culture, current calendar, gardening
Now the sidewalk gardens along Michigan Av., are sprouting a variety of dress forms, (see photo), some of which defy description. That's because the Greater North Michigan Avenue Assn., the sponsor of these growing spaces wants to call everyone's attention to the fashion aspect of the Mag Mile.
I met Mary, my informant, at a bus stop in front of the Apple store a couple of weeks ago and she gave me fair warning of all this. Mary had been chatting prior to my arrival with another bus rider who is a volunteer for the Michigan Ave. Assn. and that's how she got an advance clue-in. She was obviously very enthusiastic about something so I just had to introduce myself.
She thought the dressmaker forms were a great idea and planned to bring her mother-in-law who is a recovering cancer patient there for a cheer-up. Mary herself is a walking cheer-up. She called my attention to the babbling brook to the north of the Apple Store. I noted others on the boulevard itself. The lush plantings are sponsored by retailers in the area.
The GNMMA was responsible for the bicycle component installations that graced these gardens recently. Although I personally disagree that all this is "art", it is a diversion that many find pleasant. I guess we owe all this inspiration to the "year of the cows." Remember?
The dressmaker bust pictured, entitled Dahlia Pinnata was created by Shawn Holtaway, a student at the International Academy of Design and Technology here in town.
The association wants you to visit their website, www.themagnificentmile.com but frankly when I did I was uninspired.