Monday, January 5, 2015

City Lights

I recently read an article about light installations in the City They even included a walking map. On Saturday night I decided to visit a couple of them. The curtain of lights is at the Hyatt Regency, temporarily put up for the Holidays. The lollipop lights on the right are called SOMA by the Flaming Lotus Girls. The lights interact with each other and with the viewer. The Bay Bridge Lights are the largest orchestrated LED lights in the world, created by Leo Villareal. I am happy that they are now permanently installed.

2015 Bridge Walk

January 2 is Kirk's birthday and he invites his friends to walk the bridge with him. Mike is still too injured to walk but Geoffrey agreed to walk with me. With the little exercise I've gotten in the second half of the year, I wondered if this was possible to go all the way across and all the way back. Going was a little challenging because we shared the walkway with bicyclists. Part of the appeal is the beauty of this bridge and the inevitable desire to stop and take photos. It was nearly 4 by the time I made it across, and the sun was going down on the walk back. But amazingly, the bicycles had  disappeared. They had opened the other side for bicycles and we were free to walk at our pace, take photos, and enjoy the scene. Walking the bridge each year is a validation for me that I can still do it. And a great way to greet this beautiful city that is my home.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Keith Haring The Political Line

My experience with Keith Haring has been limited to a few happy-looking sculptures in public gardens and Swatch watches..His large scale works at the DeYoung were a revelation. He turned out to have been a much more politically inclined artist than I had thought. The crowded, stylized people/animal drawings remind me of ancient friezes or hieroglyphics. And the busy imagery, like those of ancient times, are violent and disturbing when viewed up close.