I couldn’t resist passing along this link to a live action version of Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” I make reference to this painting in my preface to The Big Picture (emphasizing both the importance of both standing back and taking it all in and looking up close to better see all the parts that make up the whole). In this case, people in Beloit, Wisconsin tried to reproduce the various elements in the painting. According to a story (link) by Ann Montgomery in the Beloit Daily News:

Beloiters brought to life the famous painting by the French artist Saturday afternoon in an effort to promote an August event [Saturday in the Park with Friends] planned by Friends of Riverfront. And while people were positioned similarly along the Rock River, Beloit’s version of Seurat’s work had its own flair.

There was a wooden turtle silhouette instead of a monkey, a woman jogging in the background instead of a girl running, and a state Senator dressed in red, white and blue standing near the river instead of a women dressed in period clothing.

A series of photos from the photo shoot are available here on Flickr. I can’t help but think that there’s something all so postmodern about the whole thing.

And while I’m on the topic of Seurat’s painting, there are other variations, with perhaps my favorite being this one inspired by The Simpsons, available as both a poster and a puzzle.

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