18 May 2008

A Study in Juxtapositions: Kitsch and High Fashion: Chalk Artists, Adopt-a-Dog in Plastic, and Fendi

As we wandered around the Quirinale neighborhood in Rome, we happened across a sidewalk artist in front of Fendi. In addition to providing beautiful copies of masterpieces in chalk, he had some pithy comments for American tourists.

Here he is, at left, chalking away.

And, his pithy commentary, here:










The highlight of my day there, actually, was the adopt-a-dog vending machine. For a Euro, I received a little plastic egg with a French Bulldog figurine. Here’s the machine:
I was happy, I tipped the chalk artist for his witty repartee, and we went on our way—to the nearest gelateria, where I sampled amarena (it’s a small cherry that is common here in the summer). Yum. All in all, a happy accident.

2 comments:

Greg said...

I love your blog! :)

The comment about the McDonald's is awesome.

Michelle said...

Did you take a picture of his chalk art? He looks to be copying something classical...

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