Saturday, June 6, 2009

PhotoHunt: Advertisement


The PhotoHunt theme this week is "Advertisement"


That sea life mural is painted on the back of the Macy's department store building in downtown Miami. It was supposed to be an advertisement for the pleasures of visiting Miami. No one is really quite sure why it shows frolicking whales. Which don't live around here. Unless you visit the Seaquarium. Really. And yes, it is a little vague, which is kind of the point. Artistic license, I guess, but I remember when it was done, we all gathered around, stared at it for a bit, and said (with nearly one voice) "Whales?"

If you look closely, you'll see the Metromover and tracks running alongside it. The station opens directly into the second floor of the Macy's. Convenient when it's raining, as it was when I shot this photo. :-)
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Well, I didn’t win, but my recipes ranked 5th & 6th in the Ile de France contest. WooHoo! Thanks to everybody who voted for me!

37 comments:

archiearchive said...

It may be unclear what is being advertised but it is a brilliant mural.

azahar said...

I agree - great mural!

Leslie said...

Oh my - I love murals! That's fantastic!

Nice to see you and have a great weekend. :)

http://lesliesmyers.blogspot.com/2009/06/photohunt-advertisement-for-famous.html

Sassy said...

Its so pleasurable that even whales would want to visit!

Petrus said...

A great idea - take the Metro straight to the store - ideal for those of us with bad knees !!

Upcountrysmiles said...

Aloha!!
Beautiful mural but really can't see who they're advertising for in the photo. Thanks for sharing.
Happy photohunting!
Cindy O
http://upcountrysmiles.com
Stop by!

Carin said...

Well it's a lovely mural but wouldn't know what they are advertising for if I saw it! It does make the sky look blueer. LOL

Enjoy your weekend!

Lynn said...

Maybe to make the commuters stop, relax and they just might get inside Macy's.

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

Sometimes you wonder whether anyone at the ad agency did their homework.

I noticed one this evening on a brochure for boat tours along the Rideau Canal. The logo is a leaping dolphin.

You have to wonder. No... we do not have dolphins in this neck of the works, leaping or otherwise. They would freeze to death.

Mine is here: http://mudpuddle.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/photohunter-advertisement/

Gorgeous Nelly said...

That's lovely. My entry is up too. Hope you could come and visit. Happy PH.

luna miranda said...

the advertisers just want to get your attention.:D

Hootin' Anni said...

Photo didn't load for me. Bummer.

Mine is posted. Kinda lame this week, but I did the best I could. LOL

Happy Saturday. Happy Hunting.

Hootin' Anni said...

I see it now....I disabled my advertisement block and it loaded. Must be the title of your image. [advert01] that is making my plugin not allowing it to load.

Sandra said...

Love the mural, love whales, I would like that in my bedroom ;)

bing said...

maybe it is the intention - the contrast to win the attention of the department store's customers?

just jody said...

hey....it gives you something to look at while waiting on the light!

Sherry said...

I love the mural and the idea of having a Metromover. Wow! Congratulations on doing so well in the contest.

My post is up at: http://blondesherry.blogspot.com/2009/06/photohunt-advertisement.html

Tara R. said...

We have a mural a lot like that where I live in NW Florida too. No whales here either. Fun pic for the week though.

Congrats on the recipes contest too.

Ria said...

it is a beautiful mural! sure makes the facade prettier ;-) I assume the metromover is like a sky train or something? we call them mrt's here in the Philippines.

mine's up here

ancient one said...

Beautiful Mural.... and with your explaination... beautiufl advertisement... perfect for the theme!

Ladykli said...

How wonderful! I love ocean murals!

Mine is here.

gengen said...

Nice mural...Good choice for the theme. Happy weekend. TC mine is up also.

Annie said...

The subject matter is funny. It's like, hey we're next to the ocean, there are whales out there somewhere! Nice looking photo.

Carver said...

That looks like a cool mural. Great idea for the theme and it is funny about them choosing whales.

Daisy said...

I like advertisements that are real pretty and subtle like that. Usually they are so garish!

srp said...

Perhaps they imported the artist from the west coast... say.. Alaska? It seems that dolphins or manatee would have worked! Or sharks.. but that might not bring the warm and fuzzy feeling they were looking for!

Alice Audrey said...

It may be a great mural, but if I were the advertiser, I'd be unhappy with the general reaction.

Congrats on the recipe!

CRIZ LAI said...

It's beautiful although we do not always understand what the painters are trying to express here. :P

Please do drop in my blog to help me in a proper advertisement for a better cause. :)

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

Eaglehawk said...

I love that shot.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Great shot of the mural. Is that a Wyland? It looks like it might be.

Rambling Woods said...

I can't play because I can't access TN Chick's site..it always times out. I guess you didn't have a problem..I wonder why...

stan said...

I like the tight shot. Looking forward to the huge oceanarium to be build in Singapore on offshore Sentosa.

☆Willa☆ said...

and i think it's nice!
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Mariposa said...

I say it's nice!!!

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Arlene said...

whales whales..id love to stare at that for a long time.

nice photo for the theme. :)

Hope you can drop by my entry. Thanks. :)

khaye said...

http://khaye-welcometomylife.blogspot.com/2009/06/advertisement.html

jams o donnell said...

What an amazing mural. Congratulations on the success of your recipes!

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