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Irish Blessings for St. Paddy’s Day and Everyday from Bobbi Mastrangelo

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Across the globe, all people look for excuses to celebrate life… to add joy to their days.  And St. Patricks’s Day is no exception. People of all nationalities Wear the Green and become Irish for a Day.

On March 17th, not only do I try to wear green, but I give away “Lucky Bucks” (dollar bills encased in green envelopes). The list of recipients changes each year, but includes family members, neighbors, waiters, waitresses and any service people that I see on that day. The little gift of only a dollar, makes people smile. Some save it forever and others try the lotto with “The Lucky Buck.”

In addition, I often add my “Irish Blessing” post card signed in green ink.  If you have received a Lucky Buck, I would love to have your comments.

“Irish Blessing” (Ballinasloe Water Cover)  21 ” x 15″ X 2.5″

“Irish Blessing”
(Ballinasloe Water Cover)
21 ” x 15″ X 2.5″

The Creation of The Irish Blessing Sculpture Relief:

My young friend, Helen Anne Gately, gave me reference material on The Ballinasloe Water Valve Cover located on a sidewalk near her Father’s hometown in Ireland. Not only did it feature a handsome Celtic Pattern, but it also had the Gaelic Word for Water,“Uisce.”

Wear’ in of the Green and Irish Customs have always been special to me, and the beautiful cover inspired me to create a related sculpture. Capturing and executing the intricate design was a challenge. The chalky rubbing was smudged, so I had to refer to Celtic Design Books to recreate the pattern maze. Glue and sand reinforced the delicate thin walls of the sculptured relief cover.

Irish-Blessing Cover

Celtic Water Valve Cover (2002)

The piece had already been named “Irish Blessing” and was supposed to be hung the next day at The Neighborhood House in Setauket, NY. I worked on it till the wee hours of the morning. As I entered the bedroom, the dimmer light went on, paused and went off. Now mind you—I never touched the switch. You see, the sculpture, “Irish Blessing” is somehow vested with mysterious powers. And if you should happen to touch it, you also will have Special Blessings.

Escopis – International Christmas Card

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

For “The Street Was Paved in Gold”

Since 1979, I have focused on the theme of manhole and water covers, rendering them in prints, cast paper, sculpture relief, installations and fiber art.
Through research and contact with utilities I have learned a great deal about the purposes for the different covers. In various sizes, they provide access to such underground utilities as electricity, gas, telephone and water.

And let’s not forget about storm drains and sewers. What goes into our storm drains and sewers is a concern, because what ever goes down into the earth, eventually comes up and around as part of the water and weather cycle. In recent years the reuse of water or recycled water has also become an environmental issue.
Of all the resources that have iron covers to access them, water is our most vital. We cannot live with out water. When I created two fiber art pieces on the theme of “The Street Were Paved in Gold,” I incorporated a water valve cover in one and a reuse valve cover in the other.


The Swiss Firm Ecopsis discovered my Grate works on line and contacted me. “Ecopsis” means “vision of the habitat” in Greek. Ecopsis is an international consulting firm that specializes in the development of challenging sanitation projects.The Strees Was Paved in Gold

They requested permission to use my image “The Street Was Paved in Gold” for their International Christmas Card.

The inside greeting was printed in four languages.
Ecopsis wishes you a Happy New
International Year of Sanitation 2008

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