StoryCorps’ Airstream 4

001_1346I have always said “everyone has a story”. When I was dreaming of owning a travel trailer years ago, my goal was to travel the US and find folks from small towns to big cities and find out their unique story. One doesn’t have to be famous, rich, well-educated or a certain race or religion. Each human being on this planet has a story. So, when I read about StoryCorps it struck a chord with me and I’m intrigued with the notion of this non-profit. Their motto is “Every Voice Matters” and I couldn’t agree more. This great country of ours is built on the fascinating people who live here. What an amazing way to honor the citizens of the United States by  hearing and appreciating the stories of their lives. Here is a brief overview from StoryCorps website:

“StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.

In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.”

StoryCorps also has a MobileBooth that travels the country and guess what? It’s an Airstream!!! Awesome article from the Washington Post that was sent to me this morning by my sister, Joan Sullivan “MacArthur Foundation awards millions to 13 organizations for ‘creativity and effectiveness’. Congratulations, StoryCorps!

Check out the “Cheese” version of the Airstream MobileBooth that was made in Fargo, ND!

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Photo source: StoryCorps

Airstreams as Art 2

Even though I am a collector of wildlife and western art, my eye is always drawn to interesting new art concepts. Low and behold even the iconic Airstream travel trailer made it to the modern art era. Airstreams are an art form unto themselves so, it was natural for an artist to turn the Airstream into a sculpture. “Three Cans” as seen below was created by artist Christopher Schulz, American born sculptor: ” Christopher can take the abstract and complex, and refine it until it exists as pure form.” Christopher Schulz is represented by Christian Hohmann Fine Art, a contemporary fine art gallery in Palm Desert, California. The gallery specializes in European and US art with a strong emphasis on Figurative Art.  I just adore this piece!

Christopher Schulz “Three Cans”
Aluminum and Stainless Steel | 16″ x 8″ x 13″
2013 | Edition of 9 | Price on Request

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Photo source: Christian Hohmann Fine Art

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