Jolly Monday

Good Monday morning Friends, Romans, Countrymen … oh wait … forget those last two … I don’t know what got into me … I didn’t come to bury Trump Caesar, honest.  Well, Jolly has returned from his mission … a mission in which he was unsuccessful, so he’s a bit feverish and under the weather today, however he wants to do his part for Jolly Monday.  Just overlook him if he’s a bit … erm … out of sorts.


Well, let’s have a little snack to start our visit … don’t worry, I didn’t let Jolly help with the baking this morning … and then lets find us some chuckles!

The value of a banana?

How can you not click on a headline that reads …

Banana artwork that fetched $120,000 is eaten by ‘hungry’ artist

Now, I had no idea what “banana artwork” was before delving into this article in The Guardian, but when I saw it … my jaw hit the floor.  No, I wasn’t amazed in the way that I might be over a Monet or Van Gogh.  I was speechless in the way of … well, take a look for yourself …banana-art.jpg

The piece, titled Comedian, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was on show at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami.  It was hailed as “a symbol of global trade”.  And somebody paid $120,000 to own … an overripe banana duct-taped to a wall.  Only one question, really, comes to mind:


On further investigation, I find that there were actually three of these “limited-edition” pieces, each sold for between $120,000 – $150,000, and each accompanied by a “certificate of authenticity” and instructions for installation.  Just goes to prove what I’ve been saying for years now … some people have more money than good sense!

But back to the story …

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday, a New York City-based performance artist, David Datuna, peeled the taped banana from the wall and devoured it, raising the half-eaten banana as if making a toast.banana-art-eatenGallery officials replaced the banana with another one, saying that the artwork was not destroyed and that the banana was simply an “idea.”  Okay, fine, but what about the poor fool who paid $120,000 for that banana?

And speaking of art …

A Florida city unveiled an unusual beachfront artwork — a life-sized recreation of a traffic jam sculpted from sand.

The City of Miami Beach commissioned Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich to create Order of Importance, an installation consisting of 66 sand sculptures of cars and trucks lined up on South Beach.  According to Erlich …


“It’s a poetic version of a traffic jam, and it’s open to the public in a public space. It addresses an issue that is linked to our relationship to the natural order, the environment and how important it is to remain in balance in order to survive.”

Hmmmm … I’m not so sure I would call a traffic jam “natural order”, but I acknowledge both the effort and skill it took to make all those sand sculpture cars!  It took Mr. Erlich two years, and 330 tons of sand to complete this scene, and there are 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the oceanfront of popular Lincoln Road.traffic-jam-sand-artist-2traffic-jam-sand-artist-3The installation cost over a million dollars, but the city paid only $300,000 thanks to sponsors and donations.

Weary Willie …

Today is Weary Willie Day … this came to my attention as a result of the nightly email I get apprising me of the next day’s ‘National Days’.  Never having heard of Weary Willie Day, I was intrigued and had to go check it out … I did so with some trepidation, figuring there was a chance it was something a bit kinky. Don’t worry – it’s not.

Weary Willie Day on December 9th recognizes the art of clowning and the impact it has on our lives. This holiday was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898.

Weary-Willie Weary Willie was a unique character in the art of clowning.  Kelly had developed Weary Willy at a time when the white-faced, goofy clown was the norm, and selling the idea for a sad, down-on-his-luck clown did not fit the formula most circuses were seeking.  For the time being, Kelly put back on the white face and the brightly colored costume. 

 Times and attitudes changed when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression.  Downtrodden and world-weary was the face of the nation.  People could identify with Weary Willie like never before. Weary Willie, his frowning, whisker-shadowed face and his dirty, torn and worn costume, went on to become an American icon.Weary-Willie-2His son, Emmett Kelly, Jr. carried on Weary Willie’s persona well into the modern era until his death in 2003, at the age of 83.

Are you in the mood for some ‘toons today (not the political kind, just the make-you-laugh kind)?


I thought this guy was just too cute to pass up …cute-pic-1

And of course, I cannot wrap up Jolly Monday without a cute animal video, now can I?  Let’s take a look at some adorable baby … elephants!

jollyAnd, that’s about it for another Jolly Monday folks!  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and remember … your smile goes such a long way toward bringing joy to others … please remember to share it this week!  Love and hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!!!

39 thoughts on “Jolly Monday

  1. Well if some fool… Er, I mean investor wants to pay me a few thousands, I’m sure that I can find some cucumbers 🥒 and a bit of packing tape to do a follow up to the banana art.

    Uplifting cartoons and cute baby Elephants… A smile for the day! ♥️🙏

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  2. The banana “art” recalls Red Green’s incisive comment: “If I can do it, it isn’t art.” And given that the artist used duct tape (Red’s favorite tool) Red Green could have made that piece!
    Also, I saw Emmett Kelly (or was it his son?) when I was a kid in Bridgeport Connecticut at the Barnum and Baily Circus — the only circus I ever attended. Generally speaking I don’t like clowns, but Kelly was the best.

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    • Ahhhh … Red Green, the shortcut handyman! He should have thought of it first … $120k is nothing to sneeze at! I’m thinking of what I could do with a mouldy bell pepper I have in the fridge! I only went to one circus as a child, and I was petrified of the clowns! But, I would have liked to have seen Emmett Kelly or his son … they were the masters.

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  3. Thanks for the doughnut and my cuppa. Much appreciated as breakfast fels so long ago.They say a fool and his money are soon parted. I think I’ll do a few art installations to see it it’s true.A couple of apple cored perhaps.

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    • Ah yes, your breakfast was about 5 hours before this post, so I’m glad to have been able to re-energize you with a donut and cuppa! You know what … you mentioning apples cored as art reminds me … do you remember a post I did a while back about somebody making art out of avocados? I think it was a Jolly Monday post … I’ll have to see if I can find it. But yeah … if bananas and avocados can be turned into art, why not apples, kiwi, lemons and grapes?


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