This week’s challenge: O
DISCARDED, WORKPLACE, ARTS AND OLD
A couple of weeks ago there was an interesting article in our local rag: the Saanich News. It described an interesting find in the local tip/dump: An old rocket launcher (why am I humming a Bruce Cockburn song just now…..?). Someone actually had it on their wall. Perhaps they got married and their new wife decided it wasn’t going to go with their sofa, or perhaps the collector died, I don’t know. In any case, the conundrum was: what do you do with a decommissioned rocket launcher when it no longer fits your decor? (and I’m sure you’ve ALL asked yourselves this at least ONCE!) Well, it’s metal and metal is recyclable, so why not send it to the dump? Here’s a link to the story:
Yeah, yeah – most of you will think OFFICE for a workplace, and I have done my time in offices over the years (when I couldn’t keep bread on the table as a musician). But these days I have a MUCH more interesting life!!! Right now, I’m aboard the ms Eurodam (a Holland America ship). We are sailing from Quebec City to New York City with a bunch of quilters. Today we’re in Bar Harbor Maine, and are going to be meeting local quilts at Fabricate quilt shop and then going to a lobster lunch. I am actually teaching quilting and singing a couple of concerts while we’re aboard. That means my WORKPLACE these days is on the OCEAN!! Life is tough. And the timing for this Scatterdays letter couldn’t be better!
When I first moved to Calgary in 1990 I was amazed at how much art was OUTSIDE on the streets. It was a result of lots of money from the oil and gas sector, and they decided (after they built all their tall buildings) to make the downtown more beautiful with public art. There was always a surprise around every corner.
Since then, I’ve kept my eyes open for art in the outdoors. I have taken to photographing all those huge (sometimes beautiful) outdoor icons – you know the ones, the giant koala, huge Pysanka (Easter egg), or moose that identify where you are, and what the community would like to be known for.
We were in Miami Florida in 2007, singing for the guild there. After our show, we visited the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There was an installation of Dale Chihuly glass in the gardens that was highly recommended to us. It was the first time I’d ever seen Chihuly glass – and what an amazing way to show it, amid all the plants and even floating on the pond! We went through the entire gardens playing “spot the Chihuly”. A few years later we found a similar exhibit at Kew Gardens in London. I LOVE it when art moves OUTDOORS!
OLD: Oh Oh – I didn’t do this one! I’m in a very Old part of the world just now. How about this picture of Old Quebec City, which I saw from my stateroom window the first day of the cruise?
Whew! Did it! Even though I’m on a ship. Next time, I’ll be back on dry land.
To see what the other Scatterdayers are doing, check out Cinzia’s blog.