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Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (foot through kaleidosco

Multiple toes: photographs of statue feet with kaleidoscope lens

While photographing the feet of a sculpture of two naked men wrestling, at the Art Institute of Chicago, a guard stopped me. She asked what the clip was on my camera. I walked over to her, and showed her how the clip is a kaleidoscope lens for my iPhone. Holding my phone up, I showed …

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Degas in 360-degree stitched photo

Stand right in front of a Degas pastel drawing, and try photographing a 360-degree photograph with multiple-stitching. You get some fun results with how the application auto-stitches the exposures together. Normally, 360-degree panorama apps like this are meant to photograph a larger scene outdoors, or maybe even a room. On my iPhone I use 360 …

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Making famous art into playable tiles in the museum store

Can Jackson Pollock paintings be displayed any which way? Upside-down, sideways? Sure, why not? Especially when the paintings are reproduced into two-inch magnets. The Art Institute of Chicago takes some of their most famous art, reprints it into tiny two-inch squares and then seals it within a quarter-inch thick piece of acrylic. Holding these acrylic …

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Chicago Bean and Hot Wheels "Fast Gassin"

A fun pair: a reflective tanker truck by the shiny Chicago Bean

What’s shinier than the 110-ton Chicago Bean? Why a Hot Wheels Heavy Tanker Truck! With its reflective chrome tank, this Hot Wheels is quite the photogenic truck. Sheer power with eight exhaust pipes rising up behind the stout cab. Oversized fenders over the wheels. I couldn’t avoid buying this toy at Target this week (along …

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Estonia exhibit in Chicago Daley Plaza: June 2-5, 2019

Two of my favorite things have crossed roads. The Chicago Picasso and Estonia. While walking to work on a Monday morning, a giant photo Arvo Pärt (the Estonian composer) greeted me right by the Chicago Picasso. Wow! What is this?! It’s an exhibit about Estonia—right in the heart of Chicago! A wonderful public exhibit you …

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Aon Center state flags return in 2019

Sign of spring 2019: state flags return to Aon Center

With spring comes the bright colors. Flowers bloom from the dark ground, butterflies emerge from gray chrysalides. Today, the colorful state flags arise on white flagpoles at Chicago’s Aon Center. All winter long the flags were gone. My window faces this courtyard of 52 flag poles (50 state flags, plus two poles each holding an …

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A bookshelf with hundreds of books that you cannot touch

A floor-to-ceiling shelf holding hundreds of books. Makes a beautiful backdrop. But you can’t read the books. You can’t even touch them. It’s a work of art. Oooook. I need to investigate this artwork further. During lunch I breezed through the Art Institute of Chicago. An unexpected visit on my part, because the nearby McDonalds …

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Snowflakes on Chicago Picasso, screenshot of video

Video: Snowflakes gently landing on the Picasso in Chicago

Happy little snowflakes softly land on the cold hard metal of the Picasso sculpture. Such a beautiful scene: the contrast of the white snowflake against the dark, aged corten steel. I find this two-minute, 46-second video very calming. Nothing “happens” in this video. Just snowflakes falling down. Landing. Sitting. Then all of the sudden scooting. …

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