The dummy in the park

Spotted out of the corner of my eye in park near me this afternoon, a woman sitting on the bench in the wee park – bit unusual when it is raining. Even if you do have an umbrella. But didn’t want to stare. Passed by that way on return from shops, same figure in same spot, hadn’t moved an inch, paused, look properly this time – it’s a cardboard figure dressed up in clothes, sat on the park bench, with an umbrella strapped to the back of the bench to give ‘her’ a little protection from a rather dismal, gray, wet day:

the dummy in the park

Why? No idea, perhaps someone just did it for the pure fun of it, a bit of guerilla urban artwork. Well, it worked for me and made me smile on a dull, wet day. On a related note a couple of weeks ago I saw this ‘ghost bike’ on a cycle stand by the Tron Kirk:

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even the tyres gone, everything white, from rims to frame and even the d-lock. I don’t know if it is an official installation piece of street art, but doubt it since there is no sign saying who did it or which agency sponsored it etc. So I think more likely that one of those sad sights – poor, old bikes that are left locked to a bike stand in town for months and months and never claimed, eventually bits being stripped off them – was spotted by someone who decided to turn it into some impromptu art to brighten the place up (and see who noticed – some folk gave me odd looks as if to say why is he taking photos of a bike rack? Because I actually look at things, that’s why!). But again I was quite delighted to see it, a little bit of fun brightening up the street (click to see larger pics on my Flickr).

One of my photo chums on Flickr left me a comment on the pic saying there was another one not too far away from this, so I have been keeping my eyes open for it then saw it a few days ago. This one on the bike racks by the Sheriff Courts, right across from the Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. It still has its tyres (also painted white) unlike the previous one, again no sign to say what it is about or who did it or why, although photo friend thought there may have been a small note on them originally but they have vanished now. But regardless, it’s fun when people do things like this and brighten up the streets a bit. I just came across these on the walk home from work, made a routine plod home after work much more fun.

the other white bike

Cycle dog

Coming out of the dark winter night I saw something a bit unusual on the road. I could see two small headlamps, but not far enough apart to be on a car but too far apart to be on a motorbike. As I get closer I can see a figure behind the lights – looks like a cyclist… Gets a little closer and passes under a streetlight and I see what it actually was: a cyclist and his dog out for an evening ride! The bicycle had some sort of metal cage for the dog mounted over two wheels at the front of the bike, complete with headlamps. The dog looked quite content; mind you he wasn’t the one who was having to pedal them both uphill. The nearest I ever got was back in my student days when Zag used to wait for me to cycle home and run alongside my bike; a few times he bounded over and leapt on the pannier with a mighty mieow to ride down the street with me.