Last week, I shared my flash mob obsession with you.
But I have another obsession, and this one may be even weirder: I’m a sucker for whimsical public art, wherever I find it.
I don’t know what it is, exactly, that I love so much about this style. (Though I suspect Gillian Farabee of Cirque du Soleil Media was on to something when she told us at Story Chicago that convincing art requires a bit of absurdity, because life is absurd.)
I snapped these pictures mostly in my own neighborhood, while walking the dog or on my morning run. I’m sure I could find better examples if I traveled far and wide, but I’m afraid that would be missing the point: it’s the everyday stuff I’m after, and besides, I don’t need to travel far when such accessible examples are in my own backyard.
Doorway to nowhere
parking meter–in a suburban driveway
this backyard has three dozen birdhouses, or more
telephone booth in a suburban driveway
One day, I’d love to incorporate some kind of whimsical art into my own outdoor space. I don’t know what it will look like. But it will be whimsical, and a touch absurd, and I hope it’ll make you smile when you go by.
All pictures are from my instagram.
Do you have an example of whimsical public art? Please share it in comments!