Monday, November 2, 2009

South Pas Up Close #8

The immensely talented (and eagle-eyed) Pasadena Adjacent tipped me off to this curious bronze compass embedded in a sidewalk square near Garfield Park. Isn't it cool?

13 comments:

Judy Williams said...

Whenever a compass is placed on the ceiling or floor of a building it is called a compass rose. I don't know if that applies to sidewalks too but I like the idea. :~)

Yakpate said...

The compass tradition is of an era in which people were more closely connected to the earth, and their relative positions on it.

Now we just use Mapquest.

Maybe, if one placed one's right foot into the center of this compass rose, one's spirit would become more grounded.

Hey, it could happen!

Mister Earl said...

Before you found it, how did you find it? ;-)

I wonder if that's the Taits compass my dad used to always tell me about?

Mister Earl said...

My dad used to say, "He who has a Taits is lost."

ben wideman said...

Wow, really cool! Thanks for sharing that little detail.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Aw stop Laurie. Your making me blush.

Looks much nicer then the night of the gale force winds when I happened blow in on it.

Margaret said...

I think I've seen a few of these. I'd so love to know the history.

altadenahiker said...

Very cool. Bet I walked right over it. But shouldn't it be, he who has a taits is never lost? Or is it pointing in the wrong direction?

Mister Earl said...

No, no, no, Karin. "He who has a Taits is lost."

Laurie said...

Mister E, hahahahahahaha!!!! I had to say it outloud to get it but then again, I'm under the weather and a little slow today.

altadenahiker said...

I got it all right. But it's a compass and shouldn't it spin the phrase? Like, he who has a taits is never lost? Oh, maybe not, let me finish my hopscotch.

Mister Earl said...

Hopscotch - Is that a blend of beer and scotch?

Laurie said...

You guys are too fabulous. A compass and a buck fifty bottle of scotch for all! (If Petrea allows...)

THanks for the comments today, gang. Until next time...