Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Arch Series

Arch 2011-06-12 4 (Homeless Wonders)

The Arch is made of a hard stainless steel alloy. It looks pristine and uniform at a distance. When close up, you can see that the skin has weathered and that some blockheads have tried to etch a memorial to themselves into the surface.

These are usually in the form of the common "John Loves Mary" stuff. This one is more poignant. There is a homeless encampment not far north of the Arch but no one knows the provenance of the inscription. The bottom photo shows some context and scale.

More apologies about my few comments. I've been getting home from work later and later this week. This too shall pass, however.

And by the way, happy Bastille Day to all our friends in France. Here's the official theme song of today's post.

Arch 2011-06-12 5


Olivier said...

"Homeless Wonders" c'est aussi un groupe de musique américain. belle compo sur la deuxieme photo avec le couple

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh Bob, that really is a huge arch,that was a bit of a sad etching there,makes you so grateful everyday for the things and people you have in your life!

Birdman said...

I'm glad you showed this image today. Sometimes we think all is beauty. Not so all the time.

Virginia said...

I swear, blockheads are ruining every surface of every monument here and abroad. You wouldn't believe the etchings in the stone at the dome of the Sacre Coeur! You'd think those moe-rons would be too out of breath to deface that! Sorry to see your arch with such too B.

Paula said...

This is the first time I've ever entertained the idea that Archie's skin was anything less than pristine. I guess you could call it a macro shot, B. Very thought provoking.