Charlie Farnsley, the popular former mayor of the city (1948-1953) and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1965-1967), hangs out on West Main Street, anxious to talk politics or give advice to tourists.
|Charlie and my co-worker Chris sharing stories|
|I'm not sure who this one-armed, no-footed, ten-foot-tall stone man is, but he needs to wash his face.|
|Louisville loves its horses|
|. . . and its jockeys|
|. . . and baseball (I never did make it into|
the Louisville bat factory, but it
is hard to miss it!)
|. . . and The Colonel.|
The roof of the hotel/museum behind him sports three bizarre red penguins, good companions, I think, for David:
The building around which these last few pieces of "art" is centered is the 21C Musuem Hotel, a combination of an award-winning boutique hotel and a contemporary art museum. The museum is open 24/7 and is free.
|At the entrance visitors are greeted by the one-armed|
floating lady walking her lion rug.
|Forget Me Not, 2013. Found seashells and wood, by Duke Riley. The title is a phrase associated with 19th-|
century sailors' valentines, and the mosaic invokes the history and mythology of maritime communities.
|Children of the world|
|Great hat, one I'd choose for myself.|
|Yes, those are bird feet. Wouldn't it be nice if I remembered what they were dong in this museum?|
|I can't look at this wonderful metallic tornado without thinking of Dorothy Gale and Toto |
(even though she lived in Kansas, not Kentucky).
And finally, there are plenty of red penguins inside that are brothers to the ones on the roof. The signature piece of Louisville's 21c Museum, they were commissioned for the 2005 Venice Biennale.
If you are interested in learning a little more about this quirky museum, this video is for you: