Reno – Poker Chips (mosaic installation)
Note: “mouse over” the images for a :full frame view – thought I had this machine sussed, but I guess not – enjoy 😀 . . . caught some spelling errors . . .
Visited “The Biggest Little City“, Reno, Nevada yesterday (12 JAN 2010). This was the first time that I actually took some time to walk-about and take-in the atmosphere of the city.
Reno has all types of art – casino facades, murals, sculpture . . .
One of the things I noticed about Reno was the absence of spray painted script (”tags”. However, “tagging” does occur, as evidenced by swatches of subdued color – “public art” is discretely painted over so that the original scribbles no longer exist except as paint roller applied critique.
I was in search of the fabled “poker chips”, a 3D mosaic installation that I had been told about. Today I was packing the Canon EOS 10D with a 50mm Canon EF 1:1.4 lens to make use of the diffuse, overcast light (ISO 800).
Shooting with a fixed focal length lens makes you “work” for your shot, so I proceeded down the sidewalk to the intersection for a better perspective.
Initially I thought the “chips” would be a little more monumental in scale, but they are big enough, and unique. Sort of “Art Deco” . . .
The old Fitzgerald Casino is diagonally across the intersection. The famous “Arch” (not McD”s) is on the south side of Commercial Street, over Virginia Street.
I didn’t notice the brass plaque near the base of one stack of chips – seems this was installed as a part of Reno’s public art project a few years ago.
More Reno later . . .