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Snow/Bike

Another day of snow meant another day of me getting out in it to take some photos. Most of the photos I made on this particular morning were for a (this sounds weird but is the actual, honest-to-God truth) corporate client I’ve just gotten.* While I was out working on that project, I saw a lone bicycle across the way. And I knew it was worthy of an image.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 2.16.2021 

*I know: how ridiculous is this turn of events?!

Texas Rising

This piece, from Texas Tech University’s acclaimed public art program is called “Texas Rising,” created by artists Blessing Hancock and Joe O’Connell. The stars are lit from the inside, which looks lovely at night. But they also look nice in the daytime when the snow’s coming down.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 2.16.2021

Read Reader (snow)

Terry Allen – really, you should know about him. The thing is, though, it is almost impossible to know where to start. His Wikipedia page says he’s  an “American Texas country and outlaw country  singer-songwriter, painter and conceptual artist.” And that’s true. But barely touches the surface of what he’s done. He’s recorded several albums, including the incredible Lubbock (on everything). His songs have been recorded by everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne.

And, so then, in his spare time, he’s also a talented visual artist and sculptor. His work can be seen in places as diverse as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. You know, just to name a few.

Additionally, he and his wife, the artist and playwright Jo Harvey Allen, have recently established the Terry and Jo Harvey Allen Center for Creative Studies at Texas Tech, and have donated their personal papers to the university.

Want to know more? Here’s a song, Gimme a Ride to Heaven, that I’d recommend. Or, maybe you’re in the mood for a short film? (The film is produced by Lubbock’s own Paul Allen Hunton, if you were wondering.)

This piece, “Read Reader,” is made entirely out of cast books. And on a snowy morning, the figure seems to be striding with much determination toward the university library.

“Read Reader”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.10.2021

Square Spiral Arch (snow)

More snow, more public art.

This piece, Square Spiral Arch, is by Jesús Moroles. It features spiraling lines of texture – which are enhanced by the snow clinging to them – to represent fingers of energy. The circle and square motif represents heaven and earth and are reflective of the artist’s work and travels in Asia. (from Texas Tech’s public art app, ArTTech.)

“Square Spiral Arch”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.10.2021

Details

My observant reader(s) will have probably noticed by now that I am big fan of this sculpture. I am so much a fan that I got up the other day, before it was even light outside, just to drive up to campus and get photos of it in the snow. It was worth it.

“Oblique Intersection”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.10.2021

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