My own art walk

guardian lionCooler fall weather brings out the walker in me, not the exercise walker so much as the get-to-my-appointments-and-errands-walker. In the past few weeks I discovered that things changed over the summer while I was cocooned in my air-conditioned car.

On my way to meet a friend at City Hall, I stopped outside to take in the new twin guardian lions — also known as Fu Dogs — (really?) gifts from Taiwan sister city Hualien. Weighing in at thirty-six hundred pounds each, the marble dogs are in little danger of leaving City Hall any time soon, whether by their own efforts or anyone else’s.

Another day I walked along NE Sixth to join friends for dinner.  I did a double-take and pulled out my phone to snap a picture of an unexpected piece of fabric draped between crochetthe lampposts that line this narrow street. It’s a two hundred-foot-long crocheted panel called a fiber river.  Artist Mandy Greer involved the greater community in this project by hosting crochet workshops for people who wanted to contribute. Apparently it’s been here since late July, but like I said, I’ve not strolled around town for several months.

grass wallI got a photo of the final astonishing sight, when returning books to the library. As the new parking garbage took shape, my husband and I pegged it as a graffiti magnet. What tagger could deny himself the pleasure of marking its immense concrete exterior surface as his own? Instead, the walls of the parking garage are no longer a canvas of dead concrete but a living garden of grasses and leaves.

I appreciate living in a changing environment, but like most people who’ve lived in the same place for a long time, I want to be comfortable with the changes, in some sense to approve of them. Now there’s an example of a strong control streak or is it freak?  Happily for now, I can say that these changes are fine with me.

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About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.
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One Response to My own art walk

  1. Evelyn says:

    I enjoyed reading your description and vicariously walked along with you. You are fortunate to be living in a city where walking to your destinations seems so
    carefree and pleasant. The healthy lifestyle is to be envied. Enjoy!

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