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The Garfield Park Conservatory is a Chicago treasure. In my not-so-humble opinion. Recently ravaged by hail, they are managing to rebuild while hosting at least two different exhibits and managing a completely fantastical outdoor playspace for kids (think "Where the Wild Things Are" - the recent movie - meets urban/container gardening.) 

This post is dedicated to Chicago's Twelve. "Through interaction with environmental issues, the re-purposing of found objects, and utilization of non-traditional material, these twelve artists call into question not only our present relationship with our world, but also the possibility of its sustainable future." The exhibit is open until December 9, 2012. I wasn't able to photograph every piece so please click through and take a look at the video and catalog!


There are several antique "Malls" on the north side of Chicago (Broadway & Granville) that I love to browse (on the rare occasion when browsing can be considered a valid way to spend time!). They specialize in mid-century stuff and later ... it's all very mod and very colorful. I thought I'd share some pics from the last time I was there.

Last week wasn't exactly colorful on the blog... what with all those negatives. So you won't be surprised to discover that this week there will be a LOT of color, and fewer... negatives.  Today I'm taking a little inspiration break and sharing pics I took yesterday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Metamorphosis is attractive to me, in theory and practice. I like the idea of living things as evolving bodies of work - constantly, changing, being remade, reincarnated etc. So yesterday we stood watching butterflies being born. It hurt me to watch. Partly because it's beautiful. And partly because it looked like an excruciating, very lonely process. I kept thinking, "who's waiting for you once you manage to get out? Where's the midwife to catch you?" Then I spent some time in the butterfly room itself, watching them fly, eat and rest. And I felt better.  :)


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