.All Trips / Central Canada / North America / Saskatchewan

“Pic of the Week”, February 24, 2023: Regina Lace, Saskatchewan

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An interesting piece of art is Stephan Braithwaite and Douglas Bamford’s Regina Lace.  It was completed in 2009 as part of a public artwork project and is a two-part sculpture celebrating the immigrant history of Regina.
1) On the east side are nine bronze figures cast from residents of Regina, representing a variety of backgrounds symbolizing the mixed cultural diversity of the city.  Part of this is show in the photo above, with more detail views attached.

(West portion of Regina Lace)

2) The west facing portion is a monolith that appears to be a massive pamphlet filled with stories.  The piece is actually steel plating, a lace pattern worked into its borders.  Sitting at its base is a young African immigrant.
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Street Art, San Jose, Costa Rica

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San Jose, the capital and most populous city in Costa Rica, is not a very memorable or beautiful place. There are, of course, a few interesting buildings and museums and some decent restaurants worth visiting. But the warm humid climate, earthquakes, and robust termite population have destroyed many of the city’s historic sites. It’s not a filthy city like Delhi, but not neat and clean either. The sidewalks and roadways are among the most uneven I’ve ever walked in a major metropolis.

Street art, San Jose

Street art, San Jose

My wife and I explored San Jose for several days and were impressed by some of the art we discovered while walking the streets. Mostly these were painted murals — some very beautiful and imaginative — but also with …

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.All Trips / Alberta / Central Canada / North America

Street Murals of LaComb


LaCombe is a small town of around 13,000 residents in central Alberta, between Calgary and Edmonton. It has a charming historic core and an interesting collection of street murals.
Lacombe is named after Father Albert Lacombe (1827–1916), a Catholic missionary who served as peacemaker between the Cree and Blackfoot tribes and facilitated the Canadian Pacific Railway construction of Canada’s transcontinental railway.
LaCombe’s mural program is unusual in that the murals are located BEHIND the buildings, often in alleyways or facing rear parking lots, and are hard to see from main roads. You really need to look for them, but I found them worth seeing. The murals feature historic scenes from the city’s past and incorporate the building’s design into the mural itself.
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.All Trips / Alaska / North America

Some Signs and Street Art of Seward, Alaska

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Seward rests on the eastern edge of Alaska’s beautiful Kenai peninsula, on Resurrection Bay.  The town is named for former U.S. Secretary of State, William H. Seward, who coordinated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
Seward is not a large town, with a population of less than 3000. What it lacks in number it makes up in character. People living here are a hearty bunch who take great pride in their community. They mostly work in the commercial fishing or tourism industries.
Seward is the starting point of Alaska’s popular Iditarod dog race, mile 0 being on the town’s south shore. For a small community, I found a lot of interesting street art and signs during my wanderings in the …

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.All Trips / Europe / Slovenia

Some Street Art from Slovenia

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This post contains a few photos of some of the art we discovered while wandering the streets of the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, which I hope you enjoy.  The first we encountered was this statue of a bull taken outside of a bank near the apartment where we were staying — shades of Wall Street!
There were an interesting assortment of statues and much that we saw….
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“Pic of the Week”, October 16, 2020: Statue of Jan Matejko, Krakow


Jan Matejko is a famous 19th century artist who was born in Krakow.  He is best know for his oil canvases documenting famous 19th century Polish battles and persons of interest, like kings and politicians.
I thought this a rather clever piece.  Situated in Krakow’s Planty Park — a circular 4 km long park that used to be the city’s moat — it shows the artist sitting in front of a large picture frame.  There is no canvas and what you see framed is pleasing scene of the old wall and vegetation of the park itself.  It was fall when we visited, so the colors stood out beautifully.
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“Pic of the Week”, August 14, 2019: Interesting bike rack, Reno

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Situated on the banks of the Truckee River in downtown Reno is this rather cool bike rack, the likes of which I’ve never seen before.  The rack is designed to look like a fish’s skeleton, with the ribs providing the framing on which to park or chain your bicycle.
A nice piece of street-art and, for me, yet another confirmation of the limitless ability of human imagination.
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“Pic of the Week”, November 22, 2019: Street Art sampler, Winnipeg

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A few of the murals I saw while driving around Winnipeg this past summer.  Over the years the number and quality of these has shown an appreciated increase throughout the city. 

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