Ilse's weblog of random thoughts


Mokka Mona Lisa

During our last vacation to Edinburgh, I have had some interesting discussions with Mark regarding art. What is art? Take Damien Hirst’s ‘Away from the flock’ sheep. It’s certainly… well, interesting, but what makes it art?  Or who has the right to call this sheep art, rather than the stuffed remains of Dolly? And what about Douglas Gordon’s ‘List of Names (Random)’. I liked the pattern, the idea, the look of it, but does that mean it’s a work of art? Or Agnes Martin’s ‘Faraway Love’. It’s lovely, but, according to Mark, looks a lot like wallpaper. So why is this art, and wallpaper not? Or perhaps it is too?

To me, this is also art: the Mona Lisa latte art at the Rocks Aroma coffee festival in Sydney. The tones in the pictures are formed by adding less or more milk to cups of black coffee. Ik bet it even tasted better than the real thing.


Athens of the North

Even after a second visit, I still think Edinburgh is one of the prettiest cities in Europe, and rightly deserves it’s nickname ‘Athens of the North’. You find everything there! One can dive into the Scottisch history by visiting the castle and Holyrood Palace, shop till you drop in New Town or the Royal Mile, enjoy nature in the Royal Botanic Garden, the Zoo or by hiking up Arthur’s Seat, or visit one of the many (mostly free) museums, like the National Museum of Scotland or the National Galleries.   Still not convinced? Have a look at some pictures then!