August 02: Darien Lake derelict
-- Read the original post to this log and see the
image full size.
February 04: If
nautical touches were confined to medium- to fast-food restaurants,
there would be no such category as Nautical ... Ironical.
our harpoons have become lampoons. And our bollards end up as
baubles painted black, and huge anchors from the earlier days
of Great Lakes shipping have become roadside ornaments.
an outing in summer 2002 to Darien Lake, an amusement park halfway
between Buffalo and Rochester, I came up with an idea for a
new category of images that plays off the Industrial
Strength Dockware idea.
... Ironical features real-deal dockware and other
nautical delights that have suffered a sea-change.
August 04: Master
and Commander-- Twenty-foot-tall
cartoonish captain trains his spyglass on the parking
lot and beyond to Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Genessee
River. The captain is part of the high-speed ferry complex;
the ferry makes the two-hour trip to Toronto and back
twice per day ...
March 03: A
fish out of water -- There
are several fish sculptures at Splash Lagoon in Erie,
PA. Erie had fish for a civic outdoor art event, just
as Buffalo had buffaloes...
October 02: A
dirty trick -- Someone living along
the Erie Canal in the Tonawanda section has taken a
perfectly good Six-Hour
Canoe and filled it with dirt to make
a flower box ...
September 02: Ontario
Street fleet -- X
marks the spot at the foot of
Ontario Street on the Niagara River in the Black Rock
section of Buffalo where this once noble nautical
gem has fallen by the roadside ...
September 02: Making
sport in Gasport -- Clustered
poles protecting Gasport Guard Gate on the Erie Canal
sport new white plastic hats ...
September 02: Lock
stopper -- Historical
steel-clad canalboat sits on a cradle at the Locks in
Lockport, sundered from the water that bore it
September 02: Anchor's
away -- Anchor's
away from the water and currently residing ornament-like
in the grass on the Black Rock-to-Tonawanda bike path
September 02: Traffic
stopper -- Standing
alone in a sea of road signs, autos and trucks on a
traffic island in Lockport, this recycled metal boat
of the New York Barge Canal Corp. no longer works
on the Erie Canal ...
September 02: Old
and in the way -- Bollards
anchor the corner of a stately building on Niagara Street
near our house. The setting may be ironical, but the
two have a flawless coat of black paint ...
September 02: The
sum is greater than the hulls --
Never saw a catamaran I liked until I saw this one Obersheimer's
Sailors Supply on Niagara Street in Buffalo near our
September 02: Lock
32 roost -- Tour
boat crew member roosts on a bollard at Lock 32 State
Canal Park in Pittsford ...
August 02: Get
the Point? -- A nasty little Personal
Water Craft drifts up the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh,
PA, blissfully unaware of the irony of a huge barge
and tug overtaking it ...