|Photo by: Jacqueline Biggs|
"Chalking is a spontaneous act of beauty." - sidewalk artist, Norah Dooley
To celebrate her 60th birthday, on Thursday July 18 from 4-8am, Brookline artist Norah Dooley will execute an art project in chalk on the sidewalks of Coolidge Corner. She says her work will be " A poor girl's Jenny Holzer." Holzer is an American conceptual artist who is mostly known for her large-scale public displays of provocative words, mantras and ideas. Dooley's work is much smaller in scale and will feature small colorful mandalas and the sayings of dead and live presidents on the sidewalk. Dooley has executed similar works in the past in Central Square, Cambridge and Athol, MA.
"Like sand paintings, sunsets and other natural ancient forms, the art is meant to be temporary and, like life itself, fleeting" said Dooley.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"A society's soul is most keenly revealed in the way it treats its children."
She says she is not sure about this last one.... "I may just add it as my signature!"
"...if I did not laugh, I should die."
What is this all about, really? The artist shrugged and said... " I like to add beauty to disused public spaces and I have a friend who says 'Free speech isn't free if you do not use it.' Two birds with one stone?"