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When I saw today's July Blogging Challenge prompt - Treasure Boxes - I thought of this art project that Kennady did a couple years ago: Virtual Refrigerator - Retablo Art. And I thought about sharing it on my Virtual Fridge post today, but decided it was a little too Christmas-y! And then I put a reindeer on the Fridge today. Which isn't Christmas-y at all... ha! What was I thinking? Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself, because clearly other people are.
Retablo is a traditional folk art in the country of Peru. It's similar to what we would call a shadowbox or a diorama - a box filled with figures of people arranged to tell a story. Priests used to carry brightly colored retablos filled with religious scenes through the mountain roads for people to see, and to use as teaching tools. Nowadays retablos are not limited to religious scenes but might tell a story from myth or legend. We found instructions for making a retablo in our book, Geography Through Art.
I have this little miniature retablo from Peru, and it does look like a tiny treasure box.
This is Kennady's version, made in November 2013.
I think of retablos as treasure boxes because they tell the story of salvation, especially these nativity scenes that remind us that God himself came to be with us.
It seems that Kennady considers her retablo a bit of a treasure, because she still has it displayed on her desk. See this picture I took at the beginning of the week? There's the retablo on the right. It's got a couple things standing in front of it, but there it is. Along with some of her other treasures - art supplies and books and fangirl things.
(For all the details about our retablo project, including some how-to, please see my original post: Virtual Refrigerator - Retablo Art. You may also want to visit the Virtual Refrigerator to see all kinds of art posts.)
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