For those not familiar with the term, yarn bombing is a kind of street art, and involves covering public objects with custom knitted/crocheted fabrics. One of the better known examples of yarn bombing is by NY artist Olek, who covered the bull on Wall Street with yarn.
Spotted this on the way home – an awesome Monopoly property replica, painted right onto the sidewalk. I love that it’s my neighborhood, that it’s in my neighborhood… and that my neighborhood’s got no price tag.
Liz and I jumped up, and started turning off what we could – a nearby AC unit, lights, anything we could get to in the dark. After a few minutes, we realized the lights were going to stay off for an indefinite period.
So we lit some candles, and more or less sweated things out for a while. Within an hour, ComEd got the power back on (although there was a small, false start). Liz was correct in her prediction that the power’d be back on within 45 minutes (I was less optimistic, and claimed midnight… which ended up matching the official ETA from ComEd).
Walking to work, Liz and I happened across a pair of dice that were clearly made by the same guy(s) that made the large Monopoly cards around here.
For the first time, the “signature” on the piece now seems to refer more to a collective than an individual. Instead of “-bored,” the name listed is “we are bored.” So my hunch here is that it’s a group of people at work. I wonder if we’ll see more work using this new moniker.
Walking home after an afternoon coffee, Liz and I came across a big box of free books. As we were looking through the box, the owner actually came out with the bin on the left, and invited us to root through them all. There were actually several nice books to be had (a copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude, and what looked to be a very early paperback edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
I’m still of the mindset that this is a street art piece, but a small part of me kind of wishes this was part of an elaborate marriage proposal. Somewhere out there, I’m hoping Carissa took a chance. And after getting married in that church, drove off into the sunset… squeezed into a very fast and expensive car.
Turns out, they were installing another large billboard onto the side of the building. Which is weird because, the other billboard space has been blank since January of this year.
It’s a short trek from our place to California and Logan, and en route… we saw a ton of bunny rabbits. Literally one per block.
I walked up near the starting area to snap a few pics. This is the registration area, where you sign your name, get your map, and get your red and blue ribbons. The blue ribbon goes immediately around your arm, to signal that you’re a runner. Throughout the game, as you’re trying to get to each checkpoint on your map, you’ll be trying to avoid people with red armbands (chasers). If you’re caught, you give your blue arm band to the person who caught you, put on your red arm band… and become a chaser yourself.
On rounding the corner of the building, I spotted several rocks perched atop thin stalks. From a distance, they looked like a field of flowers… but I didn’t realize they were rocks until I got much closer.
Based on a sign nearby, I found out that it’s an outdoor installation called Cosmic Debris. Created by Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, there’s also an indoor scultpure/photo component that opens up tomorrow (Saturday, May 5th at 3:30 PM).
While walking to work this morning, Liz happened to see a group of guys working on a large structure. From a distance, it looked a bit like a platform of some kind. As we got closer, we realized it was a series of benches, curving and connecting with one another. In passing, I stopped and asked one of the guys…
I was walking up Milwaukee Avenue and happened to see this odd door on the side of the large Discount MegaMall. The age between the door itself and the decorations surrounding it caught my eye (and the tree alongside was a kind of bonus).
Held off posting this, but shortly after the stickers arrived… Liz put one up near Logan Square.
Spotted this on my way out, just outside La Boulangerie, near Logan and Milwaukee.