If you have never experienced Frank Stella’s monumental artworks you are missing out. His large three dimensional paintings/sculptures on twisted metal (stainless steel) in vivid colors are some of my favorite works of art.
From the Grand Rapids website:
From 1985 to 1997, leading American painter and printmaker, Frank Stella, created a major series of works linked to Melville’s classic Moby-Dick. He created one or more works for each of the novel’s 135 chapters. The completed series consists of 266 pieces: large metal reliefs, monumental sculptures, a mural, and an extended series of mixed-media prints. The series that Stella named for Melville’s novel is his greatest sustained achievement in four decades of making art.
The exhibition MOBY-DICK: Frank Stella and Herman Melville brings together more than thirty monumental printed works from Stella’s series, including his definitive masterpiece, The Fountain. Twenty-four feet in length, The Fountain is Stella’s largest and most complex work on paper. The woodblocks with metal inlay plates for The Fountain are included in the exhibition on loan from The National Gallery of Australia. A preamble to the exhibition includes a group of Rockwell Kent’s ink-drawings for Moby-Dick and the original Lakeside edition of the book.
Bryan Heywood captured this photo of the rare Australian Ferry Duck. If you look closely, you’ll see the even rarer occurrence of the “berthing” process, which is confirmed by the expression of relief on the duck’s face, being caught on film .
Sea-Fever Consulting LLC recently launched a new unit called seaz media which focuses on helping maritime and nonprofit organizations use social media to advance their missions.
One of our first projects was to create a web presence for the New Bedford Port Society, a small nonprofit organization that has been serving mariners and the local community continuously for nearly 180 years. The Port Society owns and maintains two of the most significant buildings in our nation’s rich maritime heritage: The Seamen’s Bethel and The Mariner’s Home.
To learn more about this project, check out theseaz me blog and visit the Port Society website.
Five marine experts based in the United States, China, France and Argentina are the recipients of the 2009 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. The fellowship is awarded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Each Fellow will receive $150,000 to conduct an innovative three-year project designed to protect global ocean ecosystems and marine life. The winners join more than 100 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation from 29 countries around the globe.
Wen Bo– Protect endangered marine species from poaching and illegal trade through development of conservation networks in East Asia.
Pablo Boboroglu, Ph.D. – Promote penguin conservation by establishing an international coalition working toward sustainable management of marine activities and penguin conservation.
Matthieu Le Corre, Ph.D. – Research the foraging patterns of seabirds to identify oceanic hotspots of biodiversity in the tropical Indian Ocean for design of marine protected areas.
Fiorenza Micheli, Ph.D. – Assess human threats to Mediterranean marine ecosystems and promote conservation through existing and new marine protected areas in the region.
John Weller – Increase awareness of the Antarctic’s Ross Sea through web-based multimedia and science.
Congratulations to the 2009 Pew Marine Conservation Fellows and thanks for the important work they do to help protect our oceans!
J.M.W. Turner is, without a doubt, my favorite artist of any age. I’ve spent many a day over the years standing in front of one or another of his mysterious pieces in the Tate Gallery in London breathing in the incredible atmosphere he created in his paintings. I used one of his images, Whalers 1845, for the frontpage of the Sea-Fever Consulting LLC website.
Under a pale sliver of a moon at left and a sun that hovers on the horizon of a sanguine sky at right, Turner’s majestic Temeraire glides soundlessly on the river’s broad, glass-like expanse. Powerless now and pulled by a stalwart, steam-powered tug, an icon of the new technology that had replaced it, the hulking ship seems wraithlike, its image all but disappearing into the waters that capture so clearly the tug’s reflection. A second steamer emits its own sooty trail in the background, and smaller sailing ships recede into the middle distance. Fog- and smoke-shrouded factories or storehouses appear on shore at right, and a skiff with tiny figures and a shadowed buoy float in the shallows closer up. There is little to distract us, however, from the arresting vision of the Temeraire on its final voyage, and the ineffable sense that we are witnessing the end of an era, a stately passage from an age that had harnessed human valor to one of machine-driven power. Turner’s “Fighting Temeraire,” in fact, is a history painting of the highest caliber.
I’m a huge fan of these TED Talks and while Captain Moore is the first that I’ve seen that reads his from a sheet of paper, the message get delivered. Please take a little more than 7 minutes to watch this. Thanks!