Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday Challenge: Hobbies -

"The Giant Pinwheel"
digitally manipulated satellite photo by Mick Mather
We have hobbies as the theme at Thursday Challenge this week. For as long as I can remember maps have been one of my keen interests and I've spent countless hours pouring over them. I suppose that qualifies as a hobby alright, especially considering the fact that I still spend hours of time that I don't really have looking at maps of all sorts, making maps of my own and incorporating maps into my work from time to time. Here, for example, I added a pinwheel to an aerial view of an art park in Norway as part of my proposal for a kinetic sculpture that would surely have been an imposing sight on the grounds as well as a functional generator of electricity. Anyway, maps. That's my hobby.

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Blogger hpy said...

Maps, yes, and I use maps too, every day or almost, but not often as a hobby. I like Google maps also, especially as you can choose the satellite version, and see the houses you are looking for. It helps. But I'm talking and talking, and I didn't say anything about your pinwheel yet. Norway, you said. Have you been there lately?

6:49 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

I've never actually been to Norway or any of the Scandinavian Peninsula for that matter. The pinwheel - this is a digital study - doesn't really exist and I don't believe my proposal was accepted. I'm not 100% certain because the organization that put out the call for art has never responded one way or the other.

7:07 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

I liked to draw maps when I was a child.
A long time ago.

Your map looks better drawn than mine:)

9:25 AM  
Blogger K.V. Abbott said...

Just one more thing we seem to have in common. Debe and I both are map nuts. I fully appreciate where you are comming from!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Mojo said...

Maps fascinate me, but more from a practical point of view than a hobbyists point of view. And I think anything you spend time doing for the joy of it qualifies as a hobby... no matter how odd it might seem.

I hate it when you never hear results from a proposal one way or the other. I can handle "No", but I don't know how to interpret silence.

Anyway, sounds like it was their loss. I think it's a great idea!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

I sure wish that my mum had saved all of the drawings, designs, paintings, collages, models and maps that I did forever ago! Later, I'm going to draw a map to the warmth of the sun for you to follow, Susu. Unfortunately, the path heads straight through winter and then into spring before reaching the summer. :)

K.V. Abbott:
Although I haven't done this in a while, a favorite thing to do was drive deep into the rural recesses of Oneida County, until i got lost, then try to drive my way out through dead reckoning. If that failed, I'd get out my DeLormé Road Atlas of New York and plot a course. That's so much fun. The next step is to take a few walking tours through Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area in the spring - as a Walking Art Project.

I completely agree with the idea that whatever we do for the joy of it is a qualification. As for not hearing back about my proposal, well, irksome it is but all part of the process. The project isn't really dead though, and I'm waiting for another opportunity to present it.

11:37 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

That is going to be one long path, Mick -couldn't you make up a short cut, please!!!!!!

5:14 AM  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

Mick,Do you like the film "birdy" ?

7:40 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Well, there's always an International Flight to Argentina. :D

Since I've not seen it, I must confess that I don't know.

10:59 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Oh yes, I have relatives there! Do you think they'd like to see me?

But I don't do the tango.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

I'm certain they'd love to see you. As for the tango, perhaps we might learn how together? Meet me in Argentina! :D

8:03 PM  

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