I seem to go back to George Seurat and his Park every summer when I walk around Lake Centennial in Columbia, Maryland. First, Seurat, then Sondheim, the brilliant musical artist whose work is so creative (difficult concept and music) that it is not always accepted at first showing. (see below)
Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim... It was inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat. A complex work revolving around a fictionalized Seurat immersed in single-minded concentration while painting his masterpiece and the people in that picture, the Broadway production opened to mixed reviews in 1984.
The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. (Wikipedia and edited for brevity)
Cut to Sunday the 22nd at Lake Centennial. Yesterday, it was cloudy and cool--compared to the recent heat wave--so I saw a variety of activities: walkers, joggers, fishermen. It was delightful. Here are some photos of the green horizontality of late July.
For me, after the Seurat/Sondheim connection, it was THIS BIRD in a tree that shaped the day--"a Song Sparrow. " A friend identified the bird and song. Because of her expertise, I listened to that sparrow sound on a BIRD SONG CD recently purchased, then went on to listen to the Wood Thrush and others...
There were magical shadows and mainly, reflections! Dark greens, subtle grays, on and on. Nothing bright, really, and no one talking. Trees in the lake, poles of fishermen! Today, our area returns to hot, but if you go to Lake Centennial early in the morning (it opens at 7:00 a.m. you will be sure to enjoy the sights and sounds).
Now, I could caption these photos, but it's Summer...the lazy time, so we are told, and besides, you don't need words to understand how lovely it was at the Lake, with or without GEORGE. Enjoy the walk, the move from virtual to real...your choice! Note: Some photos repeat.
|Blog content and photos by Kay Weeks. 7.23.12.|