Guadalajara: Ordinary Art

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A pair of discarded shoes, Plaza Tapatía


Serendipitous discoveries can be some of the best moments of a journey. Your life can be changed in an instant by finding “hidden” treasure.
Perhaps you’re on your way to the Instituto Cultural Cabañas—undoubtedly one of the finest art museums in Guadalajara—when, out of the corner of your eye, you think you see something unusual.
Can it be? Has someone left his shoes behind and walked away in stocking feet?
You wander closer to a ventilation grate to confirm your first impression. Yes, someone has stepped out of his shoes!
You have found a treasure. The shoes are arranged so artfully that the result seems to be the work of a master.
You take out your camera or your cell phone to record the scene. Maybe you even scribble notes for a poem that you will write later in a quiet hour of reflection.
Unexpectedly you have stumbled across the art of the ordinary, and new life has been breathed into your journey.

sorting out the threads
of a broken spider web
one strand at a time


Text and photo © 2016 by Mark M. Redfearn, all rights reserved


5 responses »

  1. I wish I could see this as you do, but I only see discards that made it seem no one cared about their lovely surroundings. So perfect that you can find beauty in this.

  2. I wonder about who stepped out of these shoes? Was he a dancer, a traveler, a husband, a loner, maybe a musician? Was he tired, did he have new shoes, is he just around the corner taking a siesta? Is their a door somewhere nearby hidden or seen? If not, where did he step to? A portal to another life? This ordinary art becomes to me, extraordinary….

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