When I'm walking around Speedway and other places,
there's no telling where artwork by various artists will show up.
Highway workers are laying a new roadbed on
Crawfordsville Road that reminds me
of Andy Goldsworthy's work.
But I never thought that the ubiquitous orange barrels
that line highways all over the United States
would ever have found their origins
in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.
I like the rich, shiny blackness of new asphalt,
here shown with the tan pea gravel
and limestone base layers. As a kid,
I loved the smell of tar used by the street
pavers who had a company down the block
from my grandmother's house.
Here cord has been tightly strung along the roadbed,
to mark the intended height of the pavement.
A sensor on the paving machinery
will use the cord as a guide to the correct depth
and, as I understand it, will adjust accordingly
as it moves along.