Art pieces around the world
Each country I visit brims with art pieces scattered throughout the landscape. From colorful graffiti detailing the alleyways to sculptures adding a pop to the scenery, each work of art showcases the rich culture behind the country.
During my trip to Thailand, I saw a myriad of golden buddha’s sprinkled all over the city. Some were gelatinous, others were skinny. The faces showed a variety of emotions from laughter to seriousness. Buddhism may have originated in India but it is a religion that’s got Asia wrapped around its beautiful lessons. The majority of the people in Thailand follow Buddhism and it shows with the amount of golden Buddha’s I came across.
The golden Buddha below was one of my favorite statues. The placement was impeccable, in front of a gushing waterfall surrounded by evergreen trees and harmonious birds. The first thing I noticed was the length of his earlobes. People had metaphorical reasoning that the earlobes were long to represent Buddha’s everlasting wisdom. Others took on a more literal stance stating that Buddha came from a rich family and his lobes were long because of all the ornate earrings he used to wear. The facial expression exhibits pure serenity, a reminder to stay peaceful with life. Even the flowers artfully arranged on the right arm have meaning by illustrating generosity, a paramount discipline in Buddhism. The intricacies behind the details of the statue showed a level of respect they had for Buddha and his profound teachings.
While I was in Norway, I came across this interesting art installment. The water sparkled under the sun while the wind chilled the air, and this wooden triangle caught my eye. It was tall, made of oak, and had a criss-cross pattern. Within each box, there were all kinds of t-shirts that were blowing in the same direction of the wind. The sign on the bottom left revealed the meaning behind the t-shirts. Each one symbolized a story worn by a person with a warm heart. The slogan was “we are all the same” and went on to explain that yes, there are all kinds of people in the world but all people are a part of nature.
When I was growing up, one of my friends immigrated from Norway. He said that the southern charm of Texas is no match to the kindness he grew up with in Norway. My friend boasted about the crime rates being some of the lowest in the world and went on to explain how everyone just helps everyone with no expectations of returning the favor. This art installment of the T-shirts perfectly encapsulated the benevolence Norway is known for. That everyone regardless of socio-economic background or religious views are the same, kind-hearted people willing to help you out.
In Morocco, the women are celebrated for cementing their families together with their warmth. The majority of people in Morocco are devout Muslims and their street art truly showcased the pride they had in their customs. I saw tons of billboards and graffiti art that had women wearing hijabs. Each woman I saw that were painted had kind faces that portrayed strength and determination.
Growing up in Texas, oftentimes I heard people misconstrue the purpose behind a hijab. A lot of the time, it was thought to be demeaning to wear one because it was seen as a symbol of oppression. Though there might be some parts of the world that are overly strict with what women can or can not do, wearing a hijab was always a choice for the Muslim friends I grew up with. Several of my friends that practiced Islam saw their hijab as a safety net because it attributed their closeness to God without having to talk about it. Despite all the hate crimes against Muslims that would play out on our TV screens, my friends continued to wear their hijab with honor. I see the hijab as a beautiful sentiment towards Islam and Morocco’s street art reflects the pride the locals had towards their religion.
Each work of art I stumble across reveals the kind of lifestyle the locals follow. Religion seems to play the more predominant role in street art but it also has a way of detailing pride towards their rites as well. Hopefully, COVID diminishes soon so we can all travel and see more of the art that blooms all over the world.
I would love to see some cool artwork you all have stumbled across! Let me know and thank you for reading!!
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