Thursday, October 12, 2006

Morningside Heights, Broadway Between 121st and 120th Streets

Mary Sargent © 2006 ………....…………….. click to enlarge

This is the entrance to the Horace Mann Teachers College. Pretty handsome building, wouldn't you say? But look at that bright green metalwork at the sides. Isn't bright green kind of an odd choice for that building?

My son, who lives in Gaylord, Michigan was saying to me how he thought the use of color in New York was pretty unusual. They wouldn't do that in Gaylord, he said. He was talking specifically about the September 23 post, pink building with orange gate, and at the time, I said, well, it's mainly dilapidated buildings and things on the run-down edge of the city that get painted those bright colors. But now I'm wondering. Look at this shot, and this one, and this one. Isn't this funny?

Here we are, walking around wearing black all the time, and our buildings are a riot of slapdash color.

1 comment:

Aliveinsidesomewhere Carol said...

Who wears black? Well, I sometimes do. Anyway, green is, for this building, the perfect antidoate to too-handsome a building. And thanks, Mary, for pointing out not only the beautiful building but the color of the walls, because I wouldn't have given the oddness of color choice a second thought.