Susan Myrland

“100 Worlds Project” Exhibit of Collaborative Art Awaits at the San Diego Airport

Ron Miriello

When you arrive in San Diego, you can see the world as soon as you step off the plane. Eighteen worlds, in fact from the 100 Worlds Project.

They’re the work of Ron Miriello, himself a man of many worlds. The graphic designer, creative director, business owner and sculptor created his “100 Worlds Project” as a way of rediscovering everyday items. The collection is on display until December 2016 near Gate 33 in Terminal Two West post-security. It’s part of the airport’s latest art exhibition, “Port of Entry“. The exhibition features a group of artists inspired by the geographic, cultural and social aspects of borders.

Ron Miriello's 100 Worlds Project

One of Miriello’s globes is made of the soles of shoes worn down from walking. Another is a cluster of little pencil nubs, packed tightly in a metal casing. Some are playful, others serious.

Many have industrial components: rugged metal cables, welded steel, pipe wrenches and inner tubes. Miriello collaborated with craftspeople from across San Diego, but particularly Barrio Logan where he works. He wanted to draw on the neighborhood’s rich tradition of manufacturing and engage people who might not consider themselves to be artists.

“That’s part of the inclusionary aspect of this whole show philosophically – to demystify the creative process and make it approachable to others who may not think of themselves as creative beings,” he says. “They look at designers and sculptors as the ‘creatives,’ and themselves as not. We all are creative beings. We just manifest our creativity in different ways.”

A large, brightly colored globe is carved out of old board games, dotted with dice and marbles. Miriello says the concept came to him when he was sitting in a favorite coffee shop in North Park, sketching. He sees connections between artistic experimentation and the region’s strengths in research and innovation.

“They’re all highly inventive creative processes; they just use a different palette of information,” he says. “That’s something we do fairly well as a city. It gets to our ability to spend time outside. We’re inspired by nature and beauty. You have surfers who are scientists, and artists who are also doing technology.”

Although he call’s his project “100 Worlds,” he has only created 50. He likes the idea that it’s open-ended, and the rest might come from someone who saw his work and was prompted to build their own globe. He hopes that his art will help shape visitors’ impressions about San Diego, lingering as a memory from when they first arrived, perhaps even producing a new way of thinking about travel, communities and interconnectedness.

“I love having people come and visit me because I get to open my own eyes about my city and realize just how special it is,” he says. “You get used to just paddling off to work and then you realize you live here and it’s just mind-blowingly cool.”

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Susan Myrland

Arts Worth Traveling For: 3 Creative Festivals Not to Miss

Poets and Painters Spoken Word and Graffiti Art Festival

If you need an excuse to stay a little longer in San Diego, we have one word for you: festivals. From Shakespearean folios to interactive film fests, you can immerse yourself for a day or a week, enjoying the unique combination of cultural enrichment and pure escapism at these fun fests.

Discover Shakespeare’s First Folios

First Folio! San Diego 2016

Title page with Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.

Fans of the Bard are in for a treat, as San Diego is the only California stop for “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare,” a traveling exhibition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. The folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623 by two of his fellow actors. Without their foresight, treasures such as “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar” and “Twelfth Night” might have been lost. The rare volume will be on display from June 4 to July 7 at the San Diego Central Library’s Art Gallery, complemented by props and costumes from The Old Globe Theatre. Admission is free but reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended.

In addition, the Old Globe, San Diego Public Library and several partners are hosting Shakespearean-themed performances, panel discussions, film screenings, family workshops and tours – even an alternate reality game – throughout May, June and July. Many of the events are free; some require reservations.

When: June 4 – July 7, 2016
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Graffiti Art Meets Poetry Slam

Poets and Painters Spoken Word and Graffiti Art Festival - San Diego Festivals

At the Jacobs Center’s Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, you’ll find a year-round calendar of culture from jazz to culinary fusion. On June 25 from noon to 5:00 PM, the Poets and Painters Spoken Word and Graffiti Art Festival presents award-winning poet/playwright Gill Sotu along with Writerz Blok graffiti artists Jose Venegas and Sergio Gonzalez. This free event includes a poetry slam, live mural painting, music, storytelling, hands-on workshops and some of the hottest all-style dance from The Junkyard Dance Crew.

When: June 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poets and Painters Spoken Word and Graffiti Art Festival

Immersed in Mozart

Mainly Mozart Festival

The Mainly Mozart Festival is a long-running local tradition, expanding over the years to include a range of composers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Performances are held in cathedrals, the outdoor Spreckels Organ Pavilion and the exquisitely restored Balboa Theatre, a 1924 jewel box that CNN Travel listed in the top ten of “World’s Most Spectacular Theatres.” This year’s edition of Mainly Mozart is more than music – there’s also a one-woman play, “The Other Mozart,” and a three-day symposium, “Mozart & the Mind: an Exploration of Prodigy,” with renowned speakers from science, medicine and the arts.

When: June 2-18, 2016
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