Sunday, July 31, 2011

Returning to color.....

After completing "Blood Butterfly" other bloggers suggested I embrace ALL colors again. Ever since, I've been on a quest for every hue not just one.

And so the journey begins.....

With time to kill before work, I wanted to sit by the lakefront.

Look what I found waiting for me.....

What the what?!?

This is definitely new.

Running along the median strip at Congress Pkwy in Grant Park were brightly painted planks and 2x4's.

Of various heights and widths, they were intermixed with the flowers and shrubbery.

Look at all that thick wood!

I found it an odd way to decorate a garden space especially in the heart of the city yet it did add instant color and structure to this narrow patch of green.

Affordable, practical, and unique!

Those cosmos really POP against the lime green coleus and the sky blue boards!

Do you see the Willis Sears Tower?

And if you think about it, the posts do mimic the towering skyline.


Buckingham Fountain in the distance.....

A winning combination!

I've been having such a rough time and needed something like this.

Thank you, my dear Windy City.

Slowly but surely I'm returning to color.


JuJu said...

What a great idea. I might have to steal this for my backyard. Of course, my backyard isn't nearly as interesting as Chicago...

LOVE the new pic!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

i am moved by these pictures. it's a big leap from your last post. continue this and for sure, you will slowly have fun... and the way you look at it is wonderful.

keep it up!

have a great week ahead Sean!


Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL! Fantastic. Inspiring.

I simply love this.
Maybe the colors in these pieces of wood can inspire you further in your work?
We're all rooting you on.

Anonymous said...

I am gonna check this out next time I'm in the city...beautiful :)

naturgesetz said...

I've got the biggest smile on my face looking at these pictures!

Ken Riches said...

Love it, they did a great job.

Nikki said...

Ah I love this, it's so beautiful...

Randuwa said...

You made my day (evening) too! Thanks, Dean

Dean Grey said...


Yeah, this would work great for small garden spaces!


Jj Rodriguez!

Well, the depression comes and goes so it'll be back soon I'm sure.

And the name's Dean not Sean! lol



These colors are bit bright for my tastes but I definitely hope to paint something colorful SOON!


David Allen Waters!

You better!



I'm glad to hear that!



Yes they did!






You are quite welcome, sir!


Thanks to everyone for stopping by!


ilduce said...

SWEET! Just goes to show the importance of gardens and public art!

Nice to see you smiling Dean!

Kim Rempel said...

Look what a little imagination can do! Thanks for posting - it makes me happy ; )

Writer said...

Dean, this is an amazing find! And you are such a good photographer. Love it! :)

Shelly said...

Some people walk thru life with their eyes closed - I am glad you saw the sign - someone, somewhere is happy you are returning to color.

Shelly xo

Dean Grey said...


The city just wouldn't be the same without garden spaces and public art!



So simple yet so effective!






I saw the sign!


I appreciate all of you chiming in here!


Moving with Mitchell said...

This is great, Dean. Thanks for letting me see it. Don't know when I'd be able to see it in-person.

stanw said...

As soon as I saw the 'color' and your new 'smile' pic I knew something good was happenin'! The first picture really caught my eye, somebody had a great idea, the colors are so vibrant. They do mimic the skyline for sure. I'm so excited for you, don't let "anything" steal that smile. *blushes*, that was cute!

Dean Grey said...


I'm like your online Chicago tour guide!




Something's happening but I don't know what.

I'm sure I'll be crying about something later in the week though. LOL


Thanks to both of you gentlemen!


Anna said...

I was just in Chicago and I saw these similar ones, except they were horizontal. I didn't see these vertical ones anywhere. I was staying in that area and all. They look really good. Check out the ones I saw, along with a few other pictures of this fab city.

Your post was the only one I could find on these really great garden features.

Dean Grey said...


Thanks for the link. I just commented on your blogpost and explained where my beams were in relation to the ones you photographed.

I hope you had a great time in my city!