Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ferry Welcoming

ink & watercolour illustration,  6" x 6.5" [15 x 16.5cm]

I love it when people roll out the Welcome Mat by tattooing it onto their footpaths.  There's no doubting the commitment level.

When I was over visiting Alexa the other day, her photo of a "Welcome to Booklyn" sign embedded into the concrete reminded me of this Brisbane illustration I did years ago, at the Thornton St ferry stop at Kangaroo Point.  It's only a few kilometres or so from ye olde Pineapple Hotel that you might recall from a previous visit.  I haven't been there in years, so I don't know how this sign is weathering the foot, boot and thong traffic ~ but I do hope it's still there in all its quaint glory!

20 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! They are twins. How cool is that? I don't think we have anything like that here, but LA has the Hollywood sign. LOL.

    wv: manice!

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  2. Cali ~ yes, I did a double-take when I saw Alexa's photo. Perhaps the powers that be figure the Hollywood sign would make anything else an understatement. ;)

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  3. Oh no you didn't just goof on the Hollywood sign! ;-) Did you know it originally read Hollywoodland as it was advertisment for a real estate development? And that is your Hollywood lesson for today.

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  4. Forgot to tell you my last wv was: immalma. Seriously, what is going on?

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  5. Trust the Hollywood sign to have a story all of its own. And trust you to know it, Cali ~ I love that! :)

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  6. Hi Shell and from cali -- is this a private conversation, or may I join? :~} Shell, I certainly see why Welcome to Brooklyn reminded you of this! This is such a friendly thing to do, isn't it?—makes it so much harder to get lost.

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  7. Yay, Alexa! Welcome. ;) I also love it when shops inlay designs or signs into their thresholds. There's probably a blog out there specialising in such photos!

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  8. What a wonderful welcome! Indeed amazing to see this fun drawing compared to Alexa's photo from Brooklyn. Of course my favorite signage like this is done in mosaics, but that's just me. I have seen a few stores with an old mosaic out front advertising a former tenant. Kinda hard to replace up a mosaic welcome mat!

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  9. This method of welcome is especially great for folks like me that are always looking down so that they don't trip on something (I'm very klutzy!). :D

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  10. Ditto the above, and I love a welcome however I can get it.

    Like Amy, I'm usually looking down... at least when I'm not looking at the sky.

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  11. Katie ~ those mosaics are beautiful! I remember seeing one over at Petrea's place a little while back.

    Amy ~ somehow I have a feeling that Stormtrooper armor doesn't make that any easier. :)

    Shanna ~ I love it when you're looking skyward your camera!

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  12. I guess these signs bring us back to our childhoods, when we marked 'Johnnie loves Linda' with sticks in the sand. Maybe 'Johnnie loves Linda' isn't dignified enough for a ferry stop so they went with something else instead.

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  13. I love that illo from last Friday. Went back to read the comments and now I must find that book.

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  14. What a cool sign. It's just like the one on Alexa's blog! Which I don't visit often enough. I always like what I find there.

    Cali, did you know the Hollywood sign was in danger of being removed by developers until just weeks ago? A group united to raise money to buy the land it's on and almost didn't make it. At the last second Hugh Hefner donated the remaining $$. I kid you not. Hefner's our hero.

    Was the mosaic sign on my blog this one, Shell? Oddly enough I had that tab open because I'll be linking to it in tomorrow's post.

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  15. Mise ~ dignified or otherwise, I'd love seeing a sign like that embedded in the footpath.

    Thanks, Hiker!! I've had the book since early 90s and it's magnificent. Just had a quick search online and it looks like there are some second-hand copies around the traps at a steal!

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  16. Yes, I read that Petrea. I despise what HH stands for and wish it had been anyone else! In his dotage he probably thought it was the Ho-wood sign. No Viagra needed! :-(

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  17. Hey, Petrea ~ yes, The Owl Drug Store is the one I was thinking of ~ how neat!!

    Kind of ironic that HH actually stopped something from being removed, but I'm glad someone did!

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  18. I love your perspective in this one Shell. You have the artist's eye.
    I saw something similar when I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Interestingly the welcome only appeared on the Brooklyn side and not on the Manhattan side, even though I looked for it. There was some maintenance work being done though so perhaps they will eventually put one in there too.
    I think it's rather lovely and it did make me feel welcome.

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  19. OK, I"ll just bring this chatter down to a different level. I can't get past the " THONG traffic." So you Brisbanites walk around in thongs??? Oh well my goodness gracious, hush my mouth! :)
    v

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  20. MmeB ~ how neat that you've seen the Brooklyn sign, too! According to Alexa's post, there is still no equivalent sign on the Manhattan side ~ maybe it's a long way down their "to do" list. :)

    Hahaha, Virginia ~ I could have explained up-front but it seemed "cheekier" to wait and see. What you call "thongs", we call "G-strings", and what we call "thongs", you call "Flip Flops". Thong traffic is likely higher on weekends. ;)

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