Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States



Several concrete benches line the section of 13th Street between J & L near the Convention Center, along the same stretch of road as the sculpture slash fountain slash traffic divider that I featured in my previous entry.  These benches are frequently utilized by folks who work nearby or by convention attendees. 

What I particularly like about the benches is that they're another example of functional public art, thanks to the messaging on each side.

One side of the bench has s series of letters all smushed together:

What's the most obvious single word that stands out from that pack?  Do you see "heart" or "the" or "art" or something else entirely?

On the other side of the bench, the series of letters is staggered:

This messaging could suggest a multitude of meanings, especially since the benches are located in a public space with lots of different aural and visual stimulation to consider.

What do you hear when you sit here?

What sort of art do you see?  What sort of art do you hear?

What types of sensory inputs do you interpret as sound or art?

The possibilities are practically endless, depending on the person, the season, the time of day, etc.  Such a great example of thought-provoking public art that is not only evocative but also quite practical!


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