Philadelphia – May 2018 – Views of the City

A Sunday afternoon in downtown Philadelphia…

 

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Flowers outside Independence Hall Visitor Center.

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Everything in Philadelphia seems to be dedicated to Benjamin Franklin. Apparently his newspapers are laying on the ground to this day.

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway that leads to the Art Museum (and the Rocky statue)

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An Airplane outside the Franklin Institute

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As well as the grand front entrance.

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A fountain in the Franklin Parkway looking back towards City Hall.

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The Pennsylvania Convention Center – built in part in the old Reading Railroad Terminal.

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Baltimore – May 2018 – Kinetics Race

Baltimore hosts the largest Kinetics Festival/Race on the east coast. For the 20th consecutive year human powered works of art have taken over the streets of the city.

 

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While not quite as large as the one in Humboldt County, California, the Baltimore race still featured a number of well done sculptures, as well as coordinated racers.

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Even the spectators were interesting.

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Many dressing for the occasion.

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While the teams got ready for the 15 mile race around the streets, into the bay and through a mud pit.

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Eventually they were off and made their way up Federal Hill.

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Which provided a nice backdrop of the skyline.

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The machines had all sorts of designs, some better than others (although this one used their arms and hands, not their legs, which proved troublesome).

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Eventually they made their way into downtown.

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With a highlight being Patterson Park and the mud pit. The crowds were 5 deep on both sides.

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And the mud was deep.

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But with 48″ alien wheels the mud was no problem.

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Which made for happy aliens.

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Cincinnati – April 2018 – Terracotta Soldiers

The Cincinnati Ar Museum is hosting an exhibit of the Chinese Terracotta Soldiers. Included in the exhibit are 10 soldiers from the famed collection of Terracotta Warriors of the first emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang.

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The sculptures are over 2000 years old; serving as funerary art for the emperor to protect him in his afterlife.

They are part of a collection of an estimated 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots and over 500 horses.

While the lighting made photography tricky, it was an honor to be able to see these amazing sculptures in person.

The special exhibit area had a timed ticket admission policy to smooth the crowds wanting to view them. While busy it wasn’t jammed so you could enjoy them.

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The details are amazing.

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It seems obvious with the subtle differences in the faces that they were modeled after real individuals.

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The amazing collection was discovered in 1974 by a farmer digging a well.

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The 10 soldiers had a variety of poses.

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As the display makes it’s way around the world it is the most popular exhibit since King Tut.

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The life size figures made one feel as if they were looking at you.

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Standing guard for 2000 years.

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Columbus – April 2018 – Gallery Day

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The Riffe State Office Tower in downtown Columbus is the home of a gallery that rotates exhibits every few months. Since January the display has been the 2017 Quilt Nationals, featuring artists from across the country.

Expecting the usual symmetrical circles and patterns of ‘country quilts’, we were pleased to see a totally different approach – more like art in the form of a quilt.

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Many had no patterns at all – rather they resembled paintings as they dealt with the artists emotions at the time of creation. But they are indeed quilts.

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Those that did have patterns were more free form.

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Even the symmetrical ones had a modern feel.

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Not your grandma’s quilt.

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Meanwhile just around the corner is the Ohio State University Urban Arts Center, located on the lower level of an old department store.

This exhibit featured the works of the senior art students.

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While the exhibit wasn’t officially open yet, they let us wander around.

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George Romero would be proud.

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New York City – November 2017 – Tourist Day in Manhattan

With a day to spend in Manhattan with nothing special planned we wandered the city and checked out some of the non tacky tourist spots (i.e. Time Square)

Bryant Park Ice Rink and the Main Library

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Entrance to Rockefeller Center

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Statue and Flags at Rockefeller Center

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The Oculus

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Central Park West View

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A stop at the Met.

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Ornate apartment building on Fifth Avenue.

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Where do they put the prisoners?

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A great day in the city.

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Windsor, ON – June 2017 – Riverfront Scenes

With a weekend in the Detroit area it was decided to spend the night in Windsor, which is just a mile away through the tunnel.

The Windsor Riverfront offers excellent views of downtown Detroit (other post) as well as the scenes on the Canadian side.

 

The Ambassador Bridge

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Riverfront Park

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A carnival was being held in the riverfront park

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Bloomfield Hills, MI – June 2017 – Cranbrook Art Museum & Saarinen House

The Cranbrook Academy of Art was founded in the 1920s by George Booth, who asked renown Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen to design the campus and buildings. Eventually the campus was expanded to include both boys and girls schools, a Science Museum as well as the Art Museum.

The Saarinen House has been restored to it’s 1930s look, and the museum offers tours, which we attended. The house itself (in my opinion) was somewhat disappointing as it did not give the ‘wow’ feeling that I often have when going into other famous homes, such as many of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of the same period. Instead it seems more ‘practical’ and commonplace, in a 1930s art deco way.

The grounds of the campus are very nice, with gardens scattered about, along with numerous sculptures and fountains. The museum was somewhat smallish, but had some interesting artifacts including the chair collection.

 

The Art Museum

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Gardens and Fountains

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The interior of the Art Museum

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Saarinen House

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