Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Signs of the Times XXVII and XXVIII
Still continuing my obsession with old, industrial cities. Signs of the Times XXVII contains text from a vintage textbook about shipping and commerce on between cities on the Great Lakes. Signs of the Times XXVIII contains pieces of a vintage map of Detroit, MI.
The decline of these once great cities bothers me in the extreme. As these cities decline, so does the culture of our country. Our countryside is stripped and flattened for the spread of subdivisions. Most Americans live so far from any city, that they rarely experience what cities have to offer. Museums, theaters (real ones, not those 12 to a box ones), galleries, cultural centers, diversity. Far too many of us sit way out in new subdivisions with the television constantly turned on and tuned into one of those reality shows with women who have all character sucked out of them and have had the great fortune of having made a sex tape with someone and . . .
Good heavens, I got up on the high horse again. What I mean is, get out of the house, visit the city, see a show, shop at an independent shop, eat at a non-chain restaurant.
These pieces are now for sale on Etsy.