Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Decorated Utility Box - Picasso Box - Pittsfield, MA

Picasso Box
Pittsfield, MA



Street Side - "Seated Woman in a Red Armchair"

N 42° 27.379 W 073° 14.023

Short Description: 

A painted utility box with the title "Picasso Box" is located on Tyler Street at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue in Pittsfield, MA.

Long Description:

The City of Pittsfield Artscape Committee has chosen the artists for the second phase of their paintbox program. The utility boxes were painted July 2017 and were unveiled on July 20, 2017 during the Third Thursday street fair.

Jennifer Carlo created this utility box titled "Picasso Box". She has painted her variations of  four paintings by Picasso on the sides of the utility box.








East Side - "Doves of Peace"



Sidewalk Side - a variation of "Le Rêve" ("The Dream")



West Side - "Bouquet of Peace"

A companion painted bench contains a quote by Picasso on the value of art

Art washes away from the Soul
The dust of Everyday Life 


Monday, September 25, 2017

Grave of a Famous Person: Robert Lee Frost - Bennington, VT

Robert Lee Frost
Bennington, VT


N 42° 53.003 W 073° 12.688



Short Description: 

The grave of American poet Robert Lee Frost is located in Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, VT.



Long Description:

The family grave of Robert Lee Frost is marked by a 10' long by 4' wide ground level grave marker fringed with a relief of laurel leaves. The grave stone is inscribed with the names and dates of Robert Lee Frost, his wife Elinor Miriam White, four of his children Marjorie Frost Fraser, Carol Frost, Elliot Frost, Elinor Bettina Frost, and his daughter-in-law Lillian LaBatt Frost. His other two daughters, Lesley and Irma, were still alive when he died.

His inscription is:

ROBERT LEE FROST 
MAR. 26, 1874 - JAN. 29, 1963
"I HAD A LOVER'S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD."

He compose his own epitaph. It appears in the last stanza of his poem "A Lesson For Today."

I hold your doctrine of Memento Mori.
And were an epitaph to be my story
I’d have a short one ready for my own.
I would have written of me on my stone:
I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. In 1885, his family moved to Lawrence, MA and he later attended Dartmouth College in NH and Harvard University in MA. He went to England and there his first two volumes of poems were published: A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). At the start of World War I he returned to a family farm in Franconia, NH, where he wrote, taught and lectured. From 1916–20, 1923–24, and 1927–1938 he was a professor of English at Amherst College, MA. New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes, 1931 for Collected Poems, 1937 for A Further Range, and 1943 for A Witness Tree.

In 1960, he received the United States Congressional Gold Medal: "In recognition of his poetry which enabled the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world." In 1960, he received the United States Congressional Gold Medal: "In recognition of his poetry which enabled the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Decorated Utility Box: Quality Time - Pittsfield, MA

Quality Time
Pittsfield, MA


N 42° 27.169 W 073° 15.159





Short Description: 

A painted utility box with the title "Quality Time" is located at the corner of Melville Street & North Streets in Pittsfield, MA.

Long Description:

The City of Pittsfield Artscape Committee has chosen the artists for the second phase of their paintbox program. The utility boxes were painted July 2017 and were unveiled on July 20, 2017 during the Third Thursday street fair.



Michael McKay created this utility box titled "Quality Time". The familiar design of a well known brand of detergent has modified by the brand name being changed to Time. A great deal of humorous detail   includes the net weight and ingredients transformed into units of time.

Artscape's Facebook Page has images of the creation of the painted utility boxes. https://www.facebook.com/pittsfieldartscape

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Exact Replica: Flamme de la Liberté (Flame of Liberty) - Paris, France

Flamme de la Liberté
(Flame of Liberty)
Paris, France



N 48° 51.851 E 002° 18.053






Short Description: 

Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is located on pedestrian overpass over the Avenue des New York at Place de L'Alma, in Paris. It is directly above the underpass in which Princess Diana died in an automobile accident on on August 31, 1997. It is now become an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana.

Long Description:

The Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is an exact, gold-leaf-covered, copy of the flame on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It was given to the City of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune and funded by public subscription at a cost of $400,000.

A plaque on the base of the flame is describes its purpose in English translation:

The Flame of Liberty. An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship. On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune. Paris 1887-1987.

More recently it has become a de facto shrine to the late Diana, Princess of Wales who died in an automobile accident in the tunnel below the Flame of Liberty on August 31, 1997.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mural: Sound Wave - Northampton, MA

Sound Wave
North Street
Northampton, MA


N 42° 19.541 W 072° 37.924



Quick Description: 

A retaining wall along North Street in Northampton, MA has been transformed into a digital representation of a sound wave keyed to the time of day.
Location: Massachusetts, United States





Long Description:

The 128' long by 8' high Sound Wave mural completely covers a cinder block retaining wall for a parking lot along North Street. At the top, the mural is marked off in hourly intervals beginning at 7 pm and ending at 7 pm, 24 hours later. The mural is a digital depiction of a blue and black sound wave against an orange (upper) and gray (lower) background. The Sound Wave starts loudly, diminished in intensity after midnight until 6 am when it increases in intensity to 7 pm the following day. Thus the digital sound wave is a true indication of sound levels throughout the day.



The mural was created in 2012 by four artists: Carolyn Clayton, Dana Wilde, Darya Diamond & Perry Huntoon of the Creative Community Collective, a.k.a. C3.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Roadside Attraction: Tallest Uncle Sam in the World - Lake George, NY

Tallest Uncle Sam in the World
Lake George, NY


N 43° 23.754 W 073° 42.190



Quick Description: 

The World's tallest statue of Uncle Sam is located outside the Magic Forest amusement park in Lake George, NY.



Long Description:

In the parking area outside the Magic Forest Amusement Park stands a giant fiberglass Uncle Sam statue. The statue is surrounded by a low iron fence. A sign on the fence is inscribed:

HERE STANDS UNCLE SAM
THE WORLD'S TALLEST UNCLE SAM
WAS BOUGHT FROM DANBURY
FAIR IN 1981. ERECTED HERE AT
MAGIC FOREST IN 1982. HE STANDS 
38 FEET TALL, WEIGHS 4,500 LBS.
AND IS MADE OF FIRERGLASS.
REPAINTED WITH ACME BASE COAT
CLEAR COAT SYSTEM IN 1992.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Statue of Historic Figure: Samuel Wilson, a.k.a. Uncle Sam - Arlington, MA

Samuel Wilson
"Uncle Sam"
Arlington, MA


N 42° 24.952 W 071° 09.184



Short Description: 

A monument at the birthplace of Samuel Wilson honors the man that legend asserts is the source of the personification of the United States, Uncle Sam. It is located in Uncle Sam Plaza at Mystic Street north of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA.

Long Description:

A memorial to Samuel Wilson has two sculptures. An 8.67' high bronze statue depicts Wilson wearing a double breasted jacket and long-tailed coat. Wilson is carrying a top hat in the crook of his bent left arm. His right hand held downward with his open palm facing forward. The memorial was was commissioned by Fredrick A. Hauck of Cincinnati, OH and sculpted by Theodore Cotillo Barbarossa.

To Samuel Wilson's right is a relief sculpture with the familiar image of "Uncle Sam" wearing a top hat and tails. At the top is a butcher and a ship coming in to dock next to the word TROY In the middle of the relief is a man and woman standing behind a fence with the words MASON N-H. At the bottom is a soldier on horseback above the word MENOTOMY the former name for Arlington.

The monument has the following inscriptions:

Above the sculpture:

SAMUEL WILSON
1766-1854
Below the sculptures:

IN HONOR OF SAMUEL WILSON
A NATIVE SON
BORN NEAR THIS SITE
ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1766
HE BECAME
OUR NATIONAL SYMBOL
UNCLE SAM



A bronze plaque on the side of the monument has the left profile of Fredrick A. Hauck and is inscribed:

UNVEILED
SEPTEMBER
 11-1976

DEDICATED
APRIL-18, 1977

FREDERICK A. HAUCK

A GIFT TO THE TOWN OF ARLINGTON
MASS. AND THE PEOPLE OF THE 
UNITED STATES THROUGH THE GENEROUS
CONTRIBUTION OF FREDERICK A. HAUCK
OF CINCINNATI, OHIO

DESIGNER-SCULPTOR T.C. BARBAROSSA
BELMONT, MASS.
CAST BY ELEFTHERIOS KARKADOULIAS
CINCINNATI, OHIO

PROJECT COORDINATOR
THE ARLINGTON JAYCEES

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
ARTHUR D. SAUL, JR., CHAIRMAN
ROBERT B. WALSH
ANN MAHON POWERS
MARGARET H. SPENGLER
ROBERT H. MURRAY

TOWN MANAGER
DONALD R. MARQUIS

UNCLE SAM STATUE COMMITTEE
WILLIAM J. BECK
JACK R. DONALDSON
JAMES D. HOBBS
JAMES F. LAWSON, JR.
STEPHEN PEKICH
FREDERICK E. PITCHER
JOHN G. PERRY
WILLIAM J. SCAGLIONE

Samuel Wilson was born in Arlington, MA, known as Menotomy, on September 13, 1766. When he was young he moved with his family to Mason, NH. At age 15 he joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War where he was introduced to the meat packing trade. After the war he and his brother moved to Troy, NY where they started E & S Wilson, a meat packing business.

During the War of 1812 Elbert Anderson Jr. of New York City had the contract to supply meat to all US troops. He contracted with Sam Wilson's company to supply United States troops with barrels of meat. The barrels were labeled "E.A.-U.S." for Elbert Anderson - United States. The troops south of Troy that received the barrels were familiar with Samuel Wilson and interpreted the U.S to mean Uncle Sam, Wilson's nickname, and the legend was born. Samuel Wilson became the personification of the United States.

However, there is evidence that Uncle Sam was in use long before the War of 1812. Uncle Sam is mentioned in the 13th stanza of the original lyrics to the popular 1775 song "Yankee Doodle".

Old Uncle Sam come there to change
Some pancakes and some onions,
For 'lasses cakes, to carry home
To give his wife and young ones