Cartoon king aims to conquer
Everest with art
Nov 11 (IANS) Described as the "Caesar of cartoons"
and the "king of American political cartoons" by
newspapers across the world, 75-year-old Ranan Lurie now plans
to make his biggest conquest - Mt Everest.
American cartoonist-painter-inventor, who is the most widely
syndicated political cartoonist in the world with over 100
million people looking at his cartoons daily, starts his campaign
in Nepal Tuesday to take an astounding project, begun 40 years
ago, to the summit of the world's highest peak.
how it started, Lurie says that when he began, he had "no
deep thoughts about it" but just wanted to have the avant
garde original art, that resembles flowing water done in blue,
after he completed the painting, he had the strange feeling
that the art was unhappy. It was like "a huge strong
dog on a leash" that was pulling him out of the house
into the apartments of neighbours and the streets.
he began adding canvases to the painting that started travelling
outside his residence.
March 2003 when Lurie was having lunch with the then UN secretary-general
Kofi Annan at the UN headquarters, he had the idea of starting
the "United Painting" from there and two years later,
the first leg of the art started from the 75-feet high ceiling.
the course of time, it descended from canvas to the carpet
on the floor and then spilled out on the sidewalk from where
it crossed the East river and reached Roosevelt Island, changing
its colour from blue to a flaming orange during the meandering
now, he plans to put a canvas on the 8,848m high summit of
Mt. Everest, the highest point on earth, to send out the message
that no art is an island and that all the world is under the
umbrella of art.
Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' visited
New York in September, Lurie met him as well as Nepali Foreign
Minister Upendra Yadav to discuss the project.
Monday, the maestro arrived in Kathmandu to start talks with
the officials and get the ball rolling. He is now meeting
Maoist Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Hisila
Yami to complete the formalities.
Everest has seen prayers, book launches, a love marriage and
even a striptease. Now it would have the added distinction
of being the highest art gallery in the world.