Wide-Eyed

31 July 2018 – I’m on Helmcken, almost at Granville, minding my own business. I see Very Feminine eyes on the wall. She is staring, wide-eyed.

Next to her, Very Masculine eyes. Also staring, and also wide-eyed (in a Very Masculine sort of way).

Chef Guy, however, is looking down.

 

But then, he is part of what the other two are staring at: the entrance to the alley smack opposite their wall, immediately west of Granville.

The least I can do is go take a look for myself. With my real, live human eyes. Wide open.

The first thing that catches my attention is the scruffy wall. The scurfy wall. All rust streaks and bubbling, peeling paint. Rust speaks of many ugly things — but it is a beautiful colour, is it not?

I don’t pay a lot of attention to Chef Guy. I’m more taken with the protruding edge of that fire escape to his right, yet another example of one of my favourite (imaginary) mathematical concepts: Geometry at Work.

On down the alley. Admire that fire escape.

I’d rather admire it, than have to use it.

And on down past that, to the mural.

I stand back far enough to see it as an urban art installation, framed by hydro poles and a delivery truck. Signed AA Crew (street artists Virus, Tar and Dedos), an important presence, I discover, at the city’s 2017 Muralfest. It’s a timely discovery, with Muralfest 2018 coming up August 6-11.

And then I’m out the other end of the block, back to Granville, on south to Drake.

My eye is still in for street art, planned or found, and I decide the repaint job for Wildlife Thrift Shop qualifies.

And I catch my bus for home.

 

 

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  1. Dee Nigam

     /  31 July 2018

    Reblogged this on Business Startup-Bay Area.

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  2. Tom

     /  2 August 2018

    That fire escape is scary. It seems to have been subject to a bad fire in times past, and is completely unusable now.

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    • Looking at the surrounding windows, I suspect that the building is unused, and thus the fire escape will never again need to be used. At least, I hope so! Surely the City keeps an eye on fire escapes, and makes sure ones on inhabited buildings are up to code?

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  3. Thank you for the description. I have followed foot steps sitting in my comfy chair far down under in Brisbane. Many Blessings from me for strong feet to walk. God Bless 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you! I have fond memories of my own footsteps exploring Brisbane (for too short a period of time) while in Australia to visit family. May we all have strong feet and strong hearts, to follow the path that we make through life.

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      • You are very welcome. I hope you enjoyed your time in Brisbane. Thanks for your wishes. God Bless ❤

  4. And your writing is…not scruffy, not scurfy, no, snappy! And delightful. 🙂

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