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Mastrangelo’s triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua” Celebrates Water and Cinco De Mayo 2016

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Triptych “Da Gracias Por Agua” will be exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday in May: CINCO DE MAY-OMA!   Ole!  Reception 6-9 PM

Member Artists of celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with their own interpretations of Mexican life, through the mediums of paintings, drawings, photography or sculpture.

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21" x 48")
Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21″ x 48″)

Bobbi Mastrangelo is internationally known for her unique wall relief city-scape interpretations of water covers and manhole covers. Her Triptych created just for this Mexican Themed Event is collectively titled: “Da Gracias Por Agua.” (Give Thanks for Water)

The first sculpture relief, entitled “Agua Sagrada,” pays homage to Jorge Argueta’s Poems in “Hablando con Madre Tierra.” (“Talking with Mother Earth” illustrated by Lucia Angela Pérez) His powerful, inspirational bi-lingual poems explore a young native Salvadoran boy’s connection to Mother Earth. Tetl’s Grandmother taught him about the spirituality of his Nahuatl Ancestors viewing the Earth as being alive with sacred meaning.

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)
Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

The text inscribed around the simulated water fount is “El Agua Es Sagrada.”  (Water is sacred)  “Es La Sangre de La Madre Tierra. (It is the blood of Mother Earth.) Jorge Argueta graciously gave permission for me to use these words from his poem “El Agua.”


Los Cuatro Elementos (relief 21" diameter x 6") and El Agua Es Una Bendición
Los Cuatro Elementos (21″ dia. x 6″) & El Agua Es Una Bendición

With water conservation and protection as a recurrent theme, Bobbi envisioned the center piece with “Covers” representing The Four Elements “Los Cuatro Elements:” Tierra, Aire, Agua y Fuego. The four covers float above metallic colored concave wells.


El Agua Es Una Bendición
El Agua Es Una Bendición

Bobbi enjoyed researching the ancient Aztec, Mayan and Nahuatl Cultures for the borders and designs of the two outside pieces. Atl, the Aztec symbol for water is located in the center of the starburst design.

But it was the contemporary Water Researcher, Masaru Emoto, author of The True Power of Water who influenced  the text of the above piece.  “Water is a Blessing, Give Thanks for Water,” Bobbi inscribed the Spanish Translation around the water fount: “El Agua Es Una Bendición.  Da Gracias Por Agua.”

Emoto believes that: “It is our individual responsibility to learn all we can about water, the most precious resource on the planet and to help shift the consciousness through our thoughts, words and prayers.  May our understanding of water help to bring peace to all mankind.”

Bobbi felt Spiritually Blessed as she created this triptych and hoped that Argueta’s philosophy about honoring Mother Earth and Emoto’s revelations about water would resonate to the viewers.


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15 replies on “Mastrangelo’s triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua” Celebrates Water and Cinco De Mayo 2016”

Hi, Bobbi

These are marvelous. I just love your designs and they’re so well-crafted it’s hard to believe how they’re made. I hope I can attend the 1st Thursdays exhibit. I’m so glad you’re part of our guild.

Cathy Farrar
Florida Sculptors Guild

These are just beautiful. I will try to make it on Thursday
Carole Underwood
Solivita Book Circle

It was hard to imagine the complexity of these sculptures as described ~ absolutely AMAZING as is my sister, Bobbi. Love them ~ wish we could see them in person.
Love you,
Your Sister,

I,too,wish that I could be there!! I first saw this on Twitter! So this is advertized well! You have created another winning work. It may well be one of your best!! Good luck Bobbi


Congratulations on the coming exhibition of your Triptych “Da Gracia Por Aqua.” Your work is beautiful,and what a great inscription “Water is Sacred, it is the blood of Mother Earth”

This year 2016 has been named The Year of Mercy by Pope Francis. In a book entitled beautiful MERCY published by The Dynamic Catholic Institute they asked the question “How far do you need to go to satisfy your thirst?” The answer for almost a billion people in the world is four miles a day.

Last year New York State placed a ban on hydraulic fracking for natural gas in the state. This week the NY DEC denied a major gas company the right to construct a natural gas pipeline that would have disturbed 251 streams in the state.

In addition to the beauty of your work, it presents such a timely message.

Marv Mastrangelo
Your Brother-in-Law

Dear Marv,
Your comment was one of the most profound contributions on my whole blog. You understood the message of my art and related it to present environmental concerns.

“Da Gracia Por Aqua” (Give Thanks for Water) was inspired by Masaru Emoto’s Book: “The True Power of Water.”

Water is Sacred (El Aqua Es Sagrada, Es la Sangre de la Madre Tierra) These are the last three lines of Jorge Argueta’s Poem: El Agua from “Talking with Mother Earth” (Hablando con Madre Tierra)

Springtime Blessings to Pat and you,
Your sister-in-Law,
Bobbi Mastrangelo

Beautiful work as usual! Love the Mexican theme. You are always exploring new areas and inspirations then making them come to life! Great job!
Love to all,
Cindy & Rick Betschen

Ernestine Vicari Stafford
Congratulations it’s always exciting to see what you’re going to do next. Good luck with this newest adventure.

Ernie, President
Solivita Artisan’s Guild

Great new Grateworks.
Your Brother, Fred

Hello, Bobbi,
I’m fascinated by your work, and your choice of the medium. Congratulations on your exhibit.
By the way, a copy of your “Published by Bobbi” images has been sent to a sculptor, married to an old classmate of my mother. They’re based in South Bend, Indiana. Once she gets permission, she’ll connect you and him directly.
Best regards,

Hi Bobbi,

So enjoyed meeting you and viewing your inspiring artwork at the Cinco de Mayo Exhibit.

Sending you love, joy and peace,


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