Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Seek and You Shall Find

New York Street Art

On the journey of life, I have always felt that it is important to be open and to be aware. Signs, signals, and directions are everywhere to be found. All you have to do is open your eyes. And when you do, there is no telling what you might find!


Street finds: rusty objects that were just waiting to be picked up


Rusty paint can cover found on the streets of New Hampshire


Rusty wire spool found by a construction site in New York City


Wheel of fortune: rust and patina found on the streets of New York


Objet d'arte, nearly four feet long, from trash to treasure

Detail...does it get any better than this?


I found what I was looking for when I opened my eyes!

Ingredients: paper, acrylic paint, dye ink, text. 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" end-to-end. click to enlarge.

Published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2008 and available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy.

Sold. Thank you!

30 comments:

femminismo said...

Ha! I have to admire another "one of us" that's picks up garbage in the street. Not to throw it away. Oh, no! But to use it in some art project or other. Artistic ragpickers, that's us. Congrats on these great finds. - jeanne in Oregon

Jill Zaheer said...

Love looking at your post today of your many found treasures of the street. As another soul who also loves to find gifts in our streets that call out for us to take them home, all is really in the eyes of the beholder and what our needs are at the time we see them. Great hauls of goodies to revel in and enjoy. The tones, color, textures and patterns of detail are mesmerizing as is the rust that gives each find a special uniqueness all their own. Such amazing finds which really lets us see the keen wide open eyes that you have. That too is a wonderful treasure.

azirca said...

oooh lots of rusty goodies!
I'm curious, what is that long thing anyway? Some kind of radiator? or grille?

Don said...

Great rusty stuff! Artists find the beauty in the most mundane junk and there is nothing better than a good street-find.

~Barb~ said...

YAY! Another rust/junk-finds lover. Sheer bliss in your wonderful finds. Woot!
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Seth, Happy New Year! Great post with lots of terrific rusty eye candy... I'm with you... if I just look around, open my eyes, and be "open" to the possibilities, I'm usually pleasantly surprised. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing what you do with some of those rusted objets d'artes! (My husband and I are in discussion about the correct spelling of my attempt at written french... I don't think the 'es' belongs on the end of d'art... at any rate, you get the idea, right?!?) :D xoxo, K.

Val Foster said...

Wow Seth. NYC must be a veritable gold mine of rusted found objects. And I mean amazing, beautiful RFOs. The ones here take my breath away. You must have quite a stash by now. And what is that piece that's over 4 feet tall? I've never seen anything like it. It's so very interesting.

vivian said...

i don't think it could possibly get much better than that.... :)

Kim Mailhot said...

This is a rusty feast, Seth !

Thank you for helping me open my eyes today.

Shayla said...

Amazing street art and your finds are beautiful. The tin can lid-gorgeous. You've found so many different colors too...

Gillian McMurray said...

I can't tell you the number of times I have seen things like that on the ground and just walked past them. The rust is so vibrant but I never made the conection between it and using it in my own art. I do pick up broken pieces of crockery and old coins though. In the UK there was a change of currency in the 1970s so you never know when you can find something a little different in the coin stakes.

Lisa Hoffman said...

I know that rust is the topic of the day, but that opening graphic just made me gasp. If I could high-five you, I would!...it's amazing. I can see it in my house. I hope it's really BIG.
Thanks for the morning blast of visual energy. We can always count on YOU!

Lise said...

wow ! I got it ! I will keep an eye (or 2) open !

I can't wait to be in New-York !

Many thanks for your advice. I have now my art trip ! I find some classes at creative pier.

Take care.
Lise

Chris said...

VERY neat. I love the first one, too!

Jazz said...

I'm forever picking things up along the way. My pockets are always full of stones and various "junk".

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

SO true Seth, you have a good eye indeed! We Love rescuing 'stuff', it feels good to know it has a chance at a new life! You really do have some primo rusty stuff there!
Keeping my eyes open = thanks for the reminder!

ooglebloops said...

What great finds!!!! and I love what you create from those finds!! The city is definitely a veritable goldmine-out here in the country, walking with eyes to the ground leads one to many fab rusty treasures!! I would love to send you a complimentary box of art-worthy 'farm debris', if you would like. I know you could turn it into something wonder-full!!!

Dianne said...

You find great stuff! thanks for the reminder to see with an open mind!
Dianne

Rita vindedzis said...

Wow, you've found some beautiful things Seth. What is that tall rusty piece? It's magnificent. I love finding treasure also.

Robyn said...

It certainly makes life more interesting doesn't it? Being aware and always searching for treasure. I looooove that rusty radiator type thing!
The top image is very eyecatching too.

Supria Karmakar said...

I love all of your rusty treasures...rust is so wonderful to use in art...lovely energies I am sure are carried with each piece.
Supria

lynne h said...

beautiful post, seth! wow, that's a lot of goodness there... whether in the woods or on city streets, treasures abound.

Lynn said...

Truely awesome finds all...and wonderful piece of created art at the bottom too. WOW!!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

I have a friend in Baltimore that would simply drool over some of those rusty finds. :)

"I found what I was looking for when I opened my eyes!" - love that

Don Madden said...

very good haul of stuff!

Trudi said...

Yup - KINDRED RUSTY JUNK COLLECTOR FRIENDS! You know, I still have a bowl of old rust sitting in the corner of my studio - LOL - I can't bare to part with. AND PAPER - have I GOT PAPER! Somewhere there are dead tree souls having night terrors about me I swear - Great finds Seth!

Namaste,
Trudi-2

Shirley Ende-Saxe said...

There's a guy here in Akron who has literally been in one part of a house scavanging while in the other end they were tearing it down!

Bet you could find super treasures here in post-industrial Ohio! Your finds are lovely!

susanna said...

Ohhhhhh...I am so drooling over your new wheel of fortune and object d'art, Seth. Terrific finds, art in themselves, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you will do with them.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

One of the best things about taking walks is finding things. Rusty things are my favourite too. Great post, Seth!

J and Z said...

ooo reallllly good rusty stuff - lucky you!