While working at Downtown Rideau during my internship, I have become more aware of public art around the city and the cultural phenomenon of busking. With today’s beautiful weather, the buskers are all out and about performing their music, art and other oddities that come with the territory.
One artist in particular caught my attention. Though I did not catch his name, I was able to learn of his travels around Europe and Canada where his canvases, silk screens, and sidewalk art have been created and sold to passerby’s. He showed me some of his previous works that he created while in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Paris, and Italy, on his camera. Some of those works included “The girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer, and some of his own artwork. His main artistic focus is the reproduction Leonardo Da Vinci’s classic paintings and drawings. Among his camera repertoire is the Mona Lisa. Currently he is in the process of reproducing the face of the Virgin Mary, as seen in Da Vinci’s “The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist”
A Busker's Work in Progress – The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist
Da Vinci's Original The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist
I’ve always been a big fan of Da Vinci’s work, it really made my day to see it translated here in 2012 in Ottawa’s beautiful Downtown Rideau. I’m looking forward to seeing more artistic talent throughout the Spring and Summer!