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'hand holding a bowl of rice'
public art commission
mixed-use bldg + metro station
8200 sq ft
video image in oil paint
merry norris, art consultant

koreatown, los angeles, california


8200 square foot public art commission on two walls of a mixed-use building and metro station located in Koreatown. Video still captured from footage shot in the area by the artist and translated into oil paint.

The Indian Goddess, Anapurna, provides rice to Shiva, when all the food disappeared from the earth and all living creatures were in danger of perishing. Rice is well known as a symbol of abundance. Rice feeds and is the dietary staple of more than half of the world’s human population (most of Asia and Latin America), making it the most consumed cereal grain.

Rice has the most complex dna of anything on the planet, even greater than our own species. YEP, it
is a fact. Draft genomes for the two most common rice cultivars, indica and japonica, were published
in April 2002. Rice was chosen as a model organism for the biology of grasses because of its relatively small genome (~430 megabase pairs). As a result, rice was the first plant or animal to have its com-
plete genome mapped. Scientists estimated rice contains 37,544 genes but said that figure will no doubt be revised with further research. Humans,
by contrast, have only 20,000 to 25,000 genes

Related Expressions, e.g. :

● Throwing Rice @ Weddings = Fertility & Long Life

● In Bangladesh, China and Thailand, instead
of ‘How are you?,’ a common greeting is,‘Have
you eaten your rice today?’

● Also in China, at the beginning of the new
year, people do not say, ‘Happy New Year!’ but
‘May your rice never burn!’

● In Japan, people did not think in terms of
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but rather
morning rice (asa gohan), afternoon rice
(hiru gohan), and evening rice (ban gohan.)

● A Japanese proverb- Eat rice before battle
and you will be victorious.

● In Taiwan, China, death is symbolized by chopsticks stuck into a mound of rice.