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Only Connect by Laurazee Only Connect by Laurazee
Only Connect - Spring, 2012
Acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30"

The modernist industrial designer George Nelson once wrote, "Of all the structures and machines used for going places, the bridge is unique. Unlike the road, an earthbound strip, the bridge leaps, taking imagination with it. Like the plane, it defies gravity, but noiselessly. It moves with infinite grace without going anywhere. It never causes visual pollution; it soars across rivers and chasms, enhancing natural environments." More importantly, the bridge is a symbol of connection. Bridges cross chasms and obstacles to allow passage from one point to another. That's their magic.

This painting shows the Granville and Burrard Bridges framed by Granville Island on the left and the downtown residential and commercial buildings of Vancouver on the right. The bright colors and unconventional architecture of Granville Island encase the artistic community while the business district is represented by the more monochromatic glass and steel structures-though the Arthur Erikson building on the far right does have a wiggly streak in real life.

The bridges link the two sides. Each side depends on the other in a symbiotic continuum of entertainment and finance. The phrase "Only Connect" is the epigraph of E.M. Forster's 1910 novel, Howard's End. The novel's theme the complex relationships between people of divergent outlooks, genders, and classes. "Only Connect" is the need to accept and link multiple outlooks on the world within a shared view.
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comteskyee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
a great combination of expressionnism and realism !i love your style ;)
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maska13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Very beautiful!
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Campo-Diaz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Excellent work.
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glunac Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   General Artist
featured [link]
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nestorprz2110 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I like your style, with those distortions
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NaujTheDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was looking at it for a while, going I recognize this .... I finally caved in and read description .... of course it is Granville ..... AWESOME painting.
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glunac Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   General Artist
My favorite part to this painting is the backdrop. Those playful mountains & foothills that promise clear mountain air & those fluffy clouds peeking over the horizon. It's screams just beyond the bridge you can leave the city behind you & be one with nature again.
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