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Picture of the Moment—Public art

Picture of the Moment

When the tides are extraordinarily low, as they were today, it’s fun to go look at what I call “low tide art,” carvings in the sand banks that’s only visible during these very low tides.

Here’s one of the best I found today in Ocean Beach:

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Would that qualify as public art?

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Does this still life qualify public art?

I live in my own little world

Scott #745, Crater Lake National ParkMany hundreds of years ago when I was but a child growing up in Brigham City, Utah, I joined the Cub Scouts. It was there that I took up philately and became a philatelist, a stamp collector. Eventually I went on to study philately, specifically Railroad Post Office history. It was those first few years of simply collecting stamps from the United States that, I believe, helped me develop a critical eye for art because postage stamps themselves are little works of art.

When I got to high school, I took an art appreciation class. Turns out that I didn’t really have an appreciation for art, especially still life. I thought that a painting or picture of a bunch of bananas sitting in an ugly bowl on an ugly table wasn’t art.

But look at my idea of still life 43 years later:

Still life

Does this still life qualify as public art? Asking for a friend.

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Never again

Picture of the Moment

It’s rare that people are in my pictures but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

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That giant pelican is located near the Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach:

Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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I won’t walk on it

Picture of the Moment

As I continue to create works of Photographic Art, I find myself gaining a great appreciation of art of all kinds, even art that previously I didn’t particularly care for—Yoko Ono comes immediately to mind.

One thing I know, though, is that I could never walk on art, so when I find walkway art, I tend to walk around it and take pictures while everyone else is walking on it.

Such as these two pieces, found in the walkway at the Scripps Ranch branch of the San Diego Library:

Sidewalk snake art

Sidewalk lizard art

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Out & About—SeaWorld sculptures created from ocean trash

SeaWorld

One of the things that I really like about aquariums, zoos, and sanctuaries is that they have so many educational programs.

Sometimes the educational programs take a tack that you weren’t really expecting.

Such was the case on a recent visit to SeaWorld where I found four unique sculptures, unique because they are made completely out of trash that has washed up from the ocean.

Take a look:

SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Scenes from the beach

Out & About

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Two of my favorite beaches in San Diego are Imperial Beach and Ocean Beach. Here are some scenes:

Ocean public art indicates we’re getting close!

Public art

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As do street utility boxes

Street utility box at the beach

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Street utility box at the beach

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Street utility box at the beach

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Even the sidewalks are beachy.

Sidewalk at the beach

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Houses near the beach.

House near the beach

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House near the beach

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Surfing is a big pastime.

Surf's up!

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Surf's up!

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We’re there!

The beach

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The beach

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Public art at the beach

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Beach house

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Boats at the beach

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The beach

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The beach

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Fishing is allowed from the pier since it’s a “fishing pier.”
Not from in the waters or on the beach, though.

The pier at the beach

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No fishing in the surf zone

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My wise old grandmother taught me to share,
so I passed by this drinking fountain:

My wise old grandmother taught me to share

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The pier’s restaurant is a relaxed place to eat with the best view.

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The Tin Fish

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Until tomorrow.

Goodbye to the beach!

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Public work of art

I am wondering………………

Picture of the Moment

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Remember my post from a few days ago with the lonely dog, ears flying in the wind, sore paw? Here is the dog:

Eat like you mean it

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The dog was not by itself. It had three ladies with it. The ladies were painting an electric utility box on the street corner. Today the dog and ladies were back, apparently finished with their work of art:

Public work of art

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Art is supposed to make the viewer ponder, wonder…… Alright, then, I am wondering………lol

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