Happy New Year from all of us at SFMOMA! We asked our staff to tell us what will inspire them to be more productive in their creative pursuits in 2013, and compiled a Pinterest board with their awesome insights and ideas. Check it out!
Ever since he was a child, photographer Fernando Ortiz has loved a certain lonely mango tree on top of a mountain in his native Puerto Rico.
This year, he decided to give the tree a gift and illuminate it with a web of solar-powered LED lights. He successfully raised the necessary funds on Kickstarter and finished installing the lights just in time for the holidays. The neighbors are proud, the tree looks beautiful, and Ortiz is thinking about new ways to mobilize his community to make public projects together.
Naturally, we got chatting about what I do for a job. He congratulated me on my almost complete degree. I told him I was a single mum. That it was a miracle I was about to graduate.
He said ‘No it isn’t. It’s taken dedication and determination. Not a miracle. Hard work gets results.’
Ain’t that the truth! This degree, my journey over the past 4 years……it has changed my life. Living outside of my comfort zone has forced me to make some of the best decisions of my life. It has been bloody hard work, not a miracle that has gotten me there - what a wonderful realisation to have.
And isn’t this clip from Bridesmaids just the best darn thing!