Saturday, March 16, 2013

Gas Station Art

I spent about an hour today hanging out in a local service station and noted some interesting goings on.  To begin with, have you ever noticed the hodgepodge of decor that adorns many a gas station?  While spending time at Gray's Automotive I noticed a Redskins pennant autographed by former owner Jack Kent Cooke.  The faded piece of memorabilia had been framed along with a picture of Mr. Cooke, the gas station owner and a girl I presume was his daughter.  Next to the pennant and picture was a card handwritten in thick, black magic marker, it read:  Jack Kent Cooke was here.  The date of the visit was included as well.  As I said it was framed, what I didn't say was the framing was really nothing more than all three items behind a piece of glass surrounded by a brown wooden border.

Next to the Jack Kent Cooke tribute was an out of place hunting-like print of a gathering of deer in the forest. It had been set in an ornate wooden gold frame.  Yup, it was quite a sight to behold next to the jugs of blue wiper fluid.

The last piece in the collection was a print of a pink cherry blossom.  The owner is Japanese so I can only guess it was a nod to his ancestry. 

In the meantime, I'm thinking about offering up some sort of art for car repair deal.


  1. You took some time to notice the small details and made something of them.

  2. Now I'm going to have to pay more attention the next time I'm in a gas station. I never thought of looking for art on the walls there. I wonder what other unexpected places might have art as well.