These condos always intrigue me when I drive by them. Phoenix is not your typical big city; we don’t have a huge downtown area full of skyscrapers nor do we have a lot of apartments/condos in big multi-story buildings so this is not a common sight here. Residing in an 8-story dorm at Purdue University a few decades ago is the closest I’ve ever come to living this way. I understand there are many amenities and that a lot of people would rather live in a condo than a house, and these particular condos are not cheap, but I still find it fascinatingly strange to think of living in a building like this.
“In the heart of the historic central corridor, the best of mid-century chic meets the best of urban living. Landmark on Central offers an eclectic mix of modern and vintage flair with a 17-story tower of condominiums overlooking the skyline. Originally opened in 1963, the building has been grandly renovated to play up its architectural highlights including floor to ceiling windows opening onto panoramic balconies.” In fact, back in 1963, when this building, originally apartments, was built, it was the highest structure in Phoenix.
(Image courtesy mptvimages.com)
This is what our Arizona sunset skies look like during the monsoon season. This was at Sunset Point, a rest stop on our way home from Prescott, shortly before a torrential downpour forced me to pull over since I was too scared to drive.
Pretty but menacing.
It’s hardly the Very Large Array but it reminds me of the movie, Contact, anyway.
I’m off work tomorrow for an Art Day! My 52 Project is 2 weeks behind but I’m going to cheat and make it up. Then just another day and a half of work and the long weekend starts. Wish every week had the work-life balance more in favor of the latter.
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Poor Felix has been graffitied but the homeowners have left it that way quite awhile.
Both of these paintings are on houses in central Phoenix, the first in a cool, funky historic neighborhood; the second in an exclusive, older neighborhood. Note the cameras visible on the second one so that shot was a drive-by.
Want an art-filled weekend? I recommend the movie Georgia O’Keeffe with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, who looks exactly like photos of Alfred Stieglitz. Parts of it were filmed on O’Keeffe’s New Mexico ranch and it seemed to capture the essence of those times. It’s available on video.
I’m also reading Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick, historical fiction based on the last 2 years of Vincent Van Gogh’s life. Bundrick is an art historian and sets the scene in late 1880s’ Arles well. Although she takes many liberties, much of it is based on Vincent’s letters to his brother, Theo, and others. It’s an enjoyable and interesting read.
We’ll be going to the Phoenix Art Museum tomorrow, seeing some art, and listening to the Downtown Chamber Series. The Chamber Series is held in downtown Phoenix galleries, combining music and art. In the summers, it is always held at the museum, which will be good because it’s nice and cool in there and it’s really hot (and humid) here.
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This tree with huge, twisting limbs and a gigantic canopy is my homage to Avatar.
It’s hard to show its vastness and contortions, even with a fisheye lens.
One can almost imagine the Na’vi living among its branches.
Its uppermost leaves mingle with those of other trees, contributing to a tropical feel.
This hometree has many stories to tell, I’m sure. Many living beings have sheltered in its shade, although probably none as exotic as the Na’vi.
Did you see the movie and like it? I loved it, not just for the awesome special effects and beautiful scenery but for its spiritual qualities and touching story. It was just a movie but I keep thinking about it days later so I guess I got my money’s worth.
Well, not the restaurant, which is on my way home from work, but the real Hong Kong. Tony’s there on business on his way to mainland China on business. Yesterday’s Google pic was Google HK; today is Google HK–English.
Another view from his balcony:
The grand prize winner is Angie (At Home in Mexico)! Maybe we’ll follow Tony on more of his worldly adventures as the pictures come in. Skype is totally cool, by the way.
This was the movie selection this weekend (excuse the glare):
From left to right, my grades are B, A+, A. I’ve Loved You So Long is a beautiful movie. It’s in French with yellow subtitles but it’s very, very good, I think.