Street Artist, Gaia takes a page out of the history books with his latest mural, a stunning modern-day rendition of a Pronkstilleven still life painted by 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Davidsz. de Heem, ‘Flowers in a Vase.’ The mural is located in Jersey City, NJ, Ogden End Community Garden at 102 Ogden Avenue and was done in collaboration with Savage Habbit.
“Using the painting as the base of the composition a portrait of Henry Hudson overlooks the garden from which local flowers have been interspersed throughout the composition, replacing some of the original floral elements. This resulting bouquet and portrait of Hudson, who laid down the Dutch colonization of the Hudson River Valley was created with the use of Photoshop, hence the layers and window tab running across the top, bringing the contemporary element of copy and paste into the construction of this wall.”
Thanks for being so patient with me You inspired me to work hard and never admit to my weaknesses but focus on my strengths. You’re the one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and I’ll never forget all the small ways in which you supported me. I still remember that Janet Jackson presentation.
Your student, Jolie Adam.
Grade: 7 School: Henry Hudson City: Scarborough, ON
The British explorer Henry Hudson made four famous voyages to the United States and Canada, but his tireless efforts to locate the Northwest Passage ultimately provoked his crew to rebel against him. In 1610 Hudson led his ship Discovery to the frozen waters of modern-day Canada in an attempt to find a new western route to Asia. While the explorers succeeded in locating the Hudson Bay—later named in Hudson’s honor—their ship became lodged in pack ice, forcing them to spend a treacherous winter ashore.
By time the ice had finally cleared in early 1611, the men’s morale was dangerously low. Hudson wanted to continue searching for his passage, but he’d alienated his crew, many of whom believed the captain was hoarding food. Starving and desperate to return home, the crew revolted. After commandeering the ship, the sailors forced Hudson, his son and seven other men into a small boat and abandoned them in the Hudson Bay. The mutineers then steered Discovery toward England, but along the way all but eight of them succumbed to disease or were killed by natives. The fate of Hudson and his fellow castaways remains a mystery. A subsequent expedition found a small shelter that may have been built by the marooned explorers, but their bodies were never recovered.
Henry Hudson’s voyages have all the makings of a juicy story: maritime exploration, horrible treatment of indigenous peoples, treacherous waters, treacherous sailors, a mercenary switch in loyalties to countries, mutiny – even a mermaid sighting.
It was on this day in British history, 22 June 1611, that the crew of Henry Hudson’s ship Discovery claimed they set their captain, his son, and 7 infirm crewmen adrift in a small shallop following a mutiny. The mutineers claimed that they provided him with supplies and provisions, but no one knows whether the mutineers’ story is true. After Hudson’s shallop was effectively marooned in the Hudson Bay the 9 men aboard were never seen again. The painting below is an 1881 canvas entitled The Last Voyage Of Henry Hudson.