Friday, June 23, 2017

Cañon City, Colorado, USA

There was a time when Cañon City's unpaved roads were congested with horses. To keep their memory alive and underscore the city's spirit of place, one lone ghostly equine occupies a place of honor above the 'western wear' store. Actually, the fiberglass horse has become a trademark for such stores all across the country. [2005]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lubbock, Texas, USA

Downtown Lubbuck is a jungle. Look up, and you may see a gorilla on a nearby rooftop. What's he doing up there? Drawing attention to The Gorilla Law Firm. Should you not see him, it may be that he is out chasing ambulances. [2017]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Three continents are here united: Asia, South America, and Europe. From Asia, comes the customer. From South America, comes the potato. From Europe, comes the culinary stereotype. [2011]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

At the moment, he's dealing with inventory, not customers. He doesn't have to be at his best, his friendliest, his smiliest. He doesn't have to anticipate the next move or the next word from a potential buyer. So, even though his muscles are working, his mind goes wandering off. In his world of work, he has created a world of escape. [2011]

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Suburbs are simply not urban: That's why we call them SUBurbs. Real cities are very urban: mixed-use developments at the mega-scale where you can work, play, and shop without wheels of your own. In places like Hong Kong, you don't need lots of house space because you have the whole city under foot. [2011]

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Berkeley, California, USA

Berkeley's bell tower is not the only one on a university campus, but it is one of the most famous. It was built to be a symbol of "the university's lofty vision." This year marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the bells from a Massachusetts foundry. [2005]

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Covington, Kentucky, USA

Covington decided to celebrate its German heritage by building a bell-cum-clock tower in medieval Saxon style. It comes complete with an hourly puppet reenactment of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a tale widely popularized by the brothers Grimm. First, his hypnotic tunes led away the rats, then the children. [2016]