December 20, 2010

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...


So we're taking a walk, going nowhere in particular, and there's this piece of conceptual art at the intersection of the river and De Las Herrerias street. We walk around it and realize that it represents a volcano, erupting and laying waste to what remains below. There are jagged pieces of bottles, broken toys--the detritus of ruined lives. Okeydokey.

Then we notice, high up, tied to the tip of the volcano, the figure of a woman, hair blowing in the wind, looking remarkably life like. Alrighty then. T'is the season?

Walking along Herrerias street, and as always, peering into any open door, we see the longest interior hall I've ever seen. It curves and appears to have no end. It's not an alley between two buildings--the door is located in the middle of a single structure. From the outside it looks like a a building of average width and size but looking in, it seems like there's a whole other world of doorways inside it. Just how large is this building? Where does this hallway go? Maybe next time I'll work up the nerve to walk in.

And what's going on here? Why are they featuring the buttocks of a manikin on this second-story display window? Is this intentional? Did they not think this through? Why is he wearing a thong and a suit jacket in the first place?

And this intense encounter between a child trapped in a car and a horse. The light changed and the car finally drove away, with the boy still reaching out to the horse. The horse remained, curious and maybe just a touch alarmed.

Hmmm, happy holidays, I guess!

4 comments:

Nancy Watson said...

Love the last picture of the boy in the car and the horse!

Holly said...

The pix turned out great! Although I still can't get over how disturbing that volcano thing is/was :-( but I guess that's the point...

BC to EC said...

Hi Loo Loo, sorry if you get these comments twice, I don't think I had signed up correctly the first time and they didn't go through! I just wanted to say thank you and how much your amazing photos and fantastic writing have meant to my husband and I. We are moving to Cuenca in a few years and your blog helps me feel so much more in touch and "familiar" with the city and country we will soon call home! We are going to Cuenca in November of 2011 for 3 weeks to check it out and possible purchase a property. Very excited! Thanks again for your great insights. Oh, and by the way, your patio/deck, is absolutely beautiful!

looloo said...

Thank you! I'm glad this blog manages to give you a sense of what it is like to be in Cuenca. That is why I do it! Happy New Year--November will be here faster than you think!