Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?

     WBBM has its wonderfully-named "Smart Quiz" in the mornings, asking listeners to answer a trivia question, and when they get it wrong, as they often do, I think, "If they were so smart they'd look the answer up on Google while they were on hold."
     Even my humble Saturday fun activity needs to take that into consideration. I had one photo that was basically a yellow mug in a generic coffee shop, and an enterprising reader -- King Dale, where have you gone? -- ripped through the photos in Yelp reviews of Chicago coffee shops until he spied a matching yellow cup. 
     I suppose I could install rules forbidding readers from consulting Google, but that would display a level of naive trust that I'm just not capable of expressing. Besides, I should be able to find images that defy Google. It's a challenge to me as well as you.
    I thought I had a winner with the above. But had the presence of mind to plug, "Decaying Ram mural Chicago" into Google, and up it popped, 400 N. Peoria, in West Fulton Market. 
    Not much of a puzzle.
    Okay, what about this:

     I thought a had a viable option, since "Running man sculpture Chicago" or "Jogging man sculpture Chicago" did not serve up the answer. That seemed too good to be true and, pressing onward, I plugged "Metal running man sculpture Chicago" and Google served up an article on its installation at O'Hare International Airport. 
     This is going to take a bit more ingenuity. 
     How about this carefully-cropped photo?

     Not readily Googlable. Orange triangle just won't do it. But still solvable, I believe—probably too solvable, to be honest. But I like the trio of triangles, black, red, white (not counting the white space, which could be a fourth). Plus I have a soft heart. Place you guesses below. The correct answer will receive one of my super-collective 2015 official Every goddamn day blog posters, signed and numbered, itself a kind of public art now that I'm wheat pasting them around town. Good luck. Have fun. Enjoy your Saturday. 


  1. The Flamingo in Federal Plaza?

    1. I think you're right, Nikki. And I think the photo is displayed sideways in an effort to throw us off. :)

  2. You got it Nikki. Congrats. Send your address to me at and I'll mail you your poster.

  3. No need for google on this one, Neil. I walk by it on my way to work every morning. It was also featured in a scene of Patrick Swayze's last tv series before his death, "The Beast", which I highly recommend.

  4. Nicely done. Now that the contest has ended I wonder if Neil would mind a public service announcement on behalf of my favorite fictional copper, Commisario Guido Brunetti of the Questura de Venizia. Several years ago a German TV company started filming episodes from Donna Leone's mysteries featuring this civilized (he reads Horace in his spare time) policeman, and they have started appearing, quite unheralded, on Channel 20-3 from 8:00 to 10:00 on Thursdays.

    Hearing all those Italians speaking in German takes some getting used to and the actor cast as Brunetti does not look like the one I had envisioned -- often a problem when you see a favorite literary character portrayed on the screen. But the English titles are well done and the actor won me over.

    Also, the Venetian scenes are stunning.

    Tom Evans.

  5. Drat! Very clever, Nikki & Neil. Said to myself, that's got to be a Calder, but couldn't figure out the building, esp. w/ the "overhang." Teaches me not to be so literal. [and I used to work across the street; only looked at upright.]


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