lettered cities

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2/2/16 | 11:45 I enrolled in uni courses today and I’m stressing massively over whether I’ve done it correctly or not and whether I need to go to the enrollment advice session tomorrow even though I’ve already enrolled. I was not mentally prepared for the amount of stress I’m currently experiencing. 

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jerusalem—
you keep appearing in my mind
like it’s normal to be caught up in memory,
to feel the vividness of summer heat
in the beginning of springtime.

i keep seeing you everywhere:
city gates and cobblestones
ringing with an age i will never reach
somehow,
brick and concrete buildings remind me of you.

sometimes i see pictures of oil lamps,
shards of pottery,
roman glass and roman coins
sometimes in class we talk about gethsemane
mount of olives
and suddenly, all i can see is you—
no, wait—
suddenly, all i can FEEL is you.

jerusalem.
holy holy holy city
sometimes i wonder if a part of me didn’t burn when i was in you.
i went away more lost; more found.
sometimes
i remember touching the western wall and thinking—
GOD—
if there were anywhere a higher power would be,
it’d be here.

sometimes i wonder if i’ll ever have words enough
to write this poem.
jerusalem.
indescribable, holy.
i will never know the Sacred better than when i was with you.
sometimes
that Mystery scares me
more than words can tell.

—  love letters to cities: jerusalem, Drea O.

Vermeer painting is a surprise guest for Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ centennial celebration

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has promised weekly surprises throughout its 2015 centennial celebration, and it delivered a big one Friday, unveiling “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter,” one of only 34 surviving works by 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

The oil painting — an enigmatic gem about 18 inches high and 15 inches wide — will be on view through May 3 in the museum’s Cargill Gallery, just off the main lobby. There is no charge for admission.

On loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the picture is a prime example of Vermeer’s intimate studies of women in contemplative moments.

The painting is the first of three promised masterpieces on loan that the MIA will unveil at unannounced times throughout its centennial year.

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Famous cities from around the world represented by their attractions and or culture to form the letters used to spell out their names. With some motion thrown in.

I had a lot of fun creating this project and getting to do all the little details in each letter.