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Political Vandalism Strikes the 211 Studio!!

Back in September of this year I posted a Blog/Pix detailing my latest creative Art Project that I was working on here at the 211 Studio. It was a Reproduction of some Tired, Old, Weathered, Rusty Iron RR Bridge Girders from the 1800’s, that I installed as the middle archway of my Client Lounge/Meeting area. So with the turn of events over the last month, it was just a matter of time before some new, creative Political Graffiti would make it’s appearance on ‘The Bridge”, and here it is! I can’t wait to try it out for real on a full size Bridge or RR Boxcar very soon!!!  20161207-rb1_5981

211 Studio Rivets & Rust

For years I’ve always loved the great look of ancient, old  Rusted Iron Railroad Bridges. That Rust combined with Millions of Hand Set Rivets, Pounded into place well over 100 years ago. I’ve used my favorite bridge for numerous photo shoots (first 2 pics), and recently I’ve noticed on the newly renovated MSNBC Studios Set, where they now have exposed some of the very same structural Beams & Girders, and you now frequently  see them in the background of the  newsroom. That gave me an idea…. I always like to try to push & expand my artistic abilities, so here’s the latest in my ongoing Studio Personalization.
This is my Client Lounge, where I meet with Clients & chat about their Weddings or Portrait Shoots. What was once just a plain wallboard separation between these two sections of the room, they are now part of my very own rusty old tribute to these great old structures.
I then thought….whats an old beat up bridge in the middle of nowhere, without some Graffiti? So I thought for a bit and added a few select, important, recognizable  symbols & lettering that were common & meaningful during my lifetime, and THAT really brought this thing to life!  Pretty cool, isn’t it??? GET OFF THE TRACKS! HERE COMES THE TRAIN!”

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Our Attention is….Riveted

I always love the look of this old Railroad Bridge, and what’s cool too is knowing that my Grand Dad worked for the very same D. L. & W. Railroad that built & used this bridge.
Soft & Pretty + Old, Iron & Rusty = Always a Winner!
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“Rail Re-Birth” in Horseheads, NY

This spring, there has been a lot of activity around the Horseheads Holding Point Rail Yards. New Crossing Signals/Arms are going up at Watkins Road, and the Holding Point Rail Beds are almost all getting re-built. These shots are from the just re-built switch bed, located right at the main entrance off Watkins Rd./ North Main Street (just across from my studio). New Rails, a fresh bed of crushed gravel ballast & the overpowering smell of New, Creosote Soaked & Blackened RR Ties,  gives quite the impression of strength & longevity! Perhaps this batch will last another 75 years like the last ones did?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Winter @ The Holding Point * The Beginning of the End of Warehouse “H”

It’s been a while since I’ve been over here for a visit, but today I took a drive through the complex, shot a few neat Graffiti Cars, and also got a few shots of the demolition that is currently taking place on the Southwest end of the site. Last week they began demolishing one of the old WWII vintage warehouses to make way for new warehouse buildings that will soon be going up on the same footprint. These old buildings were built over 70 years ago….with sectional firewalls made up of bricks from our local Horseheads Brickyard …..but today these buildings leaked, couldn’t be heated efficiently, had roofs with ceiling height that is too low, & just couldn’t realistically be brought up to present day code, so demolition was their eventual & final fate. The new warehouses will be built to the exact specs needed to house the drilling sand, pipe, and other gas drilling supplies that are currently being warehoused & stored on that site.  Also, at the Northwest end of the site, the rail lines are all being rebuilt from end to end to hold the weight of the constant, non-stop traffic of sand and pipe cars. By the time this work is completed, this complex is going to be a top rate facility! Nice change from 70 + years of time & neglect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Before Irene” Rolling Art Gallery

Early this Friday Morning, A new load has been added to my Rolling Art Gallery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August’s Rolling Art – August 20, 2011

This collection is from numerous visits to the Horseheads Holding Point Railroad Yards in late July & August. NEAT STUFF!

As the trains roll right past my Studio’s back lot and into the Holding Point Yards, I go out to the tracks and watch for any of this stuff coming in….then the next day I go find the cars parked in the yards and shoot them. Some absolutely incredible stuff! I’d love to hire some of these guys to do one side wall of my Studio Building..but I’m sure they are most likely painted in NYC or Philly or Cleveland….some major Metro Area. I have no idea what any of it’s supposed to mean, but it really is some pretty cool shit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Rolling Canvas” – August 09, 2011

Tuesday afternoon a 45 car train rolled through Horseheads and as it passed I spotted this absolute beauty. Shot it later that evening, and I’ve gotta say…this one is Really Beautiful! Some of my favorite colors all mixed together to create this really neat flow! Amazing!

 

 

 

 

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Hot! Hot! Hot! Cars Just ‘A Cookin’ In The Hot Summer Sun! 07/20/11

With the big derailment last night & no repairs even started yet……these babies will be sitting in the Hot Horseheads Sun for quite a while. So really COOL looking Stuff today!

PS: if anyone knows anybody with Graffiti Art painting talent, let me know……I

I’ve always wanted to get something cool painted on the side of my Studio Building! Free Cinderblock Canvas to the right, very talented Urban Graffiti Artist! Show me what you’ve done in the past and perhaps YOU could be the one!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Moonlight Derailment” 02:20 A.M. 07/20/11

Just before I was about to head home for the nigh…morning….I heard about a possible derailment by Wygant Road at the Holding Point Yards , so I just had to go check it out for myself…What a Frigging Mess! Probably a dozen or so cars off the rails…hard to tell in the dark…but it’s not just the wheels off the rails….these rails are ripped right out of the ties and twisted like pretzels underneath these fully loaded hopper cars…the road is torn up…like I said, What Frigging Mess! I guess I know where all the Norfolk Southern Track Repair guys will be working tomorrow, and Thursday & Friday in the 98 degree hot sun!! Good excuse to finally get those Holding Point lines re-done…..this was an accident just waiting to happen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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