This is a curved, two-sided building, called locally "the boat building." The two surfaces meet at the right of the building in the top photograph and again on the riverfront side (not shown). To understand the shape, visualize a lens. The second photograph gives a better view of the way the two sides meet.
It was completed in 1961 for Phoenix Insurance Company, still the building's main tenant.
Samuel Colt was an important arms maker in the 19th century. The Colt .45 pistol is the one most associated with Colt Manufacturing. I know very little about firearms, so I will refer readers to Wikipedia, since, as you know, everything on the internet is true.
This is part of a statue in the Hartford park honoring him. The youth represents Colt when he was a young sailor. Above him is the main statue of Colt as a powerful industrialist. I don't like that part of the statue, so I didn't photograph it.
Last month I posted about an effort to drum up fan support for a return of major league professional hockey to Hartford. We had a team -- the Hartford Whalers -- until the team's new owners moved them to North Carolina in 1997.
Yesterday the first step toward that goal was announced. The Whalers' original owner reached agreement with the New York Rangers to manage the Rangers' Hartford-based minor league hockey team. And . . . they will bring back the name in part, in the form of the "Connecticut Whale." If they develop a big enough fan base, in a few years an attempt will be made to secure a major league NHL franchise.
I'm back. Yesterday's statue of Christopher Columbus wasn't very good, was it?
I spent the last 11 days in Italy: Cinque Terre, the Ligurian coast, Chianti and Florence. Here are two photos of a much better statue of Christopher Columbus, in a park on the waterfront of Santa Margherita Ligure.
Here are some more mirrored reflections from the antiques fair I visited recently.
I like the three different sizes of the people in the first mirror. And, in the second photo, I like the idea of looking through an empty frame toward the sky, but then realizing that a sky shouldn't be there.
My self-portrait is in the last mirrors. For more Weekend Reflections, click here.
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Having a herd of creatively painted cows on your town's main street is a lot of fun. The first time. And the second time. It is OK the third time. But . . .
West Hartford is the home of Cow Parade Holdings, the promoters of similar events around the world.
For those who are unfamiliar, a city or town enlists artists to decorate the cow blanks imaginatively. Corporate sponsors put up funding. The painted cows are installed around town amid parties and fairs and other civic events. They give a city a festive feeling for a couple of months, Afterward, the painted cows are auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charitable organizations.
I do feel like a grinch, but I think I have seen enough painted cows.
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Theater Works operates a "black box" theater production company in the basement of a renovated gas company building, on the right. The theater is just a block or two from the center of the downtown, on Pearl Street. About one year ago, they entered into an arrangement with the New Britain Museum of American Art to provide rotating works of art for exhibition in an adjoining space. Together, the performance space and the exhibition space are called City Arts on Pearl.
At the antiques fair I visited last weekend, one dealer had a recreational vehicle parked next to his tent. On the RV's dashboard, he had placed a large model of a sailboat for sale. By moving my camera a little higher, I was able to capture both the sailboat and reflections of exhibitors' tents on the same line, along with great clowds.
There are lots of mirrors at antiques fairs. I liked the way the top photo makes it appear that the couple in the right mirror are looking disapprovingly at the woman in the left mirror, even though they were actually in different locations and had nothing to do with each other.
In the second photo, I waited until the couple strolled into view of the larger mirror, hoping to make it appear that they were at the table behind it.
Real Art Ways is an innovative, experimental, entrepreneurial, avant garde art presenter and promoter. They occupy a large brick building in Parkville, a previously industrial part of Hartford that has fallen on hard times. RAW's energy and vision have been turning many of Parkville's previously abandoned factories into arts spaces or other new and productive uses.
I looked around and couldn't find the name of the sculptor or the name of the statue. But, it does seem appropriate for the yard of two schools, one for mathematically and scientifically-focused high school students and the other for arts-focused students.
The Marquis de Lafayette was a great favorite of the Americans. He was young, handsome and dashing, and became a friend of George Washington. The French were pivotal in the Colonists' victory over the British in the American Revolutionary War. The original of this statue is in the Louvre. This replica stands in a small triangular park among state government buildings in Hartford. Lafayette's sword is raised in salute to the state Capitol.
The clock tower on the right is another of Trinity College's signature buildings. To the left is a building at the end of Long Walk, which houses members of the faculty and administration. The clock tower is Downes Memorial and the administrative/faculty building is Williams Memorial.