Saturday, April 9, 2011

SATurday Show And Tell--GOD BLESS AMERICA!

I thought that it was an appropriate day to show you something expressing the heartland of America in view of the struggles going on in our government this week.

Standing 25- foot tall, this statue by J. Seward Johnson depicts the couple in the Grant Wood's painting
 "American Gothic." 
This is a farmer and his spinster daughter with a valise at their feet with stickers from all  across America.
It is not husband and wife, or brother and sister, as many people think.

It was on display in downtown Mesa, AZ last year for 4-1/2 months, on loan from The Sculpture Foundation in California.
It weighed 8,000 lbs. and was made in three pieces. It took almost a week to assemble.
You can watch the YouTube Video of it going up HERE
(if it's at the end, press replay)

A few pieces of trivia you may find interesting about the famous painting--
The woman in the picture is the artist's sister and the man is the artist's dentist.
They never posed in front of the house but each sat separately for the artist.

The artist found this house in Eldon, Iowa and thought it would make an interesting backdrop for his painting.
It is still standing.

Although the "American Gothic" was first regarded as a "comic valentine," it won the artist $300 and a bronze medal in an art competition  because a museum patron took a liking to it. She convinced the Chicago Institute of Art to purchase it where it still resides to this day. It is one of the great cultural icons along with the Mona Lisa, even though it caused backlash at times over the years.
It has been widely reproduced and "reinterpreted."

An embroidery

"No road is long
with good company."
--Turkish proverb

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