Our World Tuesday: Providence, Rhode Island

I've been in Providence, RI, since July 14 for a teachers' workshop of debatable value, but I have had many good walks all over the city, and every day reveals a new marvel.  For one thing, there is plenty of graffiti in this city.  Most of it is of the sticker variety--safe and pretty, funny and strange.  It's all well and good until it winds up on something very beautiful in its own right.  (That's a subjective statement, to be sure.  Graffiti on historic features irks me no end.  Stop signs and Dumpsters are fair game, though.)


Walking along the River, I came across the city's memorial to the Irish people who either perished in or endured the Great Hunger and came to this amazing place.


The memorial has a walkway and granite blocks bearing an explanation of what happened.  There is also this:

Echoes of Michelangelo's Pieta are pretty obvious.  The son with his back to the loss and his mother as he s embarks on a new life in the New World is pretty heart-breaking.  It's great the British got around a few years ago to acknowledging that their laissez-faire policies led to the devastation of Ireland.  It's just too bad the current advocates of this kind of economic policy aren't hungry enough yet to get what's wrong with it.  The homeless people camping out near this monument might be able to explain, though.

Shipping was big in Providence from colonial times to not so long ago.  The warehouses along the river are a reminder of that history.  The building on the far left is Brown's brand-new school of public health.  It's newer, but it's in the style of the nearby buildings even if it is wearing white.

This bunny was late for a very important date at the historical society on the Brown University campus.  I stalked him to get this picture, and he or she accommodated me before scooting up the steps and making a hard left into the shrubs.  I did not follow, though it might have been advisable.

Comments

  1. Beautiful photos! The one with the reflection is just gorgeous.

    Have a great day. ☺

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  2. Those sculpted images touch the heart!

    I like the busy bunny. :)

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  3. oh, that reflection shot is gorgeous!

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  4. thanks for the intro to RI-never been there but do have ancestors from there...

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  5. Incredible sculptures and they do indeed touch the heart! Beautiful reflection, too! Terrific captures for the day, as always, Sandy! Hope you have a great week!

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  6. I spend lots of time at debatable value events walking, running, geocaching, and photographing. So all is not lost.

    The memorial to those who left because of the famine is wonderful. I'm hating the "I've got mine, too bad for you..." thinking that is all too common now.

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  7. Great pics Sandy! Takes talents to be aware of such beautiful scenes. Great!

    Hank

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  8. Nice tour of the city. Too many lessons of the past are unheeded ( and too many meetings are unneeded).

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  9. Sandy, wonderful shots of your walk around Providence. I love the view of the river and the nice memorial. The reflection shot is awesome. Thanks for sharing your visit, have a happy week!

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  10. A great series...beautiful pictures and I liked learning the history (I wonder when will people ever learn from the past.) The University bunny is a sweet touch...he's late, he's late...".

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  11. Good bunny capture. :)

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  12. if you followed the rabbit surely this post would be very different. maybe even the whole blog. you might not be back yet.

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  13. Wise, then magical!
    What a Sandy post. Love it.


    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  14. Great picture and history !

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  15. Anonymous12:49 AM

    Those warehouses by the water are lovely.

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  16. the reflection is really nice, so is the sculpture.

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  17. An interesting and beautiful collection of historic monuments, Sandy!
    Wil

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  18. A very historical place. Quite unusual to see a rabbit on the street.

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  19. Beautiful shots Sandy with great reflections and the view down river. Good to see a monument to the Irish immigrants even if it was Michelangelo inspired.
    Homelessness is bad here too and soon we will no longer have the knowledge base for agriculture as imports are forcing our farmers off their land.
    You may notice I am no fan of economic rationalism.

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  20. Interesting monument. Run bunny run.

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  21. gosh these bunnies show up at the most unexpected places lol

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  22. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  23. Anonymous10:31 AM

    Depending on where and how tastefully rendered it is, graffitis can add character. Love the red building and its reflection in the river. Wonderful information.

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  24. another lovely city that never gets its due. Thanks for sharing
    hugs
    Sandi

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  25. Sandy, thanks for the tour. I love the statue and the story it tells. it is very powerful and I got it even before I read your explanation. It seems hard to believe this ever happened and it all seems so long ago, but history does repeat itself. I do hope we do not see this story again. As always, nice pics.

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  27. Informative and interesting. Thank you for sharing :)

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