Shino Arihara, Dancer
Yesterday we brought you the TTP-style Olympics, Part I. Today, etc.
Shino Arihara’s Dancer (above) may seem farfetched, but the International Pole Sports Federation (seriously) is lobbying to be a part of the Olympics ASAP. For what it’s worth, the piece definitely has the kind of grace and agility that all athletes have. I think it’s an astoundingly beautiful painting, full of movement and vitality, and it manages to balance the sexuality of a dancer on a pole with gracefulness and poise. Olympic virtues all.
And then we have Peter Diamond’s The Winnipeg Falcons (below). Yes of course hockey is a winter Olympic sport but this is just too good to pass up. Look at what Peter writes about the Olympic rings the players carry:
They carry the five Olympic rings, first used as the symbol for the 1920 Games. Below them is the city of Antwerp. The Falcons were, as second-generation Icelanders in Canada, considered outsiders or ‘Goolies’. Their Olympic victory was an early step in opening up the game beyond its intial boundaries, a process that continues today. They are also heroes in Iceland’s hockey history, immortalized as a falcon and a maple leaf in the logo of Ice Hockey Iceland.