Monday, December 14, 2009

My World Tuesday #61: The Only Thing Missing (is the mirror ball)

"Fayetteville Street Disco District - Wide View"
Raleigh, NC - November 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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"Fayetteville Street Disco District - Close up View"
Raleigh, NC - November 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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"Fayetteville Street Disco District - Side View"
Raleigh, NC - November 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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On the same night I shot last week's photo of The R Line, I got this collection from the southern end of Fayetteville Street. Since this is a family meme, I won't quote my initial reaction on spotting the four alien mothership anchor points in the first shot. I'm not sure how the MWT Team would feel about that kind of language after all. But there issued forth several refrains of another 3-letter acronym before I left the "Disco District". If you look at the second shot, you'll see the "rainbow tower" in action. The rainbow spirals up toward the top of the tower, which then lights up in one of a set number of colors. (Four would make sense since there are four towers, but there may be more. I didn't stay around to map it out.)

If you can stand are interested in seeing one of the towers in a fuller view, I had a top-to-bottom shot of this same tower in this Thematic Photographic post earlier this week. And if you'd like to see these during daylight hours, fellow Raleighite Carver has this same section of Fayetteville Street featured in her today. (No we didn't plan this. Honest!)

The solid lights at the top alternate among the four towers creating the effect of... Actually I don't know what they're supposed to be creating here. Maybe it's just me, but this seems like an awfully big investment in something that might be cool the first time you see it (or might not) but after that... not so much. But what really sealed it for me -- and caused me to utter the phrase that became my title for this week -- was the "Saturday-Night-Fever-dance-floor-turned-sideways" display in the third photo.

With so many things in the city's infrastructure needing attention (and money) I really have to question what the idiots good folks who spend our municipal tax dollars were thinking when they hatched this scheme.

Because damn.

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Shadow said...

visions from another planet???

Robin said...

Umm, dang? Err, whoa?

Nope, there just aren't good enough substitutes for WTF.

AWANG said...

Very interesting world this tuesday..
Thanks it's colorful evening.

Sylvia K said...

What are they thinking? Or is that the problem -- they don't! Have to agree with Robin, there just aren't any good substitutes for WTF! Great shots, anyway!

Have a great week, Mojo!


Carver said...

I can't get over us both doing this. I think the nightime version is cooler than the daytime version but I'm with you. I really don't get this "art" and the big investment in it.

It's especially odd since the city gave millions back to the original donor who wanted to put fountains in and keep the bottom part of Fayetteville st as a mall. Oh well. Hard to figure. I'm going to update mine now with a link to yours.

lisaschaos said...

I love the buggy light! But that first shot makes me think of two transformer preparing for battle. lol

Dirkjogt said...

Very nice night photography! I liked them all.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Mojo: very cool look at your night photos, impressive.

Photo Cache said...

nice photos, very festive.

maryt/theteach said...

The photos do have a sci fi look, Mojo! :)

marcia@joyismygoal said...

oh wow -- well the colors are cool

Mama Zen said...

That thing in the middle looks like a really freaky bug light!

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks. Now I can navigate my spaceship between the red and blue lights.

(Thanks for getting me up!)

Martha Z said...

For this they used public funds?

Joanne MV said...

I love the color of the lights against the dark night :)

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Great captures of the lights!

JOE TODD said...

"Beam me up"

Ann said...

Your photos are why my sis told my husband," You know what to get for her Christmas present."

I am envious of your night photos.

Lawstude said...

i feel like dancing :) great shots as usual.