Saturday, July 25, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Synecdoche Steel

Steel, LLC

How much is a name worth?

A steel factory (and a railroad line) in Scottdale, Georgia, USA, on 12 July 2020.
Steel, LLC was founded in 1947. It is a steel fabricator providing structural steel, miscellaneous metals, ornamental metals, erection, and services for the construction of suburban mid-rise office buildings, corporate campuses, aviation/aerospace structures, and steel trusses.

And it has that synecdoche.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Decatur Self-Storage mural

Decatur Self-Storage mural

In 2000, Atlanta-based artist Angela Bond painted a mural of cats on the side facade of a self-storage business building in Scottdale, Georgia. I've driven by the artwork several times in the past few years. Last week, I finally decided to take its picture.

If not quite stopping to smell the roses, it was taking the time to appreciate what I had taken for granted. 12 July 2020.

Here's what Ms. Bond wrote about herself and her art:
I studied art and business at Georgia State University, but my unorthodox style has developed over many years with numerous influences. Early on, my painting style was influenced by working with mosaics. I use the background color as a negative to build up the foreground positively in order to create a three-dimensional form. As my graphic/ hard edge style has evolved, there has become a strong influence by Pop Art and Fauvism. The influence of Pop Art is seen instantly in my graphic style and my use of everyday, ordinary creatures. You can see Fauvism’s influence with the large plains of bold color that I use and the reduction of colors to a minimum. Also, I am drawn to various paintings by Matisse where he uses intricate patterns on rugs and background designs.

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Clicking on the photo takes you to Flickr where you can see a larger image.. And, here's a tryptic also showing greater detail:






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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: ESB in happier times

Beer on Small Brewery Sunday

On 1 December 2019, this was Origination ESB, on draught in the taproom at Lost Druid Brewery for Small Brewery Sunday, in the (small) city of Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA.

If this image looks familiar, it's because I originally posted it to YFGF's Facebook page that same day. It deserves an overdue elevation to Pic(k) of the Week status.

Considering the craft beer world's current state of affairs (let alone, the world), remembering Small Brewery Sunday on any day might not be a bad thing. In better times,
Every dollar a beer lover spent at a craft brewery fueled a small business that supports the economic health of its local community.
The 'craft' beer industry:
  • Contributed $79.1 billion to the U.S. economy.
  • Provided 559,545 total jobs.
  • Gave an estimated $92.6 million to charitable organizations.
—the [U.S.] Brewers Association's 2018 Economic Impact Report

And Origination, itself?
An autumnal interplay of malts and hops provides for exquisite balance in this English extra special bitter [ESB]. Light earthy, herbal hop character intermingles with bready, toffee-like malt notes to produce a highly sessionable ale for the fall season. 5.7 % abv [alcohol-by-volume].

Extra specially tasty, it was.

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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Red, white, and blue

Red, white, and blue

Red, white, and blue. Well, OK, almost blue.

Ipomoea purpurea (aka purple morning-glory) blooming wild in East Decatur Station, in Decatur, Georgia, USA.

A bit of floral vexillology for Independence Day, such as that is.

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