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(Dave’s Story) This is the shrine dedicated to Dave’s red hot sisters who have enabled him to be the ‘Prince of Princes”. This sister’s wisdom, humility and beauty have guided and empowered him to take on the world. Though his heart is gentle he has learned to push forward in the world with smiles and charm.

(Câu chuyện của Dave) Đây là ngôi đền dành riêng cho các chị em nóng bỏng của Dave, người đã giúp anh trở thành “Hoàng tử của Hoàng tử”. Sự khôn ngoan, khiêm nhường và vẻ đẹp của chị gái này đã hướng dẫn và trao quyền cho anh ta để nhận lấy thế giới.

A Statue that Differs from the Expectations of Light and Dark Colors

The dark face of deity’s contrast with the white surroundings. As a result, the statue draws in the attention to the details and intricate designs of the deity. The color black not only contrast with the white surroundings but also with the typical connotations that are associated with those colors. White is seen as the color of purity and holiness whereas, the color black is seen as sinister and dangerous. Whereas this somber statue shows no sign of a menacing atmosphere. The calmness of the deity’s face shows an aura of serenity. The dark color does not define what the statue portrays because although the colors bring in certain illusions and expectations to our surroundings, it is not always accurate. Only by paying attention to more than what meets the eyes, than people are able to see what lies beyond than the first impression. People must not let their own impressions and assumptions cloud their sight from truly seeing who a person can be. Despite the dark color tones of the...

Three Buddha Statues That Reflects Three Different Problems

The similarity between these three statues is that they are illustrating Buddha. These statues all have a different color and concept to their own interpretation on how to portray Buddha. The color chosen for these statue reminds me of my siblings and I. My brother reminds of the red one due to his easily triggered personality. One of his faults lies in trusting in his anger as a solution to his problems. As he slowly matures he has been learning to let things go. The clam face on the red Buddha statue is what I hope my brother will be able to become when he truly controls his anger. The green one represents me. Although I am calm and I don’t have pent up anger, I struggle to find motivation and inspiration. I relax to the point that it becomes hard for me to accomplish the goals I had set out for myself. The white colored Buddha reminds me of my older sister. The color white has the ability to reflect other colors. She reflects on other people problems and putting their issues before her own...

The Faded Statue of a Woman: Inevitable Changes that Happens to Everyone

The statue of the older woman looks as if she blends in with the surrounding. As the years of her youth slowly goes by, she loses her vibrancy in her appearance and in her mind. The responsibility of becoming an adult had worn her out. The older a person becomes, the less amount of freedom they truly have. It is a result of being tied down to responsibilities such as work, family, and earning money. Children would not have to care for these things because they have their parents who take care of it for them. When children progress and become older, they are faced with many different challenges that wear them out. It is inevitable and inescapable that everyone gets old. The older you get the more your mind and physical body lacks the energy that was once there when you were a child. People chase youth by fixing their appearances but it is important to be able to accept and embrace that aging is bound to happen to everyone. With age comes with wisdom. The experiences during a person...

The Bride in the Red Dress

The bride is in an extravagant traditional Chinese wedding dress for women. In western and modern culture, white has been the traditional color for the brides to wear. However, red symbolizes good luck in Asian culture, which is why the brides would wear the bright color. Marriage is an important aspect of growing up, and it is also commonly expected of a couple before they officially start a family together. The idea to proclaim your love for one each other in front of your friends and family is a way to bring both sides of the couple’s families together. My mother and my father’s story is a bit different. When my parents met, they were sure they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. After a couple month of meeting each other, my mother was pregnant with my older sister. While being overwhelmed with becoming new parents, and working to make money to sustain their growing family, the idea of marriage seems intangible. The responsibilities of having to work and take care...

The Quiet Child: An Unspoken Voice of a Child

Childhood is a one of a kind experience that everybody goes through. A more innocent time where one is allowed to be naive and explore the world for their first time. The little girl tilts her head slightly, not only as a sign of confusion but also to see the world in a perspective that she has never seen before. Her eyes widen towards the camera. Because like the camera, both the camera and the child stores information and data in their frail little memories, waiting to combust and show the world how it feels to be through their lenses/eyes. However, unlike the camera, she keeps her mouth shut. Unable to demonstrate to the world her emotions and her perspectives. Tragically, she is unable to add anything to the world due to no fault of her own. She was taught to be like that. As the adults only perceive her words as nothing but mere rambling of the child, not worth their time. Believing that the real world is something a child like her wouldn’t understand.

Progress Awaits: The LGBTQ community

The LGBTQ community has been struggling to make steady progress throughout the years with the growing acceptance within the American society. However, for the progress of the acceptance of the LGBTQ, there need to be changes. These changes lie within our perspectives and approach for the normalcy of the community. In order to create changes, we must think and follow different paths or roads that have not been thought of or have been created before. The vibrant and colorful wheels of the bike are the colors representing the LGBTQ. Cats and mouse are typically viewed as animals that do not get along with one another, however, in this picture they are both riding on the same bike heading toward in the same direction. This cat and mouse representation can be interpreted as a hope that the idea that prejudice should not exist because there is always an exception. It is these exceptions that will create a long-lasting positive contribution to society. The bicycle has one wheel on the road and the...

Bottles of Emotions

Bottles and Haircuts Closeup Beauty inside the vessels The shrine of the kitties A barbershop is a common place where people are able to have conversations and an opportunity to build connections. Words spoken between a barber and their clients are not only to discuss the desired haircut, but also to talk about themselves. The time in which a person gets their haircut, a conversation is most likely to spark in order to get rid of the silence. The barber is not only concentrated on cutting their clients’ hair but also the stories and problems that pours out of the client’s mouth. This workplace becomes a safe setting that makes it easier for a barber to hear their clients speak about their memories, their worries, and there lives. What makes this environment safe is having someone who is impartial to their lives, hear their true thoughts on things that can necessarily share to those who are close to them. It is hard to voice our true feelings to people we know because we fear how their reaction...

God of Wealth

My parents came to America from Vietnam to search for their American Dream. Just like most immigrants who come to this country, they all strive to be financially successful. Both of my parents work day and nights, even if that means not being able to attend our graduations or important school events. Their love for us is what motivated them to continue to endure many obstacles, in hopes that my siblings and I would not have to go through the similar struggles they had faced in their country. It is common for Asian families to display a statue of this god and worship him within their homes. As the god of wealth, it is believed within Asian culture that by worshipping he would embrace you with his wealth and fortune. The god stands there surrounded by his gold and wealth and his lavish and decorative traditional clothing shows us how mighty and powerful he is. The lucky bamboo is perfectly placed alongside the deity. His smile is a reminder that money could give us happiness and...

Shrine of the Blonde, the Cock, and the Electric Service

Our sense of power comes from being served.  We fantasize of service  from the female, the blonde maid with bountiful fruit at all levels of her presence, and the male cock, with his warrior like speech and sexuality. We are constantly measuring our power. Yet outside of the internal struggle for power and dominance sits the fawns waiting to be nurtured from the emerald glow of the vase and mother nature.

Shrine of the Four Eyes

This shrine honors not only the all knowing concept of the "third eye", but also the concept of eyes on the back of my head. Surveillance cameras gives us knowledge. It centers us in place surrounded by the knowledge of inside and outside of our world. The glass swirls remind us that our sense of identity is circular. We swirl in the ego trying to center ourselves. We exist with both an internal identity and an external Identity.

City Boy

The city is crowded with not only people but also noises and distractions that fills the air. However, those who grow up in those type of environment can appreciate the chaotic noises as if it is music to their ears. Within the various pictures that hang around the boy, may seem like a disorganized mess, but are an actual subtle representation that is associated with the concept of the urban lifestyle. The picture of the building reminds you of the skyscrapers that consume the majority of the city. The car that can be seen hanging behind the boy, is to illustrate the fast-pace and busy lives in the urban areas. It common to see a large number of cars because of the need to always be or go somewhere. It is also important to notice the lack of nature and plants that are within the clutter surroundings of the boy. As a result of the city’s landscape becoming more occupied with people, buildings, and cars, it gets rid of the nature aspect in the process of becoming an urbanized...

Life is like a Bike

The white faded bike is a representation of life Albert Einstein had said “Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance you must keep moving”. It is important to stroll through the various experiences you will or had in life and to not dwell on the past. If you were to put the brakes on your bike, it would be impossible to keep your momentum. As we continue to move forward, we try to find our own path while balancing the different types of responsibilities that weigh on our shoulders. Whether your path is down a bumpy road or filled with signs pointing toward many different possible destinations, in the end, it is up to you to make the decision of where you want to be. Although being steady is not always going to be the case, when you fall, you could always get back on and continue riding your bike forward. The white bike is rusted and broken in some areas, but that does not make it any less meaningful. The imperfection of this bike is a representation of the what life is truly...

Three Faces

There is a Japanese proverb that regards to a person’s identity. That saying goes like this, humans have three faces, which means that the first face is what you show to strangers that you come across. The second face is what you show to those you love such as your close family and friends. The third face is what you show only to yourself. This is the truest representation of you. The crystal statue of the woman also has three faces. The woman’s face in the left is what she shows to other people. This side of her is physically peeking outside of the crystal, and this can be interpreted as a facade that she has when she meets other people. When you meet people, strangers or acquaintance, you try to make the best impression which can result in you acting differently than how you normally would. Whereas her face in the middle of the crystal is the face she shows to those she trust and love. This is a genuine side to her that appears when she is around those she is comfortable with. To...

Curious frogs

The frogs are looking up at the boy with curiosity. Before the world was populated with humans, there were animals that roamed this planet. However, ever since the creation of humans, the planet is no longer in the flourishing and nurturing state like it was in before. It is important to care for the planet in order to co-exist with the animals and nature. People can be self-centered because they do not think about the future generation. It is a normal tendency for humans to think about their world before noticing the world around them. The environment is vulnerable but so are the humans. The boy, in particular, represents the humans who are slowly chipping away from the environment because they are harming the planet that is nurturing them. People are disrupting the cycle of life and damaging the planet in permanent ways that also beneficial for them. An example would be the natural disasters and pollutions that are becoming more common in our modern history. At the same time, the...

Mother Nature

The world is surrounded with nature, she is an unstoppable force that is far beyond our human control. Her power is to protect and take care of her children with her love. The beads that the mother holds in her hands are the seeds of which she uses to plant. She has the ability to create and grow more plants to nurture the earth. Without her love and mysterious power to continue nurturing this planet, it would be impossible to maintain balance that are crucial to our survival. She reflects the motherly figure that we aspire to see in our own mother too. A kind figure that surrounds us while also guiding and helping us throughout our lives. However we must not depend on mother nature to fix our problem but also grow with her. We must lend a hand to help her nurture this earth that she has used to take care of us.

Fanning Away the Outside Noises

The statue that reflects the relationships between a husband and his wife What may seem like a lover's quarrel is instead a tender moment between a husband and his beloved wife. Although they face away from each other with piercing gazes, their vision eventually meet and so does the future that they see in the distance. The saying “words coming in one ear and out the other” is not the scenario for this couple. The wife covers one ear with a fan to retain the conversation and lends her other ear for her husband. She does not let the outside noise distract her from her the words of her trusted husband. Whereas, the husband’s head is about to explode with wisdom and his only outlet is sharing it to his wife who understands him. The wise man protects his wife from the outside noise with his fan. He puts it out of her point of view, as a way of not to worrying her of the numerous hidden dangers outside of their world.

Meditation on a Back Porch

A Buddhist temple is the place of worship for Buddhists, the followers of Buddhism. They include the structures called vihara, stupa, wat and pagoda in different regions and languages. Temples in Buddhism represent the pure land or pure environment of a Buddha. Một ngôi chùa Phật giáo là nơi thờ phượng cho Phật tử, tín đồ Phật giáo. Chúng bao gồm các cấu trúc được gọi là vihara, bảo tháp, wat và chùa ở các vùng và ngôn ngữ khác nhau. Đền thờ trong Phật giáo đại diện cho vùng đất thuần khiết hoặc môi trường thuần khiết của một vị Phật.

Shrine of the Five Eyes

The Shrine of the Five eyes contains the eyes of the eagle, the butterfly, and the never blinking mono eye. The eagle sees the world from soaring above it and zooming down to examine the smallest of prey. The butterfly flutters through the world at close range. She is a deliverer of love and fertility as she moves from flower to flower exchanging pollen as gifts. The unblinking mono eye looks at the world from one vantage point. It transmits its vision through electric optic nerves. It never eats. It only warns of danger. The Shrine of the Five eyes chứa đôi mắt của con đại bàng, con bướm và đôi mắt không bao giờ nhấp nháy. Con đại bàng nhìn thế giới bay lên trên nó và phóng to xuống để kiểm tra con mồi nhỏ nhất. Con bướm lướt qua thế giới ở cự li gần. Cô là người giao hàng của tình yêu và khả năng sinh sản khi cô chuyển từ hoa sang hoa trao đổi phấn hoa làm quà tặng. Đôi mắt mono không chớp mắt nhìn vào thế giới từ một điểm thuận lợi. Nó truyền tầm nhìn của nó thông qua các dây...