This was very welcome today. Morning was bright and sunny but afternoon grew overcast, and we’ve seen enough of that. Below is another view that may give you a clue what this is.
And below is what it really is, and another reason it’s welcome—not only the color but the resting place for walking up this hill.
Near the top of this hill is another pretty bench.
They are painted by girl scouts.
And here is the bench.
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Attending the Paintball Exhibit
Traveling under the Bloomfield Bridge, you never know what you’ll find. Here, Mr. Top Hat Metal Sculpture sits in the snow, shirtless to appreciate the skills of local paintballers in a modern-day Jackson Pollock style. Would Pollock have thrown balloons full of paint onto a canvas if he’d had the chance? I’ll bet he would have.
Above is the shirtless Mr. Top Hat Metal Sculpture today, and below from a photo I took of the same sculpture almost three years ago in the summer when someone had taken pity on his bare metal in the sun and given him cover.
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Murals of Yesterday and Today
I visited a customer in Homestead, PA today, and parked next to these murals, on the side of a building on a side street. I could only find the name and artist for one, but I will surely find information on the rest.
The pear trees were blooming and traffic was passing so I couldn’t get a clear shot of any of them. However, I liked the young pear tree with its blossoms as part of this photo, delicately decorating the mural of the three bench guys and even intermingling with the faded painted remnants of the shop sign on the brick wall.
Very art deco. as the Monongahela River pours out of the bottom of the painting.
Homage to the Homestead Strike in 1892.
This is the only mural about which I could find any identification. It’s on a second-story fire escape, and it’s as if the woman is standing there, with her child.
This mural of a man apparently coming home from work, taking off his hard hat as he climbed the fire escape; if you looked across the street from it at the right angle, the railing in the painting mimics the actual railing of the fire escape.
Life Imitating Art: 2010
Ivy and honeysuckle obligingly grow out of strategic areas on the mural painted from ground to roof on the side of this building in Mt Washington, in Pittsburgh.
It’s really cool to look at, but I do hope they remove the vines or it will damage and eventually cover the mural.