Monthly Archives: January 2005

Acupuncture Neon Sign, East Village

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You see a lot English signs in downtown New York City in front of shops offering acupuncture, massage and East Asian medicinal and health treatments. The closer to Chinatown one gets, the more frequent the signs appear, until, in Chinatown itself, the English mostly disappears from such signs altogether. In any case, they tend to disappear into the landscape of street-level advertising. This neon version in the East Village, however, caught our eye. The shop is closed, but the sign is alive with electric energy. We might walk by this sign in daylight and never notice, but at night the neon effectively plants an idea in our heads. That said, a few years ago we tried acupuncture while travelling though Asia. It was an interesting expereince for a first timer, curious and open-minded, but we didn’t feel any better afterwards, healthwise or otherwise, and so we hadn’t really given acupuncture any further thought until we saw this sign.

Ivan G. Corsa Photo

Guggenheim Museum Interior Spiral

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This shot shows the spiral interior of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The iconic Upper East Side museum was designed by celebrated architect Frand Lloyd Wright and holds one of America’s greatest collections of modern art. Major shows are exhbited in the main spiral, an atrium with a single, circular ramp that visitors walk along while viewing art works. The ramp gradually ascends nearly ten floors high. At the time this photo was taken, a retrospective of American pop artist James Rosenquist was being held. The Guggenheim’s permanent collection is shown in an adjacent wing.

Ivan G. Corsa Photo