Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trump Tuesdays in Syracuse: Art and Public Broadcasting

Our mayor Stephanie Minor brings a different Trump disaster topic every week along with well qualified and powerful speakers. Last week we heard from Nancy Keefe Rhodes, journalist and writer, Amy Bartell, artist and Frank Mulfitano, music promoter. The location in the middle of downtown is aptly named Perseverance Park. This photo is from last Tuesday, April 11.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring in the Neighborhood

Arguably the most boring shot I have ever posted. I think I just like the symmetry.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Still No Swimming at Long Lake

Not only is there still ice down the lake
but the water flowing out the Raquette River can't handle the melt,
 so the lake is very high and the beach at Long Lake is flooded.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shrouded Bridge Over Onondaga Lake Outlet

[2015 Governor's Press Release:]  


Work Will Require Short Term Detours, Be Completed By May

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists that work is underway on an $180,000 bridge repair project on Long Branch Road over the Onondaga Lake Outlet in Onondaga Lake County Park in Liverpool, Onondaga County. The work will cause limited traffic delays during the next few weeks.
For the past two years, barriers have been in place on the one lane bridge, reducing the sole travel lane from approximately 16 feet in width to approximately 12 feet. The ongoing work will replace four deteriorated steel beams on the center span of the truss bridge so that the bridge can be reopened to full width.
The project will require the construction of a work platform under the bridge. The platform will need to be moved approximately four times during construction. Each time the platform is moved to a different location, the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for a period of five to six hours. 
When these short term closures are required, vehicular traffic will be advised to seek alternate routes. The shortest detour route uses Route 370 and John Glenn Boulevard. One of the bridge’s sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists at all times.
All structural repair work is scheduled to be completed by the opening of the canal navigation season on May 1.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Douglas Cardinal, Architect: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

The architect for this striking museum building is Canadian Douglas Cardinal,  http://www.djcarchitect.com/work/. He has built dozens of public buildings all across Canada. The building familiar to us is the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, across the Ottawa River from Ottawa.

This panorama from ceiling to floor gives only an idea of the great size of the main room. The huge drum and dance circle is at street level and can be seen and heard from every floor.

[from the web page http://nmai.si.edu/about/:]

About the Museum

A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objectsphotographsarchives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
 The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.
Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirschhorn Museum

This little scene takes place within an octagonal box about 5 feet across. That's me just across and another woman at right angles to me.

This retrospective Kusama show of disorienting experiments with lights and mirrors as well as paintings and sculptures has filled a floor of the Hirshhorn to the brim. The wait times for tickets and then waiting to view the large room-sized installations at the rate of 2-3 people at a time for 20 to 30 seconds is worth it until it isn't! You can get tickets in the early morning of the day you choose.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Peace Pole and Labyrinth Beside University Memorial Chapel, College Park MD

This Peace Pole and Labyrinth are found beside University of Maryland's University Memorial Chapel within the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Waldorf System Tiles on City Hall Commons

[From the Cambridge Tribune, 8 June 1918, scanned and posted by the Cambridge [MA] Public Library]


The main plant of the Waldorf Lunch Co. is at [?]09 Purchase Street, Boston, where they occupy a whole building with 86,000 feet of floor space. The firm employs about [?] hands and the plant Is kept busy [?[ hours a day turning out the excellent quality of pies, cakes and doughnuts which has made the Waldorf Lunch Co. business what it is today. 

In the basement is the refrigerating plant which supplies all of the refrigerators throughout the building, of which there are several on each floor, and here is also the crockery and glassware department, where, one would think that they were in a large wholesale establishment, so much of [?[ class of goods are being used by this firm. 

In the first floor is the Receiving department where goods are received and also where the goods are delivered to the company's teams for distribution among the different stores of the system, which are all supplied from this main plant. When the boxes are returned empty they are washed carefully before being used again. On this floor is also the wash room for men containing shower baths, etc. 

On the second floor is the main supply room from which all the departments are supplied. Here also are the apples peeled and cured and carefully examined by women before being cut up for pies. etc. There Is also a special table used for sorting out inferior beans which are carefully gone over before being put in soak preparatory to being baked in the immense ovens on the third floor.  

On the third floor is the pie department. Here are machines for making pie crusts such that every one weighs alike and are carefully edged in diverse ways for each kind of pie made. Everything here is placed on racks and wheeled from one point to another, so that there is no actual handling of the pies from the time they are filled and baked, up to the delivery and placing on the company's counters for sale. 

On the fourth flour is the mixing department where are made the cakes, coffee [?], etc. Here are also the [?] jacket kettles where the different fillings and sauces are made. There are also huge steaming compartments where the various kinds of doughnuts, etc. are made uniform in size and weight. Here also are the large steam ovens, for baking the coffee rolls, etc. 

The fifth floor is where the doughnuts are cut and baked and fried, six large kettles being used for this purpose and also the kitchen department where the soups, stews, meats, etc. are prepared, and here also are the help's dining halls. 

On the sixth floor are the store rooms used for. [?] flour and sugar. Here are large machines for blending the various flours to conform with the food regulations. The flour is dumped into [?] large bins and through a system of special changes, the required amounts for each different kind of flour is mixed together. 

There is a vacuum cleaning system connected with each floor and the dust Is carefully sucked into pipes and the doors scrubbed so that dirt or dust is [?] allowed to settle in any of the departments. 

It is one of the largest plants of its kind in the country and no expense is spared to keep everything in first class condition, so as to assure the patrons of the Waldorf Lunch Co. that whatever is purchased in any of the company stores, is absolutely pure and clean in every way. The bottled milk which is sold in the different restaurants of the system comes from Kelsey[?] Farm in Lexington, Mass., where the cow barns are as well kept as any of the lunch rooms of the company....