I remember, long ago, in a secondary school class, the teacher left the room. A moment later, she returned and asked us what was different about her. I was the only one that observed that she had removed the scarf from her neck. I’ve always seemed to notice things in around me, in my environment. Sometimes it’s fun to see different things that we share our space with.
In the past few months interesting apparitions showed up on the pedestrian mall in our midst. The streaming company Hulu installed a short-lived pop-up of interactive flower sculptures, titled “Pride Never Stops,” a few months ago. Savvy walkers could access voice recording from LGBTQ+ storytellers via adjacent QR codes.
The Sneaker Impact sculpture appeared out of nowhere for a longer period of time, catching the eyes of passersby. It was a visual expression by Sneaker Impact, a social enterprise that focuses on the basic principles of sustainability: maintaining a balance between nature, healthy communities, and economic vitality and encourages recycling reusable sneakers. The artwork is by local graffiti artist/muralist Atomik, whose oranges are found on walls and elsewhere around town.
And then, there’s the octopuses (or is it octopi).
Octopi on two buildings in two different neighborhoods –
Octopus on a gate in even another neighborhood –
Octopus as art –
Wearable octopi, meets art –
And then there’s the lizard who came to Art Basel 2021 –
No telling what will catch my eye next. How about you?