Monday, December 19, 2011

CocaCola flower

 So this shot was completely unexpected...  I was just finishing off a plastic bottle of Coke today and thought: "hey, my iPhone's camera lens is so small it could take a picture of inside the bottle".  I clicked off the above shot of the last ounce of Coke sitting in the molded bottom of the bottle.  No effects applied.  I really like it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

flower trash can

keeping with the bike gear theme, a sidewalk trash can on 4th Avenue

Sunday, December 11, 2011

heavy metal -- surfing saguaros

I shot this picture at the 4th Avenue Street Fair of a rather cool shadow cast on the canvas wall by another vendor's metal art displayed in the next booth.  The actual metal art in the next booth was made from horseshoes (saguaro) and various sprockets, disc brakes, and bike chains (surf board).

Saturday, December 10, 2011

four off the wall faces

Wall mural in the patio area of Mr Heads on 4th Ave.

Monday, December 5, 2011

BICAS Bicycle Art Auction 2011

 Here are a few of the many items that were up for silent auction last Sunday night at this year's BICAS bicycle art auction.  This annual fundraiser features art that either represents some bicycle theme or is made using one or more bicycle parts.  Some incredible creativity here.  Look closely at the dog sculpture above and you will see many different bicycle parts. 

[Note: All of the pictures in today's post are taken with my iPhone 4s -- I was curious how it would perform in available light at night]

 large flower pedal

 owl make of bent and flattened tire rims, sprockets, and other parts

 knitted wrapped tricycle

robot coin bank

 now this was cool -- a ray gun made of bicycle hubs, brake lever and a bike bell -- pull the trigger and it made a nice bell sound.

framed in a bicycle rim, this face was made of many strips of colored paper

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Flamingos

Spotted these two flamingos standing outside Mesquite Valley Growers this morning, dressed for tonight's freeze.  Nice hats, much nicer than the long cone hats seen in the past on flamingo duncers.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

routing electrons

These very large conduits are part of the overhead electrical feeds for a new HPC datacenter at the UofA.  The electricians did a incredible job of bending and routing all these conduits. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

2011 All Souls Procession (Tucson) videos

I only took still photos of the All Souls Procession for my blog this year, so I went looking on YouTube to find a couple of videos to share more of the look and feel of this great event.

Here is a great video by T. Stone of the 2011 All Souls Procession that includes some great shots of finale firedancers:

This is another person's short video of the portion of the finale where the urn (people placed remembrance notes/messages in it earlier as it was pulled along the Procession route) is lit on fire. This year there were three aerialists suspended from the crane including a silk performance artist.

And a more distant video of the urn lighting by Johnnyangelb that shows the height of the crane:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

2011 All Souls Procession

I enjoyed participating in this year's All Souls Procession held Sunday night in downtown Tucson -- such a cool event!  I look forward to it every year as one of my favorite Tucson events.  Here are a few pictures I took during this year's Procession.  The couple above really out did themselves -- great look!

These guys sounded great!

Part of the pyrotechnic theatrical show during the finale at the end of the Procession

I was surprised to find after the fact that there is a ghost-like person behind a veil to her left.

Slideshow of my full set of pics from the 2011 All Souls Procession

To view my All Souls Procession posts for previous years, click on the All Souls Procession label below (and keep hitting older posts until you run out posts on the topic).

Did any of you attend this year?  How did you like it?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oxideyes looking at you

[Tohono Chul Park, September 14th, 2011]

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tohono Chul Park animal sculptures

 [September 14th, 2011]

These are two full size animal sculptures by Kioko Mwitiki on the grounds of Tohono Chul Park in Tucson.  Kioko is a metal sculptor from Kenya who works with recycled metal.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

steel balancing

Metal Arts Village sculpture (taken 9/12/11)

Monday, October 3, 2011

metal drawing

Metal Arts Village sculpture

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Portland Art Museum 5/5

An outstanding multi-floor wall display of art and shadows.  Lots of interesting shapes casting interesting shadows.  I really liked it -- great concept!

great shapes & details -- very cool to view & study from different distances & angles

Looking down the wall...
[it really is looking down the wall, but to me my picture looks like a ceiling shot]

Looking up the wall...

Well, that wraps up my pics from a day in Portland and a week in Oregon back in August, 2011.  All in all it was a great time: visiting friends and relaxing along the coast, driving the Gorge, spending a day in Portland, listening to some great music at the Pickathon, and taking a few pics along the way.

[Links: A blog I've been following for a while is Semi-True Tales Of Our Life On The Road which provides a really nice armchair experience of Odel & Laurie's RV travels -- great pictures, great ideas of places worth visiting someday.   Laurie's latest post has some excellent Mt. Rainier pictures.]

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Portland Art Museum 3/5

a raven mask/headdress that can transform into a sun face

talon ankle wraps

a mask perhaps intended to be worn by one with laryngitis to convey their sense of hoarseness?