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Frank Chimero’s Shape of Design

Morning Tea

As the temperature climbs, our morning Katy Trail walks have become increasingly early.

The earlier mornings mean that I now have time to read and breakfast on the balcony before starting my work day. (Rather than starting emails before I have even showered.)

This morning’s book is The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero. 

The Shape of Design

The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero.

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art Dallas

The Graffiti Under The Bridge

Trinity River Bridge Graffiti

Going Hiking in Dallas

We ran into some interesting graffiti while hiking through the Trinity River Park.

The Trinity River wraps around downtown Dallas and is more like a glorified creek that covers a massive flood plain anytime it rains.

There are also plans to develop the flood plain into one of the world’s largest parks, but right now most parts are just unsafe urban wild land.

The portion of the park closest to downtown is safer because it is not wooded, but rather a massive open field with the river/creek running through it. That is where we walked the dogs recently and came across some pretty interesting street art.

Here are the pics!

Trinity River Bridge Graffiti

Street art of air balloons under the Trinity River bridge

Trinity River Bridge Graffiti

Graffiti under the Trinity River Bridge

Trinity River Bridge Graffiti

Graffiti that borrows characters from Super Mario

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art Dallas

Playboy Dallas

Playboy Marfa in Dallas

There’s a Playboy Sign in the Design District

We recently explored the Dallas Design District and ran across a massive Playboy Bunny sign.

This Richard Phillips creation was funded by the magazine and originally installed in Marfa, Texas. The town and Departmenrt of Transportation viewed it as an advertisement and ordered it hauled away.

The 40-foot statue reappeared in 2014 on Riverfront Boulevard in the Design District. Apparently Dallas is less opposed to advertisements than our artsy West Texas counterparts.

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art Dallas Life Oak Lawn

Exploring Dallas

Klyde Warren Park
roswitha white

Mom in the lobby of my building – iLume in Oak Lawn, Dallas. The chairs are oversized.

Mom was in town this weekend, so we explored.

Dallas is hard to compare to other cities – it’s huge, but not walkable or historic like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Dallas is also not as touristy as Miami, and scale of everything prevents it from being quaint like Minnesota.

Perhaps Dallas is just special.

We spent the weekend touring various neighborhoods, including Uptown, Oak Lawn, Highland Park, and downtown.

Klyde Warren Park

Food trucks by Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, Texas. The Hunt Oil Building is in the background.

Dallas Skyscraper

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, with the Museum Tower luxury highrise building in the background.

Dallas Museum of Art

Exploring the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown. I love this painting.

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2014 Winter art Lowertown

Getting Cultured

Ralph Gilbert Union Depot Murals

Lowertown is an interesting, but weird place to live.

Actually, Lowertown is not that interesting – just trendy. There’s a lot of art, spontaneous street performances, and a few good independent restaurants.

Although Lowertown is well into the third stage of gentrification, artist lofts and co-ops keep many of the creative types around. They radiate an air of coolness that allows developers to sell luxury apartments and condos.
The art scene and diversity are only theoretical selling points for the neighborhood.
Very few of the young professionals in my neighborhood actually go to art exhibitions and related events – these are tourist attractions for people outside of Lowertown.
My building actually stopped hosting art crawl events due to the number of resident complaints.

One day I decided to stop ignoring Lowertown’s art amenities and actually do something cultured.

And so…

Ralph Gilbert Union Depot Murals Ralph Gilbert Union Depot Murals at the MMAA Project Space.

Mitchell and I went to the Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space.

It’s a free art gallery in the Pioneer-Endicott building. The exhibition we stumbled across featured the prep pieces from Ralph Gilbert’s Union Depot Murals.

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