A special thanks to our inspiring Ann-Christine for giving us a unique challenge this week. The humble foot.
Big Shoes, Little Shoes
I’m going to start with an old, but favorite image taken in Meier Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This giant bronze statue, The American Horse, was designed by the sculptor Nina Akamu. Her work was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s design for the world’s largest horse commissioned by the Duke of Milan in 1482. Her massive 24-foot horse dwarfs the children playing underneath. (Full disclosure: The horse isn’t moving. I shot this image with a Lens Baby tilt and shift lens.)
Have you ever see a shoe this big? It was “planted” outside the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, Maine.
The Missing Shoe
On a walk along the seawall in Vancouver, B.C., I spotted a child’s pink shoe left behind on a piece of driftwood. This little shoe told me a story about the child that wore it and lost it, and whether someone was still looking for it.
Shoes That Tell a Tragic Story
Early this morning, I visited a memorial erected on the steps of the Vancouver Art Museum. It consists of 215 pairs of shoes, representing a tragic chapter in Canadian history.
In May, the remains of several hundred children were discovered on the grounds of a former indigenous residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. A local Haida artist. Tamara Bell, created this monument on the steps of the museum to honor the memory of the 215 children who died while living at the Kamloops Indian Residential School which operated between 1890 and 1969. As you can see, visitors have added flowers, cards, candles.
This discovery has created a huge outcry in Canada, and an outpouring of grief for these children and anger at the brutality they endured. If you want to read more about it, click on The Guardian.
I’ll end this post on a much happier note. You delighted us last week with your gallery of images of inspiring people, places, food, flowers, beaches, books, and everything in between. Wow!
We hope you join the summer fun this week with Ann-Christine’s Feet and Shoes challenge. Please include a link to her original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find you in the WP Reader.
Looking ahead to next week, Tina will lead LAPC#162, so be sure to visit her beautiful and inspiring site. In the meantime, have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.