In a week when the news from Charlottesville was vile, it’s been good to remind myself that our stay there a few weeks ago was great. Here’s the downtown area in more peaceful times complete with some tippity top pots and public planting.
Here’s hoping the better times return soon.
The fourth (Madison), third (Jefferson) and fifth (Monroe) Presidents of the United States stand guard over one of the main entrances to downtown Charlottesville from their eyrie on City Hall. Jefferson and Madison are two of the States’ founding fathers, and James Monroe is considered to be one too, depending on which online sources are consulted.
“The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.” ~ James Monroe.
Not far away is the Freedom of Speech wall on 605 E Main Street. On it is inscribed the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which ironically usually lies unseen beneath all the chalked free expression.
Now you see him…
…Now you don’t 😉
The poster in C’Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery‘s window says (abridged and anglicised slightly):
“Seat of Harmony
Created for C’Ville Arts Artists’ Cooperative by Virginia Gardner December 2007.
The loveseat is sculpted in polystyrene. Sheets of poly were laminated together to form large blocks, which were then sculpted to form a large, comfy sofa. Several layers of fibreglass mesh and concrete were applied, over which the mosaic of mixed materials was applied.
It was designed specifically for this spot outside C’Ville Arts and is not for sale.
Artists from the cooperative contributed small personal objects which were also incorporated into the design, representing the cooperative nature of their organisation. The five elements of Feng Shui (Water, Fire, Earth, Wood and Metal) have been defined symbolically and form the basis of the design. Feng Shui can be described as the natural path with the least resistance. The practice of Feng Shui is about creating harmony within our environment.
The Hole in the centre is provided for drainage. I would appreciate it if you do not place objects in the hole. It’s a pain cleaning it out. Thank you.”
Visitors are encouraged to take photos and send them to the gallery. Sadly the website address given on the sign no longer appears to exist. I’ll be sending this blog post to them by other means 🙂