Any weekday that I walk south on Wall Street towards Water Street to catch a bus home, I pass by this otherwise unremarkable Dollar Sign-Shaped Bike Rack, which not everyone knows was designed by Talking Heads frontman, Fine Artist and Avid Bicyclist David Byrne. Until some time last year (I didn’t pay attention to exactly when this changed) there was an inverted paper coffee up — which no one would stop long enough to remove –covering the upward end of the ‘S’ shape. The cup was there for about two years: I swear I am not even exaggerating that point.
The Wall Street Dollar Sign is one of nine custom Bike Racks created by Byrne in 2008, whose shapes pay homage to specific NYC neighborhoods. You can read more about them at This Link.
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
Pablo Bronstein (Born 1977) is an Argentine artist based in London, who specializes in architectural sketches in ink and gouache, set in ornate frames and depicting imagined buildings incorporating styles from 18th century France and the 1980s. His Horological Promenade II (2008) installation consists of two ornate clocks, displayed on tall on plinths, and a framed drawing of those two clocks.
Horological Promenade II is part of the collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, on exhibit at The Whitney Museum through March 6th, 2016.
The Baby Head is Back, Bitches! Artist Paul Insect has been rocking the iconic Baby Head since around 2008, and I spotted these two stickers — Eyeball Baby Head and Microchip Baby Head, respectively – displayed on a sidewalk Mail Box right outside Jonathan LeVine’s temporary Pop Up Space on West 22nd Street. I hope I can find more of them…
On This Date, December 12th, in 2008, Modern Drummer Editor Bill Miller passed away after a long and hard-fought battle with melanoma. Bill was just 47 years old. I still miss Bill every day and I know that everyone at Modern Drummer does as well. He was not only a great editor who taught me so much about drumming and how to write about drummers, he was also a good friend. Rest in Peace, Bill.
I wanted to let the dust settle a bit on the news about Travis Barker’s plane crash before posting a little memoriam for legendary session drummer Earl Palmer, who passed away on Friday, September 19th, 2008 after a long illness. He was 83. Palmer played with artists as diverse as Little Richard and Elvis Costello and even recorded drums on the Flintstones’ theme song. Along with Hal Blaine, he is considered to be one of the top session drummers of all time. He will be missed.
Old School Pink Floyd (L-R) Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Rick Wright
Pink Floyd keyboard player and founding member Richard “Rick” Wright has died on September 15th, 2008 after a short struggle with cancer. He was 65. Wright was a member of Pink Floyd from their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn in 1967 alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. David Gilmour joined the band at the start of 1968 while Barrett left the group shortly afterwards. Wright penned songs on classic albums including The Dark Side Of The Moon – “The Great Gig In The Sky” and “Us And Them” – and Wish You Were Here.
Three years ago, David Foster Wallace delivered the commencement address at Kenyon College. “Adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in the head,” he told the graduating seniors. “They shoot the terrible master.” Those cutting words cut deeper in the wake of Wallace’s own, inner collapse: The 46-year-old fiction writer and essayist took his own life on Friday, September 12th, 2008.