Last week I went with my brother to go see the Yankees. As we were walking out of the Metro North station, I spotted some public art. For some reason, I did not cast my usual cynical eye (as I tend to do with NYC subway art). I even said to my brother – that’s not bad. Little did i know (or perhaps i should say ‘I forgot’) that it was gem by a friend.
Ellen Harvey, The Home of the Stars.
If walls had ears, what would the ceiling be? I wonder. Especially with this ceiling, which has heard it’s fair share of history over the years.
When I was cycling around the neighborhood, taking photographs of the public art in Venserpolder, I noticed that a building on the corner of Dotojeveskisingel and Dantestraat had an enormous number 1 painted on the corner of the building.
The corner of Dotojeveskisingel and Defoelaan
I wasn’t sure if this was also some other form of public art/mural painting, or more likely that it was meant to label the building, like I had seen previously in South Korea, where the Stalinistic apartment blocks seem to require numbers painted on the sides so that the residents can tell which one is home. The simple fact that it was the only building in the neighborhood with a number on made me a little curious.
Apartment blocks in Gwangju, South Korea
Today, while doing a walk around the Venserpolder with Art, I asked him what it was for. Sure enough, that was Block 1. Mystery solved, except that he wasn’t sure how Blocks 2, 3, 4, etc avoided being numbered.
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