Ordinary X-ray Vision

August 23rd, 2010

When I was in San Francisco last month, I passed a window display which stopped me in my tracks–tape, sponges, wire, pliers and scissors had all been artfully arranged in color families. At first I thought it was an art supply store but quickly realized it was a Tru Value hardware store in the middle of the city. I didn’t need a pair of pliers or a roll of electrical tape, but suddenly I WANTED it. Why don’t more businesses think about using their windows like mini billboards and displaying their wares, no matter how pedestrian, with a little creativity? We could do more of this in our own lives– make the food on the plate look like art, create a wall display of our jewelry, find the beauty in what’s at hand and what we take for granted.

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