Gallery Mondays: Brigadier General William Mitchell & His Spad

Brigadier General William Mitchell Udvar Hazy Air Space Museum

Today we remember heroes like Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell.

I saw this sculpture of him at the Chantilly, VA Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in July last year. I think I was drawn to it because of the brigadier’s stance. He appears so poised and confident.

Born in France to a wealthy Wisconsin family, Billy Mitchell fought in World War I and was a huge advocate of military aviation. At the museum, he stands next to his Spad XVI.

It took me about two hours to figure out that this was a sculpture of Billy Mitchell because I took this photo at an angle that made the info display card wording blurry.

Bravo photography skills, Dana!

Anyway, I’m glad I took the time to investigate.

However, I’m still not entirely sure who created this sculpture, but it looks a lot like the Brigadier William Mitchell Memorial by Jerry McKenna in Colorado.

It seems I’ve got some more Google stalking to do.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and if you’re near the Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia or DC you should totally check out the amazing aircraft on display!

Gallery Mondays: Ribbonesia @ #ShindoUSA

ribbonesia shindo usa NYC

I walked passed Shindo USA in the Garment District of NYC today, and I came across this amazing fox by Ribbonesia made out of ribbon.

I can’t imagine how much patience it takes to make something like this, but it’s gorgeous!

I’m not sure if Shindo USA added the green tie to this fox, but it surely is a nice touch.

Ribbonesia is an artist duo that specializes in making cool ribbon art. See more of their work on Instagram!

Gallery Mondays: Tara

tara deity copper

Last week, I visited the Rubin Museum downtown with Niketa during K2 Lounge Fridays. It was too cool!

I waited for Niketa in the museum’s gift shop, where I ended up acquiring some new post cards for my walls. When she arrived she bought a bracelet and fragrant soap.

After our little shopping spree, we sat down at K2 Lounge and decided to order spicy lamb meatballs and two glasses of Riesling wine. I’d never had lamb before but I actually really liked it.

Meanwhile, DJ Shishi was at the turn table spinning what one visitor claimed to be “remixes of popular Indian music.” He also played some Darius and AlunaGeorge.

In the galleries we discovered these amazing copper sculptures of Buddhist deities. No matter which floor we wound up on, I was drawn to each depiction of Tara in the exhibits. There was just something about her.

The photo of Tara above was made of gilt copper alloy in Nepal. She’s got amazing posture, doesn’t she?

I totally recommend you go see Tara at the Rubin Museum on K2 Lounge Fridays. Admission is free!

Gallery Mondays: ‘Private Passage’

hudson river park pier 96 bottle private passage

I just had a housewarming party on Friday, so I’m out of wine, and this week’s Gallery Mondays is reminding me I have to go by some more!

Anyway, I saw this really cool wine bottle one day while sitting at Pier 96 in NYC. It’s called Private Passage, and it was created by Malcolm Cochran.

I’m kind of upset now, because I just did some research on the bottle and realized the inside of it is a replica of an interior stateroom on the ocean liner Queen Mary. AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHILE I WAS THERE SO I DIDN’T LOOK THROUGH ANY OF THE HOLES TO SEE IT.

I’ll probably go back soon because clearly I have some unfinished business with that wine bottle.

Learn more about the sculpture here.

Gallery Mondays: Goddess in a Sidewalk Vineyard

goddess casa di isacco

Back in September 2015, I was walking along 9th Ave in Midtown when I saw this gorgeous goddess outside of Casa di Isacco.

I’d passed by the restaurant a couple of times, but I never realized there was a sculpture sitting in that sidewalk vineyard. The sculpture looks like a depiction of Greek/Roman goddess Hebe/Juventus, but I’m not entirely sure.

Doesn’t this photo make you wish it was still autumn in NYC? Gosh, this snow needs to melt. STAT.

Learn more about the goddess Hebe on Wikipedia.

Gallery Mondays: “Balloon Flower” by Jeff Koons

red flower balloon koons celebration

Now, I’m aware that flowers are the last thing that come to mind when it’s almost the third week into winter in NYC, but we’re making an exception for today’s Gallery Mondays.

I saw “Balloon Flower,” a balloon-shaped, stainless steel sculpture of a flower, while headed to the 9/11 Memorial Museum with a friend in December. Jeff Koons, the same artist behind the blue gazing ball on Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album cover, created the sculpture.

The sculpture is part of Koons’ collection called Celebration. He has also created the same sculpture in yellow, blue, magenta, and orange. This red one sits in front of BMCC’s Fiterman Hall in the middle of a fountain.

See the blue version of “Balloon Flower” and the rest of the pieces from Celebration over on Jeff Koons’ website.

Gallery Mondays: Hewitt’s ‘Urban Rattle’ on The High Line NYC

highline art

I haven’t been to The High Line since last year, and looking back at some of the photos I’ve taken while up there makes me want to go back this fall!

I took this photo when I visited The High Line with some friends back in 2013. It’s an art installation by Charlie Hewitt called Urban RattleWhen I first saw it, I didn’t think much of it, but it’s quite the intriguing art installation.

The rattle contains seven pieces. I can only make out a few of the pieces in the rattle—Pacman, a crown, and a boomerang.

When I was a toddler, I don’t remember having a legit rattle (my mom says I had one though), but I do remember having this doll with a handle that I would shake to create a bell sound. I loved that doll. I think her name was Molly.

Totally wouldn’t have minded having this Urban Rattle to play with, though.

See more of Charlie Hewitt’s work here.