Hello Miami New Times ,
I love your blog and often read it on my breaks. Today, though I have something that might be interesting to include in one of your posts. Please read on.
What is Don Qui Olympics?Don Qui Olympics is series of graffiti images related to upcoming London Olympic Games. They showcase all things British, challenge political system and are visually entertaining.
What does the theme mean?The artworks combine Olympic sport events with everyday objects, people and their habits, animals and historical events that shaped Great Britain. There are, though few exception where the work symbolises her childhood sporting heroes from Czechoslovakia like Martina Navratilova, Emil Zátopek and Vera Caslavska.
How was the work made?In the beginning there were two sides. One had all Olympic sports. The other side had British people, animals, things and historical events. Then the connections were gradually worked out between individual sides. These connections were sometimes well fitting visually and on few occasions there is deeper if not hidden meaning. At the moment there are 28 sports portrayed. They are all created in Photoshop using my personal photo library and lasso tool.
Where can I view the artwork?The images are shown on website www.donquiolympics.com and also on www.facebook.com/donquiolympic... and there will be an e-book coming out in June 2012 in English, Czech, Spanish and Portuguese.
What does Don Qui mean?The name originates from Spanish classic character Don Quixote, which was given to our cat and then used it to name my graphic design company Don Qui Design Associates. The cat himself can be seen on one of the Olympic events, Athletics – Steeplechase: http://www.donquiolympics.com/... the white cat on the right.
About the author – Lucy de RojasGrew up in communist Czechoslovakia in Děčín, where she spent most of teenage and young adult life rock climbing, mountain biking and cross country running in charming area of Europe’s largest sandstone canyon. Trained as chemical engineer in Czech Republic, then got her university degree in graphic design in High Wycombe Bucks University. Now works as free-lance graphic designer in London and also is a sports photographer as hobby. Married with 3 children.
thank youwith kind regardsLucy de Rojas