Monday, November 13, 2017

Simulacra: Old Man in The Mountain - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada

Old Man in The Mountain
Corner Brook, Newfoundland

N 48° 56.995 W 057° 52.543

Short Description: 

The Old Man in The Mountain is located in a cliff face called Breakfast Head north of the city of Corner Brook. A roadside viewpoint off Route 1, the Trans Canada Highway, provides an interpretative display on where to look.

Long Description:

An image in a cleft on the cliff called Breakfast Head contains the face of a craggy old man who is thought by some to be, perhaps, a fisherman or a pirate. The old main has a long crooked nose, deep set eyes, a beard, and appears to be wearing a pointed knit-type hat.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Historic Figure: Captain James Cook - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada

Captain James Cook
Corner Brook, Newfoundland

N 48° 57.270 W 057° 57.780

Quick Description: 

A statue of British Royal Navy Captain, explorer, navigator, and cartographer Captain James Cook is located at the Captain James Cook Historical Site in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Long Description:

The Captain James Cook Historical Site is located on a hilltop overlooking the city of Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands. In the center of the overlook is a 7' high bronze statue of Captain James Cook. He is dressed in the attire of an 18th century British Naval captain with a high collar jacket, buttoned vest, ruffled shirt sleeves, and buckle shoes. He is standing on an 18" high rock base and holding a sexton with both hands.

A nearby historical marker describes the accomplishments of Captain James Cook in Newfoundland in English and French. The English version is inscribed:

                  CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, R.N.

From 1763 to 1767 Captain James Cook, R.N. directed a
survey embracing the greater part of the coast of New-
foundland. The charting of this coastline was the first 
scientific, large scale, hydrographic survey to use precise
triangulation to establish outlines. It produced a
collection of charts which remained a standard for a century.
The choice of Cook to carry out Pacific exploration was
the result of his success in Newfoundland. Cook's visit to
the area on his ascent of the Humber as far as Deer Lake
was part of the first serious attempt to delineate the in-
land topography of Newfoundland.

James Cook was on November 7, 1728 (N.S.) in the village of Marton in Yorkshire, England. As a teenager studied algebra, geometry, trigonometry, navigation, and astronomy as a merchant ship apprentice. He rose through the merchant navy ranks and in 1755 joined the British Royal Navy as an able seaman and, in 1757, a master's mate aboard the HMS Eagle.

During the Seven Years' War, he served in North America and participated in the capture the Fortress of Louisbourg from the French, the siege of Quebec City, and the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. Thereafter, because of his talent surveying and cartography, he was assigned to map the coast of Newfoundland. The success in this endeavor led to his assignment to command a scientific voyage to the Pacific Ocean aboard the Royal Navy research vessel HMS Endeavor.

Between 1768 and 1779 he made three voyages of discover throughout the Pacific Ocean. He was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians on February 14, 1779 and was formally buried at sea.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Waterfall: Montmorency Falls - - Beauport, PQ, Canada

Montmorency Falls
Beauport, PQ, 

N 46° 53.183 W 071° 08.672

Short Description: 

Montmorency Falls is located with Montmorency Falls Park at the boundary of the between the boroughs of Beauport and Boischatel in the northeast part of Quebec City PQ, Canada.

Long Description:

Montmorency Falls is the highest waterfall in the Province of Quebec. At 284 feet high, it is much taller than Niagara Falls (167'). It is located on the Montmorency River near its confluence with the St. Lawrence River. The 151' wide waterfall is characterized as a cataract type falls but when the water is high is appears to be a single drop fall.

A stairway on the right side of the falls will take visitors to a view point near the top of the falls. The enormous amount of spray coming from the falls makes for a soggy experience. The falls are best viewed from Parc de la Chute-Montmorency where a cable car can take visitors to the top of the falls. Also, a zip line operates during the summer months.

From Parking fee is $7.05 per car from November 1 to April 29 and $10.57 the remainder of the year.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fountain: Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain - Halifax, NS, Canada

Queen Victoria 
Diamond Jubilee Fountain 
Halifax, NS

N 44° 38.590 W 063° 35.000

Short Description: 

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain is located in the northwest quadrant of the Halifax Public Garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Long Description:

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's ascent to the throne of the United Kingdom the Garden Commissioners erected a large ornate fountain in Halifax Public Garden. The fountain is designed in the classical style with a central portion containing, a column decorated with cherubs sitting on sea serpents and an upper basin topped with a statue of the nymph Egeria dressed in classical robes. Egeria is pouring water from an urn into the upper basin. Water pours out from the upper basin from a series of ornate gargoyle spouts encircling the rim and falls into a large 2' high 12 sided basin at the ground. Water also spouts from the mouth of the sea serpents into the lower basin.

A bronze plaque on the front of the central column is inscribed:

Erected by the Garden Commissions
In Commemoration of QUEEN VICTORIA'S Diamond Jubilee
- June 22nd 1897 -

In 2012, the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II, the Victoria Jubilee fountain underwent extensive restoration, partially funded by donations to The Friends of the Public Gardens’ Victoria Jubilee Campaign.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Philatelic Photograph: Newfie Bullet - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada

Newfie Bullet
Corner Brook, Newfoundland

N 48° 57.938 W 057° 55.269

Quick Description: 

The Newfie Bullet is the ironic pet name for the train officially named the Caribou that once ran from St. John's to Port aux Basques in Newfoundland.

Long Description:

The Newfoundland Railway was a narrow gauge railway network running across the island of Newfoundland. The Newfie Bullet, engine #593, was ironically so named since its maximum speed was 30 mph. The complete route took 23 hours.

Since the narrow gauge railroad was incompatible with the remainder of the Canadian Railways, the Newfie Bullet was retired from service in 1969. It now belongs to the Railway Society of Newfoundland and is on display in Corner Brook.

The stamp was issued by Newfoundland on January 3, 1928 as part of a series of 15 definitive stamps.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Philatelic Photograph: Porte St. Louis - Quebec City, PQ, Canada

Porte St. Louis
Quebec City, PQ

N 46° 48.564 W 071° 12.681

Short Description: 

Porte St. Louis is one of the four remaining gates to the walled city of Quebec. It is located in the west part of the walled city where Rue Saint Louis becomes the Grand Allée.

Long Description:

Quebec City is the only walled city in North America north of Mexico. Porte St. Louis, one of the city gates, was first built around 1694. Due to it's deteriorating condition, it was taken down and rebuilt in 1791 and once again replaced in 1823. In 1871 the gate was completely removed and once again restored in 1880.

The stamp was issued on January 10, 2017 as part of a series of five stamps depicting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada.

Philatelic Photograph: Champlain Monument - Quebec City, PQ, Canada

Champlain Monument
Quebec City, PQ

N 46° 48.757 W 071° 12.277

Short Description: 

The Chaplain Monument honors the founder of Quebec. It is located at the north end of the Dufferin Terrace in old section of Quebec City.

Long Description:

A 16 meter high monument honors the explorer and founder of the city of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain. At the top of the monument is a 4.25 meter high bronze statue of Champlain.

The statue of Champlain was created by the French sculptor Paul Chevré and dedicated on September 21, 1898. The statue depicts Champlain holding hat with a feather in his right hand and a roll of papers in his left hand. A bronze high relief on the front of the base has three allegorical figures. The woman is writing about the achievements and history of Quebec. To her right a child symbolizes the Genius of Navigation. At the top, an allegory of fame with outstretched wings is sounding a trumpet.

One side of the base is inscribed in English:


Born at Brouage in Saintonce
about 1567 _ Served in the French 
Army as Marechal des Locis
under Henri IV._ Explored the 
West Indies from 1599 to 1601 and also
Acadia from 1604 to 1607

Founded Quebec in 1608
Discovered the region of the Great 
lakes. Led several Expeditions
against Iroquois from 1609 to
1615. Was successively lieutenant 
Governor and Governor of New
France. Died at Quebec 25th Dbre 1635

The stamp was issued on June 1, 1935 as the high value of a set of 11 definitive stamps.

Philatelic Photograph: Château Frontenac - Quebec City, PQ, Canada

Château Frontenac 
Quebec City, PQ 

N 46° 48.704 W 071° 12.269

Quick Description: 

The Château Frontenac hotel is a prominent Quebec City landmark. It is located at 1, rue des Carrières, Quebec City, Quebec.

Long Description:

The Château Frontenac was build in seven stages from 1892 to 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was was designed by American architect Bruce Price, as part of a series of château style hotels along the route of the Canadian Pacific Railroad during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is named after Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac, the governor of the colony of New France from 1672 to 1682 and 1689 to 1698. In 2001, the hotel was sold for $185 million and renamed the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

The stamp was designed by Kosta Tsetsekas and based on an illustration by Heather Price. It depicts the Château Frontenac as viewed from the Dufferin Terrace. It was issued on June 14, 1993 as part of a series of five stamps depicting historic Canadian Pacific Railway hotels.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Decorated Utility Box - Picasso Box - Pittsfield, MA

Picasso Box
Pittsfield, MA

Street Side - "Seated Woman in a Red Armchair"

N 42° 27.379 W 073° 14.023

Short Description: 

A painted utility box with the title "Picasso Box" is located on Tyler Street at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue in Pittsfield, MA.

Long Description:

The City of Pittsfield Artscape Committee has chosen the artists for the second phase of their paintbox program. The utility boxes were painted July 2017 and were unveiled on July 20, 2017 during the Third Thursday street fair.

Jennifer Carlo created this utility box titled "Picasso Box". She has painted her variations of  four paintings by Picasso on the sides of the utility box.

East Side - "Doves of Peace"

Sidewalk Side - a variation of "Le Rêve" ("The Dream")

West Side - "Bouquet of Peace"

A companion painted bench contains a quote by Picasso on the value of art

Art washes away from the Soul
The dust of Everyday Life 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Grave of a Famous Person: Robert Lee Frost - Bennington, VT

Robert Lee Frost
Bennington, VT

N 42° 53.003 W 073° 12.688

Short Description: 

The grave of American poet Robert Lee Frost is located in Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, VT.

Long Description:

The family grave of Robert Lee Frost is marked by a 10' long by 4' wide ground level grave marker fringed with a relief of laurel leaves. The grave stone is inscribed with the names and dates of Robert Lee Frost, his wife Elinor Miriam White, four of his children Marjorie Frost Fraser, Carol Frost, Elliot Frost, Elinor Bettina Frost, and his daughter-in-law Lillian LaBatt Frost. His other two daughters, Lesley and Irma, were still alive when he died.

His inscription is:

MAR. 26, 1874 - JAN. 29, 1963

He compose his own epitaph. It appears in the last stanza of his poem "A Lesson For Today."

I hold your doctrine of Memento Mori.
And were an epitaph to be my story
I’d have a short one ready for my own.
I would have written of me on my stone:
I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. In 1885, his family moved to Lawrence, MA and he later attended Dartmouth College in NH and Harvard University in MA. He went to England and there his first two volumes of poems were published: A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). At the start of World War I he returned to a family farm in Franconia, NH, where he wrote, taught and lectured. From 1916–20, 1923–24, and 1927–1938 he was a professor of English at Amherst College, MA. New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes, 1931 for Collected Poems, 1937 for A Further Range, and 1943 for A Witness Tree.

In 1960, he received the United States Congressional Gold Medal: "In recognition of his poetry which enabled the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world." In 1960, he received the United States Congressional Gold Medal: "In recognition of his poetry which enabled the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Decorated Utility Box: Quality Time - Pittsfield, MA

Quality Time
Pittsfield, MA

N 42° 27.169 W 073° 15.159

Short Description: 

A painted utility box with the title "Quality Time" is located at the corner of Melville Street & North Streets in Pittsfield, MA.

Long Description:

The City of Pittsfield Artscape Committee has chosen the artists for the second phase of their paintbox program. The utility boxes were painted July 2017 and were unveiled on July 20, 2017 during the Third Thursday street fair.

Michael McKay created this utility box titled "Quality Time". The familiar design of a well known brand of detergent has modified by the brand name being changed to Time. A great deal of humorous detail   includes the net weight and ingredients transformed into units of time.

Artscape's Facebook Page has images of the creation of the painted utility boxes.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Exact Replica: Flamme de la Liberté (Flame of Liberty) - Paris, France

Flamme de la Liberté
(Flame of Liberty)
Paris, France

N 48° 51.851 E 002° 18.053

Short Description: 

Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is located on pedestrian overpass over the Avenue des New York at Place de L'Alma, in Paris. It is directly above the underpass in which Princess Diana died in an automobile accident on on August 31, 1997. It is now become an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana.

Long Description:

The Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is an exact, gold-leaf-covered, copy of the flame on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It was given to the City of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune and funded by public subscription at a cost of $400,000.

A plaque on the base of the flame is describes its purpose in English translation:

The Flame of Liberty. An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship. On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune. Paris 1887-1987.

More recently it has become a de facto shrine to the late Diana, Princess of Wales who died in an automobile accident in the tunnel below the Flame of Liberty on August 31, 1997.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mural: Sound Wave - Northampton, MA

Sound Wave
North Street
Northampton, MA

N 42° 19.541 W 072° 37.924

Quick Description: 

A retaining wall along North Street in Northampton, MA has been transformed into a digital representation of a sound wave keyed to the time of day.
Location: Massachusetts, United States

Long Description:

The 128' long by 8' high Sound Wave mural completely covers a cinder block retaining wall for a parking lot along North Street. At the top, the mural is marked off in hourly intervals beginning at 7 pm and ending at 7 pm, 24 hours later. The mural is a digital depiction of a blue and black sound wave against an orange (upper) and gray (lower) background. The Sound Wave starts loudly, diminished in intensity after midnight until 6 am when it increases in intensity to 7 pm the following day. Thus the digital sound wave is a true indication of sound levels throughout the day.

The mural was created in 2012 by four artists: Carolyn Clayton, Dana Wilde, Darya Diamond & Perry Huntoon of the Creative Community Collective, a.k.a. C3.