The Suspicious Looking Device is a bright orange box with a countdown timer on the top. If you touch it, it lets out a loud siren and then scoots away on a set of hidden wheels. Its entire purpose is to look suspicious -- it has no other function.
Because of the overwhelming desire to honor and memorialize the tragic
losses that occurred on September 11, 2001 (9-11) the United States
Congress asked the USDA Forest Service to create the Living Memorials
Project (LMP). This initiative invokes the resonating power of trees to
bring people together and create lasting, living memorials to the
victims of terrorism, their families, communities, and the nation.
Cost-share grants provided by the Northeastern Area State and Private
Forestry supported the design and development of community projects in
the New York City metropolitan area, southwest Pennsylvania, and the
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In the Southern Area (Region 8),
the Forest Service worked with officials from the Pentagon, American
Forests and Arlington County on developing additional memorial sites.
BLDGBlog, a blog focused on design and architecture, has a good interview with Erik Davis, the writer who, along with photographer Michael Rauner, captured many of the spiritual or mystic places in California. I've been tempted by the book in the past, just because of the photos of the area surrounding the Salton Sea, but this goes a long way to justify that temptation.
So the modern art keeps pissing people off, and they've
hired people to pass as ordinary museum-goers and try to manage the
mood. I'm slightly offended by this ruse, but also charmed that there
is a job like this, which I think would be a really nice day job for a
struggling artist or actor.
Over on Instapundit,
Ann Althouse is shocked - shocked, I say! - that the Guggenheim hires
people to explain contemporary art to visitors. I believe the term for
these cunning folks is "doyen," and they're just about everywhere I go
in the Guggenheim, doing, well, what one expects: explaining what the
art means. This is no different than having a teacher along, informally
speaking, on a class trip.
Here's one final look at Fallingwater. I don't
think my photos did - or could do - justice to the building. In one
part, this is due to my constraints (low light, not being allowed to
shoot from inside), but I think the remainder is that I had a very hard
time expressing what the building meant to me. I'm not sure what that
reflects... and why I was blocked from it, but I found that, when my
friend and I got to Pittsburgh, my shooting style changed again, and I
was no longer blocked.