The Changing Urban Landscape, or Another Phone Booth Bites the Dust

12 February 2018

Hello everybody!

On my way to an appointment this afternoon I noticed some workers unbolting a phone booth from the sidewalk.

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The booth was supported by a belt attached to a crane. When the bolts were loose, the workers shoved the booth back and forth until the cement cracked and the supported booth was gently brought to the ground. It was then loaded onto the back of a flatbed truck that had five more phone booths that were all on their way to the phone booth morgue and graveyard.

These phone booths are being replaced by internet kiosks that allow for free phone calls and internet access using an integrated touch screen tablet with multiple USB charging ports.

At Central Park West and 86th Street I did a sketch of the park.

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It was beginning to rain and I was getting a chill so I had to cut it short.

I made these sketches using a Pelikan m200 fine nib with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, and the washes with my trusty Bijou box loaded with Daniel Smith, Schminke and Winsor & Newton watercolors. The brushes were the W&N Pocket Brush, DaVinci 1503 size 6, and a large round Sakura water-brush. I was carrying water in an empty Noodler’s ink bottle and I was able to clean using a month-old, paint-stained paper towel.

Thank you so much for visiting!

See you later!!

 

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