USA Coast to Coast Slide Share Part #1 - The Journey Begins
Crightonism: The United States is a vast challenge to represent in a single image. I'm very happy with the way it has turned out. In addition: the individual images can stand alone as strong representations of some awesome natural and man-made wonders.
The Facts: Chicago became an official city in 1837. Today, it is the third largest city in the Unites States, after New York and LA. It features O'hare International Airport, which is the second busiest airport in the world! Chicago is also known as "The Windy City" naturally, people would attribute this title to the city's breezy nature. Ironically, it is not the windiest city in the United States. That title goes to Amarillo, Texas. It is also known as the “Second City” for many reasons, but the most popular one, is because the city had to practically be rebuilt after the Great Chicago Fire.
Cloud Gate nicknamed "The Bean" is a structure by Anish Kapoor. It is the centrepiece of AT&T plaza at Millennium Park. It's design was inspired by liquid mercury, and it reflects the Chicago city skyline. In its inception it was believed that the structure could not be possible, but after many consultations "The Bean" was finally formally dedicated May 15, 2006.
The Facts:Los Angeles, officially known as the City of Los Angeles and better known by just its initials, "L.A" is the second largest city in the United States. Originally part of Mexico, the city was founded in 1781 by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve in 1848 after the Mexican-American war. Nicknamed the “City of Angels” L.A. is known worldwide for it contribution to film and theatre.
Crightonism: I've been to Los Angeles twice. The first time I flew there to meet some friends and we travelled by minibus up the coast to Vancouver and across Canada to Toronto. I saw a lot of things but not so much of L.A. The second time was just a stop-over on my way to New Zealand. All in all, I've spent about as much time in the City of Angels as it took me to create this image of it :)
The Facts: Washington D.C. formally known as the the District of Colombia is the capital of the United States. In 1790, the residence act was signed in order to create the capital district. Prior to this time the capital of the United States was New York City. The district is under exclusive control of the federal government and the most famous landmark in the area is of course, the White House.
Crightonism: My one trip to the nations' capitol involved all the usual sights and this is the first time I've drawn the these classical buildings which are so solid they inspire confidence in the important activities that are performed within.
The Facts: Philadelphia also nicknamed "Philly", was founded in 1682 by William Penn. During the American War of Independence Philadelphia was used as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers. The city also served as the temporary national capital while Washington D.C. was under construction.
The Liberty Bell, also known as the Independence Bell is located in the Liberty Bell Pavilion on the grounds of Independence National Historic Park. Commissioned in London in 1752 it was cast with the letters "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof". The bell was cracked the first time it rang in Philadelphia.
Crightonism: Never having visited Philly I haven't seen the Liberty Bell but I'm quite proud of how my painting of it turned out. Even though it's cracked it sure looks solid and heavy.
The Facts: Las Vegas, also commonly called "Vegas" or "Sin City" was incorporated in 1911. Internationally known for its adult entertainment, lavish hotels, grand shows and casinos, Las Vegas calls itself the Entertainment Capital of the World and as such is indeed one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Crightonism: Vegas is a place most people visit just once in their lives, I think. That's the case for me. It was interesting but tiring and expensive for someone who knows that you can't beat the odds in any casino. The mathematics are meticulously managed in favor of the house. I'll stick to 649 lottery tickets as my retirement plan :)