Wednesday, January 18, 2006

FC1 Western Ave. Stop 18: Industrial Art

NOTE: This is a continuation of a tour of Western Avenue (the longest city street in the world) that I started a couple of weeks ago. At that time, I started at the north end of the street, Howard Avenue, and headed all the way to the Empty Bottle just north of Augusta. Today on Forbidden Chicago we're going all the way south ... to a place far far away.

You don't have to go downtown to see some pretty impressive public art. And you don't have to go to St. Louis to see an arch of some sort. At the intersection of Western and Grand is this weird, ribbon-like sculpture, which seems to welcome you to the industrial corridor of this part of town. One thing we don't have enough of in this town is public art. Perhaps we spend too much money on Cows on Parade and the other annual tourist pleasers, which is why we can't afford art installations in the neighborhoods.

One of the area's top manufacturers is this place that make tubes that some banks use (used to use?). At speeds of up to 50 feet per second, that's high tech! As I watch a police squad car blow through a stop sign, almost hitting me, I wonder when this entire area will be converted over to loft residences.


Anonymous jenska said...

What ARE those tube things for?? At our local drive-thru ATM (A necessity for people with toddlers in the car -- everyone else should get out of the line!), there are 4 stalls for those tube things, and one for the ATM. The ATM always has a line of cars, and all the other stalls are empty, but I see the teller sitting inside. What is the purpose of this way of making transactions? Is it just a live version of the ATM?

3:07 PM  
Blogger ap said...

I disagree that drive-thru ATMs should be only for people with toddlers. They should also be for people who have an open beer in their lap and don't want to get out of their cars and risk spilling.
As for the tubes, they're for people that want to hold-up a bank without a face-to-face confrontation. Simply put a note in the tube announcing a hold-up and wait for the teller to send back lots of money. Just watch out for those exploding packets.

10:05 AM  

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