Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sometimes love is in the air....

Other times it's on the ground....near Airport and Manor.


Found in the sidewalk in the Clarksville neighborhood of Austin.
 For more on their crazy love, check out this article on the topic.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Walk and Talk

Of course! many of us sit all day...way not have a meeting outside, on a walk.  It's good for your brain, and good for your body.  Hear more via Nilofer Merchant's short TED talk.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Walking in Tuscon

Inspired by Walk Raleigh, some folks have replicated the project in Tuscon... 
Yay, for tactical urbanism!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Little by Little

...walking is gaining ground!  Which seems silly to say, but it's true.  Particularly in cities where the culture of walking is squelched by sprawl and traffic.  Alissa Walker recently gave a bolstering talk on the topic at Wired UK: take a listen.

Fallen Butterfly

As I contemplated the new construction on East 6th and San Marcos, I came across him--

Monday, January 7, 2013

Rainy Day in Austin

Found oil spots around town.







Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rainy day in San Francisco

Umbrella carcass found outside the 16th Street Bart station.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NYC

1) Plaza Subway Platform, 2) Q line , 3) PS1 Stair, 4) Dia Beacon where a Serra sculpture meets ground, 5) Guggenheim sidewalk

Saturday, September 15, 2012

South Congess

Leaves + leaf stains

Friday, September 14, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A walk in Bethany Cemetery

A seemingly long forgotten parcel of land in east Austin...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So many little things...

....along the pavement's edge (inspired by the last post)

Steve Wheen, Guerilla Gardener
(a.k.a. the Pothole Gardener)
and
Slinkachu here and here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cement Eclipses

Just discovered Issac Cordal's work....thought I'd make a post about it here, because a lot of the photo's context is the pavement under our feet....

See/read more about him:
placebokatz.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

a pedestrian solution that involves removing sidewalks....

On London's Exhibition Road, thoughtful planners have opted to erase the once distinct boundary between cars and pedestrians...

Read more about it here in this week's GOOD.



Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vintage Sidewalk Photo




I recently came across this as I was sorting through old photos. It's circa 1994, taken in Eugene, Oregon. The dorms at the U of O had frozen yogurt machines and everyone seemed to abuse the privilege. Splattered and melting cones could be seen all over campus during and after meal times...this was just one of many, caught in mid-melt.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Traces of The Rapture on the Sidewalk

Took a walk around Lake Merritt this a.m. and came across this (and a few other installations)...in honor of the day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Austin made it into the Atlantic's most walkable cities list...

Somehow, Austin made it into the top 11, with a bronze rating. I find this interesting, because in my own experience, Austin isn't terribly walkable. Of course, I grew up in San Francisco, where walking was a valid form of transportation to and from work, as well as to social events, and grocery shopping, etc. So I have high standards. Now, even though I live in central Austin, I can't do as much productive walking. Instead, I find myself walking for pleasure. It is usually too far, too hot, and too torn up (at least currently, as I live a block from the east 7th street construction project).

But I am still happy it made it on the list....

Read more details here, on walkfriendly.org.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Photos of the ground....by others....

In the process of doing a bit of research on Chris Taylor and his land arts program, I came across one of their recent projects called Ground Sourcing Documentation. Folks in Lubbock had a 12 hour window in which to participate/submit. If I knew this was happening ahead of time, I'd have driven the 6 hours to Lubbock to participate! oh well...

To learn more about Land Arts of the American West, visit their website.

Or read this recent article from the new york times.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Evening Walk

It's March 1st and it feels like spring. The blossoms have started to bloom, leaves are starting to reappear on deciduous trees, and, it was a beautiful evening for a walk. Here are the resulting finds... a beautifully worn and faded sock, an old typewriter ink ribbon, a puffy jacket, and the remnants of a popsicle.










































Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Eve find...

Not surprising considering the nature of the holiday...























Found at the intersection of East 6th and Navasota, Feb. 13, 10 am.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Buuurrrrr!

We had a little bit of snow blanket Austin last night, so I got up this morning, put on as many layers as possible, and took a stroll. I wish I could have gone further afield to capture more photos than I did. Alas, the cold won out. Most all of the photos are of tracks... Click here to see the whole (short) album.

Abstract

This photo was taken on the ground floor of the Visual Arts Center on the UT campus. It is the residual paint that leaked out of the David Ellis painting project.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lauri Apple's Found Clothing

I believe Lauri's original blog www.foundclothing.typepad.com is now defunct, but the idea is still relevant: why not consider wearing clothes you find abandoned on the street/sidewalks? Read more about her project here and here.

It's not surprising that some folks cringe at the idea...I always cringe a little myself before picking something up off the ground. But in my case, curiosity usually wins out...

Only a couple things have ever actually made it into my permanent wardrobe--my favorite of all time was an orange Oreda potato shirt. I wore it out to the point where I actually had to throw it away... that was a sad day, mainly because I gained so much value and joy out of a mere found object.

More sidewalk / clothing photos here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Fun Collective Walking Project Called:

"Walking to Work Today"

You can see some of the resulting photos from around the globe here. Or read more about the idea behind the project on Micheal Surtees Design Notes blog.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sidewalk photos from NYC!

Spent nearly 6 full days walking all over NYC and Brooklyn and beyond. See the full album here.




Walking and Art

Came across this Walking and Art blog today.

It doesn't look like it has been updated lately, but it has a GREAT bibliography page, as well as references to mainstream walking artists and their work.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Crawfish in the sun

From Food on the street


Came across this the other day one the sidewalk at the intersection of Webberville and Oak Springs Rd.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Finally, a post!

Last June I moved to a neighborhood that had very few sidewalks, so the sidewalk project naturally tapered off. Until last week that is--when I photographed something I'm deeming relevant...


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Side Walks on the Wall

This month at Diverse Arts Gallery. Stop in. Or better yet, take the walk!

Link to KUT Interview with Julie Moody