Art around town
20100315_7238 copy 2.jpg Santa Fe is second in line to Art with New York leading..it has Art almost everywhere in town. Even the electrical boxes are painted by youth groups...although I don't have any images of them. Here are a few images from around town and some random from Albuquerque. 20100315_7197 copy.jpg This is from Canyon road known for it galleries. 20091206_2139 copy 2.jpg Street art off I 25. 20080629_8003 copy.jpg Sculpture on Canyon road. Shoe pole Saw this in Albuquerque on my way to the zoo. 20091129_2052 copy.jpg Full body sculpture that I liked with the snow melting. And one more for fun..taken at the Aquarium and Botanical gardens. 20100322_7410 copy 2.jpg
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Bi-Weekly Challenge - Amenity Art
Lights and art
1. This was really strange one to take. I wanted to get more of the words but quickly realized I couldn't. I did enjoy the shadow pattern on the bricks.
2. Taken at a local stadium, I liked the colored lights (there were much more colorful in real life)
3. Night lighting, downtown. The vertical light isn't really that tall, more of a trick shot.
Bi-Weekly Challenge - Amenity Art
When a contract for a new building is made here on campus, a certain percent is allocated to art. Recently a new building was completed. I don't know what it is going to be used for, but the entry way is a place where they placed some of their art, I guess it may be cheaper then setting aside space for it inside.
3. Closer up
I think there is a picture in there someplace, just haven't found it yet.
Public Art(?) - Challenge Post
I headed downtown last weekend to find some public art for the challenge and found all kinds of it. Some of it was a little strange - like this. Any guesses on what this is?
Some of it was a good ways beyond strange. For example, there's this creature. Stick some rocks on a piece of mining equipment or farming equiprment (I'm not sure which), glue some pennies to the top of the rocks and call it art. And get paid for it. With my tax money. Grrr!!! There seems to be a trend in public art - make art (?) out of trash, because that's green. Not to mention stupid...
It amazes me that someone got paid for this one. I'd be embarrassed.
I did find one sculpture that actually made sense and took a picture of it for Dee. I considered bringing it home for you, Dee, but it wouldn't fit in my trunk.
But not far from that one was one that made nonsense. Someone actually got paid for this crap.
By now I'm thinking that it simply cannot get any stranger. And then I came across a solar powered, glow-in-the-dark doughnut. At least I hope it's a doughnut, and not a solar powered, glow-in-the-dark hemorrhoid ring.
on the square, georgetown historical district...
we recently went to a chili cookoff "on the courthouse square" in georgetown.
the "cookoff" was...how shall i say this...a tad bit disappointing. yeah, i think that's how i'll put it.
it was overrun with the traditional vendors one would expect to see at such an event, charging prices one would expect.
i mean really, how much money would you pay for a bag of kettle corn? i know i ain't paying $7 bucks for it, and $3 for a 16 oz bottle of water? really?
anyway the chili was less than spectactular, and when they announced that the team "cousin joey" had won, it was time to go.
i don't know where they were from, but, for my tastes...barbequed brisket soup does not constitute chili. and, as i have said before, CHILI DOES NOT HAVE BEANS IN IT!!!!!
oh well, now to the pictures. i took these for the challenge, martyn.
this is a shot of the lady justice on top of the courthouse. since it was paid for with my tax dollars and belongs to the citizens of texas i figured it fit the bill.
the sky was the deepest cool blue and she was dark against the sky. to get a clear shot i had to go a couple of blocks away and i don't have the best zoom, so i got what i could.
i like her better in the second shot (except you can see the pidgeon poop), but, i like the sky in the first one.
anybody know how i could maybe merge them and get a good shot of her with the brilliant blue sky?
anyway, here's a bonus shot of, i think, a masonic lodge on the corner of the square. it too has the cool blue that was the sky that afternoon.
Challenge: Bi-Weekly Challenge. Amenity Art.
Firstly I was honoured when I was asked to host the next Bi-Weekly Challenge on November 15th.. Secondly I am delighted to accept the challenge and hope my efforts are worthy of Photographica !
All of our County's, City's, Towns and some villages (Parishes)have an elected local governing body and they spend the public purse in our best interests, as they always tell us! Naturally, some times I agree and sometimes I disagree with how our tax money is used!
My City of Stoke on Trent is an old City in serious industrial and social decline, long gone are the days of Shelton Bar (steel makers) and all of our coal mining pits have been capped off. The Pottery industry has been shipped abroad where the cost of labour is far cheaper!
A couple of decades ago there were many acres of industrial dereliction and wasteland poisoned by industry, this poor state of affairs was deemed no longer acceptable by the City's people. Henceforth, re-development of the City began in earnest!
So came about areas of empty land put to use with a sculpture or other art that helps to enhance our living environment. I agree that it looks good but can't help but think could that money have been better spent elsewhere!
All of these photo's were taken while in the back seat of our car, all the art can be seen from the road. I had my wife drive me around Stoke while we were on our way to do our weekly grocery shop!
The challenge is to photograph outdoor art or sculpture that has been funded by your government taxes, local or central!... However, the method of funding is not a strict criteria and any form of art out in the community will do!... It should be easily accessible by road or footpath for the public to see and enjoy!... I want to see a little part of the path or road in the photograph, think safety first!... The shots don't have to be perfect, especially if you're taking them while sitting in the back seat of a car on the move.
Builders boarding.jpg our town council pays professional graffiti artists
Builders boarding.1.jpg to paint builders boards to beat the
Welcome to Chesterton.jpg graffiti vandals. It looks ok and the vandals leave them alone, it works!
Highway adornment with The Staffordshire Knot..jpg this underpass is decorated with the
Highway adornment with The Staffordshire Knot close up.jpg Staffordshire Knot , can only be seen from the road!
City sculpture.jpg I have no idea what this sculpture is supposed to represent, it looks better than
City sculpture close up.jpg the derelict shell of a house that was here before it!
City sculpture.1.jpg This sculpture at Etruria is on part of the site
City sculpture.1 closeup once dominated by British Steel's Shelton Bar works!
This challenge has raised my curiosity as I don't even know how to interpret what these sculptures represent. I 'll have to research them as I'm pretty sure you Photographica folk will want to know what they mean..
Be sure to read the comments to this challenge!
A compromise is fine by me... Anything you deem artistic outdoors in the community! Road or path needn't be included in the shot! I think that should simplify matters for everyone! Every town is different, I realise that point..
Highway adornment with The Staffordshire Knot..jpg