Pittsburgh Sculpture: Joy of Life by Virgil Cantini, 1960

Saturday afternoon I drove home from a happy baby shower on the South Side.

The late autumn light on this sculpture was gorgeous.  Although I drive by this sculpture frequently, I don’t stop.

I parked, got out of the car, listened to the fountain and felt the spray as the wind was gusting.

The circle of figures holding one another in the circle seemed particularly beautiful this afternoon.  When I came home and looked it up, I was reminded of the sculpture’s title-

Joy of Life.

Joy of Life

Joy of Life in Wet Pavement

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Joy of Life

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The Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

Years Later Everything Still Looks Fresh

Frozen in the moment. Still fresh,  Magic.

I went back to an external hard drive and dug through archives

Looking for images that say fresh.  I sure like to photograph my food. Scroll down for the fresh statue.

Anna is born. October 2003
Anna is born. October 2003
The butter cow at the Ohio State Fair
The butter cow at the Ohio State Fair
A fresh fruit tart at Suzanne's home for tea
A fresh fruit tart at Suzanne’s home for tea
A roll in Zagreb
A roll in Zagreb
Bill's Paint Palette
Bill’s Paint Palette

mixing up paint in with the food theme

Fresh Asparagus at my sister's in NYC
Fresh Asparagus at my sister’s in NYC
A Spinach Salad
A Spinach Salad
Vanilla Gelato
Vanilla Gelato
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries
Zagreb Fountain Might be Considered a Bit Fresh
Zagreb Fountain Might be Considered a Bit Fresh

Floating Leaf Study

In the Highland Park fountain. It was late in the afternoon.

Leaves swirling, their shadows moving along with the water flow.

Almost looks like a sidewalk, the stone bottom. It was hard to show the depth.

Leaves in water are different from blowing around, they’re stuck to the surface, weighted down.

I watched them for awhile, waiting for someone.

floating leaves

A Mile Around the Perimeter and a Pair of Elephants on Top the Fountain

My friend G, visiting this weekend, spoke of a fountain with two elephants in a park near Short North in Columbus.  Goodale Park, surrounded by Victorian Village.

I’d never seen the fountain or the park and so after breakfast , I asked my daughter if she knew of the park with the two elephants.  Sounded like a good blog post to me. (Thanks, G)

Not only did she know how to drive to Goodale Park, she said,  “James and I had our engagement photographs taken here”

AND

when we got there and were reading the memorial plaque for Dr. Lincoln Goodale, the first doctor to live in Columbus who founded Trinity Episcopal Church downtown where she and James were married almost 3 years ago.

Laura and I had a  had a lovely time walking through the park and she told me that the perimeter is a mile around.

The last Sunday of summer was a perfect day.

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The granite and bronze fountain with the pair of elephants (2011)  by Malcolm Cochran, OSU Emeritus Faculty

Goodale Fountain

Another view of the pond and fountain.

tree in the park

A tall tree-

My father was really good at identifying trees, knowing their proper names, looking at the leaf shapes, the bark.

How I wish I’d paid better attention when I was young.

The park is noted for its wonderful and varied tree collection

We saw Catalpa Beans but don’t eat them!

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and the asters were my mother’s favorites.  I was glad to be able to tell Laura that as she held the asters so they didn’t blow around in the strong wind.  (Aster is the name of the colorway of wool I am knitting Laura’s cowl)IMG_0026

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Laura was right, that the sign was hard to read.  But you can read it below.

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Here’s the bust of Dr. Goodale

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Dr Goodale, the founder of the park.

Lincoln Goodale

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A man and his dog in the park

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Those Fabulous Shoes in Another Art Show

IMG_8482Pittsburgh Milliones, University Prep School–  12th grade Group Project,

Mr. Kyle Kline Art Teacher.

They were in a hallway so it was difficult to get a good angle to show them at their best.

What a cool project, Mr. Kline!

At the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Side/

When I looked into the courtyard I saw this scene

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girl in fountain