Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bowling Alley Mural Reviews: Ju Hoansi

Inspired by the bowling pictographs on the sandstone outcrops of the Okavango Delta, the bowling alley mural Ju Hoansi by Anonymous combines both soft cartoonish classic forms with the ancient rock art genre of the Later Stone Age and Mesolithic periods. Purple and green bowling balls set on a mossy tropical forest green assault an obliquely oriented pin top. Lane arrows, not to be mistaken for Star Trek insignia, are randomly oriented providing a confusing setting in which to bowl. They tempt the kegler to release the ball to the left, right, or even upward. In panel centers bowl tropically proportioned dynamic stick men in full back swing. While not as tasteful nor inspiring as space and dolphin themed bowling artwork, the muralist who produced this masking unit cannot be characterized as one who is afraid to take risks. For this trait, he must be commended, though I am left with much doubt that this piece will ever be featured in a coffee table volume of symbolic bowling expression.

6 comments:

  1. An odd format for coming out, but welcome to the world of the open.

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  2. Ha! Great response! (Must be a freshman in high school-- that's what they say ALL the time.)

    I should send you a snaphot of the Taj Mahal we bowl in. No murals, but beer buckets hanging from the ceiling over the lanes for ambience.

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  3. I need to snap a pic of Laramie Lanes, too. It's got a classic mural.

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  4. Anonymous, Your comment is best answered with the wise words of Austin Millbarge, "We mock what we don't understand."

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  5. Don, That's funny. Another great Millbarge moment: "It's... Soul Finger by the Bar Kays."

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