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Big Orange Construction Spool That Mirrors Art—Objects Have Many Functions And Purposes At The Same Time

One of these orange things I took a picture of in Houston’s Memorial Park a few days ago is public art.

The other orange thing is part of a construction project.

Though the giant orange spool does not seem far away from also being art of a kind.

Below is a picture of a marine propeller that I took in Galveston back in March.

This propeller is now as fully functional for its revised purpose as it was when it was on a ship.

Objects can have more than one purpose at once. A legitimate purpose of a thing can be a quality or a function for it that we imagine.

Things have both a “solid” and a metaphorical value. Shadow and substance are in the end the same.

Look around at stuff you see each day and think about it in new ways.

At the least, thinking about old things in new ways might make the routine more interesting and enjoyable.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fully Functional

Here is a fully functional marine propeller that I saw in Galveston, Texas a few hours ago.

It is simply functional in a different way than first intended.

Here are facts about marine propellers.

Here is previous post on the blog about some marine propellers being stored with washing machines.

March 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

I’ve Found What You’ve Been Looking For

For those who have been looking where to find marine propellers and a washing machine on the same lot, I have found the place for you.

(Here is a history of washing machines. Here are facts about marine propellers.)

This lot is near the Houston Ship Channel.

As those of you kind enough to read this blog on a regular or semi-regular basis may gather, I often drive around the area of the Houston Ship Channel.

I don’t suppose this is normal behavior. Though keeping a daily blog is not normal behavior.

One thing I like about the Houston Ship Channel and the industrial areas around the channel, is that life goes on no matter how polluted the water in the channel may be and no matter how bad the air may be on a rough day.

While I don’t like the pollution, I am glad for the metaphoric point that we can still be productive and energetic even in less than ideal conditions.

There are many interesting things to see in the vicinity of the Ship Channel. Below is a picture I took over last summer of a chopped-up school bus and some tires that have been placed in boats located on a vacant lot.

It looks to me almost like it was arranged with some aesthetic in mind.

You never know where in life you will find a measure of order where at first glance something makes no sense.

Every place has value. Every place has some purpose.

February 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments