thursday road trip


I will share pics  here from yesterday’s road trip that I didn’t put up on Fakebook.


These three panels of the famous photos of Ai Weiwei dropping an ancient urn were a revisiting on his part. He decided to make panels out of Legos.


You can see the legos more clearly in this close up.


I took pictures of all three panels.




The original pics were to make a comment on how China threw away it’s own heritage at one time under Mao. I quite like the pixilated texture in the lego version.


I didn’t realize that Ai Weiwei had done so much work with porcelain. The detail and beauty of these flowers were amazing.


These “bones” are actually made of porcelain.


Like so much of Ai Weiwei’s work they refer to the tragic death of so many children in the huge mudslide this year.



The wooden cases were also made by Weiwei and his shop. They are done in traditional Chinese manner with no nails, very little glue and mostly just fittings. They were beautiful.

This porcelain dish caught my eye.



I’m not sure, but I think the flower motif refers to Weiwei’s quiet protest about having his passport taken away. Every day he put a different floral arrangement in the basket of a bike in front of his house. He photographed these and made incredible wallpaper of them. This wallpaper was part of the exhibit.


I was staring at the portrait below of Oka Doner when a docent approached me and began explaining her commission.



The entire floor is a commissioned piece of art Doner made containing over 1600 unique organic designs. I bought a book about it. Here’s a video if you’re curious. I think the work is beautiful myself.

Beneath The Leafy Crown (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park) from Dog & Pony Communications on Vimeo.

I haven’t watched this video but plan to do so later with Eileen. (Martini time?)

We ended our visit by searching the grounds for the permanent Ai Weiwei installation,  ”Iron Tree.”


This pic with Eileen gives you a sense of how big it is.


After this we drove to Trader Joe’s and did some shopping. Then home to Meijer in Holland to pick up some stuff we couldn’t get at Trader Joe’s (baby food for the dang cat, for example).then while Eileen put groceries away, I visited my Mom and then dragged myself to church for some organ practice. It was a great day.



chatty jupe


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I’m doing it different this morning: blogging between cleaning the kitchen and doing Greek. I’m hoping that Eileen and I will drive off to Grand Rapids today to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit before it closes Saturday. I like his work and want to see some of it in person.  All the pics in today’s blog are from that exhibit.

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Yesterday I managed to choose anthems for November. I’m trying to chip away at preparing for the upcoming season a bit each time I go to the church. I have decided to prepare Calvin Hampton’s “The Primitives” from his “Five Dances.” I had an odd email from Craig Cramer which seem to indicate that only three people are playing at the organ dedication in October. if only three people are playing, I think I know the low man on that totem pole who has been eliminated. It’s probably a misunderstanding, but my boss is in Scotland and hasn’t answered emails about this (not that I blame her). If I’m able to, I will perform the Hampton piece at that recital and also a piece I am writing.

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Otherwise, I’ll just perform them some other time.

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Insecurity is a bitch. I had a nice chat with my bud Jordan VanHemert yesterday. His career is exploding as he is finishing up his doctorate. But I could still see this superb player struggling with occasional insecurity in our conversation.  (Hi Jordan!)

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Jordan and my friend Rhonda continue to reach out to me. I appreciate that two such fine players find time to check in with me even though they are both very busy. I like chatting with them and I like playing with them when we can.

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My brother, Mark, and his wife, Leigh, are visiting Ireland right now. I have enjoyed watching them make these trips.  Since I began some significant travels, I have always felt that Mark especially would enjoy seeing history and traveling. I like it that he’s doing that.

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I’m seriously thinking of reversing myself and begin using the gym at Evergreen. My treadmill is not reliable. I’m tired of buying cheap ones that break down so easily and are a pain to both move into and out of the house. But if I’m going to spend some money, I want to get my harpsichord fixed. The builder that I wanted to fix it is not returning emails but there is another one. As soon as I think I have the money, I will look into getting the harpsichord fixed.

Ai Weiwei - Natural State at Meijer Gardens,Porcleian Cube by Andy Terez

I just chatted with Eileen and she pointed out that if I only use the gym, it will be free to me under my Medicare. Seems like a no brainer.

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Are there white nationalists in the White House? | PolitiFact

Politifact doesn’t give this question a simple rating because it’s so complex. But the short answer is that the charge is too extreme.

More history in the news.

George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian

I like Saunders.

The Books We Don’t Understand | by Tim Parks | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Bookmarked to read.