Decompression Zone at the Wynn Resort

A custom-designed hot air balloon and carousel  at Wynn Las Vegas

Over 110,000 flowers adorn the hot air balloon and carousel that were installed in the Wynn atrium last December. I’m not sure where I  read about theses sculptures, but seeing them ended up on my list of things to do when we went to Las Vegas this spring. I had never heard the term “decompression zone” until I read this press release.

The effect is probably very different if you approach it from the main entrance as intended.  We entered the casino from the Self Parking garage. Since I couldn’t find the exact location of the atrium on any map, I wandered around until I found them. Luckily they are almost on the casino floor.

Estimated location of hot air balloon and carousel shown in purple.
Image cropped from lower right of photo in top left of collage above.
Detail from hot air balloon.

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Tulips in Bloom

16 of the 103 Varieties of Tulips in Bloom
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
May 2014

I had no idea that so many varieties of tulips existed until  last Thursday. My mom and I timed our visit to the  Minnesota Landscape Arboretum perfectly. Although a few tulip varieties were past their prime and a few weren’t even open yet, the majority were in full bloom.

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Filtered Flower

The original (somewhat blurry) image is at the top left. For the others,  I just scrolled throught the quick filters in Pixlr-o-matic  and saved the ones that looked interesting. For Android phones (2.1 and up), Pixlr-o-matic is free and includes 87 filters. There’s also a version in the App store but I’d have to download iTunes to get any information about it…

This flower was in a  beautiful bouquest of fall flowers my husband gave me.

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Fish Scavenger Hunt

Saturday was member preview day for the new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Audacious Eye. Description from the MIA website: This first-look exhibition of 120 highlights from the Clark Collections, recently acquired by the MIA, offers unusually rich and personal insights into the scope of Japanese art and the nature of connoisseurship.

It’s my favorite exhibit since China’s Terracotta Warriors were there last winter. Afterwards I decided to do a “fish scavenger hunt”. The MIA is huge and I have a tendency to stick to certain paths so that I don’t get lost. I’m serious! Here’s the map of the second floor: The red squiggly line is the path I take from the stairs to the special exhibit. I have a similar path on the third floor that gets me to the main photography exhibit which is located right above the Target Gallery (which is where the special exhibits are located).

Searching “fish” on the MIA’s Art Finder gives 584 results. Most of these aren’t currently on view and the “limit results to items currently on view” option isn’t working. The “listen to an audio tour on your cell phone” from our web site wasn’t working Saturday either.

In 60 minutes of searching, I found these fish:

Top left: Detail of wallpaper from Gallery 328. Supposedly there is a game box with playing pieces in the shape of fish in that period room. I didn’t see it but was very happy when I noticed the fish  among the numerous non fish images on the wallpaper.

Top right: Details from two oil paintings, A Fishing Party Off Long Island by Junius Brutus Stearns and A Sea-Nymph by Edward Coley Burne-Jones.

Bottom left: Detail from Shallow Bowl with Double Fish Motif

Bottom middle: Detail from Plate with Trianqi exterior

Bottom right: Pendant in the Form of a Fish and Pendant in the Form of a Fish, I searched the collection of Jade in this gallery twice but wasn’t able to spot Pendant in the Form of a Fish or Pendant in the Form of a Fish.

I also found Nautilus Shell Cup but couldn’t get a good picture of it! You’ll have to click on the link if you want to see what it looks like.

Hopefully the next time I go to the MIA the website will be fixed.

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Things to See At the American Swedish Institute

Last Saturday was Museum Day Live! and my Mom and I went to the American Swedish Institute (ASI). If you’re not familiar with Museum Day Live!, here’s the description from

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket… for free.

The current exhibit at ASI is Push, Twist, Blow – Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal which  showcases innovative pieces by eleven Swedish artists including Fredrik Nielsen (shown in the top right corner).

ASI is located in the historic Turnblad Mansion. The other photos above are:

Top left: Detail from a stained glass window
Bottom left: Detail from one of the 11 tile stoves the Turnblads imported from Sweden.
Bottom right: One of the “barbarians” holding up the fireplace in the grand hall.

Click here to see many annotated pictures of the Turnblad Mansion  at  the Digital Public Library of America.

We also had lunch at FIKA, the cafe at ASI, which was voted best lunch in Minnesota (2013) by the StarTribune.

We split this salad and an open faced salmon sandwich. It was really delicious.

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Nicollet Island

Angie and I walked around Nicollet Island today. We didn’t meet any people or dogs but we had a good time. It was a perfect day for a leisurely walk and neither of us had been there before. Angie spent  most of her time sniffing while I took pictures. Unfortunately we never wanted to move at the same time so I ended up with quite a few blurry photos.

Somewhat hard to believer that in 25 years of living in Minneapolis, I’ve never walked over the Merriam Street Bridge.

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I had no idea how many types of  roosters there were until Jimmy and I slowly walked through the Poultry Barn at the Minnesota State Fair this year. This is only a small sample of the roosters, the list of winning birds in the Competition Results is 45 pages long. Since it’s organized by breed I’m not sure how many roosters  were in that barn.

The roosters above were included because:

  • They weren’t pecking the ground so I could get a shot of their face
  • They didn’t try to approach my phone when I held it up to the cage (to get a picture without bars in front)
  • Their heads were still enough to get a non-blurry shot.
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3rd & Hill

3 of the 4 houses at the corner of 3rd & Hill in Red Wing, Minnesota

I took quite a few pictures in Red Wing but failed to take a picture of the house at the northeast corner of this intersection. Google street view has mapped out so many locations around the world ( the Grand Canyon, Hanaumu Bay, the Van Gogh Museum, etc.) that I thought I’d be able to grab a picture of the house on the northeast corner. Unfortunately, Google street view has not yet made it to Redwing’s West Residential Historic District.

According to Footsteps through Historic Red Wing (copyright 1989, City of Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission). “The Third and Hill Streets intersection has been termed the most architecturally significant intersection in Minnesota.” The three houses I took pictures of are described in this brochure, the house on the northeast corner isn’t mentioned.

A. In the top left corner of the mosaic (and located in the northwest corner of the intersection) is the Philander Sprague House (1868), a classic example of the French Second Empire style.

B. In the top right corner of the mosaic (and located in the southeast corner of the intersection) is the James Lawther House (1857). This octagon shaped house is now a bed and breakfast inn. Some interior pictures are available at the link.

C. At the bottom of the mosaic (and located on the southwest corner of the intersection) is the E.S. Hoyt House (1913) which was designed by Purcell and Elmslie. This house is currently for sale, many interior pictures are available here and detailed information about the house is available here. Unlike the Purcell-Cutts House, the kitchen of this house has been extensively remodeled and updated.

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Goldfield Ghost Town

Goldfield Ghost Town

March 13, 2013

On our last day of our Arizona vacation, Jimmy and I ventured out to the beginning of the Apache Trail (at the foot of the Superstition Mountains) and spent an hour or so at Goldfield Ghost Town. The most interesting part exhibit on the  Lost Dutchman Goldmine in the Historic Museum (admission $1).

The Lost Dutchman Goldmine  is, according to legend, a very rich gold mine hidden in the southwestern United States or maybe  in Mexico. The most common belief is that the mine is in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, Arizona. . There have been many opinions about how to find it, and each year people search for it. Some have died on the search.

The exhibit at Goldfield Ghost Town included some maps that are supposed to show the location of this mysterious goldmine. I took pictures of a couple that represent the type of information available on these maps.

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The Purcell-Cutts House

The Purcell-Cutts House

2328 Lake Place, Minneapolis

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I toured the Purcell-Cutts House near Lake of the Isles. The house was designed one hundred years ago by William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie. It is considered one of the most significant examples of the Prarie School style of architecture.(The firm of Purcell and Elmslie was the second most commissioned firm of the Prarie School style of design, Frank Lloyd Wright was number one.)

 The Purcell family only lived in the house for a few years. In 1919, Purcell put his house up for sale and moved with his family to Philadelphia.

The house was purchased by Anson and Edna Cutts. They realized the house was architecturally relevent and lived there for 66 years without significantly altering it. In 1985, their son, Anson Cutts Jr. bequeathed the house and funds to use for its restoration to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The Purcell-Cutts House is open for guided tours one weekend a month. It’s much.prettier than these pictures show. If you can’t see it in person, an online tour is on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website.

All the highlights of the tour are there, including:

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