Friday, April 10, 2009

Bait and Switch

I don't know who painted this mural or when it was painted. As you see, I am not the fountain of information today. I just find this mural so poignant when I step back and view it in its full context:

This is the old swimming pool for the patients at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. I don't know if they still use it - it looks pretty run down. And maybe that's where my pathos radar kicks in. The fantasy is a white sand beach with sunbathing babes and surfer dudes. The reality is a rectangle of chlorinated water behind barred gates.

4 comments:

Jacob said...

The photos are excellent and the comment is poignant...kind sad.

marley said...

Its actually very sad. Todays post gave me goose bumps as I read the text. Nice work.

Babooshka said...

My kind of post, except I get a slap down when I say it to which I have to slap back. It is a sad site, and the words just so poignant.

Sherry said...

I think the whole Lakeshore Mental thing is ALL run down...truth be known, they probably still do use it...