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Utility Box Art #9

Utility Box Art #9

This utility box pays homage to South Pasadena’s designation as a Tree City USA community.  Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, the community must achieve four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.Utility Box Art #9

South Pasadena has had this designation for 17 consecutive years.
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A few benefits of having a mature urban canopy: trees increase property values, trees reduce energy consumption, trees reduce crime, trees unite neighborhoods, trees benefit wildlife, trees reduce the effects of climate change and trees clear our air.

Utility Box Art #9

This box is one of my favorites because of the theme, use of color as well as its painterly quality.  It echoes its surroundings and the purple pops against the saturated greens of this piece.

Utility Box Art #9

I think trees bring much charm and character to the landscape.  I consider myself fortunate to have grown up and still live in this idyllic town filled with these beauties. Stay tuned for box #10!

*Tina

Micro Library #15

An adorable cottage library.

An adorable cottage library.

The newest addition to the micro library network in South Pasadena.  My husband and mother alerted me to this one.  On an idyllic, treelined street set amongst mature landscaping, this micro library is a winner in the curb appeal department.  Time to check out some books!

*Tina

Utility Box Art #4

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Bonsai are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way so that they look their most beautiful.

One of the simplest in design, but interesting nonetheless.  A beautiful bonsai tree placed against a repeating geometric pattern.

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Bonsai are appreciated as objects of art.

The process of raising bonsai requires controlling the kind of shape the trees take and allowing it to achieve its most beautiful, balanced form.

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A wonderful quote to accompany this artistic piece.

In essence, both of these mediums are controlled.  One is achieved naturally and the other is not, but they provide a dynamic contrast when placed against each other.

*Tina

Utility Box Art #3

Groovy!

Monochromatic madness.

This box is next to a gas station and it is a welcome sight.  It reminds of a doodle on a massive scale.

Love the mix of imagery.

Love the mix of imagery.

Upon closer inspection, you can see birds, plants and roses.  With South Pasadena being a neighbor to Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade, the roses are definitely appropriate.

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Some of the imagery is a nod to historic home design.

Not knowing the artist’s full intention is what makes it fun to interpret from a personal perspective.  Long live art!

*Tina

Utility Box Art #2

The art on this utility box pays homage to America’s first ostrich farm.  The Cawston Ostrich Farm was started in 1886 when Edward Cawston brought ostriches to California to cash in on the popularity of ostrich feathers as fashion by cutting out the middlemen and raising his own birds.

The ostrich is part of South Pasadena's heritage.

The ostrich is part of South Pasadena’s heritage.

Most of the birds he imported from South Africa and Texas died almost immediately, but he was soon able to encourage the remaining birds to breed.  His herd would swell to one hundred at its height.  Cawston soon realized that he could charge tourists and locals for ostrich rides while hawking lucrative ostrich memorabilia from the farm’s gift shop.

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In the 1880’s, exceptional ostrich feathers could fetch as much as $5 a piece on the market.

The farm became so popular that the Pacific Electric Railway built a Red Car trolley stop nearby to accommodate the flood of visitors headed up the Arroyo Seco to see Cawston’s birds.

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Considered an ornithological curiosity, ostriches have always been fascinating to watch.

In the 1910s, the market for ostrich plumes collapsed, but tourists continued to flock to ostrich farms well into the twentieth century. Visitors rode in ostrich-drawn carriages and wagons or even, in some cases, rode the birds bareback.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #7

A new addition to the neighborhood.

A new addition to the neighborhood.

Back in South Pasadena, this micro library is located half a block from my home.  Isn’t it adorable?  And, it is a charming addition to their newly renovated landscape.  It has been open for less than a week.  I am thrilled that more micro libraries are opening in my community and I hope the trend continues.

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. -Carl T. Rowan

*Tina

Photography Monday: Cruz’n for Roses Part II

Because of my father and my husband, I have a passion for cars especially classic cars.  It all started with my father taking me to races at Ontario Motor Speedway, Laguna Seca and the Long Beach Grand Prix.  My father has restored classic cars and my husband is a huge fan with dreams of restoring his own car.  My husband claims that one of the reasons he married me is that I love cars.  The popularity of this event has grown and this year it was the 9th annual.  Many people attended this event because viewing the classic cars brings back memories of a simpler time.  Good old nostalgia!

Love the subtle detail of the P!

Love the subtle detail of the P!

The license plate definitely belongs to this bakery truck.

The license plate definitely belongs to this bakery truck.

Nicely detailed grill.

Nicely detailed grill.

A simple linear detail that provides contrast on this whale of a car.

A simple linear detail that provides contrast on this car.

A beautiful, weathered detail from one of the vintage trailers.

A beautiful, weathered logo from one of the vintage trailers.

I hope I have shown you that there is more to the car than the engine and how fast it goes.  Many of these cars are beautifully designed and we must appreciate these craftsmen and engineers for their dedication to a noteworthy craft.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Cruz’n for Roses

Yesterday, my husband and I went out to support the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee by touring the Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show.  A huge fundraiser for the oldest self-built float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Over 400 classic cars, hot rods and vintage trailers were on display.  All ages were walking the streets of South Pasadena to view these beauties.  As always, I am more interested in the finishing details than what is under the hood.

A nice touch of red to make the door handle pop.

A nice touch of red to make the door handle pop.

A nice detail that might otherwise be overlooked.

A nice detail that might otherwise be overlooked.

Seen on other cars, but the dice detail is well executed here.

Seen on other cars, but the dice detail is well executed here.

Love this font!

Love this font!

The space age vibe is a spectacular touch for this taillight.

The space age vibe is a spectacular touch for this taillight.

Nice contrast between the car color and this embellishment.  Love it!

Nice contrast between the car color and this embellishment. Love it!

Stay tuned!  Next week, a few more details to share with you about these fantastic vehicles.

*Tina

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