April 7, 2015 | News
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation presented the third annual “Art of Philanthropy” award to a Gulfport, Florida-based artist at The 56th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival (WPSAF). Artist Marius Moore’s photograph, entitled, For the Benefit of All Sentient Beings, depicts colorful prayer flags flying over a desolate landscape in Ladakh, India.
Prayer flags are inscribed with symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras. For centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity. The WPSAF panel of judges agreed that the sentiment of the subject matter and the artistry of the photo embody the spirit of philanthropy, which is defined as the “love of mankind.” The artist, Marius Moore says, “The prayers are said to be blown all over the land and that all living creatures that the winds touch receive the prayer’s good will, peace and compassion. It is a beautiful, altruistic tradition!”
“Mr. Moore’s piece is an exemplary representation of the “Art of Philanthropy,” says Foundation President David Odahowski. “Learning that he donates a portion of his art sales to a charity in the country where the photograph was taken is just another indication that this was the ideal choice for this year’s award.”
The “Art of Philanthropy” is a purchase award and the winning entry will be on permanent display at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park, Florida.