SYMBOLS OF THE GREAT STATE OF ART
- The Art State Flag
- A hybrid design of the Arizona flag with the star replaced by the Utah
- The State of Art Location
- “If not Arizona, then a land
not too far away where all parents are strong, wise and capable and children
are happy and beloved. I don’t know, maybe it was Utah.”
Ethan and Joel Coen - from Raising Arizona.
- The Art State Seal
- A palette, a thin board on which an artist mixes
- The Art State Motto
- “Art for Art’s Sake” (L’art pour l’art).
From a lecture by Victor Cousin at the Sorbonne in 1818.
- The Art State Talisman
The imitation pearl, a glass or plastic bead coated with a preparation
made from fish scales.
- The Art State Bird
The Pterosoara, thought to be extinct, which has been soaring thermals in
this region since the Mesozoic era of geologic time.
The Art State Grass
- There are 3500 species of the Art State Grass growing, none of which are
artificially cared for.
- The Art State Fossil
- The Dragonfly, sometimes called the devil’s
darning needle, which has four membranous wings. The remains of one more
than two feet long were found recently within the state
- The Art State Plant
The Cannabis Sativa, also known as hemp, a tall annual herb used for cordage, paper, cloth, and oakum for caulking ships. Hemp has large, digitately divided leaves with slender segments and can be found growing wild.
- The Art State Animal
- Is the Lupis, commonly known as the wolf, is
encouraged to reside in the State of Art for the purpose of killing the
sheep and cattle who trespass on Art grounds.
- The Art State Insect
- The mosquito, member of the fly family. The
female pierces the skin, spits, and then sucks blood, leaving the victim
- The Art State Rodent
The Rat, brought to our shores by Christopher
Columbus when he discovered Antigua in 1492. Epidemics of typhus, bubonic
plague, rat-bite fever, tularemia and rabies spread by rats continue to
devastate the human population. Rats immigrated to Art for the purpose of
consuming food scraps and other things not removed by visitors.
- The Art State Fish
- The “Fizzgiggious Fish, who always walks about
- The Art State Tequila
- Herradura Gold. “On the high plains of Jalisco
at the foothills of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains you will find
the Herradura estate. It is here that Herradura has been produced and
bottled by the Romo family for five generations. Herradura is made 100%
from blue agave, all naturally with no additives. Only the finest blue
agave, harvested at their prime after nine to ten years of careful
cultivation, are used in Herradura. As a result, only a limited amount
of Herradura can be bottle each year to maintain this standard of
- The Art State Quotation
- “One thing leads to another.”
- The Art State Aviation Organization
- Top Pilots, the Get High and
Stay High Soaring Society.
- The Art State Critic
- H.L. Mencken, who observed when describing the
death of many historical gods that they were “all gods of the first
class, not dilettanti.”
- The Art State Aviation Pioneer
Gustave A. Whitehead, born Gustav A. Weisskopf in 1874 in
Leutershausen, Germany. He immigrated to America and on August 14, 1901in Bridgeport, Connecticut flew his bat-winged, twin-propellered
airplane he called Number 21under controlled and sustained flight.
- The Art State Surrealist
- CPLY (William Copley), “CPLY” explained as
being necessary to avoid confusion with America’s 18th Century Copley.
When asked in 1966 to jury a show, he declined saying, “most of us
surrealists prefer to spin a bottle.”
Walter Hopps commented: “among CPLY’s key images one invariably finds
naked nymphs and overdressed males who disport themselves in chases,
embraces, guilts, in an ongoing narrative dance of joys and sorrows.”
- The Art State Pianist/Aviator
- Roland Garros, Frenchman born in 1888,
in the town of St. Denis on the island of Reunion, a speck of land in
the Indian Ocean. He became a flying student of Alberto Santos-Dumont
who was impressed with his fine hands. Among other major aviation
accomplishments and glory, Roland toured the American Southwest flying
his Santos-Dumont designed Demoiselle monoplane.
- The Art State Flour
- Is of the genus Triticum of the grass family.
- The Art State Religion
- Moderation and Toleration in all things.
Therefore, visitors to Art are free to practice beliefs/non-beliefs from
Atheism to Zionism.
- The Art State Bee
- Apis Mellifera, more commonly known as Africanized
honeybees, African-derived bees, New World African bees, Neotropical
African bees, Brazilian bees, or South American bees. Whatever we call
them, they produce two or three times more honey (up to 300 pounds a
year a hive) than European bees. But, they’re more nervous, quicker,
jumpier, more defensive, and much quicker to sting, They attack in
overwhelming hordes and are apt to chase you for up to one-half mile,
whereas European bees drop out after only 100 yards.
- The Art State Flower
- The Sego Lily (Calochortus nuttallii), a symbol
of peace and also the state flower of Utah, selected in 1911 by
consensus of the state’s school children. Early Mormon settlers to this
region ate Sego Lily bulbs when other foods were scarce.
- The Art State Beehive
The skep. The Art State Philosophy is skepticism, “which denies the ability of man to know all and the ability of his reason to penetrate everything. It is loosely defined as any questioning attitude.” Democritus, Protagoras, Gorgias, Pyrrho, Arcesilaus, Montaigne, Charron, Pascal, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Reith, and Reagan were all bee keepers and skeptics.
- The Art State Tree
- The Sagetree, name for several species of
Artemisia, used in Art by visitors as a remedy for its use as a tonic
mixed with gin. The seeds were used by early Mormon pioneers for food
when Sego Lily bulbs were dug-out.
- The Art State Fruit
- The fully developed seed-producing organ of a
flower, is the Frijole. Botanically it is the ovary of the pistil, the
central object in the flower and the female reproductive organ. Many
food fruits are popularly called vegetables.
- The Art State Reptile
- The flying Nyctosoarus, with a membranous
wingspan of seven feet, is better adapted to soaring than flapping
- The Art State Official Language
- Esperanto, created by L.L.Zamenhoff
(1859-1917), of Bialystok, Poland. This universal communication is
basically Latin-type grammar and European vocabulary.
It can be learned in a quarter of the time needed to learn a national
language. For more information please call (619) 528-0880 or write to the
Esperanto League for North America, PO Box 1129, El Cerrito, CA. 94530.
- The Art State Motion Picture
Robert Altman’s “Brewster McCloud” with
actors Bud Cort, Shelly Duvall, Karen Black and assorted ravens.
- Art’s Jazz Musician and Jazz Composition
- Slim Gaillard and his
“Cement Mixer, Putti, Putti”.
- Art State’s Nigenarian Artist
- Jon Serl, a painter who lived and worked
in Elsinore, California. He painted to the age of 95.
- The Art State Rock
Red sandstone, grains of sand cemented together
with calcium carbonate, iron oxides or silica. Beehive Monument in Art’s
Monument Valley is a good example of how erosion affects the different
hardnesses of sandstone.
- The State’s Opera
- Antonio Gioacchino Rossini’s Semiramide, with Marilyn Horne in the role of King Ninus’s son Arsace. King Ninus is
poisoned by his wife Semiramide & her lover Assur. 15 years later, as
queen, she declares Arsace (not knowing he is her son) the new king & her
new husband. The spirit of King Ninus appears & demands a sacrificial
victim for the treachery. Arsace slays his mother and Assur is executed.
- Art’s Bard
- Antoine de Saint Exupery, French author & aviator.
Southern Mail, 1929; Night Flight, 1932; Wind, Sand & Stars, 1939;
Flight to Arras, 1942; and The Little Prince, 1943.
- The Art State’s Only Recognized Political Parties
Bullmoose Party, Prohibition Party, Libertarian Party & the Green Party.
Although political debate is encouraged in Art, No solicitation of funds
or voting will be allowed.
The State of Art’s Environmentalist
- Edward Abbey. “The army made an
anarchist out of me and what with one thing and another I’ve been living
off the government ever since.” Author of Desert Solitaire & The Monkey
- The State of Art Official Union
- The American Civil Liberties Union,
which defends the civil rights of everybody---even those who do not
believe in civil liberties and those who cannot recognize the first 10
amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
- Art’s consumer Advocate
- Robert ‘Bob Butt’ Pagani, founder and
president of C.R.A.Y.O.N., the Commitee to Re-establish All Your Old
Norms. Bob “helped” Binney & Smith Co., makers of Crayola to return, if
only temporarily, eight original colors retired from crayon boxes 15
If you care, you can call Binney & Smith at 800-CRAYOLA.
The official & only authorized State umbrella is the model (yellow or
blue) made by Cristopher & Company in Transylvania.
- The State of Art Aircraft
- Alberto Santos-Dumont’s 14 bis, which in
1906 set the world’s aviation records in distance and duration, with
Santos-Dumont standing at the yoke.
- The State of Art’s Roving Ambassador to Fredonia, Arizona & Kanab, Big
Water, & Colorado City, Utah
Charlene Lindblade, who lives with her husband Morrow & their four children in Fredonia. Fredonia, Kanab & Art have a fascinating symbiotic relationship. Fredonia provides an industrial employment base while Kanab provides goods and services. Both towns have their own school districts but phone calls between the two are billed as local. The State of Art was inaugurated in Fredonia. Kanab was known locally as “Little Hollywood” because so many western movies and TV series have been made here. The Parry Lodge has been host to most of the actors and crews. One morning a maid walked-in on an uncovered and naked Sammy Davis Jr.. That incident has turned-out to be “The Greatest Story Ever Told” in local lore.
The State of Art’s First Ban
Is on all weapons and the hunting of wild
creatures. Visas to visit Art will not be issued to members of the
National Rifle Association.
- One of Art’s Recognized Environmental Organizations
Is the “Great Old Broads for Wilderness”. With over 1,000 members already, the group recently met in Eldorado, Colorado for their First Annual Wilderness Conference. Their first major project is a Colorado Wilderness policy. The canyon country surrounding the State of Art will undoubtedly get their attention.
- Art’s First Position
Was to oppose World Odyssey’s project for a movie theatre to show to tourists its Ultra 70-milimeter, IMAX-like format, film Treasures of the Gods just outside the south entrance to Zion National Park. Ted Williams wrote in Audubon recently, “Treasures of the Gods will be very entertaining, and it will be educational as well. It will teach that nature is something passive and prepackaged that one goes indoors to see. And, if everything about the analogue of reality is breathtaking and spectacular--as it surely will be--then many young viewers are going to find the reality disappointing and probably not worth protecting.” The theatre is now just outside the south entrance to the park.
- Art State’s 1991 Demagogues of the Year
Were Senators Orin Hatch, Alan Simpson, Howard Metzenbaum and Arlen Specter for their unethical, ugly, outrageous, rude, despicable, fowl and unconscionable questions, statements, utterances, accusations and opinions made during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings related to the confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas.
- The Other Art Environmental Organization
Is the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. "SUWA is giving the people and the land of Southern Utah a voice in deciding the fate of one of America’s most magnificent landscapes---the wild and unspoiled Colorado River Plateau. We speak out against short-sighted resource exploitation schemes--strip mines, forest chaining and clear cutting, dams, power plants, and industrial tourism’s endless paved highways through the wilderness. And we speak out for the yet wild lands of southern Utah’s unparalleled canyon country.”
- Art State’s “Whistle-blower” of the Decade
Was Chuck Hamil. Alyeska, a consortium of oil companies who make billions of dollars running the Alaska Pipeline, has been fined hundreds of millions of dollars by the U.S. for pollution violations, due to Mr. Hamil and anonymous employees of Alyeska who provided our government with the evidence.
Epitaph for our Planet
Illustrations by anonymous French and