Marshall, Texas – Attached to the west wall of the Wood Building being renovated by Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc., is a MADI Art installation by internationally renowned artist, Volf Roitman. The Marshall MADI Art Wall was dedicated in a citywide ceremony on December 18, 2009.
Mr. Roitman, the founder of the South American MADI art movement, describes MADI art as “a form which celebrates asymmetry and the three-dimensional…add a generous amount of vibrant color and playfulness.”
Edmund Wood, a Marshall native, and his wife Anna Wood, provided space on their office building and the finances to install the art on its west side. The Marshall News Messenger quotes City Manager, Frank Johnson, “it can have a huge impact on the children in the community. It exposes them to what is literally and internationally significant piece of art…
Susan Spears, Michelson Museum of Art Director, says, “there is no message, no underlying anything, it just brings exciting color and fancy. It’s just to make you feel good.”
Steve Chambers, AIA: “I enjoyed his collaboration with Mr. Roitman and feels that the addition of his art to the renovation of this building brings additional forms, colors, invention and imagination to the Marshall streetscape and serves as an interesting contrast to the historical homes and the Marshall Courthouse, which can be seen two blocks to the west of the MADI Art Wall.”
Roitman’s art pieces were moved from the façade of a Dallas building and installed in Marshall.
“Using the embodied energy of this art adds an additional element of sustainable/green design to the project,” states Chambers.
By Tom Allin
Yesterday we checked into our hotel in Syracuse, unloaded the 4Runner to make
room for cousins Anna and Edmund, drove to the Catania airport to pickup Anna
and Edmund and then back to our hotel in Syracuse.
Oops, forgot on our way out of Noto on our way to Syracuse we stopped in
Vendicare Nature Reserve for about an hour and a half of birding. This reserve has
several lagoons, a wooded area, and a beach on the sea to walk about.
By Tom Allin
I haven’t been able to walk past a church much less a cathedral during our Italian
travels. I find every one of the Italian churches fascinating from their different
architectural designs, Stations of the Cross, sculptures, paintings, altars, crypts, and
The volume in each church is almost overwhelming due to the height of the ceilings.
It doesn’t matter if you are walking into a neighborhood parish church or a city
cathedral – the volume of the interior is overwhelming.
By Tom Allin
We left the Valley of the Temples and took the scenic drive to tonight’s stay, Noto.
Our drive took us along the coast until we reach Gela where we took the inland road
into the low mountains. This drive took us through the Baroque architectural
hilltop towns of Ghiaramonte Gulfi, Ragusa, Modica, Ispica and into Noto.
Knowing we had a tight time schedule to avoid driving at night we didn’t stop to
explore any of these hilltop towns – maybe next time. However, the drive wasn’t
difficult and was very scenic.
I had chosen a place in Noto’s old town and of course the nearest parking place was
about 200 yards away from our apartment and it was an uphill walk from the
parking spot. The moving of luggage was easy compared to finding our apartment
and did I mention the owners knew as much English and as I know Italian. We or
Nancy made it work with the Google translation application.
By Tom Allin
After kicking back for 24 hours in San Leone, a small beach town, it was time to
move on. However, first we had to explore the Valley of the Temples.
The ancient city of Akragas’s surviving temples, especially the Temple of Concord,
has earned it the name: Valley of the Temples. We parked the 4Runner at the
bottom end of the site, took a taxi to the upper level of the site and ticket office,
bought tickets, and began our downhill walk – no uphill for these two savvy
The first temple we came to was Temple of Hera. This temple dates to the 5th
century BC. A portion of the sacrificial alter – animals not humans – is in the far left
interior of the photograph.
Field Review by the Team at RoadsideAmerica
An aristocracy of roadside attractions has been raised over the years: glorified in photo essays, calendars, blogs, and social media fiefdoms; spotlighted in video and film; instantly recognizable as icons. These Great Monuments, we are told, represent America`s hopes and dreams, art and commerce, materialism and spiritualism, folly and fame.
Cadillac Ranch is one of them. Professional authors and screenwriters know a pre-baked, easy-to-get symbol when they see it. Who are we to buck the trend?
Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo, Texas, Cadillac Ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. They called themselves The Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh 3`s fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They faced west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle.