Pete's Stuff

Art Along the Greenway

The Minneapolis Midtown Greenway is a fairly new bike trail that runs right through the middle of the city on an old railroad grade. As you head towards the river in the Seward neighborhood, where the trail abuts a series of industrial/commercial buildings, you'll see this off to your left:

So you keep going for while, and there's more:

Nope, not done yet!

There has to be at least a hundred feet of wall, that's decorated up as high as a person can reach, and higher in some places. Click through to see closeups of some creatures, a medium-sized version of the panorama, or even a very large version (28,000 by 1100 px) if you dare.


Neat Stuff on the Intertubes: Vertigo Edition

Well, so much for the "few times a week" promise from earlier this year! I've got an excuse, though - putting on the MNOC Adventure-O this last weekend took up a lot of time and energy over the past month. So now my summer's clear! And here's a little something to start it off.

One of my colleagues at work turned me on to the work of Edgar Mueller. He paints streets. But they're painted with a tremendous amount of care and precision to reveal images like this:

You can see more of his work at his web site, including some interesting photos that show how the illusion is destroyed from different camera angles.

Earthscenes I

I'm a curious fellow. Over the years, I've spent a lot of time using Google Earth, to look at anything or everything on the planet. Along the way, I've noticed how surprisingly beautiful and complex those aerial and satellite images are - even in places with sparse human habitation - everything from the false-color splashes of Landsat images to the subtle grays and browns of aerial reconnaisance photos. As time went on, I started to placemark some of the more interesting ones. Every image could be considered a work of art, and in my opinion, some are more interesting and evocative than things I've seen hanging on museum walls.

So I present a first introduction, paired with music by one of favorites from the 18th century. It's titled with latitude-longitude so you can find the images for yourself.

Download this video (92.8 MB)

Click on the still frame to play.