Sunday, June 27, 2010
Art Festival, did I say it was HOT?????????
Each year there is a large art festival where artist from around the nation come to sell their work. It started at 10 in the morning on the streets of downtown and there are about 180 exhibitors. I won't go into great detail but did I say it was hot? We had wind and storms the night before and the high today was around 94 degrees with heavy, very heavy humidity. We attended as early as possible because we knew it was going to be unbearable. Everyone else did the early attendance thing so it was hard to walk anywhere. Downtown streets are hot normally but with the clear sky and warm weather it was exhausting. We enjoyed seeing it all and I will share more later.
One of my favorite exhibitors is the guy who builds these things. It is a wind powered sculpture with all parts turning. The price tag in in the thousands so I don't bother to buy bulk in them. He has gears and ball bearing parts that makes everything move with such ease.
Did I mention the heat? It was so hot that Darth Vader had to sit down in order to survive. There were six of these guys roaming the streets to advertise the oncoming Star Wars concert coming to Des Moines. Darth does his breathing thing anyway, with a microphone, and he was really out of wind in this hot outfit. I will show other pictures of him later with his fans. I have some really fun shots of people behaving naturally. Me, I was just chasing them all down the street and taking shots as fast as I could, that is normal isn't it?
In the middle of this festival area is a giant grass green park full of donated Papa John's 45 million dollars of sculptures. I will show that later, but the downtown of Des Moines is trying to perk up a lot.
This is an amazing building that I shot as a backdrop for the festival. That curved glass part of the building extends all the way around to another matching part of the building. It was so hot that once we were through with this area we found shade and followed the north side of the buildings back to the car.
I will close with a view of the other half of that building and a whirlygig in front of it. The show had paintings of all kinds such as photography, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, and furniture.
We went to the Spagetti Works for lunch and then traveled to another alternative art show at the State Fair grounds. It was inside and air conditioned. My wife met a fellow art blogger and her husband there who were selling work and we saw neighbors and old teacher friends. That is another blog. Thanks for stopping in for a visit............