Weaving Peace

Czechoslavakian activist and former president Václav Havel was recently commemorated with a giant, gorgeous tapestry designed in his honor, which will hang in the re-named Václav Havel Airport in Prague. Designed by Czech artist Petr Sís, the tapestry depicting a man made of birds, flying against a watery sky above Prague, measures 5 x 4.2m, woven by master weavers in Aubusson, France. Havel played a central role in promoting and protecting human rights in Europe, and 5 musicians – Bono and The Edge from U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono Lennon – all longtime supporters, paid for the creation of the beautiful tapestry.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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