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But first, Please give mind to my .99 cent - buy a song request below, to help flood victims in Wimberley, Texas
Please help me help flood victims in Wimberley, Texas.
Simply click on the link below and buy "Gadugi" for 99 cents and I will donate every penny I get to Barnabas Connection, a wonderful non-profit org. who is providing low admin fee, incredible,"on the ground" relief to flood victims in Wimberley, Texas.
I'd like you to know this.
Gadugi (Cherokee:ᎦᏚᎩ) is a term used in the Cherokee language which means "working together" or "cooperative labor" within a community.
Historically, the word referred to a labor gang, of men and/or women, working together for projects such as harvesting crops or tending to gardens of elderly or infirm tribal members. The word Gadugi was derived from the Cherokee word for "bread", which is Gadu.
You and the good people of Wimberley, TX embody the spirit of Gadugi. Your remarkable gestures of community is a great inspiration to the whole world who is watching on mass media.
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About the song "Gadugi"
Written on the movie set in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Capital of the Cherokee Nation) for fellow actors and friends working on the award winning feature film "The Cherokee Word for Water".
Ben Livingston, Vocals and guitar
Bill Browder, Baritone Guitar
Featuring The Rawson Saunders 5th grade choir
Recorded by Layton DePenning, Austin, TX
Ben flips the switch on - Here is neon light work for 2015.
Made of my neon "Nightsticks" or in this case - "Spiritsticks" encased in now, virtually extinct. long leaf pine from the walls of one of Austin's unique Hofheinz houses that I happened upon at 1000 E. Cesar Chavez in Austin - as it was being demolished "scraped" for gentrifcation...
A Hofheinz house was a very modest house that was built and available for sale to freed slaves after the emancipation.
As I passed this site, I swear I could hear this wood screaming. I stopped and gathered as many boards as I could carry. From these boards, I resurrect a home to fill with special light so as to steward the old spirits.
"Neon for Eliza"
(Eastside Spirithouses, below - Available for sale.)
Eastside 1 & 2
"Neon for the Newtons"
Nightstick neon suspended in steel rod spiral.
Diorama - featuring "Swamp Thing"
Neon, fire cut copper, mural by Neil Cronk and topiary by Sandy Boone. Set dressing by Maggie Renzi.
Courtesy: Sandy Boone and Louis Black
"Known for his innovative neon work and the discovery of a new type of neon light, artist Ben Livingston twists and welds neon glass tubing in a crossfire at 1,000 degrees in one of his Austin-area studios.
It’s not just that Livingston dabbles in a number of different arts; it’s that he pursues each one with passion and excels in it. His unique invention of a new kind of neon – the infinite phosphorescent color palate – won him a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts. His childlike animated neon sculpture, a cautionary tale about the end of the world, distracted traffic on Fifth Street for 22 years until 2008, and it beat out the Statue of Liberty to win an IES Paul Waterbury International Illuminating Design Award of Excellence.
Examples of Livingston’s artwork are all over the world. In Austin, they hang at the Austin Convention Center, the University of Texas Performing Arts Center and Motorola. Art collectors ranging from Lance Armstrong to Mick Jagger seek out his pieces. His neon mural "Neon Mural #1" still stands as an Austin landmark.
“What makes Ben different is that he thinks out of the box and the universe,” said Pebbles Wadsworth, former director of the University of Texas Performing Arts Center. “He sees colors differently. He looks at problems, beauty, pain and more from a different slant, and a powerful creative force comes out of him that often I feel he has no control over. Ben has no boundaries.”
- Dane Anderson, Westlake Picayune
Roses are Red…Neon art installation at Bass Concert Hall
September 8th, 2010
Austin artist Ben Livingston’s neon masterpiece, “Where the Roses get Red” has been re-installed in the Bass Concert Hall lobby. The piece hung in the lobby prior to the reconstruction. Ben is internationally known as a neon/light sculptor and inventor of an infinite phosphorescent color palette, which glows within his luminous tubes. This discovery won him a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Other honors include the Paul Waterbury International Lighting Design Award, where his (home made) animated “Neon Mural #1,” (a downtown landmark from 1986-2008) beat the Statue of Liberty in New York; and his “Confabulating Orbits,” an Austin Art in Public Places commission inside the Austin Convention Center.
Ben is also a successful songwriter/performer who performs regularly in the Austin area.
“Where the Roses get Red” in the Bass Concert Hall lobby can be viewed free of charge Monday through Friday, 11 AM – 2 PM. A map of the campus: TexasPerformingArts.org/visit/maps_directions.
For more information about Ben Livingston, please visit www.beneon.com or www.benlivingston.com.
Ben Livingston's animated mural is glowing, going, gone
PHOTO BY BRET BROOKSHIRE
"It starts with a flower growing; then the house lights up. Then a rocket ship lights up over the flower, and there's a star and a planet, and the ship drops a bomb on the flower – which explodes. Then it all goes black, and the cycle begins again."
That's Ben Livingston, neon artist, talking about the large work of animated images that have brightened the front of his studio off Fifth Street for more than two decades. Soon, he'll be talking about it in the past tense: After 22 years of near-constant display, the electrified mural is coming down.
"My studio's been sold," says Livingston. "And, like the story goes too often here in A-town, yuppies are in, and art is out. I've got to be out of here by May 1, so I have to take the piece down between now and then. Megan Crigger, the manager of Austin's Art in Public Places program, would like to accept it as a donation – because she's interested in having it at Seaholm. So I'm hoping to find someone who'll buy it for that. Which may not be easy – it's been appraised at, uh, quite a bit of money."
Specifically, according to art appraisers C.L. Wysuph & Associates, $90,000.
A nice chunk of change for a bunch of gas and glass, but, of course, it's the inspiration and craftwork, not to mention the interest compounded by history, that make for true value among unique objects fashioned by human hands. The mural – an anti-war statement influenced by the art of Terry Powell, crafted by Livingston and his apprentices John Hayward and Leith Hartell, driven by Frank Roberts' jury-rigged computer program – fairly glows with such value and interest.
"I have some friends who were in town for South by Southwest Interactive, and the taxi driver who brought them over? He said he's been bringing his kids to see the piece for years. And sometimes when people come in from out of town – this guy's been driving for 14 years – they ask him to come here; it's on their list of things they want to see. I guess the image has gotten around: Ellie Rucker had it in the Statesman when it went up; the Chronicle chose it as a Best of Austin in '93; Holt Rinehart's used it in their textbooks. It has a definite history in the city; a lot of kids have grown up with it."
"I'm gonna get one of those trucks that has a sky bucket attached and just start taking it down one piece at a time," says Livingston. "My morale's kind of low right now. It's like going to work with cancer: You just go and do it. If we can't find a buyer, I don't know where it'll go – probably in some friend's garage." He shakes his head and chuckles, trying to look less despondent than he may feel. "This is definitely the unglamorous part of the art world."
- Austin Chronicle
UPDATE - 2014
Neon Mural #1 will be installed in the children's section as part of new Austin Central Library's permanent collection in 2015..