|Avida Dollars - Salvador Dali|
In 1939, André Breton coined the derogatory
nickname "Avida Dollars", an anagram
for "Salvador Dalí", and a phonetic rendering
of the French avide à dollars, which
may be translated as "eager for dollars"
|Big Eye Art. |
I see that this style of art is growing in popularity at
the moment. It reminds me of anime cartoons.
I don't know who the artist is for this particular
piece. I snapped it through a street window.
|Saucy Hotel Art|
This was a picture hung in the hotel room that had the kids sniggering.
I quite like it. :-)
|Is this the inspiration for the "Whomping Willow"|
in Harry Potter? Bruges is home to a number of trees
that have been pruned to within an inch of their lives
|Churches, churches everywhere...|
|Bruge... famous for Beer! Hold on a second... who's that handsome gentleman hiding|
in amongst the bottles?
|We wanted to climb the clocktower, all 366 steps,|
but some TV show was being filmed and it wasn't
open to the public.
Look at that sky!
|Haven't got a clue when or|
how I took this one...
But I like it!
|By the evening of our first night in Bruges, things|
were starting to look up. The rain had stopped, the
wind had subsided, and the creatures of the night
were coming out of their lairs...
|This took my fancy. Okay... so they're dismembered hands... but|
look at the shadows! Fantastic!
|Lannister Gold: Hear me Roar!|
|Sculpture of a Head|
|Did I mention the cold and ice?|
|Bruges is known as the "Venice of the North". This particular stretch of|
Augustijnenrei reminded me of something that might have come stright
out of Lord of the Rings.
|Always room for Kiwi Art|
|"Hook ladder over bunk side here"|
|Magritte ransom note|
It has something to do with smoking opium! :-O
|A wall-full of prints by Miro. I can't view his work without|
being transported back to the 70s. There was a time when
Miro was considered to be the bees knees and it was
definitely in the 70s.
|This was one of a collection of metal|
sculptures. My guess is that is that they
represent the four horses of the apocalypse?
There is something decidedly unsavoury
about this one!
|This might have been a snippet of a letter by Picasso. I didn't take note,|
which is a bit of a shame because I love it! And the words might
translate to "masterpiece or the mysteries of the horizon."
What do you think the significance might be to the three crescent moons
floating above the bowler hats? I'm reminded of Tin Tin.
Update: Through a strange synchronicity, I have managed to track this
one down! The letter is by René Magritte and the picture it inspired
eventually became The School Master.
I have my son J-Uke and +shankti oviedo to thank for this. When we got
back home from Bruges my son decided to teach himself the piano and has
even invented his own musical notation. It is artwork in itself. I shared a
picture of it and asked if anyone could guess the name of the song. Shankti
suggested the beautiful Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie and sent me a
link to it on YouTube. The video was uploaded by DistantMIrrors who
uses The School Master as their profile picture. That was all I needed to
track this down! Thanks J-Uke. Thanks Shankti-man!
J-Uke - "Payphone"
Update #2. Hold on a second... Magritte actually turned this entire
sketch into a picture. Check out this slightly later piece: The Mysteries
of the Horizon. And the moons are the right way round this time! Aha!
|Some great murals on the side of the Museum Arentshuis|
|"View from a porthole"|
An original work from the King Uke
|Picasso - Don Quichotte en Sancho Panza|
This is a famous picture that puts me in mind my current
musical collaborations with +Daniele Bianchini. In case
you're wondering... I'm the one on the donkey! ;-)
|This is a little more typical of the sort of sketching|
that Salvador Dali is famous for. I've purposely
picked one of the less "sexual" ones here for your
viewing pleasure... although... what's Death
got barely hiding beneath that gown of his? :-s
|There's a glaring omission from this picture by|
Salvador Dali. I can see a Jack. I can see a Queen...
nah... go on, tell me... what's missing?
|Salvador Dali Elephant Print|
A crown for a King!
|Salvador Dali Butterfly Print|
|It looked and felt like|
rain in Zeebrugge on that
first day... but it froze on
contact. I haven't been
so cold in a long, long
|Bruges River Houses|
|Bruges River Scene|
|Salvador Dali and his ocelot. If I ever get a portrait done,|
then this is the sort of look that I think I would go for.
|Art is everywhere in Bruges. This is a shot of the ceiling|
in the Salvador Dali exhibition. See the beams; They
have been gilded with gold leaf. Beautiful!
|Wouldn't it be cool to have received a|
postcard from Salvador Dali!
|Before I left, I kidded on that|
I was travelling to Bruges on
Look what I spotted!
A Golden Scarab!
|Bruges is famous for chocolate, beer, lace,|
mussels and chips. Nobody told
|"Me and my monster"|
|Ferry Adventure... a true story...|
Kids: Can we have a look outside Dad?
King Uke: Sure
(Less than a minute later)
Kids: Can we go back inside now?
|We left snow and ice, and|
arrived to more snow and
|"View from a porthole #2"|
More original work from the King Uke
|Spooky Street Lamps|
|Rust Art #9|
|Valentine's Day Massacre!|
Here's a picture of Godzilla about to wreak havoc in
Bruges on Valentine's Day. Star-struck lovers had to
clutch roses in their pearly white teeth and run for their
lives as buildings were leveled by the wayward Kaiju!
Update 17-Feb-2013: I've been inspired to produce some "original" King Uke artwork as a result of my trip to Brugge. Let me know what you think...
|King Uke - Horse|
|King Uke - Ladder|
|King Uke - Mysteries|
|King Uke - Salvador Dali|
|King Uke - Wanted|
|King Uke - The Mystery of King Uke|
|King Uke - In Search of the Golden Scarab|
|King Uke - Lost|
|King Uke - Reboot!|