Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Daveland Goes Ivy League



Last Spring, I got a tour of the University of Pennsylvania campus by my niece. I was not smart enough to get into an Ivy League school, but my intelligent and talented family member was! The Philadelphia campus is a beauty and looked like you would imagine an Ivy League school to be; brick buildings, abundant art, and…ivy!

Of course there are statues of Benjamin Franklin; this 1987 bronze is by George Lundeen and was a gift from the Class of 1962. I'd say they had good taste!



Yup. Ivy League. This is exactly the kind of traditional architecture I would expect.



Of course it's the details that fascinate me.



You can never get close enough to be able to pay attention to everything.



I also enjoy looking at life from skewed angles.



This "LOVE" sculpture is universally known; for the story behind it I consulted the University of Pennsylvania website: The iconic 1966 “LOVE” sculpture by Robert Indiana was given to Penn in 1998 as a gift from Jeffrey J. and Sivia Loria, and when it was installed in the triangular patch of green at 36th Street and Locust Walk known as Blanche Levy Park, it replaced a sculpture called “We Lost” by artist Tony Smith. A polychromed aluminum sculpture that weighs about 500 pounds, the “LOVE” we have at Penn is one of several variations of the sculpture that Indiana created between 1966 and 1998.



A second Ben Franklin resides just a little bit further away from the one previous shown. This bronze by John J. Boyle is from 1899 and was a gift from the City of Philadelphia



Directly across from Ben is Split Button, aka The Button. This modern art sculpture was designed by Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg. My niece told me about the student legend that when Benjamin Franklin sat down, his vest button popped off and rolled across the University's Locust Walk, splitting into the two large pieces we see today. Oldenburg's explanation is a little less whimsical: "The Split represents the Schuylkill. It divides the button into four parts—for William Penn's original Philladelphia squares."

The Button can be seen in an episode of "The Simpsons" ("That 90's Show") on the college green of fictional Springfield University as Homer performs in a band.

These gates fascinated me the minute I saw them, and even more when I looked up close. Known as "The Kelly Family Gates," they were created by GSFA Dean Gary Hack, GSFA chair John Moore, Penn Trustee Paul Kelly, and fine arts faculty member Mark Lueders.



Mark Lueders' design incorporates bronze sculptures of hands and tools which relate to the making of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and clay. The gates' were intended to reflect the quirky nature of renowned artist Charles Addams, for whom the fine arts building was named.



Now you can see why they caught my attention.



I know nothing of this time-worn relief but I still found it very cool.



My niece also informed that if a student walks over the compass on the center of Locust Walk, they will fail their first midterm. Yikes!



The last photo today features an art piece from 1974 by Alexander Liberman called Covenant. Standing 45' high it is hard not to notice it!



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Monday, July 06, 2015

The Astro Jets, October 1962



This October 1962 image of the Astrojets attraction in Tomorrowland yields not one, not two, but FOUR detailed views! What a great overview the Skyway provides of the Flight Circle!



This poor little Boy Scout/Cub Scout was probably hoping to see a show; unfortunately it appears that the Flight Circle is on break. Dig those models all lined up on display ready to fly for the amusement of the guests.



The gigantic Thimble Drome thimble, with the souvenir hat stand in the background:



A closeup of one of the Astrojets Jets; note the little girl ducking down. She can't take the view!



Fast forward to August 1970; "new" Tomorrowland is three years old by this time, but the Rocket Jets are still a thrilling attraction located high on top of the PeopleMover platform.



Not for those who have a problem with heights!



The present day incarnation of this attraction:



Which version do you prefer?

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

July 4th Fireworks FauxD Spectacular!



I thought I would do a special July 4th weekend post to help you kick off the holiday with a blast! Two Genuine FauxD© July 17, 1968 images of the fireworks at Disneyland should give your eyes a work over this morning.



And I would be remiss if I didn't post a photo of the building where it all happened in 1776:



Of course I am referring to Independence Hall in Philadelphia:



Not the one at Knott's Berry Farm in California:



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