Wednesday, January 04, 2006

*slip* BAM! Fell in love.

A friend at work asked me to take a photo of a certain highway sign for the blog she's setting up, so at lunch we drove around Northern Kentucky looking for a good place to take the photo, which turned out to be the passenger seat of her car as we drove under the overpass the sign she wanted the photo of was stuck to.

I'm half-drunk; please excuse my terrible sentence construction. I am also suffering from the sinus headache that 94.7% of Cincinnati is suffering right now due to the fact that it was 55 degrees and sunny today and tomorrow it is going to be cold and snowy.

Anyway when we got back from this little photo shoot, there behind the parking lot, under the railroad that runs along the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, where all the busted glass and trash and bent beer cans from Bengals tailgating parties winds up, there is this thing.

This thing here. It is about twenty feet long and it is about five feet tall and it is covered in this mosaic. Of these fish. See these fish? Those little mosaic tiles and pieces of glass, some of those things are the size of my thumbnail. And this thing is twenty feet long.

See, and on top of this thing, this twenty foot by five foot by five foot piece of art, are these birds.
Like this here. I don't know what they're made of, but they're covered in mosaic pieces--of rock and seashell.

This is Cincinnati. The nearest beach is like a twelve-hour drive from here.

And this thing, this piece of glorious art, is in the dregs of downtown. The edge of downtown. Beyond this sculpture there are warehouses and wastelands. Above this sculpture is train tracks. Next to it is a big-ass parking lot for a football stadium.
There, you can see the train pilings behind it. Look at that eye! Isn't that the most amazing thing? There is this concrete seabird, with a seashell for an eye, sitting on top of a twenty-foot mosaic, in downtown Cincinnati.
Look at the detail on the underside of that wing!

What is possibly the strangest thing about this sculpture is that it sprang up seemingly overnight. One day it was not there, and then today, it was there.

The second strangest thing about this art is that it has no identifying information on it. I don't know where it came from. I don't know who did it. I don't know why they did it.

It is just here.

And the third strangest thing about this sculpture is its location. If you're going to make something like this, with such attention to detail and care and emotion in it, why in the holy hell put it at the ass-end of nowhere! Why! It's beautiful! It deserves to be seen!

Which is why it's on my blog, thingie, now.

I hope it doesn't go away as mysteriously as it has sprung up.


At January 04, 2006 11:53 PM, Blogger BG said...

I'd like to see the pics you took for your friend!

At January 05, 2006 12:07 AM, Blogger ScottyFerguson said...

Holy crap! Where the hell did this thing come from! Who in the hell thought "hey you know that little place by the football parking lot? That place needs... oh idunno.. something. "
Thank you for sharing. This was a wonderful thing to see.
Oh and your structure is fine when your drunk!

At January 05, 2006 2:19 AM, Blogger Adeline said...

these are fantastic!!
I love stuff like this.

I am movin to sinsin -natty!

At January 05, 2006 4:46 AM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

love the mosaic fish that is really beautiful!!!

At January 05, 2006 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This city is strange.


At January 05, 2006 12:10 PM, Blogger deputyswife said...

I love the mosaic of the fish. It is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

At January 05, 2006 12:41 PM, Blogger Greg said...

It's one of the most bizarrely beautiful mosaics/sculptures/artistic thingies I've seen in some time. Makes me want to run out to Color Me Mine and make a plate.

At January 05, 2006 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing, and the best part is that these are relatively unknown. beautiful.

At January 05, 2006 10:59 PM, Blogger suleyman said...

Looks like it was made in sections and then put up all at once, hence the sudden appearance.

It's nice, but nobody does mosaics like the Byzantines.


At January 05, 2006 11:29 PM, Blogger M said...

You certainly know how to dig 'em up.

In a non-necrophelia kind of way.

Gosh, I've said too much.

At January 06, 2006 12:53 AM, Blogger Raehan said...

Thank you for sharing it! Beautiful.

At January 06, 2006 1:44 AM, Blogger Seren said...

That's an awesome discovery you and your friend found. Some closet artist has decided to do a little cleaning for the New Year, methinks. In some ways, it makes perfect sense to place such beautiful pieces in such stark, barren landscapes.

What made me laugh was your comment about sentence construction. Is there something about heartland school systems and long periods of winter that make some of us so concerned about our words? Writing with the booze muse can be fun, but even then we're not completely free.

Happy 2006 and thanks for sharing.

At January 06, 2006 3:21 AM, Blogger Fitèna said...


It's when I see picts like these that I wish I owned a digital camera to capture them!!!


At January 06, 2006 7:00 AM, Blogger Cincy Diva said...

Shells are not unusual along a river. There are fresh water mollusks. The pictures didn't come thru but since I walk that bridge all the time, I will go look at it.

At January 06, 2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Mysterious Sculptures Batman! (there's even a spiral in the eye - ooooh, I love magic like this)

At January 06, 2006 3:03 PM, Blogger The Great Saphenous said...

I love mosaic art, and those are some really nice ones. Thanks for showing them.

At January 07, 2006 6:48 AM, Blogger Allan said...

It looks like you are enjoying the new camera.



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