Archive for October, 2013


10.31.13 … Halloween … What’s Banksy got to do with it … or the Scots, for that matter? … ” when the boundary between the living and the spirit worlds was at its most tenuous” …

Halloween, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (TV Short 1966):

My crazy dad dressed up as the Great Pumpkin (white sheet with giant plastic pumpkin container appropriately cut to fit on his head with a flashlight inside … get the picture) and had my mom drive him around sitting on the hood of our station wagon. I now realize my dad was spot on … via It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (TV Short 1966) – IMDb came out in 1966.  All this took place in our most perfect trick-or-treating neighborhood, Brookwood Hills – Atlanta.

traditions …  When we lived on Sharon Road in Charlotte (1985 – 1993),  we had Hitchcock Halloween with our neighbors.  Tonight we watched  Rear Window for a Throw Back Thursday Halloween!  We missed the Bennetts!

Rear Window (1954)

A few other tidbits and ideas for Halloween …

Halloween costumes, Banksy, Art Beat, PBS NewsHour:

Milwaukee resident Jason McDowell dressed as a famous piece of street art by the anonymous artist known as Banksy. The original work is on a wall in West Bank\’s biblical city of Bethlehem. Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images

Pittsburgh resident Tim Notari dressed up as Magritte\’s \”Son of Man\” for Halloween recently. Photo of Notari courtesy of Flickr user Jennifer Murawski and the original \”Son of Man\” from wikicommons

via Can’t decide what to be this Halloween? How about a Banksy | Art Beat | PBS NewsHour | PBS.

A few more costume ideas …

55 Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas | Mental Floss.

pumpkins, jack o’lanterns, Louisville KY, Jack O’Lantern Spectacular:

This year, Reckner has brought his enormous “Jack O’Lantern Spectacular” to Louisville, where he has assembled his largest-ever display — 5,000 carved pumpkins, lining a path that’s a third of a mile long, in the woods of Iroquois Park.

For Reckner, the setting in Iroquois Park is ideal. “This is like a dream come true,” he said. “You walk in the woods at night, it’s an experience — never mind when you put 5,000 pumpkins up there.”

While many of the pumpkins in the show are more elaborate versions of the kind of jack-o’-lantern you might make at home, many larger pumpkins have intricate designs where artists have drawn scenes or faces and then scraped some of the pumpkin flesh away without cutting all the way through, so the design seems to glow from within the pumpkins.

To provide the manpower to carve all those pumpkins, Reckner put out a call to local artists through a Craigslist ad this summer, and interviewed candidates in September.

At the time, artist Edward Cabral was working a job he didn’t much like and was looking for something else. “I was applying to anything that had a pulse and said ‘art,’ ” Cabral said. Even so, responding to a Craigslist ad seemed a bit sketchy. “I was a little leery,” he said.

But after meeting the organizers and hearing their offer — $50 for each pumpkin design and $50 for the carving — Cabral and other artists signed up.

“I’ve been floored by the artists here,” Reckner said. “They’re actually teaching me a few things.”


via Artists make the cut to design thousands of pumpkins at ‘Jack O’Lantern Spectacular’ | The Courier-Journal |

Reformation Day (October 31), October 31 1517,  Martin Luther, 95 theses:

Photo: It’s Reformation Day (October 31), when in 1517 Martin Luther (1483-1546) posted his 95 theses protesting the sale of indulgences within the Catholic Church and launched the Protestant Reformation. “For sheer richness and exuberance of vocabulary and mastery of style,” wrote historian Roland Bainton, Luther “is to be compared only with Shakespeare.”

It’s Reformation Day (October 31), when in 1517 Martin Luther (1483-1546) posted his 95 theses protesting the sale of indulgences within the Catholic Church and launched the Protestant Reformation. “For sheer richness and exuberance of vocabulary and mastery of style,” wrote historian Roland Bainton, Luther “is to be compared only with Shakespeare.”

Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve,  Celtic festival of Samhain/Samhuinn, Robert Burns’ 1785 poem ‘Halloween’:

Halloween or Hallowe’en takes its name from All Hallows’ Eve, the night before the Christian festival of All Hallows or All Saints Day. But it’s possible to trace its beginnings back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain or Samhuinn, held on 1 November, which marked the culmination of summer and the harvest period with the onset of winter. Robert Burns’ 1785 poem ‘Halloween’ details many of the national customs and legends surrounding the festival, many of them pagan in origin, which had persisted even with the advent of Christianity.

One of the most enduring of these was the Celtic belief that it marked a time when the boundary between the living and the spirit worlds was at its most tenuous, and that the ghosts of dead, including supernatural beings such as witches and warlocks, would be able to walk the earth for this one night of the year. To ward off potentially malevolent entities, large bonfires were lit in communities and it is believed that this practice survives today in the tradition of carving pumpkin lanterns with creepy grimaces. While the use of pumpkins is actually an American invention, in Scotland it has been custom to carve lanterns out of ‘neeps’ or turnips.

via Halloween’s Scottish roots – The Distillery Blog | VisitScotland.


10.30.13 … Viva Las Vegas … the only gambling I did was in the TSA Security Line …

Las Vegas NV, Hoover Dam/The Grand Dam, The Neon Boneyard, The Strip, been there done that, TSA:  Grand week in LV …  can’t say that I plan to go back … been there done that.

First impression … the wind!  Monday 10.28 was the third windiest day I have experienced … without a storm such as a hurricane. The first was at 19 and in downtown Chicago, the second was at 40 and in downtown Chicago. The wind was so strong you had to push yourself to move forward.


Wind gusts of more than 100 mph blew through the Las Vegas Valley and Spring Mountains on Sunday and Monday, bringing power outages and wind damage with them.

The National Weather Service recorded 70-mph gusts in Kyle Canyon. The strongest was measured at 77 mph, and weather service meteorologist Chris Stumpf said that area had trees and fences blown down.

A spokesman from The Resort on Mount Charleston in Kyle Canyon said the resort’s power went out three or four times overnight Sunday.

A 103-mph wind gust was recorded near the Mount Rose ski resort between Tahoe and Reno.

Power outages early Monday morning affected 700 residents near the Fashion Show mall, 650 Indian Springs residents and 70 Goodsprings residents, NV Energy spokesman Mark Severts said.

“Our crews have to drive the length of the line to find the outage,” Severts said.

NV Energy confirmed a smaller outage near Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue affected about 220 people Monday afternoon.

Main Street Station and the Plaza hotel-casino both reported brief outages Monday afternoon too.

via High winds pummel Las Vegas Valley | Las Vegas Review-Journal.

So I loved the Hoover Dam and its history and art and of course there is a good dog story!


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Hoover Dam, said Hansen, represented for him the building genius of America, \”a monument to collective genius exerting itself in community efforts around a common need or ideal.\” He compared the dam to such works as the great pyramids of Egypt, and said that, when viewing these man-made structures, the viewer often asks of their builders, \”What manner of men were these?\”

The sculptor, according to Hansen, tries to answer this question objectively, by \”interpreting man to other men in the terms of the man himself.\” \”In each of these monuments,\” he said, \”can be read the characteristics of these men, and on a larger scale, the community of which they are part. Thus, mankind itself is the subject of the sculptures at Hoover Dam.\”

via Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region – Hoover Dam: Artwork.

Hoover Dam is named for Mr. Herbert Hoover, the Nation\’s 31st President. When construction of the dam was initiated, on September 30, 1930, Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur ordered that the dam to be built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado as part of the Boulder Canyon Project Act was to be called Hoover Dam. By a Congressional Act of February 14, 1931, this name was made official.

After Mr. Hoover left office, the names \”Boulder Canyon Dam\” and \”Boulder Dam\” were frequently used when referring to the dam, allegedly because the new Secretary of the Interior did not like Mr. Hoover. However, the name of the dam was never officially changed from \”Hoover.\”

In the 80th Congress (1947), a number of bills were introduced to \”officially\” restore the name of Hoover Dam.

via Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region – Hoover Dam: What is in a Name?.

And here is the dog story …

He inspected everything daily. As the dam rose higher and higher he had to ride the skips, a type of open-air elevator, to cover the ground. When he wanted to board a skip, he barked, and the operators always stopped for him. The mascot would hop aboard and bark again at the level where he wished to get off.

Trainers will tell you that one of the most difficult tricks to teach an animal is to get them to walk on any swaying, unstable surface, but Hoover Dam\’s mascot raced happily back and forth across the swinging catwalks slung across the canyon seven hundred feet above the Colorado River.

The Hoover Dam mascot was not a one-man dog. He had no master. He belonged to the dam and everyone connected with it, and they all belonged to him! If he decided to work overtime at his favorite job of chasing ring-tailed cats that infested the tunnels, he hitched a ride back to town in the first Bureau of Reclamation or Six Companies car, truck or transport that happened along. No one ever remembers him accepting a ride from anyone not connected with the dam. How he could differentiate between dam workers and casual visitors no one could figure out, but it is a known fact that he did.

Everyone wanted to feed the dog, and being a dog, he found it hard to refuse. He became quite sick. The worried workers then decided that the dog needed supervised feeding. Arrangements were made with the commissary for the dog to be fed and word was passed to all workers not to offer him any more food.

The commissary packed a lunch for him every day and he soon learned to carry it in his mouth when he boarded the transport. At the construction site, he placed the sack alongside the workers\’ lunch pails and went about his business. When the whistle blew, the dog raced for his sack and sat patiently until someone opened it for him.

On a day when the blazing desert sun, combined with a blast furnace wind, pushed the thermometer over the 120-degree mark, the dog found a spot of shade under a truck. The driver never noticed the sleeping dog when he started up and drove off.

News of the fatal accident was phoned to town and it was the quietest afternoon Boulder City ever experienced. Later, rough, tough, hard-rock men wept openly and unashamed as they slammed their ear-shattering jackhammers into the hard rock cliff, carving out the grave which was to be the Hoover Dam mascot\’s tomb.

So, in death as in life, the Hoover Dam mascot looks upon the dam he loved for as long as it will stand and when the wind howls around the towers of the dam, the old-timers smile knowingly. It isn\’t wind. It\’s the dog baying at the ring-tailed cats.

via Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region – Hoover Dam: Dog on a Catwalk.

The Neon Museum, the Neon “Boneyard”:  A friend insisted I go … I’d go again!

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Most of our signs are exhibited in “The Boneyard” where they serve as inspiration to fascinated artists, students, historians and designers.  It is home to some of the most treasured and world-famous signs of Las Vegas – Caesars Palace, Binions Horseshoe, the Golden Nugget  and the Stardust. The two-acre Musuem campus includes the adjacent Neon Boneyard Park as well as the \”The Boneyard\” which houses more than 150 historic signs. Each sign in the collection has a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and how it fits into the development of Las Vegas and the citys rich history.  Changes and trends in design and technology are also illustrated in the pieces that range from the 1930s to the present day.

via Neon Boneyard – The Neon Museum Las Vegas | Guided tours available daily.

The Neon Museum officially “opened” with the installation of its first refurbished sign, the Hacienda Horse and Rider, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.

Today, restored signs can be viewed as public art and visited on a self-guided tour twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The gallery includes, among others, the Lucky Cuss Motel, the Bow & Arrow Motel, The Silver Slipper, Binion\’s Horseshoe, the Normandie Motel, Dot’s Flowers, the Landmark and 5th Street liquors.

via The Collection – The Neon Museum Las Vegas | Guided tours available daily.

The Strip:  I took two long walks along the Strip … the first I’ll call Massive Sensory Overload … I had a headache ever since I arrived (it actually went away while at the Hoover Dam) … I returned to my hotel the night before and curled up … I was so relieved to move from the the Paris, to MGM, to NY NY, to Luxor and then from the Mandalay Bay part of the building to the Four Seasons part. My sensory overload went down with each step I walked. It was amazing how much more pleasant the Four Seasons was.  I can honestly say that LV was not on my “bucket list,” and I would never go out of my way to return.  Our Hoover Dam tour guide Peter told us that 15 of the world’s largest resorts are in LV. I definitely have a different concept of resort.




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And my second walk … I was able to manage the sensory overload a little better …

So here is adventure no. 2 …

Barney’s in LV … Although I can’t afford anything … I love it that sheath dresses are in and that they are at least knee-length … Also lots of black. Just my style.


Venetian actually worked for me … Kinda …


Casino Royale and Harrah’s … Not so classy …

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Bally had street characters too … Like Times Square … Very Strange!

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But the Chihully Glass installation at the Bellagio was worth the adventure!!

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And the Bellagio fountains were nice …



 And then of course the pop up wedding chapel … According to the sign they perform just about any type of service … Even a pet wedding! And I actually saw two brides!  Unfortunately, they did not stand out from the crowd!






 Given that Coke has a store … They don’t sell it in most places.  But Pepsi gets its two cents in.

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And then when I finally arrived  home after traipsing up and down the Strip, I had to walk to the very end of this very long hall!




Who says FB doesn’t connect … a high school friend and I were not only both in LV, both at the Four Seasons, and both went to Neon Boneyard on the same day, so we had to meet for drinks  … and except for visiting at Westminster reunions, had not seen each other in ages … Small world!! Loved it!

And a final note …

I can honestly say Las Vegas security was the worst I’ve ever seen. I separated from John because  he was TSA pre-cleared.  I rejoined him 50 minutes later.  Their system was a major fail. Not only did  they let people through who were TSA Pre-cleared and First Class, but they let those who were late go in a shortened line, about 1/10 my line, and 2x I had to gamble … I  had to make line choices, and I never make good choices.  And that was the only gambling I did, and needless to say, I felt like a total loser.


10.27.13 … “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” …

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Crossnore School Labyrinth, Crossnore NC, 2013 Labyrinth Walks:

Wow this is the quirkiest labyrinth ever!  But I loved it …

After entering the garden I noticed the butterfly bench and the rabbit pointing the way.

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And on the dedication marker, a great quote …

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

― John Muir

It has what looks like church windows setup at one side.  They are made of wrought iron.

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Through the “window” view reveals a fun sculpture of children and a dog walking across a large log.

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There are multiple water features around the labyrinth and one in the center, in addition to the small stream that goes under the log sculpture and feeds under the labyrinth and which you can hear while walking the labyrinth.

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The barriers of each quadrant are actually large planters.  I have never seen this done before and I really like it.

Because it is fall, the labyrinth is covered with leaves, and as I walk, I hear the rustling of the leaves.

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There are 4 benches, one on the perimeter of each quadrant. The bench closest to the entrance has my favorite quote: “Be still and know that I am God.“ Psalm 46:10

I notice that on the bench on the opposite side there is another quote that is often found at labyrinths: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

I look around for the 3rd bench.  It has the quote: “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

And on the fourth bench … Deuteronomy 30:16: “Love the Lord your God. Walk in his ways. And keep his commandments.”

When the labyrinth path takes you between the barrier planters, it feels playful …

On the periphery is also a small outdoor fireplace.  It would be great fun to walk on a cool evening with a fire burning.

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I would love to see this labyrinth when the garden is in full glory but it is still a wonderful experience in the fall.

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And this is a great post about the Crossnore labyrinth and walking labyrinths in general.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

via Life in the Carolina Mountains: Crossnore Labyrinth.


10.25.13 – 10.27.13 … According to Greek and Roman legend, amethysts protected their owners from drunkenness. So what do we do ? How do we protect our young adults from the consequences of alcohol? …

Amethyst Initiative,  U.S. college presidents, The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984,  U.S. legal drinking age:  i get together annually with an eclectic group of bright dynamic women.  We met as college students and the legal drinking age in the state of our college was 18 for beer and wine and 21 for everything else.  There were a few bad instances, but generally once the mistakes were made that was the end of it.  Rarely were there legal or financial, much less medical, including psychiatric consequences to “learning to drink” in a close-knit community.  Many of us have college age children now.  Obviously the situation is very different now.  Each of us has had a student or knows closely a student who has had to deal with the consequences of underage drinking.  So what do we do ?

The Amethyst Initiative is an organization made up of U.S. college presidents and chancellors that in July 2008 launched a movement calling for the reconsideration of U.S. legal drinking age, particularly the minimum age of 21. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 requires all US states to raise their minimum age for purchase and public possession of alcohol to 21 or face a reduction in highway funds under the Federal-Aid Highway Act. The Amethyst Initiative was initiated by John McCardell, founder of Choose Responsibility,[1] a former professor of history at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and current Vice-Chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South, and is currently supported by 135 college presidents who signed a statement proclaiming, “It’s time to rethink the drinking age”.[2][3]

According to Greek and Roman legend, amethysts protected their owners from drunkenness.

via Amethyst Initiative – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Launched in July 2008, the Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States. These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the problem of irresponsible drinking by young people continues despite the minimum legal drinking age of 21, and there is a culture of dangerous binge drinking on many campuses.

The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.

via Amethyst Initiative » Welcome to the Amethyst Initiative.




10.26.13 …”Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2) …

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bristol VA, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, Amiens Style labyrinth, 2013 Davidson ’82 Reunion Group Gathering (Wasabies):

I gathered with my group of 16 who we for a quirky reason call ourselves the WASABIES.
I of course found a local labyrinth in downtown Bristol Virginia. It isn’t a Chartres style labyrinth but an Amiens style labyrinth, and  I have never walked this style.
I chuckled when I went to EEC’s website because it showed a picture of a priest blessing a dog on the labyrinth … but that is another conversation  🙂 …

Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

We are located in downtown Bristol, Va, just one block from the Virginia-Tennessee state line, and have been serving our community since 1862. We would love for you to tour our beautiful church, walk our Labyrinth, and join us for worship on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:2)

via Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church | Emmanuel Episcopal Church | Bristol, VA / TN.

Outside, a labyrinth taking its design from the famous one at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens, in Amiens, France, is available for use by anyone in the community who wishes to pray and meditate while walking in it.

via News.

So here is my labyrinth adventure … After a wonderful walk with my friends along the river, we headed to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in  downtown Bristol
About five of us walked the labyrinth. For several, it was a new experience. I shared my labyrinth walking experience with them and then we walked as a group.
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As I have mentioned my favorite labyrinth to walk is the full 11 circuit Chartres style labyrinth.
The Amiens style works very well as well.  It is amazing that the medieval french catholic priests constructed labyrinths that work much better than modern artsy labyrinths. I wonder why that is so. It clearly has something to do with “sacred geometry” which includes a timing element which makes it just right.
And here is a little history on the Amiens style labyrinth …

The Labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral is the second largest in France, being slightly smaller than its cousin in Chartres.[3]  Measuring about 12.1 meters wide, the labyrinth occupies the entire width of the fourth and fifth bays of the nave, and is thought to have originally been placed in the cathedral in 1288.[4]  Although it is octagonal, its tracks follow the same pattern as Chartres, which is why it is considered to be an Octagonal, Chartres-type labyrinth.[5] Comprised of “white-and-blue-black” stones, its entrance opens to the west, with the white stones acting as the labyrinthine obstacles.

Prior to the French Revolution, the labyrinth’s center comprised of a medallion which stated:

In the year of grace 1220, the construction of this church first began.  Blessed Evrard was at that time bishop of the diocese.  The king of France was then Louis the son of Philip the wise.  He who directed the work was called Master Robert, surnamed Luzarches.  Master Thomas de Cormont came after him, and after him his son Renaud, who had placed here this inscription in the year of the incarnation, 1288.[6]

via labyrinth of amiens cathedral: Loyola University Chicago.


10.25.13 … All Shall Be Well …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, kith/kin, Downtown Abingdon VA:

 As I entered the mountains of VA, it became cloudy, very cloudy.  So this fall day had a damp wintry feel to it.

With my gps running, I was looking hard for the labyrinth.  It was a private labyrinth so I was not looking for a church or a park.  But finally I spied it on a vacant lot  on a residential street.

It is Chartres labyrinth made of all pavers with no space for grass to peek through, very attractive,  accessible and nicely landscaped.

I was meeting a friend who was joining me for a girl gathering in Bristol TN for the weekend.  There are only a few I share my walking idiosyncrasy  and each of these 16 women are victims.  The one who met me for my pre-gathering walk was a willing victim.  🙂




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Several of you have asked how I find  labyrinths to walk.

First I look them up on the world-wide labyrinth locator …

Valley Street NE, between Court St. and Tanner

Abingdon, Virginia 24210

“All Shall Be Well….” a labyrinth and meditation space on private property, open to all.

Schedule:Always open

Type:Medieval Chartres replica

Material:Brick/PaverDesigner:The Labyrinth Company

Builder:Simlay Natural, Inc.

Size:39 feet diameter

Date installed:October 2010

via World-Wide Labyrinth Locator – Locate a Labyrinth.

If there are several in an area, I will google them to help me select.  This one had a nice article about it in the local paper …

The light brown bricks meander back and forth for three-quarters of a mile, said Jan Hurt, owner of the labyrinth.

It’s hard to imagine the path is that long, as it winds through a 40-foot-wide round, brick patio-like structure on the lot across from her Valley Street home, but that’s part of the beauty of it.

The purpose of walking it is not to reach a physical destination, but a spiritual one.

“We want people to walk it,” said Hurt, who explained that although the labyrinth is privately owned and on private land, it’s open to the public at all times. “That’s why we built it.”

A 91 percent scale replica of a labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, it is entitled All Shall Be Well.

“Ninety-one is some sort of mystical geometric number,” explained Hurt, who described the intricate pattern as “compulsive geometry.”

“What I don’t know is how anyone can draw this and come up with this pattern,” she marveled, as she began to walk a section of it, following the brick pattern up and back and around.

It’s one of three labyrinths that now exist in Abingdon, said Garrett Jackson, the town’s planning director. The others are on the grounds of Christ the King Catholic Church and Virginia Highlands Community College.

via Walking in Abingdon to reach spiritual destination – News.


10.23.13 … According to Bansky, Ronald, arguably, the second most sculpted figure in history outside of Christ …

Ronald, arguably, the second most sculpted figure in history outside of Christ …

A fibreglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy. The sculpture will visit the sidewalk outside a different McDonalds every lunchtime for the next week. Today: South Bronx.

via Better Out Than In.

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Bed Stuy / Williamsburg

via Better Out Than In.

The obvious allusion is to the work of African-American artist Kara Walker but without the subtext of American history. While Banksy’s official Instagram account suggests the work is in Brooklyn Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, we do not have confirmation on the location yet. (Update, 11:37am: We have received unverified word that the piece is at Graham Avenue & Cook Street in East Williamsburg.)

Banksy Goes Japonaiserie in Brooklyn, Tribeca Banksy Vandalized [UPDATE 5].

A print by Edo period artist Hokusai (via

via Banksy Goes Japonaiserie in Brooklyn, Tribeca Banksy Vandalized [UPDATE 5].

“Graffiti is sort of a way of life here, so if you are going to have it, why not make it a little whimsical and a little fun?\” she said. \”It\’s a bit like a scavenger\’s hunt, and you can see how happy it makes people.

He’s the talk of the town, but no one knows where—or who—he actually is.

Elusive British street artist Banksy started a stenciling spree across New York last week, using the walls of buildings as his canvases. And instead of being publicized, Banksy’s graffiti has simply been discovered—and fans have then spread the whereabouts on social media.

The artist\’s website calls the project a “monthlong residency” in the city, stating: “For the next month Banksy will be attempting to host an entire show on the streets of New York.”

He is calling his New York exhibition “Better Out Than In,” a reference to a quote by the artist Paul Cézanne: “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.”

Banksy, a pseudonym, keeps his identity shrouded in mystery and could not be reached for comment. His work has seen commercial success, with some artwork removed from buildings and sold at auction, while his 2010 documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” was nominated for an Academy Award.

Because of the artist’s anonymity, Banksy’s works, which often feature political messages, are generally only authenticated when he has posts photos of them on his website (though it’s not clear who operates the site). For his New York project, Banksy is also posting photos to Instagram under the name banksyny.

His website also includes a toll-free number and an online “Click here to listen” button with audio commentary, a spoof on the audio guides generally offered at museum exhibits.

Banksy began his rogue New York project on Oct. 1 with a stencil at 18 Allen St. on the Lower East Side. The piece featured a turn-of-the-century street urchin standing on another boy’s back, reaching for a can of spray paint on a sign reading “graffiti is a crime.”

via Desperately Seeking Banksy –

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