Day 96 of Project 365: Public art.

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On today’s walk I spied this mural, which was painted by Rather Severe as part of Portland’s 2014 Forest for the Trees Mural Project. Public art is something I consider very important to my experience as a city-dweller. I especially enjoy a mural’s ability to transform a mundane sight into a celebration of shape and color.

Do you encounter any public art where you live?

Writing from: my makeshift study in the dining-room. Listening to: Zen dozing off next to me.

Day 53 of Project 365: Art-o-mat.

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Today’s selfie was unavoidable because I simply had to record this Art-o-mat sighting. From their website: “Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art.” What a wonderful idea! Between this and the micro-libraries I saw in front yards as we drove around, I’ve been smiling all day.

Writing from: a cozy living-room in Portland. Listening to: “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” in the background.

that rabbit

I know this is very old news, but I just found the painting for a patron and I am unsettled by it, so much so that I cannot stop looking at it.

I had recurring nightmares as a child about a gigantic rabbit. Although he did not look exactly like this, the painting captures something of that old terror. Perhaps I am most disturbed by the girl’s expression. What is she feeling?