Saturday, October 25, 2014

Window on the World, Er, Neighborhood

I heard the alarm. 
I was walking down the opposite side 
of the street. I'd heard it often enough 
before, coming from a back yard -- 
a very large yellow dog and his equally large 
ebony coated cohort, barking their warnings 
to passers-by. This time, however,
the bark was a bit muted. I looked around
to see the huge dog standing
in the front window of his home,
the sort of space usually reserved for
smaller breeds of dogs, Shih Tsu 
and the usual little yappers.
This guy, though, made the small dog
space a big dog throne,
where he gazed upon the passing throngs 
of 'others', and kept guard 
over his particular humans' territory.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn, Tangled

In the tall grasses, autumn was caught 
among the leaves, a bit of contrast
tangled in the green.
And, a few feet away, the grasses
had been swirled and matted.
Had this site been the overnight bed
for a deer, or a for couple companionable 
city dogs, safely hidden from 
passing cars just a few feet away?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fireworks Without the Sparkle

The lighting on the trees outside Eskenazi Health 
made their spiky twigs stand out like bursts
of gold and red fireworks against the night sky.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


A few tattered leaves, among the few left 
on trees outside Eskenazi Health, 
shine like emeralds against the night sky.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Night Patterns

At night, the different kinds of lights
add interest to the windows of buildings 
on the IUPUI campus, revealing 
patterns in the structures of otherwise 
mundane rectangles.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around Here, the Pigeons Dress for Work

Life has even gotten harder for the local pigeons.
All day, the sounds of attacking falcons are played
from the top of the federal court building.
At night, DNR agents often can be seen, shooting
large caliber pistols filled with blanks
into the air to scare away roosting "pest birds."
At least one pair of falcons reside atop 
one of the Downtown Indy buildings, 
from which they hunt their favorite meal -- 
squab on the wing.
Consequently, some of the pigeons,
in an effort to blend in, have adopted camouflage,
dressing like the humans they see every day.
They've even found themselves welcome in grocery
stores, which have recently reported that the
otherwise unappetizing white bread has, for some
reason, begun to "fly off the shelves."

Pigeon Business was one of the many amusing
participants in Art in Odd Places, which took place
in Indy on Friday and Saturday. A trio from
Know No Stranger performed their "winged rat"
antics for passers-by -- spreading crumbs,
exploring trash, and running away at the
slightest hint of danger.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time Passes When You're Having Fun

The installation shown in these photos was just one part 
of a Downtown event this past Friday and Saturday,
Called Swarming Time, the clocks were intended
by artist Jagrut Laval to represent a life force
struggling to maintain itself within an urban environment.
With the hour hands removed, the clocks showed
the seconds ticking by in our present.

I had seen the artist in the process of installing
his piece on the corner of a hotel located
just off Monument Circle; at the time there were
only hundreds of pieces of black tape
being adhered to the limestone facade of
the building. When I returned late Friday morning,
people were stopping to gaze in wonder at the clocks,
as well as a number of other exhibits
staged on Market Street, between 
Monument Circle and the City Market.

Art in Odd Places was full of insight and silliness,
qualities this city needs more of.
I hope we have more of these events in our future.