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Behold the Works of Mnetha Mnetha and Weep! To dust and nothingness do keep, but even Ozymandias had a good time while his works were in progress. Who cares if some limp wristed Englishman came along and pissed on the old buzzard king's memory? 

This beautiful mural now adorns the north facing wall of the Tiny Town office in the DeWitt Mall. The signs are all there: Olive the weather hen, chicory and wild carrot, the camper, the northern view from base camp Dog's Plot, all the sorrows of Deirdre packed away in a manger and a frieze of creatures common to the pioneer territories we cover here at ttt including the badger and the wolf-dog! 

This is a very happy thing for all assembled at tinytowntimes.com ... This is art, dammit, and those miserable frick'n public murals that have been forced upon us by the DOD (Doyens of Decency) Committee should be removed and replaced with Chinese Communist Propaganda Art from the time of the Boxer Rebellion. That stuff was ALIVE. These murals are dead. They represent the gentrification of Ithaca by single-sex couples and people of soy milk persuasions. 

How about some old cigar box art and WPA artworks, similar to the sandstone figurines in the hospital garden? How about something well done for a change? 

The yellow belly murals and senseless sculptures spread about Tiny Town today ought to be recycled with extreme prejudice. One or two items stand out, not because they are any good, but they deserve to stay. The stuff in from the Public Library ain't bad. 

Also, we like the Air Pump on the side of the A+ Convenient Store. The spiral stairs painted orange on the Green Street parking ramp. Nice.The Hole in One at the Museum of Pornography. Yay. 

Other installations we vote for: The Commons Clock Towers, Mail Boxes, Emergency Fire Alarm Signs and Caged Lights; the footbridge over Six Mile Creek; the one lane bridge on Brindley Street; The Gantry at Wallace Streel; the Salmon Ladder ... we'll be adding more when the writer feels like it.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 18:10
 

Chicken Report

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These Rhode Island Red beauties live in San Diego, California, with the family of Martin Woesle.  These hens walk a perilous line, as Martin is the acclaimed head chef at a local Zagat-recommended eatery, Mille Fleurs.  They're safe for now, though, because they provide fresh and tasty eggs for his family.  Better keep popping them out, ladies!

To see how this block print was printed, visit the artist's blog

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:35
 

Lucy Chicken

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Lucy the Chicken, block print portrait

 

 This week we're featuring a very special chicken named Lucy, who lives on a farm in Half Moon Bay, California.  She's one hard-working lady... not only does she scratch all day for bugs, but once a week she meets kids who have never seen anything like her before.  The kids get to hold her, pet her, and learn about her life on the farm.  She's part of an non-profit outdoor education program for low-income urban youth.

Lucy's portrait was made with hand-carved blocks and was hand-printed.   To see more chicken prints, learn more about the chickens, and learn more about the artist Rigel Stuhmiller and her printmaking process, please visit chickenaweek.com.  Have a chicken you'd like to feature?  Send an email to rigel@chickenaweek.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:54
 

Chicken A Week: Olive the Weather Hen

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We are very honored to introduce Olive, the Weather Hen of Dog's Plot.  Olive lives in upstate New York with her 16 brothers and sisters and their helmsman, Chicken Dave.  You might know Olive and Dave from TinyTownTimes.com weather reports.

 To learn more about Olive and Dave, check out Dog's Plot.  You won't be sorry-- dig down deep and read through the articles, they're fascinating.

Our weather hen Olive is pictured in a print on exhibit  (and for sale)  at Chicken A Week,  which we hope to make a feature of Tiny Town Times:  .http://www.chickenaweek.com/   Check back in the coming weeks,  to meet other chickens from Dog's Plot, and from the global Chicken Diaspora.    

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:56
 


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