Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012

Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012
Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas at Luche Libre Taco Shop in San Diego, March 2012

Friday, July 28, 2017

What The Actual...Papa John's Sculpture Park In Des Moines, Iowa

Yoshitomo Nara: White Ghost, fiberglass 2010

Mark Di Suvero: T8, painted steel 1987

After Keith Haring: Untitled (Three Dancing Figures, version C), painted aluminum - drawn by Keith Haring in 1989, fabricated in 2009, 19 years after his death.

                                        Jaume Plensa: Nomade, painted stainless steel 2007

                                                            Nomade, view II

Olafur Eliasson: Panoramic Awareness Pavilion, glass, metal, & light 2013

             Panoramic Awareness Pavilion, view II                           

Panoramic Awareness Pavilion, interior view

Richard Serra: Five Plate Pentagon, steel 1986

Martin Puryear: Decoy, cast iron 1990

               Ugo Rondine: Moonrise, East, August, painted cast aluminum on steel plinth 2005

Ugo Rondinone: Moonrise, East, January, painted cast aluminum on steel plinth 2005

Ugo Rondinone: Air Gets Into Everything Even Nothing, cast aluminum, white enamel 2006

Anthony Caro: In The Morning, bronze 1986

                                                             In The Morning view II   

In The Morning view III

Judith Shea: Post Balzac, cast bronze 1990

Louise Bourgeois: Spider, bronze 1997

Barry Flanagan: Thinker On A Rock, bronze 1997

Ellsworth Kelly: Untitled, stainless steel 1994

Joel Shapiro: Untitled, bronze 1985

        Gary Hume: Back of Snowman (White) & Back of Snowman (Black), enamel on bronze 2002

Scott Burton: Cafe Table 1, polished absolute black granite, designed 1984, fabricated 1992
and Seating for Eight, polished Deer Island granite, designed 1985, fabricated 1989 - 1990
Both pieces were fabricated after the passing of Mr. Burton in 1989

    Tony Smith: Marriage, painted steel designed 1961, fabricated 1989 after Mr. Smiths death in 1980

Tony Cragg: Order, cast bronze 1989

Willem De Kooning: Reclining Figure, bronze 1969 - 1982

William Tucker: Gymnast III, bronze 1985

Tony Smith: Willy, painted steel designed 1962 fabricated 2005, after Mr Smiths death in 1980

Willy, view II

Monday, July 24, 2017

American Dream Machines In Des Moines, Iowa

Earlier this year I found myself in Des Moines, Iowa, and with quite a bit of free time on my hands. So I did a bit of random driving around the city, and on one of those random drives I stumbled upon American Dream Machines

American Dream Machines is one of those rare places a person will visit and then use the words "pretty damn cool" to describe it, except they will say those three words with more conviction and fervor than they ever have before.

Simply because, ADM is pretty damn cool.

The Dream Machines for sale at ADM are indeed the stuff of dreams. The somewhat nondescript entrance leads to a long, wide showroom that is lined on all sides with some of the most beautiful classic American muscle and sports cars you will ever see.

Just about every model of every muscle or sport car produced by the big three during the 50's, '60's and even the '70's is available at ADM.  

To emphasize the nostalgia factor, the walls are decorated with posters, prints, and album covers that feature actors and musicians from those eras.

However, ADM is not just a place where you can buy the car you've wanted since you received your first Hot Wheels set. It also boasts a fully stocked parts department that either has or can track down just about any part for any classic car, and also has a fully staffed service department that can tackle any repair needed, and of course, perform any and all maintenance required.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy At The Arvada Center, July 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Welcome To The Home Of The Best Public Art In Colorado...Welcome To Colorado Springs

Continuum, The Julie Penrose Fountain in America the Beautiful park, Colorado Springs

The picture above is of a four story tall, 24 ton steel structure with 366 spray jets raining down water on an undulating concrete catch basin (that sends the water through a re-circulater). It was selected by the citizens of Colorado Springs in 2001 from 162 submissions that came from artists all around the world. It is situated in the heart of America the Beautiful park and was dedicated in 2007. 

It was designed by artist Bill Burgess and architect David Barber, and built by Springs Fabrication. It was funded via donations from the citizens of Colorado Springs and the El Pomar foundation, and it may well be the best public art in the state of Colorado.

Plus, it rotates...four times an hour.

As one might expect, like most cities of almost half a million people there is quite a bit of public art in Colorado Springs. 

What I didn't expect was how good most of it is.