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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Who Does It Better: Repaving City Streets

Guess which city is more concerned about the safety of it's residents, the health of it's environment, and the ability of it's local businesses to actually conduct business?

The above picture was taken tonight at just about midnight, near the intersection of Colfax and Kipling in Lakewood, Colorado. 

Colfax avenue is being repaved, and the work is being done late at night, as that is when traffic along Colfax is lightest.

And thus there is about a 1/10,000 less chance of a road worker being injured by an errant driver, there is about a 1/20,000 less chances of a driver being put at risk of being in a dangerous driving situation, and about a 1/100,000 less chance of thousand cars (or more) spewing pollutants into the air while waiting 10 to 15 minutes for a person in an orange vest holding a small stop sign to give permission to proceed.

Now take a look at this second picture. It was taken around noon along Chester street just north of East County Line road in Centennial. 

Chester street is being repaved,and the work is being done between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, in accordance with the City of Centennial's Right Of Way ordinance.

And thus, as several studies done over the last few decades have shown (such as "Night-Time Road Construction Operations Synthesis Of Practice" by O.A. Elrahman, PHD of the New York State Dept of Transportation), the chances of a road worker being injured by an errant driver increases more than a thousand fold, the chances of a driver being suddenly thrust into a potentially dangerous situation increase over 10,000 times (as there are literally 10,000 more vehicles on Chester Street between 8:00am and 5:00pm than at any other time, night or day), and the amount of pollution expelled by idling vehicles increases incalculably due to the extremely long times the multiple thousands of vehicles that travel along Chester street every single day have to sit at a dead stop until the caravan of dump trucks being filled with scraped asphalt gets out of the way...

So, which city does it best? Which city actually cares about the health and welfare of road workers and residents alike? Which city actually gives a damn about the environment?

You only get one guess.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Most Unlikely Confession

I figure the most unlikely confession ever would be from a media outlet that purports to be a news source revealing that all they do is peddle fear to the already frightened.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

One Lovely Afternoon At West End Architectural Salvage In Des Moine

As the name implies, West End Architectural Salvage is a business that specializes in salvaging whatever can be salvaged from old buildings slated for demolition.

Which makes it a dream destination for the restoration minded.

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