Art must be seen from a distance, hanging on a wall, and never touched by the admirer. That is what I heard growing up in The Netherlands, from my parents, teachers, troop leaders at my boy-scout group. Art was and still is everywhere back home. Since art is in the eye of the beholder, I can easily label art, as art.
When I first moved to Long Beach, Second Street in Belmont Shore was my favorite street, close to the ocean, mom & pop shops, and the shadow-art casting from the parking meters.
The one I like best is the dog leashed to a parking-meter, it must have foretold me that one day I’d love dogs, German Shepherds in particular. I suppose most locals know of Craig Cree Stone’s shadows, and at least have stepped on one or two of his creations.
The other day, setting up open house signs in the 90806 zipcode of Long Beach, I stepped on art that I’d never stepped on before. At first I didn’t even notice them, 7 to 10 round obscure covers of I assume very important utilities known only to city employees. Then again, maybe it is just… art.
Another beauty is the steppable Historic Zaferia District. It’s close to home and I can step on it whenever I want.
Have a great day, put your best foot forward.