Saturday, October 31, 2009
For this Route 66 Saturday Series and still with a Halloween theme, I am posting the above photo taken from Bob's Gasoline Alley in Cuba, Missouri.
It is no secret to the faithful readers of this blog that I don't care much for Halloween. I do enjoy seeing kids dressing up in cute costumes but I am not really into decorating or going to a Halloween party. There are about a dozen kids in our neighborhood and the families walk together in groups, so the whole "Trick or Treat" lasts about an hour. My husband caught a cold earlier this week and still is in bed with running nose, a light fever and body ache. So it was up to me to be a cheerful host when the children stop by. The kids were excited when I put a handful of candies into their baskets/bags and the parents thank me for my generosity. The truth to be known that I just wanted to get the whole thing over quickly as it was kind of chilly standing in front of the house waiting for the kids to come by! Not wanting to be a Halloween Pooper, I am posting the photos below, a smiling pumpkin painted on a bale of hay and the giant eyeball scuplture - BOO from St. Louis!
American artist Tony Tasset created the giant eyeball sculpture. It is made of fiberglass, resin, oil paint and steel and on display at Laumeier Sculpture Park.
Friday, October 30, 2009
In this photo, Benjamin tried to shake hand with the Giant but he gave up and decided to just "high-five" instead! (As I watch the kids happily scrambled over the face, climbing and sitting in the huge hand and the right foot, I sure missed my nephew and thought JL would have a good time playing around the Giant as well as taking part in make-and-take art activities.)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This scandalous cost inspired the nickname of "Million Dollar Courthouse" which people are still talking about. Something never changes when it comes to politicians spending taxpayers' money or using their elected positions to obtain personal financial gains while pretending to do something nice for the people.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Above - Royal Coat, Sandy Miller is the artist.
Below in order of posting - Tut-Ankh-Lion (this is a good one). Artist - Beverly Lake Hoffman.
Next is Winding Earthcamo Lion by Genevieve Esson.
Follow by Reflection of the Arts - Byron Rogers is the artist.
On the roof of Centennial Commons building sat "Tye-Dyed Lion". Steve Scherrer is the artist. I hope all the visitors to my blog enjoy these Lions. If you wish to see a specific public sculpture or a particular feature of St. Louis, let me know and I might be able to post the photos in future St. Louis Friday Series.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
"200, 200, do I hear 210, how about 215? I have 215, do I hear 220? Don't be shy, 220, going once, going twice, sold to the men in the mustard shirt."
When I saw the sign "Shy Auction Co.", I thought of a shy person trying to place a bid at a live auction - not very successful.
Also, if someone made a purchase and paid with a stolen checkbook, he would not have to look far to get bail bonds. How convenient!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Above - Stars of Senior Success (William Baur is the artist) -one of the nine lifesize fiberglass lions that were placed throughout the City.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I understand that neighborhoods, particularly in New York or any big cities, are in constant changing as new immigrants are moving into the area. Walking along 86th Street, you will see various cultures such as Russian, Hispanic and most prominently Asians by looking at the storefronts, listening to the languages being spoken by the shoppers, you witness the living history of Bensonhurst being written, just like the Italians and the Jewish people when they settled in this community in early 1900s.
According to Wikipedia, "Today, the Italian American community numbers over 50,000, or more than one-third of the population. Despite increasing diversity, Bensonhurst is heavily Italian-American, as its Italian-speaking community remains over 20,000 strong, according to the census of 2000. However, the Italian-speaking community is becoming "increasingly elderly and isolated, with the small, tight-knit enclaves they built around the city slowly disappearing as they give way to demographic changes." ".
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Here is a bit of history from Trailnet website, "The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was constructed in 1929 as a toll bridge. It became part of the now-historic Route 66 in 1936 and was purchased in 1939 by the City of Madison, Illinois. The opening of a modern free bridge 1,800 feet to the north led to a decline in revenue and ultimately the Bridge's closure in 1968. Demolition was planned in 1975; however, a steep drop in the value of scrap steel rendered it unprofitable to tear it down. Trailnet became involved in the project in 1997 when it initiated a restoration project to re-open the Bridge as one of the world's longest bicycle and pedestrian bridges."
Friday, October 09, 2009
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 10th, I am planning to go to Central Park in Chesterfield, Missouri (not Central Park in New York City, I wish) to see the unveiling of The Awakening, a monumental, five-part sculpture by American sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr. The event is a community celebration scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. with the unveiling at 11:00 a.m., and all sorts of art activities including T-shirt painting, sand sculpting, hands-on family art projects, dancing performances and food from area restaurants.
Since early summer, twenty life size bronze sculptures crafted by Johnson have been placed throughout the City of Chesterfield as a preview to the arrival of this 70 feet in length, 17 feet tall, 4,700 lbs cast aluminum, monumental piece called "The Awakening". This week, I am posting a few of my favorite sculptures. I like all of the pieces and promise to post work by other artists that are on displayed at public parks, office complexes, street corners, in future St. Louis Friday series. It was a lot of fun to look for public arts, just like my own treasure hunt and cost only a few dollars of gas.
Below - Out of Sight, on displayed at Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, North Outer 40 Road.