The kids started school a couple of weeks ago and in the chaos of adjusting to a new schedule I’ve neglected my duties here on the blog. I’m sorry. No. Really. I’m so sorry. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. In the meantime, please accept this offering of a panoramic view of the Boston skyline from the harbor. It’s a very pretty picture. You can click on it to see a larger version.
This piece is called “Life Force II” by David Bakalar. It was made in 1989 and it sits outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. David Bakalar himself is a pretty interesting guy. His permanent outdoor sculptures are in cities around the country. His background is in physics; he earned a B.S. and an M.S. in physics from Harvard in the late 40’s and a Sc. D. in physical metallurgy from M.I.T. in 1951. After he completed his education, he ran a tech company (Transitron Electronic) making transistors for over 30 years. Alas, Transitron folded in 1986, when it was unable to keep up with the advances in semiconductor technology which, for a transistor company, wasn’t cool.
Bakalar actually has 7 sculptures titled with some version of “life force” scattered around the country at various universities and institutions. It makes some sense that he would find the theme so alluring given that the artist spent a life and career on the cutting edge of innovation only to be undone by a new innovation in the field.
Bakalar didn’t begin his career as a sculptor until after Transitron folded. I guess running a tech company requires a bit of one’s attention. Either way, I like this sculpture. So here’s a toast to maintaining a vibrant life force by allowing each end to prompt a new and beautiful beginning.
In Brighton, outside a liquor store on N. Beacon St., this painting of a disarmed robot stands as either a threat to any robots who would take up arms against their human overlords or a call to arms by an underground robotic uprising guerilla group. Previously, I had posited that a squashed robot in a crosswalk on Atlantic Avenue might be a failed alien invasion, but I think this eliminates that possibility. Continue reading Seriously. We’ve got to figure out what’s going on with the robots.
I was crossing Atlantic Ave. today and saw something weird. There’s a very squashed robot in the crosswalk. But I don’t know why. I have several theories. Continue reading Who’s Squashing All of Boston’s Robots?