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Saturday, December 8, 2018

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

If John Lennon had not not died today as a result of having been shot outside his home on the UWS, he would be seventy-eight years old. Over my years here on Blogger, I've written about this tragedy when commemorating it's anniversary and if you'd like to reference my posts, please click here.

When Lennon lived in NYC, he and his wife (Yoko Ono) spent a great deal of time in Central Park.

There is an area in the park known as Strawberry Fields, which is designed by the landscape architect Bruce Kelly, that is dedicated to the memory of former the Beatles member. The area is 2.5-acre landscaped section and inspired my kaleidoscopic photograph, Rocks by Strawberry Fields, which can be seen in the photo atop this entry.

The picture was taken in 2002 when I had an art exhibition in The Nexus Gallery which was located in The New York Gallery Building. When I created this image, I intended for it to be printed on silk for women's scarves as well as men's ties.

However, the technology was not available to have my image printed on fabric, so I has (at the request of the gallery owner), I had it rendered into a large format for wall art.

Now, a little over sixteen years since that exhibition, I have found a place (Fine Art America aka FAA) that can print my image on fabric used in an array of "products" (albeit not silk ties or scarves) as seen below.

And FAA also can print it on an array of surfaces for wall art as well as greeting cards as seen in the examples included in the image directly below (for info re item sizes and materials used, please click here).

There is always a crowd of people visiting Strawberry Fields in the park, and on this anniversary of Lennon's death, it's likely the number of persons visiting to pay homage to his memory will sing the lyrics to Strawberry Fields.

Here are a few of the lines (the rest of them can be found by clicking here):

Let me take you down
'Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It's getting hard to be someone
But it all works out

It doesn't matter much to me...

I confess it feels a bit odd to discuss my art work in an entry that I'm writing on the anniversary of Lennon's death, but my piece, Rocks by Strawberry Fields, is my small way of contributing to his legacy.

After publishing this post, I came across interesting articles re #JohnLennon's assassination. Here are the links:

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