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Region 6 - Alfred Hair

Posted By Francisco Trigoso Tomas, Saturday, December 07, 2013

By: Francisco Trigoso 4012421

Park: Westwind Lakes Park

Adress: 6105 SW 152 Ave Miami, Florida, 33193

 

Memory is an important cognitive process, which helps us to record the past so that we can refer to it later. Alfred Hair was killed in a barroom brawl on August 9, 1970. Some said he was involved in a love triangle; other accounts said he was hit accidentally by a bullet meant for someone else. Alfred Hair is responsible for the Florida Highwaymen Art movement. Hair took to the mantra of working quickly, and putting as many paintings as possible to market. This method of quantitative speed painting was going to be his ticket to becoming a millionaire, which he was most likely on the way to accomplishing. Although painted quickly, each of Hair’s Florida landscape paintings were unique, with no two being alike.

I dedicated the garden to Alfred Hair at my local park called West Kendal Park. I selected this park because it is an active area where people exercise, and have social gatherings. Hair only used vibrant colors for his paintings; therefore, along with the plant, I decided to create a poster board that displayed vibrant colors. The posted board included three pictures. Two pictures were Hairs were art portraits along with his mug shot. I believe good art is when you can have someone stop to admire it. Therefore, I decided to add a catchy quote, "We know you would be here today, if heaven weren't so far away.” Attached with the poster board included a short-biography to educate the public on who he was. The loss of a loved one through death is difficult. . Once the initial shock from losing them lessens, many of them become forgotten. I believe I will reach my goal in educating as many people as possible on who Alfred Hair was.

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