Getting lost with friends in the back streets of Cordoba, Spain is a grand adventure. Around one corner you might find a street bedazzled with flowers and artisans. Turn in the other direction and you arrive at a dead-end yet are surprised to find an art exhibit.
In the former case, we found the popular alleyway called Calleja de las Flores (Alley of the Flowers) – a beautiful white-walled street covered with hanging pots filled with red geranium blossoms. In the latter case, we stumbled upon “Migrating Kites” – an exhibit developed by Ahmad Keshta.
We were intrigued by the art. It was light and airy like a kite yet intricate like a snow flake. Simple, fun and a pleasant reward for having walked down a dead-end alley.
I read a quote by the artist stating, “Art is the language of the world, a universal language understood by all, although each language has its peculiarities – therefore there are differences between the languages spoken in the various areas, between various people and cultures. If between one person and another, it is simply the one language that binds them without an exception. In this language, I want to write a few words; and my job is just one word that will create enough impact to wonder what type of ink was it written in.”
Speaking for myself, I had taken in most of the exhibit before I even realized the material the artist had used to make his works. If you look closely, you will notice that the ‘ink’ used is the ubiquitous wire coat hanger! What a beautiful idea. Perhaps this holiday season, I’ll borrow Ahmad’s idea and craft some holiday snowflake kites of my own.