Although I love my Nikon, there’s nothing like having a cell phone cam handy when odd things appear.
I came across him as I was stopped at a north-central Phoenix traffic light. At first I thought it was one of the “bicycle homeless” folks one sees, but when I circled around to the gas station lot he was working, I could see he had an ice chest on his cart. In return for posing, I bought a frosty water bottle to help me cope with the 110° August heat.
This next series still has me puzzled (and you know how I love a good puzzlement!)
First, a long shot of the scene along the Arizona Canal to give you a sense of the scene. When I pulled my bicycle over I could see a seemingly random array of differently colored Bic lighters.
For a moment I thought it might be some street artist’s idea of a guerilla/urban art display, but I simply could not discern any rhyme or reason to the layout. (There are actually 6 lighters…one is sort of tucked away.)
A few days later I returned to the scene-of-the-art and could only find this green lighter sort of tamped down into the dirt — not part of the original array, apparently.
I mean, who would simply dump six lighters along the canal? A hobo-code message? A repository for homeless tweakers? I’m open to suggestions.
Next up, a strip mall sign along 7th St. (Disclosure, I actually stopped by to ask him why he was calling his shop Rub Novs.) Was it a massage shop? Maybe a scent or lotion store? Nope: barber shop, called “Rubinov’s.” Apparently the owner never bothered to check what his sign would look like to drivers humming along at 45mpg. (When you get close enough you can discern a faded barber pole graphic representing the “i”.)
Now, I loves me some street art and this installation, on Townley, off Central on my bike route to the bank, fits the bill. It’s along a very shall-we-way modest neighborhood side street and clearly set up for passers-by to enjoy.
In the area of more planned-out art, check this butterfly installation at the Phoenix Art Museum. Of course, I’ve tilted the camera to give an eerier view, but it really does look pretty much like this from the lobby. And trust me, this is all over the hallway walls and ceilings leading into the art museum.
Here’s a closer look:
And finally, in the category of Things You Should Never Do Without an Assistant*, the only thing really odd about this is the fact that I decided to change a track light bulb in my high-ceiling kitchen by balancing my flip-flop-shod feet between the ladder and the refrigerator to get this job done—without a net.
Alternate caption: Things You Really Need a Taller Ladder For…and an Assistant.