Green cab, metallic, like the aluminium shine of children's toy racecars.
Sun-yellow double-trailer with open tops, a dirt or rock mover probably.
Rain-streaked, dust-splashed, creating areas of subtle color combination,
sometimes muted, sometimes vibrant. As it passes the road itself seems
Gray concrete, boxlike; minimal industrial design, all function, no shape.
Yet someone has taken the trouble to paint the steam funnels glow-in-the-dark
pink -- wide, L-shaped, like smaller cousins of the huge funnels of a great
steam ship -- so that the building as a whole takes on the appearance of a
brightly-colored Constructivist poster.
Candy-apple red Peterbuilt. Orange-and-rust trailer with a single word stencilled in white: "UNIGLORY."
People have a need for color. Keep an eye out as you encounter industrial
artifacts, whether they be machinery or siding or loading dock doors. People
paint them in bright shades, unutilitarian, seemingly at contrast with the
mundane purposes for which they were built. There's no "economic"
reason for this. People simply need color, and they decorate their drab
environments in part to relieve their very mundanity.
In time I'm hoping to use these images as tiles within larger digital mosaics.
What's in mind here is something like
wonderful abstracts of
highly textured color. For now I'm simply collecting them for their own sake.
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