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At the outset, Happy Bastille Day to all my French friends.

A few days ago I was sitting on a bench on a quiet street corner in Bethesda, Maryland, where I was reading a book and watching the pedestrians stroll bye. Along with my book, I also had a small compact camera, and occasionally snapped a photo. Of the 11 individuals I photographed, 7 were conversing on mobile phones (true of this young woman in pink), 5 were overweight (certainly not true of her)… but most appeared to be oblivious to the work of art adorning the wall next to them. (Unlike me, some of them may have seen the work many times before.)

The imaginative rendition of van Gogh’s "Starry Night” seen here hangs on an exterior wall at a quiet street corner. Created from brass, chrome and dye fixtures — doorknobs, escutcheon plates,toilet paper holders — measures 3.71 x2.43 meters (146x96 inches). A pair of small signs flanking the work, offers the following information: “Interpreted by: David van Go-berg, Medium: Brass and Dye on PVC. Style: 'Post-Door Hardwareism.' 1,250 doorknobs, levers and back plates (escutcheon plates) from Italy, Germany and the United States comprise this “Starry Night.” In the workshop, a close-up of the wall can be seen. Incidentally, the artist, "David van Go-berg," is actually David Goldberg, one of the owners of Union Hardware, a century-old upscale store selling the fixtures.

Last December I posted a photo showing van Gogh’s iconic painting, "Starry, Starry Night" in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. The great Dutch/French Post-Impressionists had painted the view from memory, after a lengthy period staring out of a window, while convalescing in a psychiatric institution in Saint-Remy in 1889. The famous work created in oil on canvas, measures 91.4x71.4 cm (36x29 inches), and represents one of the most celebrated works in the collection of the MOMA.

Finally, I will integrate this shot into a pair of group themes: Mobile Phones and Pictures at an Exhibition. I welcome other TE-members to post in these growing themes.

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