One such inspiration is likely the Tipu Tree, which lines many of the city's streets. While I was in Barcelona this summer these trees struck me as possibly the most elegant trees I've ever seen: tall and gracefully branched, they flower yellow in the early summer (the time of year that I was there), casting a mystical ocre shade on the cobblestones below. Moving from beneath this canopy into the forested canopy of the Sagrada Familia, it is easy to find yourself in a fitting sense of awe from the spiritual beauty of the space -- the connectedness of it, the sense that for this building to exist, there must be a 2 way flow of inspiration and admiration: the flow towards a source of oneness, timelessness, and unmoving perfection, and the flow from that source towards all the incredible diversity of life in nature, worldly beauty, and sensuality. Being in his space you feel this ascending current that draws from the beauty of the world to send it back into heaven.
No photograph can really give the sense of this, but by layering the Tipu Tree and the view up into the main tower of the Sagrada Familia, I am trying to get at the feeling of that space -- that the divine and the natural are not two. They flow into each other like the water and nutrients flow through a Tipu Tree: from the one trunk to the many leaves, and back again.
Gel transfer & acrylic on birch panel in a maple floater frame.
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Connor McManus is a New Orleans-based artist from Lafayette. In 2013, he graduated from Brown University with Honors in Visual Art and Urban Studies. Since then, he has split his time between making art and working at a planning and design firm where he focuses on graphic design, architectural design, and community engagement around coastal issues. Connor has shown his work at Lounge Gallery in Lafayette, Perch, Where Y'art, and Old 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans, and View Gallery in Mississippi.
Connor’s artwork is inspired by the forms repeated throughout nature – the structures of trees, rivers, and plant leaves; the grown networks of cities as seen from above; and the beautiful harmonics found in color, sacred geometry, and music. Much of his work blends these natural inspirations with cultural ones. Connor draws from the great aesthetic contributions of world religions and philosophies of life. Connor enjoys gardening, building furniture, admiring architecture, rock climbing, and traveling with his camera. He lives with his wife and their three cats in an old craftsman house in the Milan neighborhood of New Orleans.
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