The Long And Winding River

August 29, 2009

In the middle ages paintings were created to tell a story. Usually a religious story. The picture was not a snapshot of a moment but a record of a series of events over a period of time. That is what this piece is. A simple story of a river. The same story each of us experiences each day. Its about routine. The same things one passes each day on the way to work, or school. And yet there is a slight difference each time we pass them. Perhaps it is the time of day. Or the weather. Or an event that happens at this place. But we seldom pay attention unless something catastrophic happens. I noticed when I lived in Europe that people who lived in the most beautiful locations in the world were just as bored, just as neutral to their environment as someone living in the most mundane suburb. Still, I’d rather go to work in Florence than in Detroit.

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4 Responses to “The Long And Winding River”

  1. Do people who live in beautiful places enjoy visiting fantastically beautiful places as much as residents of less beautiful places? Or are they desensitized to beauty?

    Are people who live in Detroit and love it more capable of seeing great beauty amidst ruin than those who live in beautiful places?

    BTW, I’ve been to a lot of places and I would not rank Detroit at the bottom in terms of beauty.

  2. I lived across from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario for 7 years. There were some beautiful places in Detroit. I’m thinking of some of the old movie houses. They were spectacular. I haven’t seen anything like them anywhere. But I don’t know if they exist any longer. Detroit could have been a beautiful city but (from what I could see) there was no respect for the past. This is true of many cities in North America. If you want to beautify your city, you are encouraged to tear down the old and build anew. Having said that friends have told me that both Chicago and Boston have revitalized their inner city by restoring the old.

  3. I don’t usually comment but I gotta state thanks for the post on this wonderful one : D.

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