Reno – Poker Chips (mosaic installation)

by bookindian

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 . . .

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Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada

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.

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Biggest Little City . . .

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. . . Got the Girl . . .

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.

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Pigeon roost . . .

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).

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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.

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NE corner of Commercial and Virginia Street

Initially I thought the “chips” would be a little more monumental in scale, but they are big enough, and unique. Sort of “Art Deco” . . .

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Looking SSW . . . down Virginia Street

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.

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. . . so cool !!

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.

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. . . I love this city . . .

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. . . Call . . .

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. . . can I bet this koi ?

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. . . gotta fly . . .

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Globetrotters were in the house !!

More Reno later . . .

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