Thursday, April 7, 2016

#atozchallenge: F is for Fuster

Bonus F: I'm sending out my next Email Connect newsletter this week, so if you'd like to sign up to be my Follower of the Month this is the time. If you don't know what that means click HERE and all will be revealed. Maybe. 



Also, for those who are always here come #atozChallenge or high water, you know I usually respond to each comment. I just can't do that in April, but I read each one, and as some of you know, if you ask a question, I reply via email. Thanks for understanding about the individual replies. I need to do dishes, wash laundry, take out the garbage etc. in April as well as take on the challenge. 







Here's to a great AtoZ!

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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 





Answers to your T/F Quiz for E:

FALSE 1. It isn't now believed that all native indians are extinct in Cuba. Anthropologists are finding evidence of many native words and customs still in use. They're trying to show that the indigenous people still have a presence on the island.

TRUE  2. Cuba's population is largely a mixture of Spanish and African. There are, of course, other ethnic group, but Spain and Africa have a strong presence in Cuba.





F is for Fuster:




This is an example of Cuban ingenuity. A poor neighborhood now has a steady income with tourists from all over the world wanting to see the town that is a mosaic feast for the eye. The artist, José Rodriguez Fuster changed his small wooden home into a never-ending delight of art. My pictures can't do justice to this amazing mosaic experience. Here's a link that gives you a better idea of what entering Fusterlandia is really like. 

The incredible thing is that when his neighbors saw what he was doing and the result, they wanted to be a part of it. So now each house in the area boasts mosaic art.





No Quiz today. Hope you'll take a moment to see the art instead.


30 comments:

  1. Really colorful! Bet that did a lot for that neighborhood.

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  2. Awesome pictures Lee, good to know that a poor neighbourhood is beginning to flourish.
    Yvonne.

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  3. What a lovely fact about Cuba. I really want to visit it soon too. Cheers.

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  4. That is beautiful work. And people, sign up to be Lee's follower. You'll be glad you did. I am. :)

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  5. That is quite the art indeed. Must be one colorful neighborhood

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  6. What a fantastic way to brighten up a neighbourhood and instill some pride. So pleased for them. I hope the tourists bring them much joy.

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  7. This shows what a creative spirit and perseverance can do, right? :-)

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  8. Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for sharing the art of Fuster with us.
    Im blogging from Fill the cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog. Happy A to Zing!

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  9. Neat art and I'm slightly over 50% in your quizzes

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  10. I am going to look at the art because what I see here, is just wonderful!

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  11. Great way to help a neighborhood. Beautiful art.

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  12. That is awesome they did that. Beautiful art.

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  13. Right On! One person starts something that changes a whole town. People began to understand and jump on the bandwagon. Fantastic.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  14. Truly beautiful! Unique and I'm glad the neighborhood has rallied behind the artists.

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  15. Beautiful art. I love that it spread throughout the neighborhood.

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  16. I'm going to try that. I'll call my creation Buster.

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  17. Oh wow, that's pretty! I bet it looks even more gorgeous in real life...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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  18. So cool! I love people like this, who take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.

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  19. Fuster is such an inspiration and to see that what he did spread like wildfire goes to show that beauty is all around us, we just have to notice it; when all else fails, we can create it for ourselves. I did a collaborative mosaic art project with several other students and artists my senior year in high school. It was so much fun. Sadly, the building is in the process of being torn down these days since the city closed the school. I wish I could go back to take pictures of the artwork and murals on the walls before it gets destroyed and is long gone.

    ~Nicole
    The Madlab Post

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  20. I didn't know anything about Fuster. How fascinating and so much to look at! Loved the pictures. :)
    ~Jess

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  21. I know nothing of Cuba. So this post opened my eyes to something foreign to me. The pics are great.

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  22. Love this. So inspiring. And such a solid argument that art is good for the community and has economic value. Reminds me of Gaudi but with mosaics. I resemble your remark about not replying to every comment. Maui Jungalow

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  23. Watched the video and checked out the article. Very interesting, and what a cool neighbor! He's welcome to paste his Picasso-tiles on my house.

    The AtoZ of EOS
    #TeamDamyanti

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  24. That is marvellous! What a great thing to perk up the area. I watched some of the video, as well. Thanks for sharing. P.S. I just noticed your disclaimer about commenting. Wish I had thought of that! I'm going crazy and falling so far behind. Cheers!

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  25. That is cool. What an uplifting thing for the neighbors to ban together in support.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  26. Love the mosaics....a visual feast!
    Actually, doing a mosaic class is still on my list...

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