Public space art

Airport parking garage transformed into drive-through art gallery

An airport parking garage in Cologne, Germany is transformed into a drive-through art gallery. 300 artworks are on display on luggage carts, which gives just the right viewing height for people in cars to see the artwork while slowly driving by. With less flights (and I assume less parking in the airport), they have the …

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Bing says vintage apple crate labels are guerilla art

Bing has a very interesting interpretation for what “guerilla art” is. Do an image search on Bing for “guerilla art” and you’ll get a listing dominated by vintage labels. Most of these results come from a blog post, “20 vintage apple crate labels from the Pacific North West“. These vintage apple crate labels are quite …

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Soundcloud: background city sounds

Do you miss the sounds of city life? Here’s 24 minutes of Chicago background sounds.

I always enjoyed my 24-minute stereo recording of walking through downtown Chicago. But now I really appreciate this recording of how Chicago used to sound before stay-at-home orders. Plus, after two months of not being downtown, I miss these everyday urban sounds. Recorded using a Marantz PMD620, the quality is nice. And did I mention …

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Garbage that looks like origami

Origami scattered about on the bathroom floor at work. Overflowing from the wastebasket little unintentional creations lie strewn about. Crumbled paper towels lying on the floor look just like origami creations. What if someone actually folded a bunch of paper towels into origami creatures, and left them on the floor? Who would actually do something …

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A garden appeared on the Picasso sculpture at the end of winter

Possibly our last accumulating snow of the season, Chicago was freshly covered in a light blanket of snow. Wonderful white canvases became available once again across the city. This morning I made sure to walk above ground to enjoy the snow. Many Chicagoans avoid the snow by walking in the underground Pedway that goes directly …

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Rock architecture in urban empty lot

Empty lots are fascinating. The natural growth that naturally occurs in the desolate, unattended land. Plants sprouting up, giving life. The fence sign declares no trespassing. Don’t even think about stepping foot onto this land. However, someone ignored this warning, climbed the fence, and stacked a rock pile. A little act of humanity in a …

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Chicago Bean looking a little bit like a John Singer Sargent painting

Merging a John Singer Sargent painting with the Chicago Bean

The John Singer Sargent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago is closing this weekend. Thankfully my brother informed me of that this morning. Now that I work within walking distance of the Art Institute, I wanted to take full advantage of being able to hop right in. What a joy it is to take …

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First tulip in Chicago, Spring 2018

The first tulips are now blossoming in downtown Chicago!

The tulips are wondering, “Is it ok to come out?” After the fourth-coldest April in Chicago records, the temperatures are finally starting to warm up. Huddled underground for months, the tulips are finally feeling the warmth. They are mustering up the courage to break out of their green shells. Seeing the tulips blooming is one of …

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