“All masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow.”
Those who follow Travels and Trifles know I’ve been away for a bit, most recently spending time with friends out west. In response to this week’s challenge, I’ve taken a bit of a figurative approach, featuring a building mural in downtown Whitefish, Montana. Is it actually a “container”? Well it certainly contains many things, including a few individual containers which I’ll feature. But more importantly, it contains the vision of the artist – looking back at what Whitefish might have been in the not-too-far-distant past. Sadly, the mural is due to be destroyed soon, as the space is cleared to make way for some new construction. All the better then, to feature it before it is lost forever!
“The deep layers of art contain the soul of the artist.”
First then, the portrait of a young boy next to, what else, a bin/container What do you suppose he is so engrossed in reading? The day’s headlines, the latest sports, or perhaps an ad for the latest example of automotive excellence? Let your imagination take you wherever the artist hopes you’ll go!
“All literature and popular art contain themes that resonate with the audience.”
Above, the artist shows us his vision of an ever-faithful bloodhound. Is it coincidence that he’s positioned in front of the window with, yes, a pair of bottles/containers? Maybe yes, maybe no – but his position certainly reinforces my “containers” case, don’t you think?
“The ideal space contains elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.”
I loved the details that the artist brought to his or her mural. Here we see a young woman standing between what we can assume is her car and the antique gas pump. Notice the fellow lurking behind the door, which is painted with the name and number of a sign company. Can we assume someone from the company painted the mural? I choose to leave that to our imagination as well
“The artist is a container for emotions that come from all over the place.“
Finally, the artist offers us a small peek into the room behind the curtains. What do you suppose is contained in the dark of the room beyond? I’m thinking it’s a warm, welcoming cafe with hot coffee, friendly locals and smiling, efficient waitresses – after all, that’s what WE found in Whitefish!
Want to see some other containers? Click here.