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Drops on Lansdowne


Drops looks like the view of Convenience Gallery as seen through a rain dappled window. Maybe the view of a child in the back seat of a car parked across the street.

It's new work by artist Robert Fones and it covers the entire front window of the abandonned looking Convenience Gallery at 58 Lansdowne.

What pleases me most about this piece of public art is its proximity to the school across the street. I love the idea of children exposed to a different way of looking at familiar things. I imagine kids arguing over what the picture in the window is supposed to be. Eventually one particularly clever child will go out on a limb and say, "Oh, it's the building, it's actually a picture of the building! Look, you can see the sign and the lamp post and everything!" Then other kids will start repeating it like they came up with it themselves. They'll think it makes them sound smart, but to those who know, they'll just sound dumber than before.You know how kids are.

Come to think of it, I think I've overheard the same kinds of conversations between grown ups.


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