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COMMUNITY: Bushwick Five Points Festival

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by threeerincadigan

This past Saturday was an amazing day. I moved into this area of Brooklyn a little over three years ago (Jefferson to the Myrtle-Wycoff on the “L” train). There was basically The North East Kingdom and Star Coffee shop. Not much else but 99cent stores and bodegas as far as the eye could see. My husband and I waited with baited breath both for Barcey’s Coffee to open a bit closer down to our place and The Bodega Bar to open right at the 5 points on St. Nicholas and Troutman. Now we got Pearls Bar, Cafe Ghia, Uri’s, and Hanna Market. Arts in Bushwick has been working hard to colonize the neighborhood as a place for artists for years. I’ve participated the past three during the Bushwick Open Studios festival. This year instead of hosting an open forum in my studio, I took part in the first year of the Bushwick Five Points festival down the block from my house. A local guy Joe whose family owns a bunch of buildings and land on the corners where St. Nich, Troutman and one small side street create a star intersection donated all his wall space to international graffiti artists. With the help of Brent, who lives in the lofts right there and Ben and Gina who own Bodega Bar on the corner, he threw an all day 10-8 FREE party for the community. Live bands and beer garden in the one open land triangle, graffiti murals being worked on all over, plenty of food trucks and local vendors. I was one of the vendors and also doing some live painting. It was gorgeous out and sunny, the streets were filled with hipsters, locals and families and plenty of Bushwick Open studio wanderers.

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The Vendor Garage

 

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Local artist, Nancy B, 13, flatters me with a chalk rendition of my work in progress

 

Love This! by Jim Avignon

 

Ah-maze! between Cypress and St. Nich on Troutman

 

Girls Wall! Across the street from Bodega Bar

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Design Meanings: The Duat

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by threeerincadigan
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The Duat

The Duat is an ancient Egyptian symbol or hieroglyph of a five pointed star surrounded by a circle. Written about in all the major funerary texts of the ancients, the Duat described the journey undertaken by the soul after death. Often times the Duat was described as a realm or an object the soul had to pass through to reach their final destination, the Lands of the Gods.  Many Egyptologists see the Duat as a symbolic reference for what happens when the pharaoh dies. Ancient alien theorist Zachariah Sitchin has this to say, “ Treating the Journey’s details in those texts as factual geographic and topographic indicators, I have concluded that the Duat was located in the central plain of the Sinai peninsula – the site of the Anunnaki’s post Diluvial spaceport.”

The ancient alien theory also believes there was a landing strip for aircraft built into the Cedar Mountains of Lebanon. Indeed there is an enormous man made, long and narrow, level place high in the mountains created out of perfectly shaped limestone blocks. The theory is that these sky gods of the ancient Egyptians used various markers both in the sky and on Earth to be able to land their craft on this “Landing Place”. What would the markers have been? Archeologists have long wondered at the purpose of the Pyramids at Giza, believing them to be tombs, yet there has been no evidence of such. These pyramids were the first to be fully covered with smooth, highly reflective limestone, making them clearly visible from space. The four shafts in the Great Pyramid in ancient times clearly showed, 4 constellations or stars back at the time of it’s building. These were: Sirius; Zeta Orionis, the brightest star of the Orion Belt; Alpha Draconis, and Beta Ursa minor. At the time these four stars were also the two equinoctial and the two-solstitial stars, aligning themselves at various times of the year with the Earth’s horizon. The three pyramids themselves were aligned perfectly with one of the easiest to find constellations in the night sky, the three stars of Orion’s Belt. Using the stars as markers aligned with the Earth one could easily find the pyramids. Once found and using two peaks in the Ararat Mountains that mimic perfectly the size and shape of the two bigger pyramids, an aircraft could triangulate position and fly straight up the center line of the perceived triangle to land safely on the long, flat, perfectly crafted landing strip in the mountains of Lebanon. Using a shortened triangulated formula, one also could find the post Diluvial spaceport, which lies directly on the same triangular median.

The bottom symbols of the design show the etymology of the word “god(s)” in ancient hieroglyphs. The very earliest symbol (to the left) resembles quite closely the symbol for star or planet, as it proceeds in age it comes much closer to the Christian symbol for God, the cross.

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For more reading on this subject heres a really interesting link! Giza Pyramids