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Friday, December 16, 2011

Homage to Greywater

Philadelphia is the home of some great art. The museum, despite the overt homage to the Rocky movie, is truly a gem, with one of the most diverse collections from the artists of Impressionism in the nation.

But Philadelphia also hosts one of the most impressive collections of greywater art that I have ever observed, and the artistic "style" is often copied. Of course you think I am being facetious. But consider the artwork that I observed at the Fairmount Water Works titled "Hidden River". It does not look like much, but it is a series of bathroom sinks connected together. Breathtakingly beautiful, with a hidden message that still escapes me.

But I have seen this "form" before. Back in Oregon, home of the largest collection of brewpubs in one city, one of the more famous brewers are the McMenamin Brothers and their far reaching (now outside of Oregon) funky breweries, restaurants, and hotels, that pay homage to the local venue by renovating them, under the careful eye of staff historians. One such watering hole is McMenamins on Monroe, which is not located in a historic building, but rather a strip mall strategically located across the street from the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The first thing one observes as they enter the sacred ground of McMenamins is their striking version of "Hidden River" as shown here. Their interpretation of the famous work located at Fairmount connects the past with the present with their wide selection of sinks and gauges. The way the light touches upon the copper piping during happy hour is very moving to say the least. Who says greywater is not beautiful?
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"imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"
~English cleric, writer and collector, Charles Caleb Colton

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