Monday, April 5, 2010

Murals: Ruby Tuesday

Last Tuesday I took you to the River Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia with its red mural and red paddlewheel from a Sternwheeler. On Wednesday you saw the Memorial Silver Bridge near the sight of a deadly bridge collaspe across the river between Point Pleasant and Ohio. Today we are back in Point Pleasant traveling through town and are stopping on one block to enjoy some additional murals. This first one is of a gorgeous garden surrounded by walls of red brick. At one time I'm sure these were a wonderful idea for this quaint little town on the banks of the Ohio River but today the buildings have become rundown and in need of repair and paint touchups.
The red brick chimney showcases the painted 'windows' of this building. Look closely. The windows and curtains aren't what they seem. Little touches of red are seen in the truck parked on the back street and the no parking sign on the very short utility pole.
Further down the block the side of this abandoned building sports some clever landscaping.

This closeup shows the cleverly painted red flowers in the window and as you can tell this is where the local pigeons come home to roost. I love that the top windows apparently were windows at some point in time; but the bottom ones are a brillant disguise. The flying pigeon with his nifty shadow was pure serendipity that I found when I downloaded the images.
I hope you have enjoyed your day in Point Pleasant. Stay tuned next Tuesday when we will visit the ruby red-eyed Mothman monster of the 2002 Richard Gere movie titled The Mothman Prophecies. The movie was based in Point Pleasant.
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26 comments:

EG Wow said...

I LOVE the murals, Carletta. I think it's great that there are more and more well-done murals out there right now. I took a few photos of some yesterday, too, so we must be on a similar wavelength! Not for Ruby Tuesday, though.

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judi said...

Fantastic, such a great find.
A great place to explore I'd think.

Greyscale Territory said...

Those murals are a very creative way to draw attention to thse old buildings! They are lovely!

Ralph said...

This has the real feel of an Ohio River town. The painted on look of the 'house' seems familiar to Steubenville, where many murals were painted on old and buildings, to add some art to a place that has probably seen better days. The window treatments shows us that old town can be spruced up with pain and an artistic eye. I really enjoy old mill and river towns, and might have to drive Ohio Route 7 further south of Martins Ferry and Wheeling...

Loree said...

What a pity the buildings are so run down. They look so pretty with all the murals though. Great find for RT though.

maryt/theteach said...

When the Bronx was in great disrepair that's what the city did too. Painted windows and decorations to help the place look better. Today the Bronx is looking pretty good! Thanks Carletta for participating! :)

Thom said...

What a beautiful place this is even if the buildings are run down. I love them all and that pigeon it just spectacular. Excelelnt my friend :)

chubskulit said...

How many more blogger do you know from WV aside from us? I think its only us hehehe... I would like to explore WV more, my FIL is from Clarksburg..

I've seen a lot of those building in stuebenville whenever my husband and I would drive around.

Janie B said...

That is SO COOL!

dot said...

I love the murals! I've seen some around here but most I see are southern scenes.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carletta, George and I stayed at a little town on the Ohio River once but he tells me it was in Indiana rather than Ohio... I do remember driving on some little roads beside the Ohio River and seeing many neat little farm houses....

The mural on the house in Point Pleasaant was neat ---or at least at one time it was. Love the red flowers in the window!!!!!! Just think---you wouldn't have to water those!!!! ha ha

Cute RUBY post, Carletta.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rose said...

Oh, Carletta, I loved this post!

diane said...

They are interesting buildings and murals. Thanks for the tour.

..Rugma.. said...

Its a wondrful way of pull us through d smallest thngs we would nevr notice......
sumhow, u did it really well.....
thnks.....
take care....

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful murals, Carletta! Great post!

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow...what a great tour of the buildings and the murals are superb. Around here, it's nothing but gang graffiti.

Won't you visit my Ruby Tuesday? I'd love to have your company today.

Patti said...

The murals are wonderful.
I love how they transformed these old buildings. My husband stole my thunder, because of course he got here before I did (we only have one computer when he doesn't bring his work laptop home!)

We saw many murals in Steubenville and I thought how nice it would be if our city would commission an artist to paint some on the old, old buildings around here. And I do mean "old old." ha ha

Hope you are feeling better, Carletta. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Dianne said...

incredible murals!!

kaye said...

very clever landscaping. beautiful murals :)

Marice said...

those are wonderful captures Carletta! :) the murals are interestingly beautiful :)

u may view mine here

The Explorer said...

if the building will be renewed i and the murals on it, i think it will rock again!!!


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SquirrelQueen said...

Even with the buildings in a state of disrepair the murals are still very charming. This area must have been something to see when the paint was still fresh. Nice capture on the pigeon.

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Raven said...

Very cool.

happily retired gal said...

Love these captures ... art like this fascinates me whenever I encounter it.
Hugs and blessings,

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What a funny house, because for a minute I thought there were trees in there, so I could see the person who painted them over the wall was amazing, I think he was perfect artist.m10m