Sunday, September 5, 2010

Nevada Shoe Tree

It is a nice tradition in Nevada. Courtesy of the relentless contributions of numerous anonymous passerbys, this tree bears the fruit of countless pairs of shoes.

Most are tied together in pairs or clumps and flung high into the branches, with the lowest shoes at least 15 feet off the desert floor. Some hang from shoelaces, others are linked by bras or underwear. Nobody seems to know exactly how this shoe tree got started, but it seems to have originated sometime in the mid 80s.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply The Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.

Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction. The tower presently leans to the southwest.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Manneken Pis

A small bronze fountain sculpture is situated in Brussels. The naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin.