I never would have guessed there was another big museum out in Brooklyn on the north end of Prospect Park, but some friends of ours asked us if we wanted to meet up out there and take a look around there and the Botanic Gardens. It turned out to be a really good trip.
The museum is bizarrely light on displayed items, considering how much the Met has sitting in storage, collecting dust. You’d think they’d share their inventory and more effectively utilize the space available in the Brooklyn Museum, but what they do have there is definitely worth the time it takes to have a look around, especially if you don’t want to deal with the crowds that are usually shuffling through the Met. My only other complaint is the big glass monstrosity (aka the new lobby) that was attached to the front of the building. It destroyed the beauty of the original architecture.
My favorite photos of stuff from the museum’s incredibly diverse collection:
Just up the road from us there’s a Rite Aid. The place looked pretty sleazy when we first moved in, but over the last few weeks they really fixed the place up. It looks modern and new and doesn’t have that cramped, dirty feel to it anymore. In addition to fixing up the outside of the store, the management decided to turn the dingy, yellowing paint on the exterior of the building into something fresh and new.
We walked up on these guys spray painting the outside of the building in the evening. It seems as though they were given a lot of freedom in their choices, but they did have to redo a portion of their mural which contained a space ship. Apparently, that wasn’t what the Rite Aid management was aiming for.
The finished product is pretty cool. I wonder if people are doing this outside of New York City now, and especially down south? I don’t remember graffiti being recognized as art or encouraged down there. Not that anyone in Georgia was painting murals like this, or anything on par with most of the graffiti in New York City, anyway.
Another example of artwork on the side of the popular Philippines mode of transportation, the jeepney. This one is called the Lovely Lady. It’s also worth noting that the running board has the phrase “To God be the Glory” painted onto it. The Philippines is the most Catholic country in the world, with around 60 million active practitioners last I read. It’s very common to find religious references everywhere you go.
Jeepneys are a popular form of transportation in the Philippines and most owners customize them to suit their tastes and to attract passengers. This Jeepney has a Fantasy Ladies theme that reminds me of Japanese RPG video games. Maybe the characters actually are from a video game?
I also saw this tricycle today and thought the art on the back was pretty neat. We know someone whose nickname is Weng. We’re going to send her a copy of this photo too.
The driver of the tricycle was really excited that I was taking a photo of his vehicle. Well, maybe his friends were the ones that were more excited. They insisted that he pose for a photo of him and the tricycle together.
I really enjoy how creative people get with the designs on the public transportation here. Hopefully I can get a few more good photos of examples before I leave.