Monday, July 16, 2018

'Z' is for Zoo

The Cleveland Zoo is going to have five weekends of night festivals with Asian (which is the inclusive word choice for Chinese) lanterns. Workers from Chicago have been there a month installing 45 sets, and there has been some advertising. The people above are waiting to get in on Monday morning. Cuyahoga County residents can get in free that day. The huge lantern gate looks almost like a real ceremonial gate. It is in very good shape. Some of the lanterns are already faded, and the sign lanterns are frayed. It has been said, that this is the first setting in a zoo; others have been in botanical parks. Chicago and Milwaukee were previous stops.
 a snow leopard in the new "Asian Highlands" exhibit
 a female mallard in a low sawed off trunk
Perhaps the showpiece is the huge dragon in the lake. Many photographers have already posted their shots.
 Some sets are long tableaux, here is part of one which has thirteen pandas.
Tulips and a Dutch windmill are included in the Asian lantern show.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

want a cracker?

Kristen Cliffel sculpted circus ceramic heads. This would fit well in the mid-1960s Batman show as one of the Joker's rooms. This was one of many works at the CAN (Collective Arts Network) Triennial at West 78th Studios.
 Molly acted as custodian of art and possibly security.
Christian Faur is a professor of art at Denison. He does pointillist works, with the points of color being sharpened wax crayon. This one was done with food. A saltine cracker is dry. He baked some.
Faur took 1296 of them to form a 6' square portrait of the half-baked cracker-in-chief. It is visiting West 78th Street Studios.
Some people share their feelings. Several people took photographs of selves and others displaying a certain finger towards the portraiture.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Well, to-day is Bastille Day

Marie Madeleine Berthe Lebeau *1923, 2016☨, the last surviving cast member

One of the best moments of cinema is this scene from "Casablanca" [click]: The film came in 1942, a moment in time when fascism was very strong and successful. Democracy was defeated in many countries. In this film, many of the actors were émigrés from Europe: people who could not live under fascism, some were patriots, some were among the hated peoples of fascism, or their spouses. In this scene, the Germans are singing, "Wacht am Rhein", and the French patriots sing the Marseillaise, which was first called, "Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin". It was written in 1792, and became the national anthem (the first time) on July 14th 1795. This song has always been a song of resistance, and we must always oppose fascism.

Friday, July 13, 2018

fotos from the east side

Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrors. Cleveland. 11 July 2018. 
These two exhibits were free standing, other exhibits were inside boxes where ticket buyers ($30) could see more.
polka dotted beach balls
hospital helicopter
I saw this photographed by a teevee station, and thought it was a good subject. A policeman died after getting ill while doing a training exercise in 90+°F heat. I can believe, he was a good man from the fotos and narrative presented. Previously, another policeman was killed by a car, and that teevee coverage was extravagant. The shooting of a Kennedy, did not get that much in local television. After the former's death, more teevee stories about a tenth anniversary of death of another policeman. Police were upset [they become so often and quickly] about "Black Lives Matter", and countered with "Blue Lives Matter", and "All Lives Matter". Cleveland Police criticise any story that is critical of police, and complain of press coverage. No, this is not true, a truer statement would be police want to control all press coverage on police. "Protect and serve" is propaganda, police are to enforce laws, and often that means arresting people.
I read these two light fixtures, "Protect" and "Serve" were made by Rose Iron Works. The 3rd District Police Station Cleveland has been open less than three years. Outside maintenance is not a priority. This fixture is under roof, and the grime is visible.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Miscellany #8

Valley View
Brooklyn Heights
West 14th, Zion Kirche
West 65th, St. Colman

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Holden Arboretum

 3,600 acres in Kirtland Ohio of gardens and natural areas

65 feet above the ground there are suspension bridges formed into a canopy walk. I had a very bad knee today, but the bridges were very easy to walk. I walked faster,easier, and with less pain. The springiness of the suspended walkways took strain off the knee and other joints.
 Reception ready with little bear bottles of honey
The park has a lot of signage. This was the first time i saw a smoke and VAPOR prohibition.