Cee and Marsha have decided to launch a new photo challenge that has to do with public art. Let’s return to my city and listen what it has to say.
The host of the first week of this challenge is Marsha Ingrao at Always Write. Since I have just a photo for it, I shall take part at least in the first round, said I and ended up with 20 photos, as one does on the blog called Mexcessive.
This photo is the one that came to mind immediately. It was taken six years ago in the LP café of ZRC SAZU (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, my city of birth. The first and the last photo in the gallery below are also from that day and location.
All the rest are from July 1st last year when I returned to Ljubljana for the first time after one year. The pandemic messed up my big 50th birthday celebration planned for May and I had to cancel it. I arrived quietly, greeted only by the heat, humidity, incredibly aggressive mosquitos – this is a marshy basin with prehistoric dwellers – and some quirky street art.
As I was walking the dog in a rarely – if ever – visited part of the city while my parents did some chores, at first I felt in a fully foreign place. I didn’t recognize the weather conditions, the mosquitos, the writings on the wall. I should be right at home here, since I lived in Ljubljana for 43 years before moving to Tuscany (this is one of those crazy sentences… I’d laugh at any psychic who would promise me when I was young that this was what my life had in store).
But I didn’t feel at home, not until I started to pay closer attention to what the walls were saying. In Ljubljana, the walls always know. Have a look.
And if you wish to show us what kind of public art wakes you up and talks to you, visit Marsha for more info and post some photos to welcome this new challenge.
For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write
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