Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jon finds a fence he likes

Monday's walk took us into the neighborhood around the Forsyth Country Club, which was founded in 1912. The surrounding houses are nowhere near as old as the club, and those dating from the 1950s and 1960s are surprisingly modest. The neighborhood is, however, in the throes of a mini "tear down" boom. This is the first time we have encountered this phenomenon on more than a single house scale in Winston-Salem. It's hard for mere professors to comprehend, I guess, that proximity to a country club in and of itself increases the value of land to such an extraordinary extent that McMansions are required. I took some time this morning to look over our photographs from our weekend trip to DC. Jon was awestruck when we encountered this fence on the National Mall last Saturday, part of the preparations for next week's Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Susan and Nate enjoyed seeing a Sol LeWitt wall drawing at the Hirshhorn Museum, in part because Nate's cousin Anna spent last summer in Williamstown, MA, working at the Williams College Museum of Art creating several LeWitt works for what I have just discovered is a MAJOR LeWitt retrospective of 105 large works. (Note to Jon: we NEED to go see this exhibit. Fortunately for slackers like us, it is on display through 2033.)

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