This Week

A bunch of pictures from this week

Wind Challenge Matthew
Matthew Borgen

Caught the  Wind Challenge Exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial

Took pictures of the many mushrooms that have popped up in my neighborhood after last week’s rain.

Flowers are beautiful even when they’re dying

Helped kids paint pumpkins at Palumbo Recreation Center

Some Pottery in Progress

Saw some new (to me) Murals

And met some incredible artists and makers at Philadelphia Open Studio Tours at the Bok Building.  This deserves its own post.  Stay tuned,

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Last week, a reader warned about the application of a  toxic herbicide called glyphosate to wheat crops rendering all but organically grown wheat safe to eat.  I decided to read up on glyphosate.  The Food Babe blog  pointed out the dangers posed by this chemical, citing a report by a group called Food Democracy Now.  (Read the report here.) But the Snopes.Com site argues that the report’s information is false.  I am not a chemist and cannot do my own tests.  I will say that the discussion of the scientific methodology used in the report seems vague, (compare the testing done to determine the link between smoking and lung cancer), but I do not know whether this comes from an intent to deceive,  poor writing, or an editorial decision that the reader would not understand a more thorough discussion of the testing procedures used.    I have not come to a conclusion.  I am presenting this information so readers can draw their own conclusions.    

Boris
Boris does not care about any of this apparently, 

Tunnel Vision and Tunnel Visionaries

Tunnel vision.  The very term makes me think about the recent UK decision to leave the European Union, the Trump supporters who want to build a wall and the old folks in Russia who want to return to the glory days of the Soviet Union when your neighbor could turn you in as a traitor but at least you had a steady job.   This week was one of those rare occasions where art and politics collided to make a pun for me and that pun involved tunnels.

Tunnel vision is a  genuine physical malady where  peripheral vision is lost.  Tunnel vision is also an idiomatic term used to describe when a person is looking at things from a very narrow point of view.   There is no dearth of people  suffering from tunnel vision these days.  Good peripheral vision is essential when killing cockroaches or keeping an eye on small children. Tunnel vision is dangerous.  It makes it difficult to pass a slower car safely. You trip over things.  And it makes birds more likely to poop on you because you never saw them coming.    

And so, to anyone with tunnel vision who is reading this, you have been warned.

And now for the good tunnel stuff.  The Queen Street Tunnel is a plain, soulless expanse that stretches between Front and Swanson Streets and under I-95. Artists Pat Aulisio, Marie Elcin, and Miriam Singer decided that it needed some art to liven it up.  So they helped their students at the Fleisher Art Memorial make large drawings and screen prints and then invited volunteers to help wheat paste the art  onto the walls of the tunnel.   

It sounded like a good excuse to get messy so how cold I resist?   The improvement is remarkable. Does that make those who developed the project tunnel visionaries?  I think so.  

Here are some pictures.

 

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The Bernie  bird