Saturday, November 27, 2010

Public work of art.

My public work of art is Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica Queens. This church dates back from 1702 however; the present building was established in 1862.
I believe it is an art work because it was added to the American national register of historical places in 1983.The buildings architecture exterior displays an early English Gothic design with a tall spire. While the interior models a roman empire like design. The floor has Italian marble; the windows are stained with biblical images and English oak borders. The whole interior of Grace boasts beautiful, elegant and graceful patterns. The reading desk is an immaculately sculptured eagle, while the Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments is prominently displayed in the rear of the chancel. One of the main attractions is the sound and sight of a strikingly ancient organ, the sound is simply majestic.   There is also a bell that weighs a whopping 400lbs. On several stones or blocks are inscribed names of former members that date back to the eighteen century; outside in the yard you’ll find the same thing. The graveyard is also an historical site, with a grand land space for cemetery. At the entrance of the church there are two gigantic locust trees on both sides of the pathway leading to the entrance of the church.
Grace Anglican church is located in a predominant black community.  It is admired not only by members but also by people who pass by.It is located in the smack in the middle of what I consider to be a commercial area across the street from the Jamaica Queen branch of the social security office. The area consists of stores, restaurants, farmers market, apartments ,the former Mary Immaculate hospital which was recently closed,and the Jamaica center subway that connects you to the city and beyond. The church is pretty hard to miss given that it is also by designated bus stop for several MTA buses. It is also located near a public park, Rufus King. Rufus King was also a significant figure of Grace church in the eighteen century. King’s family gave bountiful contributions to the expansion, development and maintenance of Grace Episcopal Church.
The church serves as a haven, shelter, home, place for hot meal on Tuesday’s soup kitchen and most importantly a place of worship for mainly immigrants. This immigrant community hails from mainly the Caribbean. It is quiet fascinating the diversity and integration that the church provides. It is vastly appreciated and quiet welcoming. There are several programs and organizations offered in the church that is freely offered to the public such as, meals, counseling for alcoholics, drug addicts, family issues, immigration issues, prayer etc. There are two services offered on Sundays so as to accommodate all or most. It also offers scholarships and aid to students at secondary and tertiary levels. Due to its contribution and relationship to with the community it garners dedication and appeal. With an undocumented motto all are welcome, or ‘whose to ever will may come.’
I would consider Grace Episcopal Church to be included in the NYC 2010 exhibition because, it is very rich in history, it boast architectural beauty, and is definitely a testimonial  of public art.                

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

BLOG # 6

For my art work the song I chose was Buffalo soldier by the Rt. Honorable Nesta Marley, known to most as Bob Marley, after careful analysis I decided to change the song to WAR/NO MORE TROUBLE. I think I connect with this one more all his songs are profound however; I find this one to be a little more comprehensive. It not only relates a message but it informs and educates on a political social and academic level. In other words it really ROCKS!
The song was inspired by a Haile Selassie, held at the Inauguration of OAU an organization of Africa unity. The song calls for eradication of racial and class discrimination as it relates to color of one eyes and skin. He said “until the philosophy which holds one race inferior against another, when there are no longer first class and second class citizens in any nation when there will always be conflict, until there are equal rights, peace and international morality then there will always be war.”    It is a very powerful song that protests and challenges.
I visited a website ProQuest  in order to attain international information on Bob Marley. ProQuest is a licensed information service that contains a wealth of information. To attain the formation free of cost you will have to access it via LaGuardia, otherwise you will have to pay. I was pleased with the information I got I definitely find it helpful for my paper and future papers. I also visited a website in his country (my country too) Jamaica. It’s the Jamaica Information Service, JIS. I am also planning to garner information from his museum in Kingston Jamaica, news papers where is political influence was of significance and documented in Jamaica and world wide.
The song is widely received throughout the world it was I would consider acclaimed. Bob Marley died 1981 and to date he and his songs are pedestal zed or held in high regards. One of his songs ONE LOVE even got international recognition as song of the century. Bob Marley to date has being emulated by numerous artist including his sons that are also international reggae singers.