38 degrees! But under the shade of the many “forests” we have in our “river”, it was a comfortable walk.
The Jardines del Turia (Gardens of Turia) are the lungs of our city. It is an 8k long park that creates a horseshoe shape park that goes from the “Oceanographic” on the east side to the “BioPark” on the west. In between there are walking, running and bicycle paths, there are dog parks, football fields, restaurants, bars, areas to just hang around and forests of different species of trees.
We call it the river because that was what it was. The River Turia ran through here on its course from the Mediterranean through the city of Valencia, or vice-versa. But in the late 1950’s there was a huge flood that caused so much damage that it was decided to change the course of the river and create a park in the path of where the Turia once flowed.
The result is the longest urban park in Europe. A place every Valenciano loves and cherishes…and we take very good care of it too…and where we spend time almost every day.
Hope you like it…
Above is one of our little forests, with lots of palm trees, within the river…
Outside the park, and on top at street level, is the Valencia Art Museum, the second most important one in Spain.
An ancient olive tree amidst Roman ruins unearthed at this site…from under the river bed…from the days when Valencia was a Roman city, Valentia…
One of the many bridges that cross the “river” going from the Alameda to the Puerta del Mar, this is the Pont de la Mar, which dates from the XIVth C.
It was a turbulent year but a year of many great things. The FIFA World Cup was played in Argentina and host Argentina won the Cup! (I guess you know by now that I am a football fan).
But the peace accords, between Israel and Egypt, was also signed that year at Camp David, with US President Jimmy Carter presiding.
Menachem Begin and Anwar al-Sadat, signed that historic accord. Unfortunately, that ultimately led to Sadat’s assassination by Islamic extremists of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Menachem Begin and Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat both received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.
The Rolling Stones toured the world that year, the Some Girls tour. I am very happy to say that I saw them at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in July! It was hot!
Communist Vietnam invaded Cambodia, demonstrating that they did plan on spreading communism throughout Southeast Asia…
And many more things that you may remember that occurred in your own countries…
SO…Here is my photo montage with original music by AJA, if you’ve not gotten your CD, you can listen to samples of the songs (piano/bass romantic jazz) and maybe even purchase a copy. (www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja) and (www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2).
Barbara Jones-Hogu was an African-American artist. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States in 1938. She was a very well academically educated artist having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and as well a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago plus a Master of Fine Arts from the Institute of Design in Chicago, and a master’s degree in printing from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Even in her early seventies she worked for and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging at Governors State University.
Jones-Hogu was also a co-founder of the AfriCOBRA artists’ collective (1968), in Chicago. She also worked for the Organisation of Black American Culture (OBAC), an organisation developed during the Civil Rights era to unite Black writers, artists and intellectuals, community activists and others.
Her work is very political and fuses many styles, however always mixing political statements and texts with her work. She thought gangs were capable of becoming a force for good but then considered that they were engaged in “self-genocide”. Gangs can never be thought of as being an agent for the betterment of society. Yet, the artist defined genocide as “white on black” crime, although most gang crimes are black on black.
In 1968, Jones-Hogu co-founded AfriCOBRA a sort of cooperative exclusive for African-American artists, in Chicago. That year, inspired by the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute, she painted one of her most famous works “Unite”. Another one of her key works was “Resist Law and Order in a Sick Society”. She typically incorporated key phrases as titles. However misleading the message could be as she judged the society to be “sick”, without providing reasons, and then urged her followers to commit crime and mayhem, which is what “resist law and order” is all about.
In a documentary from 2011 titled “AfriCOBRA: Art For The People,” she said: “The people we were making art for looked like us.”
Barbara Jones-Hogu served on the board of the South Side Community Art Center, a museum for African-American artists. She was heavily involved with it throughout her life and it was where her work was first exhibited. Because she constantly used the museum for her own exhibitions, she received complaints from others involved and had to stop her exhibitions there.
She died on the 14th of November 2017 at the age of 79 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
My opinion is that Barbara Jones-Hogu was a very well trained artist. Her search for knowledge and insight into art led her to even pursue a masters degree well into her seventies. However, I do not place too much artistic value on a body of work solely committed to a revolutionary cause, especially if that cause is not well defined and rather superfluous. The message does not jive with the messenger in this case. I find her work repetitive and lacking the strength to survive those turbulent years of the sixties.
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Cuesta arriba irás, arrastrándote por ese monte cubierto de escombros, sembrado de espinas, y cuando llegues a la cima, congela tu sangre, aplaza la ira. Hazte ese hombre que adora la cima. El valle ya no te hace caso, el mar no te alivia la sed, los bosques no escuchan tu llanto ni te invitan al té. No, ya aquel té se acabo, el de las cinco, ya no hay vino ni queso, ni olivas, ni manjares con ornitorrincos, ahora tienes maleza y espinas. Eres plaga. Eres peste. La inmundicia te hará siempre terrestre, no tendrás alas con que volar, pues no te quieren los cielos, ni tampoco las nubes, así que arrástrate querube malnacido hasta el fin de los tiempos hasta verte vencido! Nunca ya serás hombre, sino soberbia hecha sangre y pellejo, ajado, vil, y viejo, en tu cima estarás condenado a vivir sin espejos.
C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 07 de agosto de 2020, Valencia, España.
El Puente del mar, comunica la plaza de América con el paseo de la Alameda, en Valencia.
Es uno de los cinco puentes históricos de Valencia. Debió levantarse durante el siglo XIV, construido entonces de madera. En 1425 se hizo la construcción más robusta, que ya tenía cimientos de piedra.
Las imágenes fueron destruidas en 1936 y se repusieron en los años cuarenta. José Ortells López se encargó de tallar la nueva imagen de San Pascual Bailón, y Vicente Navarro Romero de la Virgen de los Desamparados, y se pavimentó con losetas de rodeno.