|This is a picture of a line made by a bicycle tire. It reminded me of Richard Long's A Line Made By Walking, which I think is one of the most interesting expressions of earth art. It shows that both man and nature wear down on each other.|
|This stump, which has been pruned down to nubs, was growing (or used to grow) |
between the concrete border of the Belle Isle parking lot and the dirt around the inside of the parking lot.
This metal pole stands erect in the ground, like a tree. When I saw it, it almsot seemed like it was growing from the ground, like a metal plant.
|In the middle of the ground, I found this concrete tomb-like depression, |
inside and over which plants were growing.
These pictures (two left, one above) depict tunnel-like structures. The one above and the one to the immediate left are the same tunnel made out of metal. The one to the bottom left seems carved out the stones above it. These reminded me of Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels.
During warm weather, a lot of people draw on the rocks at the edge of the river. Here is the faded chalk drawing of a butterfly. A once vibrant human creation has been dulled by the wind and the rain.
|This boulder has been manipulated by man to also be a cupholder. |
It has also been decorated with a pictograph. Man has bent nature to his will once again.
Walking down Pine St, I saw this on this side of a brick wall. A tiny plant has managed to grow within this old rusted pipe. I like it because it's like the plant is just rising from the depths of manufactured goods.
This image reminded me of an ashtray. A portion of brick is missing from the sidewalk, which makes the sand beneath it visible. Right in the middle of the sand lies a cigarette. It's almost the perfect image for our generation. I've known many people to steal bricks from the sidewalk (for whatever reason), and most kids smoke now, and most litter.
|This board was the only board in a tall wooden fence that had warped and bent out of uniformity. |
I really like the curviture of its line compared tor the straight lines of the rest of the fence
Vines and ivy growing over buildings and fences have always seemed really beautiful to me; I love the collision of nature and structure. Here, I like it even more because it spans across not only a fence, but the brick building, too.
I took a picture of th bottom of this structure, the top of which is used as an ashtray, because I like the way the rust is bleeding from the holes. It almost personifies it - like thsoe holes are puncture wounds.
Usually, these are used to desginate parking spots, but these turtarriers have been placed in odd positions, so that one can't really use them to park. I thought that was really interesting; why would someone waste the money to get them there if they weren't to be used in the typical fashion? it is even more interesting because it is in a perfectly functional parking lot.
|This last picture was taken on the fire escape of my apartment building. Thes tain is from human defecation. While the matter is no longer there, the mark remains, and probably will for a very long time since no rain can reach it.|