Best Surprise: “Before I Die” – Candy Chang
I blogged about Candy Chang’s installation being my favorite part of our stay in the city a couple weeks back and that statement still holds even after combing through the photos. It could be a simple thing, easily destroyed, but it wasn’t. The fact that the wall was left alone and used (mainly) for its purpose, speaks volumes about its message. It was a privilege to read the hopes and dreams of others even if I didn’t know to whom they belonged. Their inner reflections allowed me to reflect on my own hopes for the future and for that I am grateful.
Best Home Architecture: Garden District
The Garden District is the most stately collection of homes within such a tight vicinity that I’ve witnessed as of late. The homes, many of them built in that typical Southern style with their wraparound fanned porches and big windows, give off this bygone era vibe. They’re somehow both romantic and ghoulish, which makes it easy to see why so many dark mysteries, ghost stories, and vampiric tales are set in the area.
Best Details: French Quarter
I’m a sucker for cast iron, bright colored buildings, and the ubiquitous fleur-de-lis so it’s no surprise that the French Quarter’s nod to details had me swooning. Absolutely swooning. I could’ve spent the entire time looking up at the balconies and windows and doorways bedecked in ornate scrolls and lines like calligraphy. The only possible drawback was the dirtiness that coated each piece, dust and dirt and soot and mold clinging to their surfaces, but I actually thought it added to the feel of the neighborhood. It’s an old world sort of gorgeousness and the old world should be covered in the grime we continue to heap upon it.
– M. Ray Hall