Giant Rabbit Art

Rabbit Art in Downtown Pittsburgh.

When Steve came home from work we drove down to 8th and Penn Avenue to see the fifty-foot inflatable rabbit, part of the Intrude Installation . It wasn’t there!

We found the three smaller Rabbits on 7th Avenue. A person protecting the display was able to tell me why the fifty-foot rabbit wasn’t to be found. I discovered they check the wind and so the fifty- foot rabbit had been deflated to keep it safe.

Here are the rabbits I did see. by Australian Artist Amanda Parer

Blue Bottle Tree

Keeping evil spirits out of the garden and home- bottle trees were created to catch those evil spirits. Here’s an article about the American Bottle Tree on Smithsonian Gardens blog.

I photographed this blue bottle tree in Lenox CT as we went for early morning coffee in November. The bottle tree has African origins and has now spread across the country but was primarily evident in the South. Now you can order a bottle trees online from you know where.

Blue Bottle Tree

Doorknob Garden

Laura’s neighbor has planted a few in the rock garden. I’ve got glass doorknobs in my doors at home (built 1900)

Turns out although they been invented in 1826, glass doorknobs became really popular when metal was needed for WWI click to read

Here’s an article to determine just how old your vintage glass doorknob is….

And is it doorknob or door knob? here’s what grammarly says

Is door knob a compound word?

Compound words can be written in three ways: as open compounds (spelled as two words, e.g., ice cream), closed compounds (joined to form a single word, e.g., doorknob), or hyphenated compounds (two words joined by a hyphen, e.g., long-term).”

Manhole Cover Art

Did you know there are artists who roll ink on manhole covers, grates and vents and create art?

In Berlin they are called pirate printers or raubdruckerin. You can click link to see their artwork.

I arrived in Columbus this afternoon and Laura and I went to pick up Charlie at his school. I saw this manhole cover. Didn’t have a brayer or ink but took this photo.

Mirrored Art Car

Last week in Columbus I kept being drawn to Laura’s neighbor’s car. All those tiny mirrors glued on so meticulously. The reflections on the surrounding pavement.

Be sure to check out that passenger as we walked by.

I’ve posted another of his Art Cars 11 years ago.

Sandcastle at Brookfield Place NYC Guest blog

My sister sent this photo from Brookfield Place

The castle was built by Sand Sculptor Matt Long for this Sand Celebration now until August 14th.

Click his name to see more of his amazing sand sculptures.

New York City Sandcastle

1984 Ceramic Pumpkin saved from the Trash

About 18 years ago Erika, my daughter-in -Law, was pitching this little ceramic pumpkin she had created in elementary school. They were cleaning out the basement. I said No, no no and took it out of the trash. “You have to save it and give it to your children, show your kids someday.” Well her eldest is 17 at the end of this week.

I found this in the back of my China closet. I can’t wait to give her daughter the little ceramic pumpkin her mom made circa 1984. Hoping it doesn’t end up in the trash again

And

Happy Sunday Birthday to Erika.❤️

Vintage Cat Postcards

Alfred Mainzer was the postcard publisher not the artist, according to this informative article in the Mousebreath Magazine The artist was Eugen Hartung from Switzerland. I have some unused postcards and I see that they sell on Etsy for up to $15 for a single card.  I also have some written on by my father who was a definite fan of these cat cards.  I know he used to buy them in the ’50s  from a card shop in Montclair New Jersey run by Mr. Bert DeCamp.

The artist signed his initials in the corner in a heart which I never noticed before but I read that on Mousebreath   

The Hartung postcards were first published in Switzerland by Max Kunzli of Zurich and then(from the 1940’s onwards) by the Alfred Mainzer Company of Long Island New York.  Each card is signed with the artist’s monogram, a little heart in the lower right corner. (Because of cropping, sometimes the heart gets chopped off.)

Some are printed in Turkey and some printed in Spain.

LOOK WHO IS KNITTING A SOCK (using double point needles)

anthropomorphic cats

A cat is afraid of a runaway mouse?Fabric background by Firecracker  Fabrics.