A curandero is a faith healer or native shaman who treats any number of maladies, including mental and spiritual “illnesses” that are more commonly handled by a clergyperson or psychiatrist in the United States. Photographer and documentary filmmaker Scott Dalton, whose work we first saw on Beautiful Decay, has captured the life of the curandero during healing sessions and pilgrimages across Mexico and Latin America. While some faith healers rely on herbs and natural cures, others use Catholic elements, such as idols, paintings, and holy water. Dalton’s visually striking photos reveal a beauty and vulnerability shared between the curandero and the people seeking healing and guidance.
We noticed recent appearances of these plant-covered sculptures in photos from an exhibition called the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal (June 22 to September 29). This year’s edition covers the “Land of Hope” theme and includes over 50 “giants of the horticultural arts” on display in Canada’s impressive Montréal Botanical Garden. With 20 countries represented by 200 participating artists, the event is also an international art competition, and the winners will be picked for the Grand Honorary Jury Award and People’s Choice Award.
Bhutan is a landlocked state in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. Bhutan is the only country in the world measuring its Gross National Happiness, and based on a global 2006 Business Week survey, the country was rated happiest in Asia and the eighth-happiest worldwide.
More of the beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and interesting people in Bhutan can be found in our image search.
So looking over a few Blogs and things this afternoon and came across this article on origami sculptures. There are some great examples included in the photos of this article. Someone may be interested in trying them out. Perhaps post a photo of your efforts here. Would be good to see any that people have tried.