Last summer, while the three of us were moseying around various parts of the province, we had a nice break in Corner Brook. One of the new additions to the city is a monument to Al Pittman, the late poet and author of plays like West Moon and children's books like Down By Jim Long's Stage.
It's a lovely monument, and a labour of considerable and obvious love by his good friend, Gerry Squires. [Read more about its unveiling last year here.] The monument can be seen in a small park downtown, and quite near the offices of the Western Star, where Al worked for many years.
This is a picture Nick took while we were exploring the Met - the Metropolitan Museum of Art - this weekend. I love reviewing the camera roll, and a) rediscovering things I looked at and b) seeing things I never noticed at all. This includes the above.
One of the things we noticed in San Diego was the ample amount of public art around the city: statues, installations, paintings, multimedia work ... once I started looking for it, it always seemed to be there. I've already noted the moving tribute to Bob Hope and his volunteer work for the U.S. armed forces, which is near one of the most interesting statues in the city: a recreation of the famous VJ Day in Times Square photograph. (Martha and I copied or at least imitated that pose for Nick right here.)
This is one of the statues built along the waterfront. If you look carefully, you can see Nick through it, having a close look at how it was erected.
Christopher Niemann's Abstract Sunday feature in the New York Times is a favourite (but unfortunately not weekly) feature. The latest one involves his trip to the Venice for the famed Biennale of the art world. One of his sketches:
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.