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Venetian Red: Notes From the Field

Posted in Design, Liz Hager, Travel, Words & Symbols with tags , , , on November 18, 2009 by Liz Hager

In Notes From the Field, we highlight innovative, witty, and thought-provoking design elements recorded by our readers from around the world.

Signpost, 11/2/09, Perú. (Photo courtesy of Juanita Garciagedoy.)

Juanita writes:

The llama-crossing sign is on the road that goes through Reserva Salinas Aguada Blanca, a few hours from Arequipa, Perú.  The reserve is home to many species of plants, birds, and critters, including wild vicuñas and domesticated alpacas and llamas.  Tourists are only permitted to go there with a guided tour, and on our bus there were several Peruvians, and several Europeans including Mira, a Finnish adventurer and instructor of surfing and physical education.

I took a multiple shots of this signpost, but prefer this one for the sense of surrealism I derive from it.

Venetian Red adds: We like this sign for its multiplicity of information. While locals are cautioned about the road hazard, visitors are additionally alerted to the more poetic cultural message embedded in the sign’s image. You’re not in Kansas, Toto!

Venetian Red: Notes From the Field

Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Liz Hager, Sculpture, Travel with tags , on November 10, 2009 by Liz Hager

Today Venetian Red launches a new feature, Notes From the Field. Periodically, we’ll highlight innovative, witty, and thought-provoking design elements recorded by our readers from around the world.

Paris- Notes from the Field
Furniture store display window, 11/9/09, Rue du Bac, Paris. (Photo courtesy of Tia Lombardi.)

The City of Light inaugurates Venetian Red’s new feature. Though occupying a back seat to New York, London and Berlin in the juggernaut that is contemporary art, this delightful display is an unexpected reminder that the legacy of Rodin lives on in powerful, if quiet, ways.

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