after designing a monument to david bowie. my daughter Lucia Small , pushing for me to do a monument for black lives matter. but i then realizing the bowie monument has the overtones of a rainbow of black lives matter. i a martin luther king rainbow guy of all lives matter , but totally into black lives matter with no violence or looting. lucia upon seeing the result saying â€œlove this”
the next step is convincing others to built.
like most original art, the idea is the gift, the refining and perfecting a given.
the model is rough, Â and another layer of glitter etc can be added, Â but that might createÂ distractionsÂ with the sun etc for photos. Â
david bowie was an interest of a friend of mine. Â i had heard the name, Â but never dealt with it. Â he was right there in the seventies when i was into Simon and Garfunkel , Â Joan Baez , Beach Boys.
i a believer in Â “smile on your brother everybody get together and try and love one another right now”. by the young bloods. Â
after researching david bowie, i had Â a vision from above while sleeping that startled me. Â the vision showing me an image of Â aÂ monumentÂ to david bowie. i awoke and said, Â what i have got to lose? Â thus designing and creating a model of what i felt portrayed his professional and personal life from the Â vision image. Â
he a complex creative character that was ever changing his music, image, personal life, and drive to get attention. Â that said he was into entertainment of the cutting edge. Â the more shock the better for him. Â he tried everything he could including the rhinestone leather slither look. Â cross dressing was his forte.Â Â
the music accompanied with creative poetry stories and a heavy beat and convoluted sounds. Â i not one to judge, Â but some saying he was the best. Â
he ended up living a straight life with. Â black wife and daughter and dressing in tuxes and doing the black and white clothing which is still cool for artists like myself.
i know i am not to talk about the monument, Â and just let others read into it what they feel and experience. Â but i have reasons for the drama.
the shapes are spontaneous and not organic structured. but basically triangle spikes pointing to heaven and earth. Â but at the same time edgy like bowieâ€™s Â drug highs with pointed objects Â etc. Â the triangles clash and bang Â sliding on each other and not matching up, Â yet the energy keeps flowing Â with green grabbing the earth to heal. Â
theÂ monumentÂ structure is 60′ high, withÂ a couple of street stages to perform. enough for a small band . a few singers ,speakers or dancers . the stages piercing out into the audience. Â the lighting ever changing. Â these Â are not full blown stages, Â but a drop stage in at intersection, Â top of a building, crowning a mountain , or urban Â parkÂ Â that can be used to perform. Â
the tips Â spit outÂ laserÂ flashes. Â with drop down cables to rise speakers and performers up and down, Â dropping out of the sky being one of david favorite things to do.
bowie dressing in all colors, Â black and white formal stuff. Â rock and roll pink high. Â the orange depicting his ever in your face hair.
monumentsÂ are drama at night, Â but during the day they have to hold their own in the sun. Â off the grid with solar.
the varied colors are Â latin, Â so prevalent in countries south of the border. Â but also found in the middle east. Â Africa Â Russia red square onion turrets etc.
monumentsÂ can be built for individuals, Â but my purpose is to let humanity interact in aÂ positiveÂ way. Â this is perfect for black lives matter Â speeches.Â Â Â Â little richard would be happy doing his thing here. Â people will react and say this is latin, Â that is ok too. Â others might say this is the asian punk explosion of theÂ radicalÂ youth, Â fine with me. Â Pakistan and India will say it is their colors. Â and Â scubaÂ divers will say it reminds them of sea urchins and coral fish. Â oh yes, the white spikes resonate too. Â the green connecting to the living earth.
some will say this is an extravaganza, Â but Â it brings a newÂ dimensionÂ for thousands to enjoy Â and have a performance of their own.
sending this out to family and friends has crated a deluge of remarks. Â the most common being this reminds them of bird of paradise. Â depicting beauty. Â one saying it is trumps folly because of the clash and bang of the shapes.
i realizing to just stand back and let people judge for themselves. Â bowie revered by many. Â very creative, Â a couple of my friends saying he was the best. Â but he had his dark side that included a tv Â interview sayingÂ EnglandÂ could use fascism and giving a nazi salute from aÂ MercedesÂ BenzÂ open convertible when arriving to do a show. Â he later saying he was strung out on drugs and meant no harm.
david Â saying just before john lennon died while dining with him, Â thatÂ LennonÂ said bowie was into rock and roll, Â and heÂ LennonÂ was into saving the world. Â â€œimagine” being a favorite of david to sing. Â Â Â davidÂ devastatedÂ when johnÂ LennonÂ was killed.
baron wolman my famous photographer friend that did the rolling stones magazine photos forÂ WoodstockÂ saying: Â Coolio, Glen.Â What are the possibilities the homage to Ziggy Stardust will see the light of day? Â
good question. Â you out there make it happen. Â Â
glen Â Â