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Friday, March 12, 2010
Philadelphia Flower Show 2010 - Masks
Here are the masks from the flower show. They were all part of the Africa exhibit which was very popular. I doubt that much of it was really authentic- just fanciful. Not that I mind, but I wonder how careful we are going to have to become in this sort of staging. Did you hear the comments on the Olympic ice skaters' costumes who had stylized Aboriginal designs? They had changed them from the original, because the native peoples had objected, saying that the costumes were offensive. I dislike being offended as much as anyone, but I do wonder at what point things go too far when one cannot create art because it is offensive. I might point out that everyone thinks it's great when art is created that is offensive to Christians. There is almost a smug sense that we somehow deserve to be offended.
OK, I'll stop now. It's just food for thought. And I have no great commentary on the masks because I don't know a thing about them. There were at least three times this many, but I just took pics of the ones I liked best. I think the first one is funny.
Tomorrow we are going back outside!