| Lighting, Layers, and Reflections

Researching something completely different, I stumbled onto this installation by Autumn de Wilde titled Lighting, Layers and Reflections, and fifteen open-jawed, racing-pulsed, tingly-skinned minutes later I am still speechless (and homesick for my wild west deserts.) “I designed the sculptures so that they would interact and transform with the landscape as the sun rose, passed over us and set.”—Autumn de Wilde
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P.S. Evidently this project was commissioned for an Escalade ad campaign, but that doesn’t even slightly diminish my new obsession to hunt them down and bask in their jewel-y light. Thank you for the discovery The Jealous Curator.

| Bedazzled Brownstone

This kaleidoscopic stoop is a favorite with our magpie family. Buttons, beads, sequins, seashells, and all manner or shimmery sparklies cover this Boreum Hill home, and we always stop to check for new additions when we walk past.  I recently learned that the mosaic is more than fun and sparkles, its a beautiful memorial, “a celebration of life, [to] share with… neighbors and people who pass by to cheer them.” After 9/11, Brooklyn artist Susan Gardner began gluing bits of jewelry, mirror, and beads to her outside brownstone walls and has been adding to it ever since. Neighbors and visitors are known to leave broken dishes or jewelry to be added to the mosaic, so if you pass by 108 Wyckoff Street, leave a little something shiny.

We weren’t here on 9/11, 11 years ago. But after living here for seven years, it feels a little like being a younger sibling who cries when their big brother or sister is sad.  To our friends and neighbors for whom this is a difficult day, we love you.