Jun
19
2014

Did You Know- The Statue of Liberty

Fun Facts About Our Country's Largest Statue

Did you know that the Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home at in New York Harbor on June 19th, 1885? That means that today is the 129th anniversary of the statue arriving on the French frigate IsereAlthough thought more of as a monument than a piece of art, the Statue of Liberty is North America's Largest Statue. Here are some other fun, interesting and intriguing facts about one of America's most famous pieces of art:

Did You Know?

  • The statue is constructed of hand-shaped copper sheets and was crafted in France and then taken apart before the trip to America where it was rebuilt.
  • The Statue of Liberty faces East greeting incoming ships and fresh immigrants while also looking back at her birthplace in France.
  • The steel framework was designed by engineers Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
  • The official dedication ceremonies were held on October 28th, 1886 and president Grover Cleveland dedicated the statue.
  • A plaque mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the statue houses the famous words of the sonnet "The New Colossus" by American poet Emma Lazarus:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

  • The total overall height of the statue from the base of the pedestal to the tip of the torch is 305 ft, 6 inches making it currently the 11th tallest statue on the planet (with pedestal)
  • The crown on the statue has 7 rays, one for each continent and each measuring  up to 9 ft in length and weighing up to 150 lbs.
  • The torch you see today is fairly new having been replaced in 1986 and has been covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.
  • The copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is only 3/32 of an inch thick which is less than the thickness of 2 pennies
  • The patina or green coloration of the statue occurred due to natural weathering of the copper. 
  • The inscription on the tablet the statue holds reads the date "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" which means July 4th, 1776.
  • If you would guess that the statue weights 450,000 lbs, you would be correct.

Check back with us for more Did you Know and check out some of our previous Did You Knows: Did You Know-Michelangelo, Did You Know- Jerry's has Brand New Shout Out Videos and Did You Know- Salvador Dali

Jun
17
2014

Jerry's Keeps the Ball Rolling During the 2014 World Cup

Special Painting Commissioned for World Cup 2014

In the spirit of a special event such as the FIFA 2014 World Cup bringing the world a little closer over a love of Soccer, Jerry's Artarama decided to commemorate the event with a painting by one of Jerry's own resident artists and product tester Amy Gardner Dean

Los Colores Del Futbol by Amy Gardner Dean

Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

Just as the World Cup brings together teams from countries all over the world and unifies them under the goal of a world wide Soccer Tournament, Jerry's Artarama's goal is a similar one: to bring together paints and art products representative from all over the world. 

The soccer ball in the piece titled Los Colores Del Futbol represents the globe with different countries represented and highlighted by their patron paint purveyors. Each section represented with a different country's flag is painted with a different brand of paint carried by Jerry's Artarama from that country. The painting itself was a mix of acrylic paints on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb Watercolor Paper.

Represented Paint Brands Include:

1. USA- SoHo Urban Artist Acrylics 

 

2. Australia- Matisse Structure Acrylics

 

 

3. Germany- LUKAS CRYL Studio Acrylics

 

4. France- Charvin Extra Fine Acrylics

 

5. Japan- Turner Acryl Gouache

 

Jerry's Artarama has a long history of searching the world over for the best art supplies on the planet and we will travel any distance to bring our customers amazing value and the best performing products and supplies. Although, it is when the world comes together for an event like this that true cultural exchange occurs and for a brief moment, the world becomes unified with friendship, good affection for one another and friendly competition. 

To learn more about the World Cup and artwork commemorating it from all over the world, be sure to check out our own Splatter article 2014 World Cup Art

Jun
14
2014

2014 World Cup Art

World Soccer Tournament Attracts and Inspires Artists from Around the World

We all know that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is the premier event for Soccer or Futbol, but how many of us think about it as a hub for world art?

Most events that bring the world together so dynamically such as this world wide soccer tournament will invariably invite a mix of cultures and experiences centered around a universal love of the game. This year, the FIFA 2014 World Cup Tournament has attracted art in many forms from street art to fine paintings for a variety reasons. Many artists are simply celebrating the tournament as artists show off their expertise and share their love of the game, players and nations participating.

 Check out this incredible piece by Red Hongyi as she paints a portrait of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar (Neymar da Silva Santos Junior).

 

 The FIFA World Cup has also attracted lots of graffiti and street art this year. Murals such as this one have been popping up seemingly over night all over Brazil. This mural depicts people of many different countries and ethnicities holding up a world where the only country that exists (or matters in the case of this artist's perspective) is Brazil. 

This next mural, located in Brazil, depicts famous futbol players from all over the world. Many more like this one have popped up in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other cities hosting visitors from around the world. The artist of this mural is unknown.

 

Even this piece has drawn the attention of the media and internet. With the global popularity of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, its no surprise that displays such as this are even springing up as far away as Odisha, India. This piece was created by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.

Does this kind of art work inspire you? We at Jerry's Blog Squad recently ran an article about Sports Artist Justyn Farano who drew inspiration from famous athletes to create incredible portraits in Justyn Farano of Sports Art Illustrated in Jerry's Artist Spotlight

Have you created or plan on creating any artwork inspired by the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament? If you havent considered it yet, you should. Between the action, the vivid and bright colors, sportsmanship and cooperation between countries, there is more than enough inspiration to go around. If you feel so inspired, pick up your brush and grab some artist quality paint from Jerry's like top brands SoHo Urban Artist, LUKAS and Charvin and paint something to commemorate this historic Soccer tournament. 

 Top Painting is World Cup Soccer by Joseph Emilio Abraham

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