Sunday, October 29, 2017

Garden Dream Becomes Reality

(C) 2017 Luke T. Bush


This evening there was a celebration of an idea becoming substance.

A crowd gathered for the unveiling of the Read and Grow Dream Garden ceramic mural at the Plattsburgh Public Library.  The mural spans the southern wall of the library, depicting a garden living its various lives, above and below.

Kate Messner read from her childrens book, “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt,” which inspired the mural. She worked with illustrator Christopher Silas Nea to show the natural cycles of a garden during a year.

A young patron of the arts studied some details before the ribbon cutting.

The mural is not fully realized.  There will be a kinetic installation added to feature blue wooden orbs representing rain drops moving through plastic tubing, looping back to the beginning to demonstrate the water cycle.

Part of the kinetic installation was temporary put in place, the vertical tube with its corkscrew shaft lifting the symbolic raindrops up to the top to fall out and down.  Children with outstretched hands strained to catch the dropping orbs.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Nighttime Benchwarmer

Despite the colder weather this person found a comfortable place to relax and view his LCD screen, his backpack serving as a pillow. While taking this shot a city police car drove by. Two city officers got out to speak with him for a while.  A few minutes later I returned to the spot but no one occupied the bench: my photo op was gone.