in Berlin, Germany

photo: Nika Kramer

Fanakapan links: Instagram | Facebook page

Fanakapan in Berlin, Germany

Fanakapan

40. Chisme in Benaguasil, Valencia

Asier: Instagram | Facebook page

MUS: Instagram | Facebook page

Chisme in Valencia

Chisme in Valencia

Local and International Artists Produce 21 Light Installations For the Inaugural Toronto Light Festival

February 10, 2017  Kate Sierzputowski

Images via Thane Lucas/Toronto Light Festival

Set within a district of Victorian industrial buildings, the Toronto Light Festival is a free 45-day festival occurring during this year’s winter months as a way to creatively draw the city’s inhabitants out of their homes. Featuring 21 diverse light installations built by local and international artists and thousands of glowing bulbs, the festival covers a total of 13 acres in the city’s Distillery District. Installations range from a series of lit figures appearing to jump from the roof of one of the historic buildings to two red, geometric cats prowling an included alleyway, with several multi-colored works in-between.

You can catch Toronto’s first ever light art festival until March 12, or follow the festival on Instagram to catch snapshots of the glowing installations.

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The Halsey Street Festival, Part 1, Thursday, September 19, 2019

On Halsey Street between Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA

John Watts demonstrated pottery,

Ing’s Peace Project, Ing & Johns Artwork,

A lot of Merchants, Food, Music and Fashion Show

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Thursday, September 19, 2019 the music stand came in the early afternoon to begin decorating The Halsey Street Festival with, logo, and music equipment for the event.

John put up my large artwork on our alleyway door with a helping hand from our neighbors.

We were very lucky to have the festival right in front of our shop.  We joined in by adding more artwork and activities to celebrate The Halsey Street Festival.

Some merchants started displaying their merchandise.

John displayed his two tall sculptures and large hand build pottery.  I posted my artwork, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream.

Left: Impossible Dreamer – John Watts Artwork

Middle: Two of John Watts Sculptures

Right-Inside: Birth of a dragon – John Watts Artwork

I displayed one of my finished Peace Project Artworks and Peace Project Poster for people to write theirs comments on, “What does Peace mean to you?”.

This lady was the first person who wrote her comment on, “What does Peace mean to you?” on the Peace Project Poster.

By the early evening people started to arrive.

Merchants offered a variety of merchandise.

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Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Thursday, January 18, 2020

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street art, graffiti and contemporary art in Russia

I discovered the Russian street art scene a few years ago, when some murals by P183 were becoming popular on social network sites More recently I met Zmogk in Vitry sur Seine while he was busy painting an amazing mural for a small urban art event.

I have also had the pleasure of interviewing both Yulia Vanifatieva and Julia Volchkova, two up-and-coming Russian street artists. They impressed me with their creativity and originality which was so different to anything I had seen before.

Russia is currently one of the most creative urban art hotspots in Europe. It is such a shame that so little is known about many of these artists outside of Russia. I have therefore decided to publish a list of the most interesting and creative artists. I Hope it will help you discover and fall in love with their art, follow their social networks and promote their work around the world. They deserve it!

Pavel P183

Pavel or Paul (P183) was born in Moscow in 1983 and died aged 29 on 1 April 2013. P183 is probably the best known Russian street artist and has been dubbed as the ‘Russian Banksy’ by the British press. This artist was one of the creators of the street art movement in Europe and his untimely death was a major loss to the urban art scene.

RIP P183 you wrote some amazing letters on the wall of Street Art and graffiti history. True art lovers will never forget you.

P183 artwork in Russia Moscow

street art in Russia by P183

Marat “Morik  Danilyan

Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a street artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Russia. He went to art school but then went on to complete degrees in philology and economics from the Novosibirsk State University. With the rise of the Internet in the late 90’s, Morik developed a passion for graffiti through Hip-hop culture. He started to develop spray-painting skills and a love for experimenting with letter forms.

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Morik street artist from russia. portraits

Morik

Petro

Piotr Gerasimenko (Petro) was born in Zhukovsky in 1984 and is a member of the crew called Aesthetics. He’s been painting on walls for more than a decade and, while developing his style, has gone through many different stages to become one of the most prominent and respected artists on the Russian graffiti scene.

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building painted by Petro Aesthetics

Petro

Dmitry Aske

Dmitri Aske is a versatile artist from Moscow. He started his artistic career in 2000 as a graffiti writer and later moved on to graphic design, typography, illustration, murals and contemporary art.

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building painted by famous russian urban artist dmitri aske

Dmitry Aske

Alexey Luka

Alexey Luka was born in 1983. He graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute in 2006 and lives and works in Moscow.

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graffiti masterpiece in russia by alexey luka . moscow urban art scene

Alexey Luka

VITALY TSARENKOV aka SY

Vitaly Tsarenkov (SY) was born in 1987 and lives and works in St. Petersburg. With a background in street art, he focuses on creating large-scale paintings, murals, and sculptures.

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abstract geometrical graffit art . Russian contemporary art

SY

Ivan Ninety

Ivan Ninety was born in Protvino. He was initially interested in street art and gradually developed his interest in large-format painting, collage, sculpture or photography, grew.

In his works, a mix of geometric abstraction and figurative realism can be seen. The technique he uses most often is collage.

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russian mural artwork by ivan ninety

Ivan Ninety

Nikita Nomerz

Nikita Nomerz lives in Nizhny Novgorod. The Media started getting excited about this young artist, after seeing just two of his murals in 2011.

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street art masterpiece by nikita nomerz

Nikita Nomerz

Sergey Akramov

Sergey is a Russian graffiti artist from Ekaterinburg, who specialises in abstract lettering. He paints complex murals showcasing many techniques. He loves to paint vegetation combined with abstract lettering and typography.

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Sergey Akramov

Vova Nootk

Vova Nootk started out as a graffiti writer 20 years ago and has now developed his work into large scale murals.

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moscow murals street art

Vova Nootk

Vitae Viazi

Vitae Viazi are a street art crew (art-collective) from Moscow. The name “Vitae Viazi” comes from the Latin word “vitae” (“of life”) and “viazi,” which is the name of a special ornamental Cyrillic (old slavonic) script. This decorative script was their initial source of inspiration. The name of the crew should be written with characters of two keyboard layouts “VITAE ????” but it is too tricky to google, so they choose – “Vitae Viazi”.

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Vitae Viazi

Julia Volchkova

Discover Julia Volchkova’s artwork in the article I published a few month ago:Artist of the week: Julia Volchkova” 

street art masterpiece by julia volchkova

Julia Volchkova

MalenkieLydi

Ivan Simonov. Artist from Russia

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street art in street of moscow

MalenkieLydi

Ilya Slak

Urban artist from Russia

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huge mural by russian urban art

Ilya Slak

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Kai, The Artist, and Ing and John’s Artwork

September 9 – 13, 2019

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Left:        Midnight – John Watts’ Artwork

Middle: Vincent van Gogh’s Broken Frames– Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts’ Artwork

Right:    Homage to the Dragon – John Watts’ Artwork

John Watts’ Sculptures

Kai, The Artist, our grandson, who just turned four years old.

Kai’s Painting on Friday, September 13, 2019

John and our old friend and neighbor, Trifon

After working very hard with his painting, the artist spends time to exam the flowers.

We are happy to display our artworks in public.  There seems to be a positive reaction from the people who view them.  People comment about the beautiful plants and unique artwork.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Monday, January 10, 2020,

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PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls Program Works to Save Earth’s Oceans One Mural at a Time

June 2, 2019  Andrew LaSane

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Combining art and activism, the PangeaSeed Foundation is a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization tha is doing its part to help save Earth’s waters with its “Sea Walls: Artists For Oceans” international mural program. Since its inception in 2014, over 350 ocean-themed murals have been painted in 15 countries by the organization’s network of over 300 artists. With activations in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Mexico, and several other locations around the globe, the initiative engages the public and educates the world about critical environmental issues threatening our most precious resources through art, film screenings, and discussions.

PangeaSeed founder and executive director Tré Packard tells Colossal that when it comes to choosing which artists to work with and what they should paint, balance and community are key. “We always aim to create a balance between international, national and local artists,” he said. “Over the years, with the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program being nomadic, we’ve learned the importance of community ownership of the murals once we’ve packed up and left town. There tends to be so many incredible local creatives in the areas we host projects, so we work hand in hand with the local project director to help identify local artists who we invite to participate in the project.” Artists are given a list of topics to choose from and together with the team narrow it down to one. The murals are site-specific in that they address issues relevant to the places where they are painted. Some artists have even connected with local scientists and activists during the planning stage to better inform their designs.

Aaron Glasson and Jason Botkin

“The beauty of public art lies in the fact that it is a public good where even ‘non-artsy’ folks can be touched and empowered by experiencing the process or the finished product,” Packard said about the mural  program. “In addition to encouraging other artists to create for a purpose, our chief goal is to effect positive behavioral change at the individual and community level, so we’re thrilled when fans who aren’t artistically inclined are moved.” As for ways that people can get involved and help, he suggests finding ways to use less plastic, eating sustainable seafood, and voting for politicians with ocean-minded ideas.

Packard says that there are some dream projects on the horizon for Sea Walls, but those details are still under wraps for now. To learn more about the foundation and its upcoming activations, follow @pangeaseed and @Seawalls_ on social media.

Seth Globepainter

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Textiles and Board Games Inspire Large-Scale Murals that Span Sidewalks, Streets, and Staircases

June 7, 2019Kate Sierzputowski

Baltimore-based artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, known as Jessie and Katey, started creating murals because of the sheer accessibility of public art. The pair have always created work with a big visual impact, but as their designs grew they began to consider the possibility of working on the ground in addition to large-scale walls. Their site-specific floor works combine inspirations from both textiles and board games to create interactive walkways that encourage play and exploration. Jessie and Katey explain to Colossal that “the compositions are inspired by the viewer and how they might travel through the work. It’s really fun watching little kids interact with the floor murals—they always know what to do.”

The math behind both textile design and quilting is an aspect that the pair must consider when painting their large-scale works, and have started to inform how the pair begins each piece’s early designs. “We approach our large-scale work a bit like screen printers, even though we don’t screen print,” the pair explains. “Our process of execution is very methodical and we tend to think in planes or layers. This is probably a result of having to develop concepts and adapt them to larger spaces in a short amount of time. It’s interesting that painting murals has informed how we paint murals.”

This summer Jessie and Katey are working with the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in Baltimore to create a site-specific mural for the Foundation’s new community space. The artists will also be painting a piece in Sacramento in collaboration with Wide Open Walls and later this fall will be working on an immersive installation incorporating recycled materials at Baltimore’s Goucher College, a rare opportunity for the pair to work in three dimensions. You can view more of Jessie and Katey’s work on their website and Instagram

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Happy New Year Everyone from John and Ing in our Sculpture Garden

I went back to view my Blog and found our new year’s wish that I posted on January 1, 2016.  I like the poem I wrote, and our sculpture garden showing flowers blooming with bees and butterflies.  I decided to post the project again for our New Year’s wish to everyone around the world for Happiness and Peace for the year of 2020, and always.

Happy New Year Everyone from John and Ing in our Sculpture Garden

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Downtown Newark, New Jersey,

🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy New Year Everyone 🙂 🙂 🙂

I enjoyed cultivating our garden and John enjoyed producing his sculptures.  We produced our Sculpture Garden for ourselves and hope that the others will enjoy it also.

From spring to fall our garden was full of flower blossoms and buzzing with bees, Swallowtail, Monarchs and Red admiral butterflies.  They were drinking nectar from the flowers while John and I were busy with our garden. 

We hope that our first grandson Kai, who is 4 months old in January 2016 and now in 2020 he is 4 years old, will be able to see what his grandpa and grandma were doing when he is old enough to understand. 

We are quite satisfied and happy with the result of our Sculpture Garden last year, 2015.  We would like to share some of the scenery of our garden that John and I captured all year round.

May Peace and Happiness be with all of us for 2020 and always.

John lays cement blocks building patio for his sculptures in our backyard garden.

May 2015:  John is laying a brick floor in some area of the garden.

Lays the Basic Foundation to be Better and Firm

Brick by brick he lays

One’s foundation of love

Love to make a basic ground for better and firm

Love to use two hands and brain to create

From a lump of clay

Forming certain shapes

Love to put thought

And experience into creating

Sculpture to be born

Love to explore and share

What one does

The love of nature

And love of fellow mankind

Keeps us alive and well

Let love dominate the world

Let us be calm and peaceful

Let us lay a basic foundation

Brick by brick

To be better and firm

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, January 06, 2016, 4:07 pm

My first poem for this year, 2016

John cut cement blocks building patio for his sculptures in our backyard garden.

John was cleaning the wall.

August 2015:  John assembling his new sculpture.

Top left:  Cutting an iron pole for the sculpture

Right:  Calculating the length of each section

Ing’s sculpture, Tower of Freedom

This is another one of my sculptures.  John insists on having my two sculptures in our garden.

I love taking photos in the garden and enjoy seeing my flower blooms.  I like to sneak taking pictures of John when he is working in the garden.  Once I caught myself taking photo with flowers in the reflection of the entrance door to the house.

October 2015:  John and I received very sad news from a friend, Arthur Rogoff, who told us that Steve Mace, one of John pottery students and a friend, passed away.  John and I went to a remembrance gathering at Steve’s family home.  His wife said that before Steve passed away, he said that he wanted to give John the above sculpture. 

John made the sculpture in 1980 and Steve exchanged an early version of a camcorder for this sculpture from John.  We are very appreciative for the gift of this sculpture from Steve.  Steve was a very kind and generous person.  Every time John had gathering for the pottery students each year, Steve would bring his home-made special bread filled with sausage, cheese, pepper, onion and other ingredients that tasted delicious.  He also brought other items for the occasions.  I wish to dedicate this project to Steve Mace who we all miss and we will always think of fondly for the rest of our lives.   

The top part of sculpture was broken in the process of transportation from Steve house to our backyard sculptures garden.  John had to repair it.

Earlier in 2015, John laid a cement block patio for his sculptures in our backyard garden.  By adding the gift from Steve this makes it more meaningful and sentimental.  We will always think of him every time we are present in our sculpture garden.

May Peace and Happiness be with all of us for 2020 and always.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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Al Jazeera: Plundering Cambodia’s Forest-2019

Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia’s timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

Under a rickety wooden stilt house near Cambodia’s Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the country’s leading environmental campaigners is preparing dinner.

Ouch Leng stuffs raw meat into an empty beer can and throws it into the fire. It’s a poor man’s feast for his team of investigators to fuel them through a night’s surveillance.

Chewing pork and buffalo, their infrared optics and cameras ready to record, they wait patiently for trucks to emerge from the darkness.

Their cargo? Timber logged illegally inside a wildlife sanctuary that is meant to be protected under Cambodian law.

“We went and saw eight trucks inside one sawmill and another timber truck was loaded with square logs,” he says, as he chops vegetables for dinner.

“It’s ready to export out tonight.”

Before long, two semi-trailers, a procession of tractors and four minivans, all loaded with logs, rumble out of the wildlife sanctuary, which is marked by a sign brandishing the logos of the European Union, USAID and Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment.

It is a significant haul but pales in comparison to the convoy Leng says he witnessed the night before.

“I saw 23 timber trucks transport [logs] from the Phnom Prich area,” says Leng.

Such stakeouts are part of Leng’s relentless pursuit of timber tycoons who pillage his country’s forests for profit, leading to some of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world.

In the 2000s, the Cambodian government began leasing millions of hectares of land – called concessions – to private companies, some of them inside protected forests.

It led to a nation-wide logging gold rush – one that Leng is determined to stop.

Land concessions by country (LICADHO, 2018)

In one of his more daring exploits, Leng disguised himself as a chef working at logging camps to infiltrate the network of notorious logging baron, Try Pheap, an adviser to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

He lifted the lid on Pheap’s vast illegal logging operations in a 2013 report but the tycoon continued to expand his timber business across the country. This year, Leng filmed two major logging operations inside the protected area of Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary in the western Cardamon Mountains – both in concessions leased by Try Pheap.

What he discovered next is a scandal on an international scale.

Video footage from Try Pheap’s timber depot on the outskirts of Phnom Penh shows huge quantities of luxury wood being loaded into shipping containers.

Al Jazeera tracked these containers and confirmed they travelled from Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Port to northern Vietnam.

Try Pheap and his representatives have not responded to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.

Leng, the activist, says timber smugglers use illegal crossings dotted across the border as part of a rampant industry, with Vietnam effectively laundering then exporting illegally logged wood from Cambodian forests.

Almost half a million cubic metres of timber were smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam between 2016 and 2018, according to a series of reports by international non-government organisation, the Environmental Investigation Agency.

In official correspondence seen by Al Jazeera, the Cambodian government accuses Vietnam of issuing permits for illegally logged timber, despite repeated warnings.

“There is still timber going across the border because there is a black market in that area,” spokesman Neth Pheaktra tells Al Jazeera.

“These activities are illegal. That’s why the Ministry of Environment, as well as other relevant ministries, and border officials are cracking down on forest crimes.”

Vietnam’s government says it “strictly prohibits illegal timber harvesting, transportation, processing and trade” and is taking measures to stop it.

From 2001 to 2018, Cambodia lost 2.17 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to a 25% decrease, according to data analysis by Global Forest Watch.

The timber feeds an insatiable demand for rare wood in China, where prices for luxury timber furniture have soared. One bed made from Siamese Rosewood – which has been almost eradicated in Cambodia – reportedly was on sale for $1 million.

“Sometimes I cry. I feel disappointed because I’m not able to protect the forest,” says Leng. “I see that the destruction is so big, but no one helps to protect it.

With huge profits to be made, Leng’s investigations are undertaken at great risk.

Another Cambodian forest activist, Chut Wutty, was murdered in 2012 while investigating a logging company. Several more forest patrollers have been killed since, including three who were shot at the Vietnamese border last year.

Leng himself has received numerous death threats and had his equipment smashed.

“I know that this is dangerous work… No one dares to challenge the companies,” says Leng. “Why do I challenge [them]? Because the companies have caused mass destruction to the forest.”

In some cases, protected areas have been completely destroyed – such as Snuol Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Cambodia.

Snuol Wildlife Sanctuary Data: NASA Landsat / USGS

The sanctuary was so severely damaged, the government removed its protected status in 2018 – conceding there was nothing left to protect.

Travelling in a four-wheel drive vehicle so old the rear brakes often erupt into plumes of smoke, Leng stops at the barren remains of the former sanctuary.

“Maybe 10 years ago there was jungle and a lot of forest and a lot of wildlife like elephants, tigers, rabbits…” he laments.

“The private companies came to destroy, to terminate the forest here.”

Other sanctuaries, like Boeung Per in the north, are rapidly heading towards the same fate.

Boeung Per Sanctuary Data: NASA Landsat / USGS

But despite the forces stacked against him, Leng continues to race off deep into the jungle every time he gets a new tip-off of potential illegal activity.

“This has happened for 10 to 20 years – not just this year, and no one has been able to prevent it,” he says.

But as long as there are precious forests to save in Cambodia, Leng will be on the frontline defending them.

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Turkey Syria offensive: ‘The Kurds have no friends but the mountains’

10 October 2019

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Image copyright EPA Image caption Activists say tens of thousands of people have fled towns along the Syria-Turkey border

“It’s like hell. I am afraid for all my family and everyone I know.”

Sevinaz is from a town near Syria’s border with Turkey that immediately came under heavy bombardment when the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels launched an assault on Kurdish-led forces there on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Kurdish filmmaker and activist said repeated air and artillery strikes on the town – called Sere Kaniye by Kurds, and Ras al-Ain by Arabs – had forced her to flee with several members of her family.

“I am outside the town with my sick mother. My brother is inside. I have been informed that my cousin might have been martyred. There is no safe place for anybody,” she told the BBC on Thursday morning, hours before rebels said the town was surrounded.

“I’m concerned about it being the last time that I see my city,” she said.

‘Erdogan is a liar’

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said the aim of the military operation is to create a 32km (20-mile) deep “safe zone” along the Syrian side of the border and to resettle up to two million Syrian refugees there.

Media captionSome residents began to flee as smoke rose over the border town of Ras al-Ain

He has said he wants to push back from the Turkish border members of a Syrian Kurdish militia called the People’s Protection Units (YPG). He insists the YPG is an extension of a rebel group that has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey and is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and EU.

The YPG, which denies the claim, is the dominant force in an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It has been the critical partner on the ground in Syria for the US-led multinational coalition against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Sevinaz dismissed Mr Erdogan’s assertion that he wants “to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area”.

“He’s a liar and he wants the Kurds to be finished. And not just Kurds, because in Sere Kaniye and all the other cities it’s not just Kurds who are living here,” she said.

Sevinaz said she believed the SDF and YPG’s fighters would do all they could to repel the Turkish assault, and that ultimately they would be victorious.

“They are the children of this land. They are our brothers and sisters,” she explained. “Even with all the things that are happening and the silence from the world, I still believe that the right people will win.”

Azad Cudi, a British-Iranian Kurd who is a sniper for the YPG, told the BBC on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the border area in anticipation of a Turkish offensive felt “like a stab in the back”.

The US military had previously attempted to avert a Turkish offensive on its Kurdish allies by setting up with the Turkish military a “security mechanism” in the border area. The YPG co-operated by dismantling fortifications.

“In August, we came to this ‘security mechanism’ agreement,” Mr Cudi said. “Based on that, we withdrew. We destroyed the fighting positions which were built to fight the Turkish in case of an invasion and we handed them over to the Americans.”

‘We have no friends but the mountains’

Mr Cudi said SDF forces were not equipped with the heavy machine-guns and anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons that they would need to repel a Turkish assault.

“But if there is no choice, there is no choice. We will fight back at all costs.”

“There’s been many, many letting down and abandoning Kurds in the past. This is what we say: ‘We have no friends but the mountains,'” he added. “The United States, like any other state or any other government, will do whatever serves their own best interests. We know that.”

He said Mr Trump and other US politicians had been “lied to” about the war with IS, and he expressed concern about the risk of thousands of suspected IS militants being detained in SDF prisons escaping if their guards came under attack by Turkey.

Image copyright AFP Image caption US troops pulled back from the border on Monday in anticipation of the Turkish assault

“[The war] is not finished, it is not over. We wouldn’t do such a thing as losing prisoners, but imagine when things get tough and there is a war and you are fighting on many fronts. It will be practically difficult to control and manage these prisoners.”

He added: “The Kurds are the only people who have fought [IS]. The Iraqi government and the Syrian government couldn’t stand their attacks. We were the only ones who could resist them. With us being threatened, their hope for a new caliphate may grow again.”

Sevinaz said she believed Turkey was also in contact with IS sleeper cells inside north-eastern Syria and would ask them to target the Kurds. On Wednesday, several IS militants reportedly attacked SDF posts in the region.

“I’m worried and I think soon that there will be lots more movement from them. They already did one [attack] next to Sere Kaniye, and… in Raqqa, and I think there will be more soon.”

Turkey says it has made its military move in northern Syria to fight terrorism and that it wants to take the lead in fighting IS.

She also held out little hope of Mr Trump carrying out his threat to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it does anything he considers to be “off limits”.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Syrian Democratic Forces has said it will defend its territory “at all costs”

“What does ‘off limits’ mean? They’re already attacking everywhere,” she said. “They don’t care about civilians. They don’t care about the middle of the cities.

“Donald Trump is going to do nothing. He cares about money. He doesn’t care about the 11,000 people who died while fighting and resisting against IS.”

Sevinaz insisted that she would not flee to another part of Syria. “I will not move from Rojava. I will never move,” she said, using the Kurdish name for the north-east of the country.

Instead, she called for people across the world to make clear to their governments their anger at the situation.

“The states do not care about us. The states didn’t care about bringing their [foreign] IS prisoners back to their countries. The states didn’t care about us being under threat for a long, long time,” she added. “It is the time for the voices of the people, who believe in freedom, who believe in human rights.”

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Typhoon Hagibis: Japan suffers deadly floods and landslides from storm

13 October 2019

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Helicopters rescued people trapped in their homes when the Chikuma river burst its banks

At least nine people are reported dead as Japan recovers from its biggest storm in decades.

Typhoon Hagibis triggered floods and landslides as it battered the country with wind speeds of 225km/h (140mph).

Rivers have breached their banks in at least 14 different places, inundating residential neighbourhoods.

The storm led to some Rugby World Cup matches being cancelled but a key fixture between Japan and Scotland will go ahead on Sunday.

Hagibis is heading north and is expected to move back into the North Pacific later on Sunday.

It made landfall on Saturday shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT), in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo and moved up the east coast. Almost half a million homes were left without power.

In the town of Hakone near Mount Fuji more than 1m (3ft) of rain fell on Friday and Saturday, the highest total ever recorded in Japan over 48 hours.

Media captionMore than seven million people were urged to leave their homes

Further north in Nagano prefecture, levees along the Chikuma river gave way sending water rushing through residential areas, inundating houses. Flood defences around Tokyo have held and river levels are now falling, reports the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Japan.

Officials said some of those killed were swept away by landslides while others were trapped in their cars as floodwaters rose. Another 15 people are listed as missing and dozens are reported injured.

What preparations were made?

More than seven million people were urged to leave their homes as the huge storm approached, but it is thought only 50,000 stayed in shelters.

Many residents stocked up on provisions before the typhoon’s arrival, leaving supermarkets with empty shelves.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Torrential rain has caused rivers to flood huge areas

Image copyright EPA Image caption A huge clean-up operation was under way in Kawasaki near Tokyo

“Unprecedented heavy rain has been seen in cities, towns and villages for which the emergency warning was issued,” Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) forecaster Yasushi Kajiwara told a press briefing.

Many bullet train services were halted, and several lines on the Tokyo metro were suspended for most of Saturday.

All flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba have been cancelled – more than 1,000 in total.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bullet trains were half submerged in Nagano, central Japan

Two Rugby World Cup games scheduled for Saturday were cancelled on safety grounds and declared as draws – England-France and New Zealand-Italy. The cancellations were the first in the tournament’s 32-year history.

Sunday’s Namibia-Canada match due to take place in Kamaishi was also cancelled and declared a draw.

The US-Tonga fixture in Osaka and Wales-Uruguay in Kumamoto will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, organisers said.

Meanwhile, a crunch game between Scotland and tournament hosts Japan on Sunday will now go ahead. The decision followed a safety inspection.

The Japanese Formula One Grand Prix is also taking place on Sunday.

‘A blanket and a biscuit’

Local resident James Babb spoke to the BBC from an evacuation centre in Hachioji, western Tokyo. He said the river near his house was on the brink of overflowing.

“I am with my sister-in-law, who is disabled,” he said. “Our house may flood. They have given us a blanket and a biscuit.”

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tornado-like winds whipped up by the typhoon struck east of Tokyo

Andrew Higgins, an English teacher who lives in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, told the BBC he had “lived through a few typhoons” during seven years in Japan.

“I feel like this time Japan, generally, has taken this typhoon a lot more seriously,” he said. “People were out preparing last night. A lot of people were stocking up.”

Only last month Typhoon Faxai wreaked havoc on parts of Japan, damaging 30,000 homes, most of which have not yet been repaired.

“I evacuated because my roof was ripped off by the other typhoon and rain came in. I’m so worried about my house,” a 93-year-old man told NHK, from a shelter in Tateyama, Chiba.

Japan suffers about 20 typhoons a year, but Tokyo is rarely hit on this scale.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shopkeepers tried to protect their stores from the powerful winds and rain

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many supermarket were left empty as people stocked up

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TEDxMidAtlantic | March 2019

About 60 million people around the globe have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. The majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their homes but are still in their own countries. Others, referred to as refugees, sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean? Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman explain. [Directed by Biljana Labovic, narrated by Susan Zimmerman, music by David Obuchowski and Peter Linder].

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TED-Ed | June 2016

Immigrants

Little ducks and big geese swimming in a pond

Where do you come from?

Don’t worry, wherever you come from

We welcome you

And glad to see you

Healthy and strong

You contribute your beauty to the pond

We all come from somewhere

As long as we are in harmony with nature

We add beauty to society as a whole

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Papilio machaon – Schwalbenschwanz, Swallowtail, Pa? królowej

Oct 26, 2014  Adam Grochowalski

Pa? królowej, Schwalbenschwanz, Swallowtail, Vidlochvost fenyklový. I present here the full development of this beautiful butterfly.

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Macro Photography Reveals the Dazzling Scales and Multi-Colored Hairs That Cover Butterfly Wings

October 11, 2018  Kate Sierzputowski

Chris Perani uses macro photography to capture the microscopic details found on butterflies’ wings, such as multi-colored hairs and iridescent scales. To photograph with such precision, the photographer uses a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm lens, which presents an almost non-existent depth of field. “The lens must be moved no more than 3 microns per photo to achieve focus across the thickness of the subject which can be up to 8 millimeters,” Perani explains to Colossal. “This yields 350 exposures, each with a sliver in focus, that must be composited together.” In total this accounts for 2,100 separate exposures combined into a single image. For more detailed observations of butterfly wings, visit Perani’s website. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Ing, John’s and International Street Art- P1

Ing and John’s Street Art, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA Part 1

I love street art for many reasons. First of all, the artwork is there for the public.  It is for everyone who passes to their destination.  Without spending time visiting art galleries or museums, they can see art while they are going to work or getting lunch.  Some may pay attention to the artwork and some may not.  Some may ask questions about the artwork.  I hope, at least the artwork will activate the thought process of those passing by.

I love plants and flowers.  It makes me happy when I see the freshness of green leaves and beautiful flowers blooming.   Our shop is closed temporally, and the window gate is down. I thought that if I display our artwork and some of the plants from our backyard garden in front of the shop gate, it would make it more pleasant for the people who pass by.  I am happy to do it, and I hope the artwork and the plants will help the downtown office workers or others feel fresh and lively.       

My first day of Street art was on Friday, July 26, 2019.  I took some plants from our backyard garden to display in front of our shop.  I started my first display of artwork with “Elephants at the Water Lily Pond” I produced in 1999.  There are always people walking by our place, but more during lunch time.  Most of them are the office workers.  Also, in the evening, people walk by going home from work.  Some people are interested in the artwork, and ask questions, while others are oblivious to the artwork that I display.

One week later I changed my artwork to, “By the Water Lily Pond”, which produced in 1998.  I added more plants to my display, when the pink blossom flowers of Rose Queen were in full bloom.

This artwork of mine titled, “I Have A Dream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr”, I displayed from, Wednesday, August 14, 2019, to August 21, 2019.  I produced this work in 2010.  I also added more plants to fill the front of shop space.

My Thai classical artwork was displayed on Thursday, August 22, 2019.  I produced this artwork in1994.

On Monday, August 28, 2019 John added his work to the display.  John’s artwork is on the far left, “Impossible Dreamer”.  “Gandhi Man of Peace”, in the middle is my artwork, which I produced in 2000.  The far right is John’s artwork “Beneath the Lake”.  Thanks to John Watts, my husband, for helping to display the artwork in a better presentation.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Thursday, October 10, 2019

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New Works from Banksy at the The Jungle Refugee Camp in Calais

December 11, 2015  Christopher Jobson

“The Son of a Migrant from Syria”

Based on an update to his website this morning it appears Banksy visited the Jungle Refugee Camp in Calais, France, one of the largest refugee camps in western Europe. The artist left behind four new artworks, most notably a piece featuring Steve Jobs carrying an early Macintosh computer and a sack over his shoulder noting his background as a “son of a migrant from Syria,” (Jobs was adopted, but his biological father was from Syria). In another piece he references Géricault’s famous Raft of Medusa painting, depicting an imperiled group of people on a sinking raft as they hail a modern cruise ship just on the horizon. The artist previously brought attention to the refuge crisis in a piece at Dismaland earlier this year.

In addition to the artworks, part of Banksy’s team installed 12 permanent structures and a makeshift playground inside the squalid Jungle camp using materials left behind from Dismaland, a project he refers to as Dismal Aid.

One of the best ways you can help Syrian refugees is through donations to the UN Refugee Agency.

New Solo Exhibition by Seth Globepainter Fills a Historic Chateau in Bordeaux, France

September 1, 2019  Andrew LaSane

Collaboration with Pascal Vilcollet

French artist Julien Malland, aka Seth Globepainter (previously), has spent the summer exhibiting a large body of work inside and outside of the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez. Located in Bordeaux, France, the historic chateau was built in the 18th century and now doubles as a cultural center.

Malland’s takeover includes dozens of paintings, installations, and sculptures that have transformed the castle into a colorful record of his travels and a look into his mind.

Titled 1,2,3, Soleil, the exhibition features over 50 of the artist’s faceless characters. Each room in the chateau has a theme that represents one of Malland’s previous projects in countries around the world. Vibrant colors and geometrical shapes are complicated by themes of conflict and loneliness. The exhibition includes site-specific installations as well as collaborative pieces made with artists Mono Gonzalez and Pascal Vilcollet.

The walk through Malland’s world will remain on view in France through October 7, 2019. In addition to his solo show, Malland also recently completed two murals in Denmark as part of Kirk Gallery‘s annual Out in the Open mural initiative. To keep up with the artist’s latest projects, follow him on Instagram.

Seth | ‘Jack in the Box’ | Østerbro 41 | Aalborg | Denmark

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