Casa Milà

Earlier this week Kongo visited Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (the quarry) in Barcelona.  This home was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and built in 1910.  Kongo–under the guiding instruction of Mrs. Kongo–has become a bit of an architecture groupie and visiting the modernistic creation on the Passeig de Gràcia was a highlight of their stay in Spain. Advertisements

Chicano Park

Nestled beneath the San Diego side of the Coronado Bridge is Chicano Park.  This is a fascinating place filled with interesting characters, dozens of intersecting lines, and some of the most magnificent street murals in the world.  The murals are the real draw to this little culture pocket a mile or so from glitzy downtown. Kongo visited it this evening with friend John.

Flying Corn

While rushing to make a quick connection at ATL this morning, Kongo passed this flying corn art at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Terminal E.  Not quite sure the monkey gets the message here but it was fun and caused you to look twice.  There’s lots of art at ATL and history too.  When you go through the world’s busiest airport and you have some extra time, go exploring.  Kongo likes the art between Terminals A and B in the tunnel (walk don’t take the train).  He likes the art by school children in Terminal T.  And there’s all kind of strange fashion…

In Search of Georgia O’Keeffe

Yesterday Kongo visited the famous Ghost Ranch near the small town of Abiquiu in Northwest New Mexico.  The monkey was trying to find traces of the famous Georgia O’Keeffe who lived and worked in this area here from 1929 until her death in 1986.  Georgia was a reclusive soul and as Kongo wandered the Ghost Ranch trails and canyons he realized why this was such a perfect place for someone like her.  The light, the colors, the stillness, the smell of piñon, the crunch of hiking shoes on red New Mexico dirt.  All of this seems to draw you into the essence of…

Where Art Thou?

Kongo visited the La Jolla Festival of the Arts today for the second year in a row.  The little monkey is really getting quite cultured.  The festival is held on the campus of the University of California at San Diego and attracts artists in many forms from all over Southern California and the Southwest.  Admission is $14.  There is also food, drink, and live entertainment.  Go grab a glass of wine and get some culture.  Get more details here.