I took a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum today. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and I got there a few minutes before it opened, and had the whole place to myself for about 10 minutes. I didn't take very many pictures, just spent a couple of hours looking around and enjoying the art.
One of the exhibits that I found amusing was the one on the jumpsuit. The picture on the brochure was of Michael Phelps wearing the futuristic suits they used in the Olympics, but I didn't see that one. Oddly, I walked in on a woman who happened to be wearing a jumpsuit-type outfit (all one color sort of thing) and I thought for a moment she was a part of the exhibit.
Up on the second floor of the Katz Wing, there was a small room off to the side that was surrounded by huge plate-glass windows from floor to ceiling. These are some shots from that room looking out onto the city of Phoenix. Click to embiggen.
Perusing the gift shop, I found these really cool stone tablets. They are covered with some substance. When you get them wet, the crystals change from opaque to transparent allowing the color of the rock base to come through. You are provided a brush and water. You can "paint" to your heart's content, enjoy it for a few minutes, and then start all over again with a clean slate. In the picture above, that slate started off all white, then I painted some shapes, and this is the result after about 5 minutes of evaporation. By the time I left the store, the art had completely disappeared.
After spending about 2 hours in the museum, I had planned to use the new Light Rail and ride it from the stop directly across the street from the Museum, down to ASU/Mill Ave. When I got on heading South, the trains were completely packed and I didn't even have a good place to hold on. So after one stop, I got off, crossed the platform, and boarded a train the other way (the second picture above). Hardly anyone on. The trains were very nice -- smooth, fast, quiet. My concern is that they are on the same level as the street, so there are trains traveling next to cars along the center median. I can already tell there are going to be problems at traffic lights. I'm planning on another attempt some time after all the excitement has died down. They look like they could be really great.