Meet Me at the Chicago Bean

James "Cone Head"Keaton.

We met Guinness World Record holder James “Can Head” Keeton when we went to the Chicago Bean.

Art and community converge at the Chicago Bean. This iconic landmark is reflective of the spirit of Chicago. People from around the world and the local community interact with this work of art. They  frolic and play and pose for photographs. This sculpture truly is a public work of art.

The Chicago Bean.

The Chicago Bean.

The Cloud Gate or Chicago Bean was created by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor. In his art, Kapoor inspires to make independent realities that reveals rather than create. Cloud Gate draws millions of visitors to Millennial Park in downtown Chicago.

Wikipedia

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Preservation 50 Friday: Southern Fried Rock at St. Simons Lighthouse

St. Simons Lighthouse, Georgia.

St. Simons Lighthouse, Georgia.

Enjoy a “Little Light Music” at the St. Simons Lighthouse, Georgia. Billed as Southern fried rock and boogie, the “Island Garage Band” jams on Sunday, August 14 at 7 pm.

Concert goers are invited to picnic and relax under the stars while celebrating an evening of music. Individual tickets for the concert are only $12 per person at the gate. Children under 12 and Keepers of the Light are admitted free. A Little Light Music season runs May through September.

For more information, call 912-634-7090 or visit http://www.saintsimonslighthouse.org/music.html.

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Preservation 50 Friday: The Legend of the Mooncussers

Cape Florida was attacked by Seminoles.

Cape Florida was attacked during the Second Seminole War.

While I knew that lighthouses have often come under attack during various wars in the United States. I had never heard of the Mooncussers. Legend has it that some attacked light keepers and put out the light.

They would also lure vessels onto the dark coastline. Armed with a “Judas Lantern,” these shoreline pirates would situate themselves along the coast, directly behind dangerous rocks.

They would gyrate a lantern to resemble a swaying ships lantern. Seeing the light and thinking another ship had found safe harbor, the deceived captain would stir in that direction and become aground. In rocky seas, the ship would break up and its cargo would be stolen by Mooncussers. Some claim that if the sea was calm, Mooncussers would beat or kill the sailors.

America’s Atlantic Coast Lighthouses by Jeremy D’entremont

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