Journey - Anubis Takes a Ride on the Hudson
Theme April 15, 2011 (Piece done March 25, 2010)

As I followed the Illustration Friday link to Botanick, the one who suggested this theme, I noticed something amusing. Botanick bases his illustrations on news items, giving a link with each piece to the news that inspired it. It is just such a thing that inspired this piece:

"A 25-foot tall replica statue of the Egyptian god Anubis, with a suitcase at his feet, passes in front of the Statue of Liberty while taking a tour of the New York waterways, Tuesday, March 23, 2010. The statue was traveling to announce the upcoming exhibit "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" starting on April 23 at the Discovery Times Square Exposition." (AP via

This Anubis statue also floated down the Thames in October 2007, when advertising the Tut show that was to be in London. In December 2008 he was at Dallas/Fort Worth airport. I also made a quick sketch of the process of making the tall fiberglass statue

For this drawing I mostly went by the Seth Wenig/AP photo, but I consulted a variety of other photos. "Gadjet" Andrew's close up of Anubis' face was particularily helpful, as was also "Californian Em's" good view of Lady Liberty. I wanted to have a more sunny scene, rather than the gray day it had been so I even consulted my old photo from 2005

Julia and I saw "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" in July of 2005.

© Joan Ann Lansberry, March, 2010


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