Monday, December 20, 2010
Un Peu d'Histoire
A recent visit to Chattanooga yielded the two previous postings and this diptych revival, courtesy of the AVA media lab scanner. Yes, the top bike was my daily transportation in the streets of Richmond and is shown to advantage here at the Virginia Museum after its spring cleaning of fresh bar tape and crank bearings, all done by me. Don't look for that setting today: the Lawrence Halprin-designed sculpture garden, believed to have been the only one in North America, is now a parking garage for the museum. Even the guys who looked after it were an extraordinary crew of scenesters and musicians known as the avant gardeners. 'Tis poingnant to think that their spiritual descendants could be carrying on that tradition in a town that so reveres its history. The second image of a derelict bicycle, imprisoned in foliage and rain drops, chimes nicely with the sweep of motion suggested by those exquisite lillies.