Thomas Hart Benton (July 22, 2013)

Thomas Hart Benton is one of my favorite American painters. His oils have a very organic almost cartoony quality that is very rhythmic. When I found out that I could see some of his original murals at Indiana University, I took a trip there.  There is quite a bit of his artwork there. Inside the Auditorium are two very large murals that flank each other and two smaller works at the end. In Woodburn Hall, inside the lecture hall there are another two murals. Apparently there is even more work of his in the cinema – but there was a class going on – so I was unable to view those. I guess I will just have to make another trip there some day. My favorite one was inside the Woodburn lecture hall and titled, “Parks, the Circus, the Klan, the Press”, and was originally painted for the ”Century of Progress” exhibition at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. It was placed in Woodburn Hall in 1941. This is about Indiana’s history and the inclusion of the Ku Klux Klan in this panel was quite controversial at the time. I like the inclusion of the fire fighters and circus performers. I have attached a photo of it below along with the mural that flanks it in the Woodburn lecture hall. It is free to go in and view these amazing works and I would urge you to do that.






Who Does Your Landscaping? (July 16, 2013)

On my way to bike this weekend with some buddies at a park, I noticed this building. Most companies hire some kind of landscaping service to maintain their premises outside and keep it looking nice to attract their customers. I immediately saw these trees and thought about leaving a note for them to reconsider their landscaping service.







Oiling the Road (July 8, 2013)

Last week I visited Pittsburg and stayed at a friend’s house who recently moved there. I noticed the road sign below at several different locations around his home. I was rather flummoxed by this sign. Are they really going to place oil on the road? Wouldn’t that be very slippery and dangerous? Perhaps this ‘oil’ is a colloquialism for some other process. My friend was just as confused. Does anyone know what this means?