luni, 21 martie 2016

Timeless (23) Happy Spring! Be Happy! Spring has arrived!

Happy Spring! 
Spring has arrived!
Be Happy - International Day of Happiness! 

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Let's celebrate
March, 20: First Day of Spring & International Day of Happiness


"Do what makes you happy.*
Smile, share, eat healthily, exercise, be grateful, give back, think positively, spend some time with friends and family, spend some time alone, be mindful, dream, listen to music, say thank you and mean it, compete, be charitable, say “all the more” instead of “nonetheless” – you get it. Do what makes you happy."
"Spread happiness.
While you’re doing whatever it is you do that makes you happy, don’t forget to do whatever you can do to make others happy! Happiness is contagious. A simple smile can make even a stranger’s day much brighter."
"Tell everybody.
There are more than 7,300,000,000 (that’s 7.3 BILLION+) people on this planet. Each one of them has the right to happiness, and not all of them know it. Tell them. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your boss – hold your government accountable for securing your happiness. Tell yourself, and remind yourself: happiness is a fundamental human right, and happiness for all is a fundamental human goal. Tell everybody."
*Click to read more info on
 http://www.happinessday.org/

"Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury.
It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family." 
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2014
*Click for more info to read on Happinessday.org


The International Day of Happiness 

"(known as Happiness Day) is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. The International Day of Happiness (“Happiness Day”) was founded on June 28, 2012, by the United Nations General Assembly when all 193 member states unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281 ."
History of Happiness and Notable Historical Figures.
"UN Resolution 66/281: International Day of Happiness's adoption in 2012 marks a new historical milestone in humankind's ultimate quest for happiness, which dates back to the time of ancient sages and philosophers such as Bhudda, Socrates, Confucius, Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Mencius, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, and religious figures like Jesus, Abraham, Moses, and the prophet Muhammad – all of whom theorized about the purpose and meaning of life, the definition of happiness, and how to achieve it."
*Click for more info to read on Wikipedia



The astronomical spring 
(in Northern Hemisphere) 2016 began on
Sunday, March 20
and ends on
Sunday, June 19

Sandro Botticelli - La Primavera - Google Art Project Source: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons From 1482 until 1485 Italian: La Primavera La Primavera (Spring) tempera on panel Uffizi Gallery
Sandro Botticelli - La Primavera - Google Art Project
Source [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
From 1482 until 1485
Italian: La Primavera (Spring)
Tempera on panel;Uffizi Gallery
"Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Subtropical and tropical areas have climates better described in terms of other seasons, e.g. dry or wet, monsoonal or cyclonic. Often, cultures have locally defined names for seasons which have little equivalence to the terms originating in Europe."


A Sunset in the Spring. March 2014
"Prunus cerasifera is a species of plum known by the common names cherry plum and myrobalan plum. It is native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in scattered locations in North America.  Wild types are large shrubs or small trees reaching 6-15 m (20-50 feet) tall, with deciduous leaves 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 inches) long. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid-February. The flowers are white and about 2 cm (0.8 inches) across, with five petals." Source: Wikipedia
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"Prunus cerasifera is a species of plum known by the common names cherry plum and myrobalan plum. It is native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in scattered locations in North America.
Wild types are large shrubs or small trees reaching 6-15 m (20-50 feet) tall, with deciduous leaves 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 inches) long. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid-February. The flowers are white and about 2 cm (0.8 inches) across, with five petals."

"Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs, which includes the plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds.

Around 430 species are spread throughout the northern temperate regions of the globe. Many members of the genus are widely cultivated for fruit and ornament. The fruit from this genus are commonly called the stone fruit."
Cultivation
"The genus Prunus includes the almond, apricot, cherry, peach and plum, all of which have cultivars developed for commercial fruit and nut production. The edible part of the almond is the seed; the almond fruit is a drupe, not a true nut. Many other species are occasionally cultivated or used for their seed and fruit.
Flowering cherries.
A number of species, hybrids, and cultivars are also grown as ornamental plants, usually for their profusion of flowers, sometimes for ornamental foliage and shape, and occasionally for their bark. These ornamentals include the group that may be collectively called "flowering cherries" (including sakura, the Japanese flowering cherries)."

 


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*For more info click to read on http://www.spacetelescope.org/
"At first glance, this cosmic kaleidoscope of purple, blue and pink offers a strikingly beautiful — and serene — snapshot of the cosmos." Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, NRAO/AUI/NSF, STScI, and G. Ogrean (Stanford University)  Type: Observation Release date: 21 March 2016, 06:00 Acknowledgment: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration,  ESA - European Space Agency, and J. Lotz (STScI), and the HFF team.   Read more here: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1612a/
"At first glance, this cosmic kaleidoscope of purple, blue and pink offers a strikingly beautiful — and serene — snapshot of the cosmos. However, this multi-coloured haze actually marks the site of two colliding galaxy clusters, forming a single object known as MACS J0416.1-2403 (or MACS J0416 for short).
MACS J0416 is located about 4.3 billion light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Eridanus. This new image of the cluster combines data from three different telescopes: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (showing the galaxies and stars), the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory (diffuse emission in blue), and the NRAO Jansky Very Large Array (diffuse emission in pink). Each telescope shows a different element of the cluster, allowing astronomers to study MACS J0416 in detail."

Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, NRAO/AUI/NSF, STScI, and G. Ogrean (Stanford University) 

Type: Observation
Release date: 21 March 2016, 06:00
Acknowledgment: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
 ESA - European Space Agency, and J. Lotz (STScI), and the HFF team. 

Read more here: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1612a/ 

*** Whimsical Springtime.   Snowflakes in night; just with a day before the first day of Spring.
Whimsical Springtime. 
 Snowflakes in night; just with a day before the first day of Spring. 
 Whimsical Springtime.   Snowflakes in night; just with a day before the first day of Spring.

 Clear blue skies; three days before the calendaristic arrival of Spring.
 Clear blue skies; three days before the calendaristic arrival of Spring.

 Clear blue skies; three days before the calendaristic arrival of Spring.
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Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages in color and/or black & white. 
Visions.  Spring 2016.

2016©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com

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"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".

Happiness starts with yourself.


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Sursa/Source of  info Wikipedia;  public media.
Source of Inspirational Quotes: Guidepost of Light; thehiyL.com;
Spirit Science; Sun-Gazing.com





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Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...
Valley of Cerna River, the Domogled-Valea Cernei national park.

miercuri, 16 martie 2016

Soul journeys through memories. (4) Memorial Brancusi. Viziuni pentru suflet.

Constantin Brancusi Memorial House; Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive. Click to see enlarged views.

At the Memorial House of Constantin Brâncuşi

Trip road to Hobiţa
September 2015.


Hobiţa Village is situated at  24 km from Târgu-Jiu,  the capital of Gorj County in the Oltenia region of Romania;  Târgu-Jiu is situated on the Southern Sub-Carpathians, on the banks of the river Jiu.


Anyway, it was a true joy that I had this chance to visit this place, a short glimpse into time, back to the roots of a genius and his unique art, worldwide renowned. 
The Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu; Images on the banks of the river Jiu.
Târgu-Jiu is situated on the Southern Sub-Carpathians,
on the banks of the river Jiu.
         In this post, I've tried to realise a suite of photos presentation and collages dedicated to the Hobița Village, the place where it can be found the Constantin Brâncuși  Memorial House. The old house, itself, it is said that was inherited by his sister and no longer exist. So, actually, at Hobita it is the place, the terrain inherited by C. Brâncuși  and where the great sculptor was born.
          The house that is exhibited in Hobița: "It is a monument of the late nineteenth century and was restored in 1971, as the establishment of the museum. The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brâncuși . It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "

The house that is exhibited in Hobita: "It is a monument of the late nineteenth century and was restored in 1971, as the establishment of the museum. The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brancusi. It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "

Landscapes and rural views at Hobita. In this special collage, some incredible images seen through the camera lens of my sis. Many thanks for this journey and for the joy and positivity shared! This post is dedicated to you!





Landscapes and rural views seen on the road to Hobița. A region where nature was and still it is abundant in early autumn. 






Greenery found at Hobița (below in images), all sorts of vegetation, 
from trees to the leaves of vineyard, 
it can be seen in the mid september all around the memorial house.












În toamna anului trecut, am avut un timp foarte bun pentru scurte călătorii. Într-una din aceste ocazii, am văzut Hobița și Târgu Jiu. Hobița este situată la 24 km de Târgu-Jiu, capitala județului Gorj aflată în regiunea Oltenia din România. De asemenea, orașul Târgu-Jiu este situat în arealul Subcarpaților sudici, pe malurile râului Jiu.

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Constantin Brâncuși * (Romanian: [konstanˈtin brɨŋˈkuʃʲ]; 
(February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957) 
"was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. As a child he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. Formal studies took him first to Bucharest, then to Munich, then to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1905 to 1907. His art emphasizes clean geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. Brâncuși sought inspiration in non-European cultures as a source of primitive exoticism, as did Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, André Derain and others. But other influences emerge from Romanian folk art traceable through Byzantine and Dionysian traditions."
"Brâncuși grew up in the village of Hobiţa, Gorj, near Târgu Jiu, close to Romania's Carpathian Mountains, an area known for its rich tradition of folk crafts, particularly woodcarving. Geometric patterns of the region are seen in his later works."


"Constantin Brâncuşi *
(n. 19 februarie 1876, Hobiţa, Gorj — d. 16 martie 1957, Paris) 
a fost un sculptor român cu contribuţii covârşitoare la înnoirea limbajului şi viziunii plastice în sculptura contemporană. Constantin Brâncuşi a fost ales membru postum al Academiei Române. Francezii şi americanii îl desemnează, cel mai adesea, doar prin numele de familie, pe care îl scriu fără semne diacritice, Brancusi, pronunţându-l după regulile de pronunţare ale limbii franceze."

Locul lui Brâncuşi în sculptură
"Brâncuşi a eliberat sculptura de preponderenţa imitaţiei mecanice a naturii, a refuzat reprezentarea figurativă a realităţii, a preconizat exprimarea esenţei lucrurilor, a vitalităţii formei, a creat unitatea dintre sensibil şi spiritual. În opera sa el a oglindit felul de a gândi lumea al ţăranului român. Prin obârşia sa ţărănească şi-a aflat rădăcinile adânci ale operei sale în tradiţiile, miturile şi funcţia magică a artei populare româneşti. Brâncuşi a relevat lumii occidentale dimensiunea sacră a realităţii.

Figură centrală în mişcarea artistică modernă, Brâncuşi este considerat unul din cei mai mari sculptori ai secolului al XX-lea. Sculpturile sale se remarcă prin eleganţa formei şi utilizarea sensibilă a materialelor, combinând simplitatea artei populare româneşti cu rafinamentul avangardei pariziene. Verticalitatea, orizontalitatea, greutatea, densitatea cât şi importanţa acordată luminii şi spaţiului sunt trăsăturile caracteristice ale creaţiei lui Brâncuşi. Opera sa a influenţat profund conceptul modern de formă în sculptură, pictură şi desen."


Edward Steichen[Public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons (1879-1973) Brancusi's Studio,  found at Met Museum, NY
Sursa/source: Brâncuși's Paris studio, 1920,
 photograph by Edward Steichen
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/
File:Edward_Steichen_-_Brancusi%27s_studio,_1920.jpeg
"Brâncuși held a large spectrum of interests, from science to music. He was a good violinist and he would sing old Romanian folk songs, often expressing by them his feelings of homesickness. After the installment of communism, he never considered moving back to his native Romania, but he did visit it eight times."

"His circle of friends included artists and intellectuals in Paris such as Amedeo Modigliani, Ezra Pound, Henri Pierre Roché, Guillaume Apollinaire, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Rousseau, and Fernand Léger. He was an old friend of Romany Marie, who was also Romanian, and referred Isamu Noguchi to her café in Greenwich Village.Although surrounded by the Parisian avant-garde, Brâncuși never lost the contact with Romania and had friends from the community of Romanian artists and intellectuals living in Paris, including Benjamin Fondane, George Enescu, Theodor Pallady, Camil Ressu, Nicolae Dărăscu, Panait Istrati, Traian Vuia, Eugène Ionesco, Emil Cioran and Paul Celan.

Brâncuși held a particular interest in mythology, especially Romanian mythology, folk tales, and traditional art (which also had a strong influence on his works), but he became interested in African and Mediterranean art as well.
A talented handyman, he built his own phonograph, and made most of his furniture, utensils, and doorways. His worldview valued "differentiating the essential from the ephemeral," with Plato, Lao-Tzu, and Milarepa as influences. He was a saint-like idealist and near ascetic, turning his workshop into a place where visitors noted the deep spiritual atmosphere. However, particularly through the 10s and 20s, he was known as a pleasure seeker and merrymaker in his bohemian circle. He enjoyed cigarettes, good wine, and the company of women. He had one child, John Moore, whom he never acknowledged."
*Click for more info to read on Wikipedia.
"Casa memorială Constantin Brâncuşise află în localitatea sa natală, satul Hobiţa, din comuna Peştişani, judeţul Gorj. Este clasificată ca monument istoric, cu cod LMI GJ-IV-m-B-09494, sub denumirea de Casa-Muzeu "Constantin Brâncuşi"."
"Este monument de arhitectură populară de la sfârşitul secolului al XIX-lea şi a fost restaurată în 1971, la înfiinţarea muzeului. Colecţia muzeului cuprinde fotografii, albume, documente, cărţi, scrisori care reflectă momente din viaţa şi activitatea lui Constantin Brâncuşi. Este prezentat mobilier original de interior ţărănesc de la începutul secolului al XX-lea."
"It is a monument of the late nineteenth century and was restored in 1971, the establishment of the museum. The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brancusi. It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "

Casa memorială este amplasată pe terenul unde s-a născut şi a copilărit sculptorul, dar nu este adevărata casă în care s-a născut Brâncuşi. Aceasta se află la circa 100 de metri mai jos de casa memorială.

La moartea lui Radu Nicolae Brâncuşi (1833-1885), tatăl sculptorului, conform dreptului cutumiar, casa ar fi trebuit să fie moştenită de fiul său cel mic, Dumitru, însă, în casă rămân soţia sa, Maria (1851-1919) şi fiica cea mică, Eufrosina (1884-1948), căsătorită cu Gheorghe Brânzan. După moartea mamei sculptorului, moştenitorii, printre care şi sculptorul, au făcut împărţirea averii părinteşti. Pentru aceasta, rudele au pus într-o căciulă bileţele cu toată averea familiei părinţilor sculptorului, Nicolae şi Maria Brâncuşi. La tragerea din căciulă, lui Constantin Brâncuşi i-a revenit terenul, unde acum se află amplasată casa memorială, iar adevărata casă în care s-a născut sculptorul i-a revenit surorii sale, Frâsina, care şi-a luat casa şi a mutat-o pe un alt teren la 100 de metri distanţă."
"Casa părintească a lui Constantin Brâncuşi, aşa cum relatează diverşi autori, nu mai există încă din anul 1919. Casa a fost moştenită de sora sculptorului, Eufrosina Brâncuşi, devenită Brânzan, care a demolat-o, utilizând ,,bârnele”, adică grinzile groase de lemn ale structurii, la noua casă pe care şi-a construit-o după căsătorie, pe alt amplasament din sat, la circa 70,00 m distanţă de curtea părintească." (...)
"Ministerul Culturii şi Patrimoniului Naţional a declanşat procedura de clasare de urgenţă a casei, pentru asigurarea protecţiei vestigiilor. Casa Eufrosinei a fost clasată în Lista Monumentelor Istorice din 2004, actualizată în anul 2010, cu denumirea „Casa Constantin Brâncuşi”, din satul Hobiţa, comuna Peştişani, jud. Gorj, cod: GJ-IV-m-B-09493. Prin condiţiile avizului de clasare nr. 528-E/11.12.2001, acordat de Comisia Naţională a Monumentelor Istorice şi prin adresele sale ulterioare, Ministerul Culturii şi Patrimoniului Naţional a solicitat Prefecturii Judeţului Gorj şi instituţiilor abilitate ale administraţiei publice locale - Consiliul Judeţean Gorj şi Consiliul Local Peştişani - luarea măsurilor necesare pentru conservarea, restaurarea şi punerea în valoare a casei."
*Click for more info to read on Wikipedia.














The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brancusi. It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "

The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brancusi. It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "



The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brancusi. It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "

Popular costumes. "Original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century."










Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages in color and/or black & white. 
Visions. From Hobita, Gorj 2015,  September, autumn.
Many thanks for this journey and for the joy and positivity shared! 
This post is dedicated to my sis!

2016©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com


Sursa/Source: you tube; CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU
"Imagini inedite cu Brancusi, din timpul constructiei "Coloanei Infinitului". 
Clipul are o durata de 59 de minute si apartine Centrului National de Arta si Cultura - George Pompidou."
Source: Georges Pompidou Center.
"Exclusive pictures of Brancusi, "Endless Column" during construction.
The video lasts 59 minutes and it is owned by the

National Centre for Art and Culture - George Pompidou."
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Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

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