Monday, July 9, 2007
Unlike my last post, some things don't stay the same. In life, most things change eventually, which is great when things are not going so well, but not as good when things are humming along smoothly.
This first picture I took early this past Saturday evening. The light was just right and I had a bit of time to spare, so I figured it was the perfect time to get this shot. I wanted an updated picture of the one that I took back in 1991. I was inspired to take this second picture after reading this post. I stumbled upon this blog post about Sister Corita Kent and her art. I recognized the beautiful broad strokes of color and the name rang a bell. She's the one who painted the gas tank mural! She also designed the 1985 love stamp.
If you're not familiar with Boston, there used to be two gas tanks on the Southeast Expressway. Corita Kent, was a nun in Los Angeles who eventually left the sisterhood and moved to Boston. She pursued her passion for art and used it to promote peace. As always, there was also a bit of controversy surrounding the mural. Some said that you could see the image of North Vietnam's Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in the strokes of color.
I took this photo of the two gas tanks back in 1991. Back then, I would never have guessed that sixteen years in the future, I would scan the picture into my computer and post it on my blog.
I've always loved the painting on this gas tank. It's so bright and colorful and a joy to behold while dealing with many a polite and considerate Massachusetts driver. Also, it's so unnecessary and unexpected - a visual luxury. Beauty for the sake of beauty. What's better than that?
This makes me think of all those wonderful and unnecessary luxuries in life. In no way, do we need them to survive, but they make life so much better. I cannot number them by favorites, but here's a list of five of mine in doubles, so I guess there are ten.
1. paintings + photographs
2. cupcakes + ice cream
3. fresh flowers + herbs
4. scented candles + perfume
5. poetry + short stories
If you like this idea, consider yourself tagged and do a similar post. Please link to this post and pass along as a meme called Five Double Luxuries. Change it as you like. You know that I would! Do you think this could spread across the blogosphere?
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