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Art on walls, or in hands

What is the utility of hanging a drawing on a wall? How often do people change their wall decorations? Do people today continue to buy images to hang on their walls? Should a drawing instead be viewed with one’s hands? Or referenced in a sketchbook. The Art Institute of Chicago has an exhibit of drawings, …

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Griffin with ligatures for ff and fi: Hoefler text

The ligatures in Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is renaming the museum to be the “Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry” Sounds pretty silly right? Look at how long that name is. Plus, Chicagoans notoriously hate renaming buildings. The Chicago Tribune ran an article with selected Twitter reactions from Chicagoans. A typical Chicago response: Me? …

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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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