Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving and a Street Art Festival

This past weekend I went to Yogyakarta for a Thanksgiving dinner (early, I know). The dinner was wonderful! There were about 40 people there from the US, England, Australia, and Indonesia. The hostess gave a little explanation of the meaning of Thanksgiving for those who aren't American. Then we all said "thanks" before we tucked into an enormous dinner. Someone had even managed to find two turkeys (not that I eat turkey anymore, but it was nice to see)! We feasted on delicious stuffing, mashed potatoes, broccoli and carrots, cranberry sauce, rolls, pies, cakes, and ice cream. The atmosphere was familiar and festive.
After the Thanksgiving dinner, I went to a Street Art Festival on Jalan Malioboro. The festival was a celebration of graffiti, which is very popular in Indonesia. There were 400+ artists who all were given wooden boards. They had from 12 pm to 4 am to create graffiti on their boards. At 4 am winners were selected and given prizes. I, however, only stayed to watch for 2 hours because I was tired. It was fascinating to see! The artists used many different techniques to create very interesting pieces. I was incredibly impressed by how talented everyone was. Within a matter of minutes they had started to create masterpieces. I would love to go back to see all of the finished pieces.
These men are using chalk to create outlines on their board. Doesn't it remind you of Bert in Mary Poppins?
These boys have opted for a more traditional graffiti medium: spray paint.
This man is using regular paint. I thought his dragon was beautiful and his color scheme is one of my favorites!
This woman is starting by applying a base coat of yellow to her board.

1 comment:

  1. What an incredible experience! So glad you got to have mashed potatoes (your favorite) and stuffing. Thanksgiving won't be the same without you...
    Love and miss you,
    Mum xoxo
    Take care...