DRAWINGS FOR PLANTS: 4.000 WORKS FROM ITALIAN STUDENTS ABOUT THE WONDERFUL “PLANET OF FLOWERS AND TREES”

In 2013 Flower Council Holland and Okay! review launched in Italy the 3nd edition of “The Plant I Like” with the goal to reach new generations speaking them about the world of plants and indoor plants, improving knowledges and informations. Kids from infant to secondary schools were involved in a graphic contest about green. Schools were invited to draw plants in every technique, expressing their creativity and imagination… “The Plant I Like” outcome was better than expected. Students sent to promoters more than 4.000 drawings, confirming that the invitation launched by Okay! and Flower CouncilHolland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants which  offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to homes. A commission, composed by teachers and educators, selected the best drawings. The schools received a special gift: an incredible plant named “Glowing Star in the Dark” made in Holland by Amigo Plant (http://www.glowingstarinthedark.info/). This plant shines its light through the dark nights; during the day, or in artificial light, this unusual plant stores up the surrounding light, so it can radiate a lovely glow in the dark.

The best drawings were shown during a special event which took place with a huge students participation. Green culture is one of the privileged fields of Okay! magazine. In the last 14 years, with the collaboration of Flower Council Holland, activities were promoted to create new attention and interest in young people. Thousand of kids  approached the world of flowers and plants, receiving impulse to consider the importance of green for social life and for personal well-being. And now, with these thousand of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes and the ears of children. But also plants have eyes and ears. Those of children.

SIGNS OF A CITY / MORE INDECIPHERABLE CODES FROM AMSTERDAM WALLS…#2

 

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Amsterdam city (The Netherlands) reveals itself also through random images of ripped and decomposed publicity poster we may see along the streets and canals. During my last  visit I gathered interesting and capturing images which are really part of colors, shapes and moods of the so called “Venice of Northern Europe”. Rugs, papers, glue, dust, spray colors residuals and other materials mixed with torn posters gave origin to some fascinating and even disquieting scenes, where light and dark seem to create an obscure dimension or some indecipherable codes… It’s just the world of Lacer/actions…

IN ROME SPECTACULAR DUTCH FLORAL ART, FASHION & DESIGN: CLOTHES CREATED WITH FRESH ORANGE FLOWERS FOR THE NEW KING OF THE NETHERLANDS

The Queen of Holland, Beatrice, on April 30, abdicated in favor of his son, the future King William Alexander. The traditional national holiday became the occasion for a series of initiatives in and outside the Netherlands. In order to involve the citizens of Rome to Dutch festivity, the Embassy of the Netherlands, in collaboration with “Roma Capitale” and Holland Flower Council  organized a compelling “Orange Flowers Festival”. Rome celebrated the new Dutch King William Alexander with a colorful ceremony which took place on Capitol Hill. Two models dressed in clothes entirely composed of fresh flowers offered to the Mayor of Rome a sparkling and unique flower arrangement consisting of different types of orange flowers.The event served to highlight two areas of excellence of Dutch economy: floriculture and fashion & design.

EXCLUSIVE / INSIDE THE DUTCH GREENHOUSES WHERE PLANTS GROW UP WITH THE HELP FROM HUMANS AND TECHNOLOGY…

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

From roses to spathifillums, from fat plants to kalanchoes. A recent trip to Holland for a journalistic reportage about Dutch plants and flowers gave me the opportunity to meet and to know  some of the most innovative producers of the “green world”. In my tour, with the collaboration of Flower Council Holland, I met owners and founders of companies and internationally known brands such as Air so pure, Nolina, Amigo Plant and La mia Favorita. Despite the crisis, they were able to invest and innovate, specializing in the cultivation, environmental sustainability and marketing of indoor plants now known all over the world.

I visited their great and huge greenhouses, where plants grow up with the help from the humans and the technology… I took lot of photos about this incredible world which is a delight for the eyes. I’m glad to share these images coming from The Netherlands, where the passion for the green has produced a range of plants that help us to live better and to create an atmosphere of well-being in our environment, from homes to offices to communities. An activity that also has become a message from a beautiful Country where plants and flowers colors are a symbol of life.

INFOS AT:

http://www.bloemenbureauholland.nl/

A MODERN ART PIECE? IT’S JUST A PHOTO OF A DETAIL OF TORN PUBLICITY POSTERS… POSTCARD #10

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The Black, The Red and The White

Abstract Photo of a Decomposed (publi)City Poster 

Image location: Amsterdam, 2010 

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition, as you may see in this “postcard” reproducing one of the 90.000 images captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

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“SUNSET BURNISHED HILLS… FALLEN SOLDIERS WEEP”: HAIGA # 3 BY ~MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Sweet child,

pale

with

flu

limply resting against cool plaster.

Grandma’s Purple Quilt.

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Sunset burnished hills.

Lavender Dusk settles in.

fallen soldiers weep.

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Yin/yang poster world

grabbing blurs of yesterday.

Flowing thought bleeds ink.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

This is the third composition created by fellow blogger, Meredith (healingminds@WordPress.com) for a four composition series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga”. Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (USA) – shared a preview of my most recent images taken from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in the Netherlands and Italy. And, she began to create verses…

The third “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses doesn’t come from torn posters. It is a sort of special preview about a new direction, or section or a new kind of images concerning my research of urban signs… I will talk about it very soon. I saw this “visual situation” in Milan. As all my pieces, it’s natural, realistic and not manipulated or enhanced image.

Meredith wrote this note about her verses and my art: 

I have very mixed feelings about them because they feel very transparent to me.  But, that is  art, and as I send this off I feel a sense of sending myself.  This picture touches me deeply, and I decided to not to use any other text than the haiku.”

I thank Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception.

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ABOUT MEREDITH

Meredith (www.healingminds.wordpress.com) writes from a rich text based in theater, art, and design training. Also rooted from the soil of personal experience, Meredith writes about mental health and its challenges; her value of developing creative pursuits as part of the equation for living a satisfying life in the face of mental illness and recovery include yoga, dance, writing, and photography. 

Meredith’s professional background began in directing and choreography.  Her education in dance and theater lent equal weight to creating movement and learning projects for school children, grades K thru 12, and mentoring independent theater projects for high school students. When mental illness changed the landscape of her life, Meredith returned to school and redirected her passions toward quieter pursuits in architectural design.  Most recently, her love for writing and well-being generate roomy, new ideas about beauty and life, and she writes about mindful living from a deeper understanding.

“DREAMS & LACER/ACTIONS”: THERAPEUTICAL HAIGA # 1 BY MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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Dandelion winds

    Swirl April blossoms wildly.

    Tangos in the night.

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Space drips, light bends gold.

     Lavender boughs lift lightly.

     Birth swirls around me.

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Morning lamplight glows.

    Shadow curtains lace the glass.

    Drip dot April blooms.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

 

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These beautiful and evocative verses created by fellow blogger Meredith – healingminds@WordPress.com – begin a four compositions series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga. This collaborative project, born from the web, delivered in this post, also celebrates my One Year Anniversary at WordPress: I began this blog exactly one year ago on May 9, 2011.

Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (Usa) – shared a preview about my most recent images I took from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in Netherlands and Italy. And she began to create verses…            

Meredith wrote this note about this creative experience: “I sit and sit with words, slips of paper, and dreams. Several thoughts came together on this picture, so far. I see a dancer, the dazzle of her dress made brilliant by a stage light.  Her lavender skirting and stage dust shake the brilliance of movement in all directions. Also, the soft, vibrant gold reminds me of Gustav Klimt. It’s like a view from beyond a pane of glass, spotted with raindrops. The warm glow of lamplight in early morning.  A rumpled quilt of lilac blooms splatter lavender shimmers in the early light of day. These are some of my thoughts, so far… These photos bring dreams!”

The first “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses comes from an Amsterdam street. It’s a realistic, natural and not manipulated or enhanced image. My eyes found it near a door where someone probably (and carelessly) left paint drops…

Now that spontaneous and casual scene has become a visual art piece suggesting beautiful and fascinating verses: I thank  Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception. Yes, pictures for healingminds…

ABOUT MEREDITH

Meredith (www.healingminds.wordpress.com) writes from a rich text based in theater, art, and design training. Also rooted from the soil of personal experience, Meredith writes about mental health and its challenges; her value of developing creative pursuits as part of the equation for living a satisfying life in the face of mental illness and recovery include yoga, dance, writing, and photography. 

Meredith’s professional background began in directing and choreography.  Her education in dance and theater lent equal weight to creating movement and learning projects for school children, grades K thru 12, and mentoring independent theater projects for high school students. When mental illness changed the landscape of her life, Meredith returned to school and redirected her passions toward quieter pursuits in architectural design.  Most recently, her love for writing and well-being generate roomy, new ideas about beauty and life, and she writes about mindful living from a deeper understanding.

AN “ART INSTALLATION” THAT AMSTERDAM DOESN’T KNOW TO HAVE… SO, LET’S BRING BACK OUR EYES ON THE STREETS…

  

This is the incredible big container where I took my images from (see my previous post:“4GOT10 TEARS” ON THE CONTAINER NEAR THE ROYAL PALACE )

It was located in Amsterdam centre – near the Royal Palace, in the very heart of the city – outside a building yard. Workers were putting in it every sort of materials. And passers-by didn’t noticed it at all… On a side of the big container I saw something… spectacular. A sort of “public art installation” that Amsterdam doesn’t know to have.

The four parts in which the container was divided showed four incredible scenes. They were a sort of thin paper films left when someone had taken away the posters.An unusual and compelling combination – white paper film, iron, rust, red, grey and green colors of the container – originated something great for my eyes. 

On request, I’m glad to present another selection of the images I took around the big container. All my “Lacer/actions” artworks are realistic, natural and not manipulated images.  So, enjoy them. Yes, they are pure street art. And we have to bring back our eyes on the streets, where we may find compelling open air galleries…         

ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS ART

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

© Roberto Alborghetti

MY ART GALLERY? IT’S ALONG AMSTERDAM STREETS

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I been recently in Holland. I travelled along the country, from Brabant region to Amsterdam. I love the dutch landscapes, they’re so relaxing… I saw obviously  torn posters and other urban signs that I like to catch and to document for my “Lacer/actions” art project. It happened in Eindhoven, Utrecht and Leiden. And also along Amsterdam streets and canals I captured lot of images, absolutely realistic, as all the others 35.000 pics I collected so far.

I think the beautiful dutch city reveals itself also through ripped poster and ads you may see in hidden corners. You have only to keep up your attention and perception… I gathered interesting and capturing imageries that are really part of colors, shapes and moods of the so called “Venice of Northern Europe”.

So, here some of my artworks comin’ from my personal open air art gallery that I discovered and managed along Amsterdam streets. With a special series of other 6 images I’ve also created a videoclip – “Light (de)signs” – with the fascinating sound of Jap Jap, an Amsterdam based composer, musician, producer and performer (link below).

Roberto Alborghetti  

  

“AMSTERDAM MAGAZINE” FACEBOOK PAGE REPORTS…

LIGHT (DE)SIGNS FROM AMSTERDAM STREETS (JAP JAP DREAMPOP)