Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Breastfeeding mural


Japanese mural in McCaw Hall in Seattle

Closeup of breastfeeding mother and baby in Japanese mural in McCaw Hall in Seattle

I spotted this Japanese mural in McCaw Hall in Seattle
and couldn't resist sharing the corner!
Don't you love the twiddling detail?

Artist: Roger Shimomura; Title: Kai-Dan
Thank you to Tabetha, Greta, & Brie!
(Here's an interesting note on what kaidan means,
and here's a short artist bio.)




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30 comments:

Cakeblast said...

That is a crazy mural - lots of fighting going on and the child who is breastfeeding just kind of stands out amid all the chaos.

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

@Cakeblast Totally! It's like they and the mother-child pair to the far right, where she's feeding him from some sort of bowl, are the only serene ones. I keep thinking that naked (I think?) lady toward the right who's pointing to the couple is on the phone telling someone about their affair.

Run DMT said...

All the sides to life are present. Chaos, love, danger and the safety of a mother's breast. Very interesting find!

sheila said...

Love this, and I agree with the Chaos, love comment, so true. Beautiful!

Aleksandra said...

That's really cool - I love the colors, too. Hope you have a great rest of the week!

Carol said...

Love the mural, so vivid and colorful and so busy!

Indrani said...

Beautiful art piece. Lots of talent there.

I know some are irresistible and you have to click. :)

Mama Whimsy said...

Wow, there is so much going on in that one. I love the peacefulness of the nursing baby amidst the chaos.

Carrie said...

that is a wonderful mural...I wonder how many people actually notice the breastfeeding

MomAgain@40 said...

The mural says so much! It's natural and can happen anywhere/place! Love it!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work said...

that's too funny ( the corner)
very pretty

Rachael @ The Variegated Life said...

I don't even know if I would have noticed the mama in the midst of all that chaos!

alissa4illustration said...

I love it! I have a blog that is mostly about breastfeeding.

http://milkingtheissue.blogspot.com/

parentingBYdummies said...

All of the other parts of the mural look very tormented and upset. Not my idea of breastfeeding at all. I loved sharing that time with The Dudes.

Michelle @ The Parent Vortex said...

That's funny, I totally didn't notice the mama on the right hand side either until someone else pointed her out. I love Japanese artwork...

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

There is a whole lot going on in that one picture.

Tammi @ My Organized Chaos said...

I agree, I wouldn't have noticed unless I really looked!

phrynozoid said...

Cracks me up about the twiddling!
Interesting that she seems so peaceful about it, I usually hear how much it drives everyone crazy and how much they hate it.
My little one hasn't started that yet, so we will see if I can handle it as gracefully as this woman seems to! Haha.

phrynozoid said...

Anyone else notice the woman with a saucer of milk on the other side? Hmmm.

teresa said...

That's really beautiful. I'm so glad you shared it.

Stefanie said...

We have PNB season tickets and I've admired this mural too! I also like the twiddling detail which seems to speak either to a female artist or a culture much more supportive of breastfeeding. I don't know too many men who are aware of that particular... joy of breastfeeding, heh.

GrammyMouseTails said...

that is a lot of things going on! I might of missed the nursing babe. looks like a mix of old Japanese art with a bit of new cartoonish features, very interesting, and can seem to tell a crazy story!

Tabetha said...

The artwork is called Kai-Dan and the artist is Robert Shimomura.

Stefany said...

That is fantastic!

Brie H. said...

@Tabetha
A quick Google search suggests it's actually Roger Shimomura, but I never would've gotten that without the initial tip, so thanks!

Kristin @ Intrepid Murmurings said...

Ha ha, love this! So glad you spotted it! What a crazy and funny picture!

Angela DiGiovanni | Living Out Loud said...

I love all Japanese art! Colorful and serene.

Amie said...

@Michelle @ The Parent Vortex I wonder how many pass and never notice. And it gets me wondering... in the hustle and bustle of life, how many pass a breastfeeding mom and baby and never actually see them.

Brynn said...

Twiddling?! OMG, there is a name for this! My son never did this, but my daughter does constantly. So incredibly funny to catch this detail and then learn that there is an actual name for this little OCD action, ha ha. No, it's darling- but it does catch people at the grocery store a little off guard!

Thanks for posting the mural picture- so wonderful to see an artist capture the sincere soothing experience of Blissful Mama and Baby nursing.

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