Posted on April 10, 2014
It’s nice to visit certain places again and again. Eventually you make your way through all the major sights and can spend your time getting to know the city itself. The layout of the streets, the rhythms of the neighborhoods, and all the little details that lie just off the most beaten path. I have that feeling for New York, and, slowly, I’m getting it for Paris.
One of the details on my list for this trip was to visit Le Mur des Je t’aime, a mural in the little park just behind the Abbesses metro entrance. Upon the blue tiled wall, created by Claire Kito and Frédéric Baron, the words I love you are written in 250 different languages, interspersed here and there with pieces of a broken heart.
Posted on February 5, 2014
As I mentioned, it was pretty cold and gray while we were in Philadelphia, but one of the things that brightened our visit was all the public art. Last week, I posted a few photos of us horsing around with the larger than life game piece art installation across from City Hall. We also spent a chilly afternoon walking up and down South Street, enjoying the way the mid-winter sun shone and sparkled across the dozens of glass and ceramic mural installations by local artist Isaiah Zagar. We were also pretty delighted with the monster painted trash compactors dotting the sidewalks, which I’ve since learned are called “Litter Critters” and were painted by local artists and students.