Thursday, March 15, 2012

I got all my sisters an' me

This series of sculptural figures mounted on the wall of 737 Southern Boulevard is called “We Are Family”.
It is similar to other pieces by artist John Ahearn (b. 1951) and his assistant Rigoberto Torres (b. 1960).

They are cast in fibreglass, and date from 1982. 

The NYC art commission proclaimed this piece the most effective public sculpture of that year.

Hm. They’re everywhere.


stuff happens today

If you had been around 2056 years ago in Rome you would have known this was not such a great day for emperor Julius Caesar.
On March 15th in 44 B.C. he was on his way to the Senate-House when a soothsayer told him great peril was at hand and would come no later than the Ides of March (the 15th).
Caesar casually remarked, “Well, today is March 15th.”
The seer replied, “Aye the Ides of March have come, but they have not gone.” 
Death of Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini 
Caesar was assassinated later that day. 
Et tu, Bruté?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

either way

take it again, from the top

The High Bridge, also known as the Aquaduct Bridge, is an abandoned fresh water conduit that leaves the Bronx at 179th street over the Harlem River into Manhattan. First opened in 1842, it brought water in using only gravity from 41 miles away.
The HighBridge Tower was opened in 1872 in order to provide water pressure to higher elevations in Manhattan, which could not be served by just the gravity-fed system. ClockTowerTenants first visited this landmark back in October, 2011.
But that was from the bottom of the Manhattan side. This is from the top of the Bronx side. There’s an overgrown park there.

It’s steep and terraced, with old stone staircases that go down the hill to seating areas.
The bridge itself is cool, but the brick pedestrian walkway has been closed off since 1970. 
There’s a commission currently studying the feasibility of reopening the walkway to the public. Don’t hold your breath.
I shot this through the gate.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

a symphony of style

this 5:50 never gets old

At times it can be hard to keep perspective and hope alive when surrounded by so much heartbreak. Our closest can betray us in unfixable ways, plunging us into sorrow and confusion while we adjust to life-changing loss.

We’ve all been there at one time or other. I remember, too.

April 11, 2009

So it’s important to know that life has no set schedule. We all have our ups and downs but happiness knows no moment in time--it’s never too late-- and triumph is right around the corner if we remain open to realizing this and helping it to grow.

Susan Boyle's debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream”, (November, 2009) remains as the UK best-selling debut album...
of all time.

“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” 
English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller. 
(1608 – 1661)

Monday, March 12, 2012

14 months later

and this thing just never quits.
I don’t care much for the Home Depot but I gotta give credit where it’s due.

This is the most colorful $4.99 I’ve ever spent. :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

727 years old

Chippenham, England, c.1285

still under warranty.