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Background imageMotif Collection: Fundacion Cesar Manrique

Fundacion Cesar Manrique, near Tahiche, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Blue Dress / Beer 1922

Blue Dress / Beer 1922
Blue dress by Beer: low neckline, open to the hips at the side & worn over a grey slip. Bodice & low waistband decorated in a feather motif plus a bandeau & earrings

Background imageMotif Collection: The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building

The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: A painted sign for Inca Kola

A painted sign for Inca Kola, the most successful soft drink in Peru and sold widely through Latin America. PERU, La Libertad, Trujillo A painted sign for Inca Kola

Background imageMotif Collection: Bristol balloon festival, Bristol, Avon, England, UK, Europe

Bristol balloon festival, Bristol, Avon, England, UK, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: The famous painting on the ceiling of the winged heads of 80 Ethiopian cherubs

The famous painting on the ceiling of the winged heads of 80 Ethiopian cherubs, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gonder, Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageMotif Collection: The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building

The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: Gaudi architecture

Gaudi architecture, Parc Guell, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Barcelona, Catalunya (Catalonia) (Cataluna), Spain, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Traditional hand painted colourful didgeridoos, Australia

Traditional hand painted colourful didgeridoos, Australia

Background imageMotif Collection: Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, as design motif

Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, as design motif in wallpaper, borders and fabrics.. Lithograph by Verneuil with pochoir (stencil)

Background imageMotif Collection: Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Spain

Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Spain
Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Granada, Spain. These carvings are in the Hall of the two Sisters. Alhambra is a walled city and fortress

Background imageMotif Collection: Shiva Mandir temple, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka state, India, Asia

Shiva Mandir temple, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka state, India, Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: Tibetan Buddhist wheel of life rock sculpture at Dazu Rock Carvings, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tibetan Buddhist wheel of life rock sculpture at Dazu Rock Carvings, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chongqing Municipality, Fujian Province, China, Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: Tudor roses, thistles and shamrock (w / c & pencil on paper)

Tudor roses, thistles and shamrock (w / c & pencil on paper)
STC255097 Tudor roses, thistles and shamrock (w/c & pencil on paper) by Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley (1857-1941); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageMotif Collection: Burano in Venice

Burano in Venice
The unbelievably colourful Burano, one of the islands in the Venice lagoon, where every house is painted a bright shade of blue, yellow, pink, purple

Background imageMotif Collection: The ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site, Minoan civilization

The ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site, Minoan civilization, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Asia

Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy

Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy, Conques, Midi-Pyrenees, France, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Madaba Mosaic Map, 6th century AD, detail showing Jerusalem, Madaba, Jordan

Madaba Mosaic Map, 6th century AD, detail showing Jerusalem, Madaba, Jordan, Middle East " The mosaic represents the biblical land from Egypt to Lebanon including Sinai, Israel

Background imageMotif Collection: Giant incense sticks, Chinese moon festival, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Giant incense sticks, Chinese moon festival, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: Statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall, Wall Street

Statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall, Wall Street, with the New York Stock Exchange behind, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: Arabic cushions

Arabic cushions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageMotif Collection: St. Basils Christian cathedral in winter snow

St. Basils Christian cathedral in winter snow, Red Square, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Temple of Hathor, Dendera, Egypt, North Africa

Temple of Hathor, Dendera, Egypt, North Africa

Background imageMotif Collection: MTR sign, Hong Kongs mass transit railway system, Hong Kong, China, Asia

MTR sign, Hong Kongs mass transit railway system, Hong Kong, China, Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: Totem poles, Vancouver, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America

Totem poles, Vancouver, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America
Totem poles, Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: St. Michaels Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

St. Michaels Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Brabo Statue, Antwerp, Belgium

Brabo Statue, Antwerp, Belgium

Background imageMotif Collection: Colourful designs for sale along Jolly Beach, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Colourful designs for sale along Jolly Beach, Antigua, Leeward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageMotif Collection: Church and sunset, Thira, Santorini, Cyclades, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Church and sunset, Thira, Santorini, Cyclades, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Asia

Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: St. Andrews Church, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

St. Andrews Church, Kiev, Ukraine, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: The Alamo, San Antonio Texas, United States of America, North America

The Alamo, San Antonio Texas, United States of America, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York

Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building

The Imagine Mosaic memorial to John Lennon who lived nearby at the Dakota Building, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: San Diegos most famous building

San Diegos most famous building, Hotel del Coronado dating from 1888, San Diego, California, United States of America (U.S.A.), North America

Background imageMotif Collection: Old Arabian coffee pot and jars

Old Arabian coffee pot and jars, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageMotif Collection: Arabic calligraphy and Zellij tilework

Arabic calligraphy and Zellij tilework, Bou Inania Medersa, Meknes, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageMotif Collection: City Hall on Marienplatz

City Hall on Marienplatz, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America

Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America
Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, North America

Background imageMotif Collection: The Black and White House, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Black and White House, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: The bizarre chimneys of Gaudis Casa Mila

The bizarre chimneys of Gaudis Casa Mila, La Pedrera, Barcelona, Catalonia (Catalunya) (Cataluna), Spain, Europe

Background imageMotif Collection: Arabic calligraphy and Zellij tilework

Arabic calligraphy and Zellij tilework, Bou Inania Medersa, Medina, Fez, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageMotif Collection: Decorated elephant

Decorated elephant, Rajasthan, India

Background imageMotif Collection: Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageMotif Collection: Fresh Uzbek bread

Fresh Uzbek bread, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Central Asia

Background imageMotif Collection: Close-up of Maori statue

Close-up of Maori statue, Tamatekapua Meeting House, Rotorua, South Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imageMotif Collection: Partially submerged tilted Shiva temple below the ghats

Partially submerged tilted Shiva temple below the ghats on the edge of the River Ganges (Ganga), Varanasi (Benares), Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia




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Motif: A Tapestry of Cultural Expressions From the Imagine Mosaic memorializing John Lennon to the vibrant hand-painted didgeridoos in Australia they can woven into the fabric of our world. These recurring symbols and patterns serve as a visual language that transcends borders and connects us all. In New York City, the Imagine Mosaic stands as a poignant tribute to peace and love, honoring Lennon's legacy. Just steps away from his former residence at the Dakota Building, this mosaic invites visitors to reflect on his profound impact on music and activism. Traveling across continents, we encounter the Fundacion Cesar Manrique in Spain. Here, intricate Islamic carvings adorn Alhambra's walls—a testament to centuries-old craftsmanship merging with spiritual devotion. The winged heads of 80 Ethiopian cherubs grace a famous painting on its ceiling, transporting us to an ethereal realm where art meets divinity. Journeying further eastward brings us to India's Charminar—an architectural marvel standing tall amidst Hyderabad's bustling streets. Its minarets bear witness to rich cultural heritage while showcasing exquisite motifs that tell stories of bygone eras. Venturing into Canada's North America landscape reveals towering totem poles in Vancouver—majestic structures carved with ancestral tales by Indigenous communities. Each pole carries distinct motifs representing lineage, legends, and reverence for nature—a reminder of their enduring traditions. Meanwhile, Bristol Balloon Festival fills England's skies with colorful hot air balloons—their patterns mirroring both traditional designs and contemporary creativity. This annual spectacle celebrates human ingenuity while adding splashes of vibrancy against Avon’s serene backdrop. Australia beckons with its indigenous artistry displayed through vividly painted didgeridoos—each brushstroke telling ancient stories passed down through generations. These musical instruments embody cultural pride while inviting listeners into a mesmerizing soundscape rooted in tradition.