Monday, February 14, 2005

Just Mad About Saffron

Smartmom, Hepcat and OSFO journeyed to Central Park yesterday to see The Gates. At the entrance to the Park at 59th Street and Sixth Avenue, orange curtains were billowing in the breeze. The three walked underneath their first few gates and were swept into the intstant joy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's happening.

The Gates are everywhere in Central Park. Around the Sheeps Meadow, in front of the Arsenal at the Zoo, by the frozen lake, in the mall leading to the Bethesda Fountain. The three of them only got up to 72nd Street—there is plenty more to see: it goes right up to 110th Street. There are 7500 of them in all and they fascinate from a distance as well as up close.

While Smartmom was watching OSFO climb some rocks, she overheard an "erudite" English woman talking to some friends. Well-dressed, middle aged, she might have been a professor or an intellectual wanna be. Heck, maybe she was the real thing.

"Do you think each gate works individually or does it only work in repetition?" she asked her group.

"Personally, they do nothing for me," she continued. "It's really just O.C.D. Art of the obscesssive compulsive. Much writing is like that, too. Tolkien for example. 'The Hobbit' with all its endless details, it's really more of a disability than a work of art."

Smartmom wanted to shake this woman upside down while she eavesdropped some more: "Well I guess you have to call it a sucess. They built it. Thousands of people came. That's an accomplishment in itself I guess," she said.

Smartmom wanted to say,"Lady, get out of your head. Walk around. Stand underneath one fo the curtains or on that god damn rock and look at the view. Notice the way the light hits each gate differently. Experience the exhilaration of being here. Thank Christo and Jeanne Claude for this exuberant and experiential gift to New York."

Some people just can't get out of their own way.


At 3:04 PM, Blogger Savtadotty said...

I am so jealous of you guys, and of Prowesslessnesslessness and Pippi Bluestocking, who were all there in Central Park this weekend...without me! Waaaaaaaah.

By the way, did you ever see the hilarious BBC series "Absolutely Fabulous?" The perpetually adolescent/hippy mom has a nerdy college-student daughter named Saffron.

At 1:30 AM, Blogger Udge said...

Lucky Smartmom, I am very envious. Thanks for the posting the description.


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