Love’s unconditionality, progression from naivety to wisdom, political unrest, leadership, tearing down of stereotypes and gender roles, cultural understanding, conquering of fear and trauma, and selflessness proved that the Avatar world and its four elements were far from simply being a children’s show.
Its characters demonstrated to girls that they too are capable of fending for themselves and saving the day; It taught viewers that in order to achieve peace, one must cast away assumptions of others’ backgrounds and take the time to better understand them for who they are; It proved that despite how ugly the world can become, those with the right determination and love for all can make the positive changes necessary.
The action-packed (and often silly) series, Avatar: the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra, provided complexities that influenced a wide array of people’s lives. Mine included.
As a 10 year anniversary celebration of Avatar: the Last Airbender, Gallery Nucleus and Niceklodeon Studios put together an art exhibit as tribute to the show. They curated fan art submissions representing the cartoon’s characters and its fantastical spirit. This exhibit’s opening night is “reason number one” for our recent SoCal trip.
“The true mind can weather all lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed.”
This might be my favorite from the entire exhibit because it shows the original series Team Avatar’s journey
But more importantly, let’s pay attention to Uncle Iroh managing to drink tea on the tail of a flying bison.
A few 3D submissions exhibited
Original concept art from co-founder Bryan Konietzko
Konietzko’s doodle, with no prediction of the journey that would follow, started it all
Don’t forget about the cosplayers! (My favorite is definitely the Cabbage Man)
They also provided some interactive fun for the guests, including the opportunity to be Nuktuk and his damsel in distress.
They also posted these canvases for the fans to share what they loved about the show and their favorite moments. I like to call it the Withdrawal Wall.
Now I’m sad all over again that the Avatar universe came to an end… But! I am happy to know that its timeless lessons will live on through art and fans.