Castle ARTchitecture

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Gillette Castle, built in 1919, and located in Hadlyme, CT, is a magnificent oddity of an estate (now museum and Connecticut State Park), which sits atop the southernmost of a chain of hills knows as the Seven Sisters.  It was the personal residence of actor William Gillette, who was famed for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in stage performances.  The sprawling 184 acres feature panoramic views of the Connecticut River, hiking trails, a pond, and beach.  And tucked away in every corner is design evidence of the eccentric former owner.  

This Guy

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Spotted outside of the massage place on Main Street in Brattleboro, VT.  I like how they covered the relatively innocuous penis, but opted to keep the undercarriage shot with scrotum and anus perfectly visible.  Oh yea, and Visa/Mastercard are accepted.

Rusty Nails and Severed Limbs

Just driving around Old Saybrook, minding my own business, and BOOM!  What vortex have I just travelled through?  I could only think, “I don’t think I’m in Connecticut anymore.”  With a simple sign above a warehouse door that read, “Wrought Iron,” as well as semi-abandoned and fully complete works of fabulously morbid/whimsical/grotesque art, I was instantly smitten in the grittiest kind of way.  I will adventure further into this wrought iron vortex and report back what I find!  Until then, CHECK THIS OUT!

Speaking of Walls…

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A photograph of photographs portraying the beautiful decay of the Berlin Wall, hanging on another wall in The Works Bakery/Cafe on Main Street in Brattleboro.  The exhibit is called “The Wall: Lessons from Berlin,” a seemingly poignant commentary on yet another (proposed) wall, with photography and text by artist William Dixon.  From the exhibit, “The Wall’s history illustrates, once again, the futility of this form of political problem solving.”

Views from Bellows Falls

Bellows Falls, VT is a short drive north of Brattleboro, and has much to offer the artistically-minded pedestrian who loves to find hidden treasures in a small town.  Keep your eyes open for some smile-worthy bits of creativity on your next visit!

Painting Appeals

At the site of the new art exhibit “From the River, To the River,” the Archery Building stands in disrepair.  Here are a few shots of the grittier beauty that exists on the walls of this old institution of Brattleboro.