joy magnetism: Quiet beauty

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quiet beauty

Magnet #901 - Woman of Tehuantepec

One of the things from FDR's era that I wish we could put in place again nowadays are WPA Federal Arts Projects. The FAP was basically the visual arm of the New Deal - where they employed hundreds of artists and artisans to beautify different public buildings and institutions with murals and paintings and posters.

I just love stumbling onto this art around the country. Whether it's the artwork at Rockefeller Center, or in the New York Public Library, or in Balboa Park, San Diego, it's truly a snapshot of U.S. History.

This Woman of Tehuantepec fountain was done by Donal Hord, who was commissioned to do a couple of pieces around San Diego. She's meant to symbolize the beauty, grace and independence of the women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and she sits just inside the House of Hospitality pavilion of Balboa Park.

She's a bit of an unexpected treasure. You're walking down the outside of the pavilion, and you turn into the courtyard, and there she sits quietly, save for the tourists taking pictures all around.

It's like a little slice of peace in that courtyard - I think my favorite part of Balboa, now that I think about it.

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