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Foto Friday: The Obvious Invisible

May 21, 2010

The everyday becomes invisible after awhile.  It’s how preservationists find themselves in the position of defending a two-hundred year building scheduled for demolition — everyone always assumed it would be there and no one paid much notice until the death knell was sounded.

I love this series of bas relief sculptures by Donald De Lue (1897-1988) found on the exterior of the U.S. Post Office that extends from Chestnut to Market Streets.  I pass them each day on my way to work, and I admire how they change in all kinds of light and weather.

The man in this photo — and many others who pass the monumental figures each day — barely seem to notice.  But I suspect they take in the magnificence and contribution to “sense of place” on some unconscious level.

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