A monthly blog about the sensory experience of New York City

Thursday, June 15, 2017

SIGHT: Seven found city heart collages

In Sense & the City tradition, I am offering seven images for the seventh month. I have been collecting and photographing heart-shaped objects (and non-objects) spotted on city sidewalks for since the beginning of the year. I have often been amazed—and sometimes disgusted—by my discoveries. On the disgusting end: wads of spit, a crushed animal, bird droppings; on the beautiful end: a bit of string, an orange peel, and even a pink love note! The most common findings were napkins and tissues and gum and candy wrappers; some of the hearts were perfectly shaped, others more abstract. In the process, I realized that once you decide to start looking for something, you see it everywhere. Our city never ceases to surprise and delight, often in the least expected places.

All images captioned clockwise from the top left.

1.


(a) inside of tennis ball skin (b) puddle (c) Starbucks napkin (d) tissue

2.



(a) love note (b) spit (c) chewed Trident in wrapper (d) insulation
(e) hole (f) plastic bag 


3.


(1) hole (2) roll (3) cherry tomato (4) mac 'n' cheese

4.

(1) dead bird (2) orange peel (3) gum wrapper (4) rubber band

5.

(1) card (2) ping-pong ball (3) paper towel (4) burst balloon (5) bit of straw (6) bird poop

6.

(1) string (2) sticker (3) paper towel (4) peanut (5) squished gum (6) plastic bag

7.


(1) candy box bottom (2) Sara Lee (3) ace of hearts (4) ATM receipt