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January 18, 2022

a lot of irony here at the corner of broadway and east harrison. installed in 1981, the sculpture below by
Rich Beyer is called The Itinerant, a euphemism for bum at the tail end of simpler times when living on
the street could still be romanticized
as a lifestyle choice by some. i have
no idea if the awning is a defunct
bus shelter or part of the art, but
 the lumpy recumbent aluminum
 figure strikes me as kissing
cousin to hostile architecture.
i bet the person sleeping
on the wet ground would
 rather use the bench, perhaps
dreams of a mattress just out of
reach on the other side of the wall.