Sunday, August 28, 2016

IN Light IN

Friday and Saturday night saw the presentation of
IN Light INan exhibit of twenty-four light installations
designed by artists from all over the United States.
The event was to honor the 100th anniversary
of The Indianapolis Foundation,
Indiana's oldest and largest community 
foundation meant to continuously improve
the quality of life for the people of Marion County.

Although it was a "rain or shine" event,
IN Light IN was hit by heavy rains a few hours
before the lights were to be switched on.
As thunderstorms blew through, flooding many
intersections, I was still at home, but decided to go
as soon as the rain turned to sprinkles.
I'm glad I did and that feeling was probably
shared by the other folks who came, too.

While some of the installations were 
literally washed out by the rain, most were
up and running on cue, their lights pulsating,
changing, and glowing in response
to both music and the movement of the crowds.

Performers and models in lighted costumes 
walked among the spectators, laughing, chatting,
and posing for pictures. Of course there was
food and music. A first-rate gospel performance by
Rodnie Bryant and the Indie Singers were
part of an installation involving the Bethel A.M.E.
Church, and Projected Visions was presented by
a pair of artist/musicians from Los Angeles.

As the evening dried out, more and more 
people showed up, in some areas they were 
shoulder to shoulder. More performers
were in evidence and, as the connections
dried out, more of the exhibits were
 activated. Sadly, I couldn't stay longer
to enjoy the additional fun.
I only hope that this is just the first,
the inaugural IN Light IN.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Contrast in Grids

A couple days ago, I came upon 
this lovely tangle of knotted nylon.

The red tile and gray, gridded mortar 
on the wall provided a controlled contrast
to the sinuous coils of an unused 
volleyball net.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wire Nuts

The most mundane things can spark my interest ...
These little red berries, sprouted at the ends of wires 
in digital phone lines, hang open to the elements.
They are street-side, near the bus stop 
I use to go downtown. I Googled "wire nuts"
to make certain I had the right term,
but there were none of these little red berries
shown among the images. However, they serve 
the same purpose, connecting tiny wires 
inside a mess of themselves in a small area.
I think they're cute.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Oh, Yeah, It's Theme Day: Doh!

It's another theme day and I've been rushing around, 
home-job-swim-repeat, for what seems like months, 
but has really only been a few weeks.
Gee, I even recall looking at the CDP page 
to find out what the topic would be for August, 
then promptly forgot about it.
Oh, well, here it is - a short presentation
of pictures of one of the many apartment buildings
that are being constructed in the downtown area.

I caught this moment as workmen were directing a crane
as it flew in some trusses for a floor in the new building,
just outside the Downtown area, at the corner 
of Massachusetts Avenue and New York Street.
The rents of most of the buildings starts at just over
a thousand dollars a month for a small, one bedroom
apartment. I have to wonder about this because
the property owners don't expect their tenants to become
long-term residents of their buildings; no, they
expect them to stay a year or to, then move on to
bigger jobs or to finish school and go on
to other places. In a state where the government
isn't exactly known for attracting businesses that
pay their employees a substantial wage,
who is going to be living in these buildings?
Where are the jobs and where are the educated 
workers who will be qualified for those jobs?

I also noticed that most of the crew working 
on this project are Hispanic. 
This is progress: earlier migrants seemed
to form the backbone of roofing crews who came
into the area during the summer, going from
town to town to put roofs on houses all
through the Midwest. And they do drywall
work, and they paint. Those that do good work
go on to have their own businesses, laying
the foundation for the new wave of immigrants
who will eventually become they mainstays
of their American working communities.
They are, perhaps, in the process of maintaining
and building the very neighborhoods
of which they will eventually be a part.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Reflective Moment

This past weekend, I worked as a timer for 
the 2016 SwimFest, the long course championships 
for age group swimmers from clubs all over
the state of Indiana.
It is frenetic, crowded and noisy
with the shouts of family and friends
drowning out the sounds of the swimmers' 
rhythmic splashing as they swim
the length of the Natatorium's 50-meter pool.
Their slim, fit bodies belie the image
we get of the obese, couch-bound teenager;
these kids are fit, confident, and motivated. 
I am pleased to be able to help them
with my time because they also
serve to keep me motivated --
you have no idea how embarrassing 
it is to know that a 12-year-old can swim
any of their events in one-half the time
it would take me to do the same.

This pictures were taken after the meet Saturday night.
I was waiting for the bus as the sun set, 
and was able to catch the reflections of the fading light 
in the windows of the IUPUI Student Union 
building across the way.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Bit of Macadam Plaid

Earlier this year, the street department worked 
to repave New York Street, just outside the Natatorium.
They made islands, installed new lighting, and
reoriented the stripes in some parking areas.
Of course, this has resulted in an area of nice gray
tweed, interspersed with a pattern of black and yellow
bars at right angles.It makes a fine clan tartan
for the families of all street workers,
spiritual descendants of John McAdam,
inventor of the method of paving
that led to the asphalt surfaces that now
cover our streets and highways.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Theme Day: Look Down

The street maintenance department of Indianapolis
may not be so great at making sweet, 
tidy repairs, but they somehow manage 
to be sublime street artists 
in the Abstract Expressionist manner. 
Compositions such as these exist all over the city; 
I've taken enough of these sorts of photos 
to be able to mount a large exhibition. 
Consequently, today's theme, Look Down 
was right up my alley, so to speak.

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