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Colors of Cancun

What happens in Cancun doesn’t necessarily stay in Cancun. People love to share pictures of their Mexico vacations on their social networks. Throughout the blogosphere a common praise is repeated about Cancun: it is full of color.

    • Cancun Quintana Roo, Mex. © Aaron Rodriguez

      © Aaron Rodriguez

      I have never experienced sunset in this way before. The colors are simply delightful.

–        Worth a Thousand Words

    • This is how blue the water was, without help from photoshop…

–        Ever Lovely

    • The best way to appreciate [the peculiar colors of Cancun] is to rest on the beach, enjoying the nature around you, letting it amaze you with the most incredible panoramas.

–        Hyatt Regency Cancun

Natural Colors

Why are the colors of Cancun so enchanting? Some say, aside from beautiful sunsets and white sandy beaches, that Cancun is mainly water and jungle. Even though many visitors only see the tips of textured greens that exist in the jungle, they note how the shade of the jungle is a sharp contrast from the brilliant exposure of the ocean.

Cultural Colors

Plush foliage surrounds the ancient Mayan ruins and brings the history of Cancun to life. People visit these artifacts and are fascinated by the stories locals and tribesmen tell. The distinct look of Mexico’s native people is also rooted in color. Their brown skin, dark eyes and black hair are very distinct. Most carry the stories of Mayan culture with pride and some boast the green, red and white of the Mexican flag as well.

Oceanic Colors

Private Beach at Rui Caribe Cancun Mexico  © cgt

© cgt

Tourists tend to visit the ruins at certain times during their holiday but try to spend much of their time on the beach, too. The colors of Cancun’s water are rich blues. On Pink Shore’s blogger recently wrote, “…the blue water went on for days it was so beautiful!”

Even those who have yet to visit Cancun can attest to the fact that this destination is full of color. During springtime, social networks come alive with pictures posted from Cancun. It is one of the most popular spring break destinations for people in North America and other parts of the world. People seem drawn to Cancun for its warm weather and promise of relaxation, but those who truly experience the colors of Cancun are the ones who leave refreshed. Even though their holidays end, Cancun doesn’t easily leave them. The colors live on in their pictures and memories.

 

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How Well Do You Know Frida Kahlo?

The life and work of Frida Kahlo is known throughout artist communities and much of the world. Numerous biographies and critiques have been written about the Mexican painter, and in 2002, Salma Hayek brought the infamous character to life in the movie Frida.

Despite the broad reach of this historic woman, a recent art exhibit is raising a perplexing question: how well do any of us know Frida Kahlo?

Frida Kahlo’s Complete Collection

In San Diego, California, an art exhibit at the Naval Training Center at Liberty Station boasts having all 123 of Kahlo’s paintings on display. The only problem is that none of the paintings are completed by the acclaimed artist.

The title of the exhibit, “The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings, Her Life, Her Story” is thought to be misleading, as all of the art work are replicas.

The Missing Pieces

Many of those who have visited the displays are unaware that these pieces are merely facsimiles of the real paintings. Disclaimers stating the truth are hard to find and often overlooked.

If this art is not the work of Frida Kahlo, then who should it be accredited to? Four artists from China are responsible for replicating the 123 paintings, but they are not named anywhere throughout the exhibit.

However, the spotlight shines on the couple who arranged this exhibit. Dr. Mariella Remund and Hans-Jürgen Gehrke invested 30 years and their life savings into this project. Five years ago, they decided to present their project to the public. When asked about what drove them to put together this extensive collection, Remund responded, “…we are crazy.” The pair reportedly loves Mexico and admires Mexican culture. They especially enjoy Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Completely Dishonest or Just Unconventional?

Despite receiving appropriate rights from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust to replicate the paintings, Remund and Gehrke did not properly advertise these paintings as replicas. The show has been referred to as “completely dishonest” by notable art critics.

Remund stands her ground though. She is not worried that some people think the pieces are Frida Kahlo originals. Nevertheless, she has an 8.5” by 11” sheet of paper displayed at the entrance of the exhibit explaining the paintings are replicas.

What is an art exhibit that has a complete collection of replicated art work? Dishonest or unconventional? Is it a unique approach to honoring historic art, or downright (as Remund says) “crazy”?

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The Most Colorful Cities In The World

Does color impact how the body feels and mind perceives? According to numerous studies, this may very well be true. A variety of color experiments identify that a person’s physical experience can  be altered by the presence of color, making it a sort of energy.

Do you believe that color has an energizing affect? If yes, how do color choices affect our moods? And can they shape a community at large?

It is easy to underestimate the power of color and how it evokes emotional response. To avoid this, it is advisable to view how colors, used in big ways, can impact a great amount of people. For this purpose, today’s blog takes a look at the most colorful cities in the world. In doing so, we can’t help but feel full of life and energy.

The Most Colorful Cities In The WorldColor does not need to be pretty to be energizing. In fact, there are a number of cities in this world that are impoverished, but have an electrifying presence thanks to paint splattered buildings and vibrant floral celebrations. As we explore three of the most colorful cities in the world — a post inspired by a “top 10” article written for CNN Travel be sure to note how painted buildings are energizing citizens and tourists throughout the world.

Cities get Creative with Paint Colors

  • Which city painted all the homes blue to promote the release of a movie? Juzcar, Spain. In 2011, Sony approached the residents of Juzcar, Spain with a proposition: paint your homes blue for the release of the 3D movie, Smurfs. The residents like the colorful energy so much, they decided to keep their homes that shade.
  • Do you know what Mexican town appears to be sunny each and every day? Izamal. This town is known for its yellow government buildings and so much more. The entire nation of Mexico recognizes this as a magical city. Perhaps it is because of its sunny appearance, 365 days a year.
  • Which Olympics destination became the canvas to a renown artist? Haas&Hahn, a Dutch artist, painted the slums of Rio de Janeiro in 2010. With the help of young citizens, a massive, cascading rainbow of color was splashed on a number of large buildings in Favela Santa Maria.

These cities go to show that community energy and national pride does not need to be expensive or even pretty. Some of the most energizing places on earth defy what we think a city or neighborhood should look like. Instead, these cities are a tribute to culture, creativity, and history.  Should you choose to visit one of these colorful cities, you are sure to feel the emotional impact from the kaleidoscope of color. Read this article and explore all 10 vibrant destinations: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/09/travel/worlds-most-colorful-cities/index.html?iref=allsearch

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