In the Eye of the Beholder

I finally got around to saving the pictures off of my digital camera from my recent trip to Chicago.

the beanIt was fun to see my photos of Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean") in Chicago's Millennium Park on the same digital roll along side my pictures of Ric Griffith's "Pumpkin House" in Kenova, WV.

Both are beautiful in their own way and represent an interesting perspective of their respective communities.

pumpkinsI could've spent a long time gazing at "the Bean" and its reflected images of one of the world's greatest cities.

Meanwhile, Ric Griffith's annual display at his home is a work of art in its own right. Displaying such a huge number jack-o-lanterns representing literally thousands of symbols of community, regional, national and pop culture significance.

pumpkin houseOne of the highlights again this year was the synchronized musical wall of pumpkins.

It's hard to see from the following video, but the wall features jack o lanterns carved as orchestral instruments and is synchronized to different tunes including appropriately enough for us this year, the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Full Pumpkin House photo by Dave Fatella.