The weekend of August 12, the kids and I took a little trip half-way across the state to Madison…the justification being a new bra.
Once we tried on all kinds of over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders and selected the ones we wanted – it was time for fun.
Not that bra shopping in an upscale boutique-y place isn’t fun when you get to embarrass the hell out of the lady assisting with the sizing, selection and trying-on of the things…but I digress.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit ‘coarse’ when discussing boobage. ESPECIALLY my own.
We ended up on State Street. For those of you unfamiliar with the Wisconsin’s Capital city – state street is the connecting street to the actual capital building and UWM’s campus. It’s filled to the brim with an eclectic offering of tiny mom&pop shops: eateries, bars, glasswares, clothing, artistic gifts, metaphysical stuff…etc.
It’s also interspersed with an amazing number of very well thought out urban ‘chill’ spaces – fountains, greenery, water amusements, seating areas, and the like.
Because Madison has taken such care in creating an attractive space around the actual Government building(s), State street is a magnet for a very interesting class of people.
To put it bluntly – you get the hippies.
I don’t mean this in a negative way – I LOVE the hippy vibe – these are people who, in any day and age the tag has been affixed, go against the standardized social ‘grain’ of the time. These are the thinkers, the dreamers, the rebels, and the artisans.
In short – my kind of people.
With such an eccentric gathering, how could I NOT bring along a few little artworks to abandon?
I picked a total of 5 pieces for this little trip – an offering of some of my best…and some forms that hadn’t been chosen for abandonment before this.
We’ll start with this little teashop on State Street. The kids wanted something kinda sweet to drink, and I badly needed a bathroom – Sencha Tea Bar served to fulfill both functions. I laughed so hard at the signage in their restroom, I HAD to leave an offering…so the multi-colored fin whirly was perched on the sign. Although my little twiddle isn’t as beautiful as Beyonce – I hope whoever found the piece treasures it as much as I loved making it.
We then wandered down State Street in the direction of the college quad. One of my favorite things about State Street is the mix of old & new. Here…some ancient storefront architecture bracketed with modern high-rises. Perfect if you need some bohemian foodstuffs 😀
Once we emerged into the quad – we found a gathering of flow artists…doing their thing to the beat of a small drum-circle. I don’t know if you can really call 2 drummers a ‘circle’…but I was willing to just go with it. Besides – the beats they performed were infectious – I couldn’t keep my feet still throughout the entire performance.
I managed to drop the dude and the inverted whirly in the quad – the dude ended up between the railings behind the drum circle, and the inverted whirly on one of the concrete seating areas surrounding the quad.
The kids spun things along with the group…after all, they’re flow artists and knew some of these people…and I wandered about the quad with my cell phone camera.
Art comes in many forms – this storm grate isn’t your standard piece of cast iron. This kind of detail is what makes the State Street area something special to visit. And look…I took a selfie of my feet 😀
You know I live in Wisconsin – we worship cows ALMOST as much as we worship beer. I couldn’t help but snap up this little cutie. She was quite intrigued by the flow artist spinning his hoop in the grass.
I don’t need to go to Europe to see a castle…we have one of our very own!
The last piece to be abandoned in the quad was the full Persian keychain. This wasn’t my standard abandonment, however. One of the flow artists was having a birthday. The group stopped in the middle of their performance, and offered impromptu birthday wishes and a pretty green present.
As green was her favorite color…the FP keychain was just the thing – it had green scales attached. S duly presented my little twiddle to her…and she ran over to give me the biggest hug I’d had in quite some time.
We had 1 more stop to make. Mimosa Books & Gifts on State Street is a familiar haunt for the kids – they offer a lot of metaphysical stuff, some Eastern-themed tchotchkes, and tumbled, carved and shaped mineral stones.
Lots of those.
I slipped my final whirly on a corner of the counter when we were checking out.
We then grabbed a bite at the Which-Wich. I tell ya – their lettuce-wich’s are HUGE – and very keto friendly.
We then made our way back to the old cheap-jeep.
When a building demands a good goosing – who are we to disappoint?
And the last shot I’ve got from the Madison trip? This little gem, spotted as we were getting into the car.
If there were ever any doubts about how Wisconsinites feel about their beer, their football team, and their major religion – I believe this photo has erased all of that – the only thing missing from the signage was an advertisement for bratwurst. We worship hops, the Packers, grilled brats, and Christianity in this state (well, the majority do…I’m the weird one!) and in that order.