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PPAC #28: I’m Cheating This Week…

Please forgive me. But in my defense, all the art featured here is free to look at.

Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

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Last week for PPAC #27, Cee had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed our attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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My Choices for PPAC #28

A couple of weeks ago, we took our former neighbor Carmen back to the airport. We had lunch at Cracker Barrel because there are very few in California and she wanted to go there.

Cracker Barrel – Phoenix

Carmen is super-efficient, and in no time had interviewed the manager to answer our puzzle over lunch. (to validate which one of us was right) Were all the Cracker Barrels decorated exactly alike? Carmen said yes, and I said no. Vince kept out of it and ate in silence.

The right answer was “Yes and no.”

It turns out that there is a collection of about 8 photos that appears in all the restaurants across the country. Beyond that, the grandson of the original owner spends his time shopping at antique stores around the country buying local antiques. What a fun job that would be – an American Restaurant Antiques Pickers.

All the art is stored in an antique warehouse. An expert decorating team assembles the walls, marks each piece’s location on the wall, takes the walls apart for shipping to the site along with the appropriate antiques, and then the builders reassemble them in the restaurant.

You never have to wonder about anything with Carmen. She is a sleuth whether on the internet or going right to the source.

Old Town Scottsdale

Then we went into Old Town Scottsdale and walked around the canal area. Public art abounded everywhere. Here are a few samples of what we saw there. I’m sure it looks amazing at night.

I’m sure these photos all would look more dramatic at night, but we still got into the ball and Vince took our pictures. I have no idea of the significance of the two listing silver towers next to the Christmas tree. If anyone knows or wants to hazard a guess, we would all be enlightened. Maybe they shoot out fireworks at night?

Tomorrow Vince, Cindy and I will celebrate Christmas at home. Maybe we can drive around and take pictures of public art.

Now it’s your turn.

What are you doing? Take us on a spin around your part of the world through the public art you find. Have a happy holiday.

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  1. I like that Golden ball but having not ever been to Cracker Barrel I didn’t really get the thing about walls?

    I’m all behind with Christmas but will try to come back with a post later in the week!

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    • Thank you. The walls inside of the restaurant are like fences between groups of tables to give more privacy in a large space. All the walls are decorated with old-fashioned pictures, posters and antiques hanging from them. All the decorations on the wall are chosen by the grandson and their places to be hung on the walls are pre-marked in the warehouse before the items are shipped.

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    • Isn’t he adorable? I should go back and get him for my sister-in-law. She just had to put her 14-year-old dog down because it was in such pain with cancer. She wants a puppy, and as her landlord, I told her no puppy, no dog. She only makes $500 a month on Social Security, so there is no way for her to afford a dog. So, she has my dog right now. Puppy Girl loves her.


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