Monday, August 02, 2021

Sidewalk Planets

On our way home from our afternoon walk we noticed this wonderful bit of sidewalk art on our street. 

What a lovely surprise it was. All of the planets in the right order from the sun and in the right colors. I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but it's pretty stretched out and hard to contain it in one shot. The sun at the top of the photo and then MercuryVenus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus and Neptune. The lovely artist even added Pluto. A nice man was bike riding by and stopped to take a look as well. He said, "Can you name them all?" We said, "No, can you?" He said, "No." We had a good laugh and then we had a chat trying to name all of the planets. None of us remembered Neptune, but we all remembered Pluto. 

It was a nice way to end our walk on our little planet earth, third planet from that beautiful sun that was shining down on us as we made our way home.

28 comments:

  1. That's great. I love graffiti! Not so keen on tagging and can appreciate people not wanting it on their private property. But good graffiti really brightens up urban landscapes. It's a pity it's illegal in Australia.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- People do some great graffiti art here. Before the pandemic there was a sidewalk art show called "Pastels on the Plaza" where artists painted the downtown plaza sidewalk. I did a post on it in 2019. Here's a link:
      https://newdharmabums.blogspot.com/2019/10/pastels-on-plaza.html
      We love art wherever we can find it!

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  2. I think I can remember all the planets, but it's nice to be reminded that they're all still out there - I haven't thought about them much lately, though there was a time when we all thought we might be astronauts!

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    1. John-- We were pretty close to remembering them all, that last one was so elusive. Ah, the astronaut dream. I never had it, but I remember it well.

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  3. That's brilliant! What a lovely thing to stumble across.

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    1. Katrina-- So glad you liked it. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  4. What a cool thing to do. For some reason I could name them all. Don't ask me about the 7 dwarfs though:)

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    1. Patti-- I love that you could remember them all. You made us laugh about the 7 dwarfs. Thank you for that.

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  5. Now that's a lovely piece of sidewalk art. A reminder of our place in the universe. Lots of metaphors there.

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    1. 37paddington-- Ah yes a reminder of our place in the universe. We're just on a small planet whirling through a lovely galaxy in a universe bigger than we can imagine.

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  6. This is fun. A great find. I am still bitter about Pluto's demotion, and if I were drawing planets on the sidewalk I'd include it. One must do as one feels is right!

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    1. Ally Bean-- I love that you would include Pluto. I think if we were drawing this we might do the same. I think the next time I see the grandkids I'll ask them what they think. Modern minds!

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  7. That's terrific! I would not know the order of the planets like that. Makes me wonder about our planet's future compared to the others...

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    1. EllenD-- I wouldn't know the planets in order either. I think I might try to make myself remember. A good test for my memory. Yes, I wonder about our planet's future as well.

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  8. That's great! I wonder if someone was teaching their kids (and their neighbors) about the solar system?

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    1. Steve-- Good question. It didn't occur to me that someone might be teaching their kids (and neighbors!) about our solar system. I like that idea.

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  9. That's fantastic. A gift from the artist.

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  10. Sweet that someone drew the planets on the sidewalk! The one that I couldn't think of was Uranus.

    I did think of John Prine's take on Pluto:

    Poor old planet Pluto now
    He never stood a chance no how
    When he got uninvited to
    The interplanetary dance
    Once a mighty planet there
    Now just an ordinary star
    Hanging out in Hollywood
    In some old funky sushi bar
    (lyrics from "Lonesome Friends of Science)

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    1. am-- I love these lyrics. I've never heard this song, but I'm going to find and listen. Thank you for that!

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  11. Ah, yes, the blue ball. And then poor little Pluto, who was discovered at an observatory in Flagstaff, just 80 miles from my perch. We natives are still p.o.'ed about its unjustifiable downgrade. Glad to hear your neighborhood artist included him.

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    1. Catalyst-- I didn't know the history of Pluto's discovery at an observatory in Flagstaff. No wonder the neighbors are not happy about its demotion. We were pretty happy to see Pluto too!

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  12. Well, that's pretty cool. I remember the outer planets' names because their initial letters spell SUN -- Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

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    1. Mark-- Excellent clue. I will try to remember that. Although my memory these days ain't what it used to be.

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  13. Awesome what a great bit of graffiti on the side walk.

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    1. Billy-- We were so happy to see really inspired graffiti like this.

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