Banana Art

educational banana pop art

I had fun with the banana for my Velvet Underground post, so I made some more art featuring bananas. I basically multiplied the bananas to make them look fun and free. The banana, minus the tomato, has always been my favorite fruit, and they are pretty much a super food. And they seriously float in water. If I ever find myself on a deserted island my first thought will be: I hope banana plants are a native species.

Some interesting facts about bananas, courtesy of the Chiquita Banana site:

a. Banana plants are the world’s largest perennial herb
b. Edible bananas are technically berries
c. Banana plant roots can live for hundreds of years
d. One banana is called a finger, and a bunch of bananas is called a hand
e. Once a man in India ate 81 bananas in a half hour
g. The Washington Banana Museum is a thing, let’s go!

Rubbing a mosquito bite with the inside of a banana can help reduce the itchiness. Just another reason why bananas are my top pick for this deserted island.

One other unique thing I found while researching this fruit: Bananas are said to be bad luck on fishing boats, a superstition that dates back to the 1700s. I chuckled at this, since they are one of the few fruits that can float. Can you imagine tossing something overboard that scared you, only to have it rise from the depths, follow and haunt you throughout the rest of your trip?

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The Velvet Underground and Nico

I visited The Andy Warhol Museum some number of years ago. My favorite part of the building was easily Silver Clouds, where you wind up in a room filled with floating silver pillows. The next best thing? The exhibits where The Velvet Underground music played.

This image was inspired off the album art for The Velvet Underground & Nico. I photographed a banana and went to work making it “pop”. I published this post on a Sunday morning, and the first track on the album is titled, lo and behold, Sunday Morning.

I think it’s safe to say Lou Reed was one of the most influential musicians of all time. From his start in The Velvet Underground to his vast and lengthy solo career, the music world has lost an outstanding example of creative innovation. Reed will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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