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New York City

New York City

Initially, this image reminded me of the Lego building blocks with its different colours, shapes and sizes. But when I read that this has been done by Piet Mondrian when he moved to New York, I could figure the different squares in the painting to indicate the busy squares and thoroughfares in New York city. Manhattan specifically is full of so many buildings of different shapes and sizes that one could get lost in the maze. I remember walking in the city a couple of months ago and not being able to even get sunlight as the skyscrapers seemed to be competing with each other on who would be taller.

In the summer sun

he explored New York city

taking the subway

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17 Comments

  1. gillena cox

    Ah yes subway and lego were also motif thoughts for me. I went with lego. I am #9 at the linky

    Stay safe

    Much️️love

    • transitionofthoughts

      Ahh yeah lego is also a perfect motif. Sure will check your post :).

  2. Yea, it really does look like a busy city, and American cities are all based on grids.

  3. I like the idea of buildings competing to see who’s taller 🙂

    • transitionofthoughts

      Yeah I guess in a big city with skyscrapers it seems like that’s always happening. Whenever I go to Dubai, I feel that too ;).

  4. Not a happy thought that those trapped in the city can’t get to sunlight 🙁 I’m guessing it’s like torture to be in lockdown in a big city.

    • transitionofthoughts

      True that! Can’t even began to imagine how things would be for those who wouldn’t even get sunlight on a regular basis :(.

  5. The image can be seen in so many different ways, and I like the interpretation of Lego building blocks. But the first thing I saw was a road map, the ‘busy squares and thoroughfares in New York city’ – by the way, I like the internal rhyme in this phrase. Skyscrapers make me feel claustrophobic, I need to see the sky. I love the irony of your haiku!

    • transitionofthoughts

      Thanks Kim :). Yeah I remember staying in Wall Street and feeling so weird that there weren’t any open spaces or greenery for that matter. It all seemed surreal. I can totally understand when you mention about seeing the sky. Since I felt on a tourist visit, I guess I loved it since I hadn’t been to New York before. But I guess living in such a surrounding on a day to day basis can get quite difficult if one is not used to living amidst such skyscrapers literally at a stone’s throwaway from each other.

  6. Good point about not getting sunlight with all those skyscrapers.

    • transitionofthoughts

      Yeah I think that must be quite difficult to manage with on a day to day basis.

  7. I saw the subway map as well… but selected our own subway in Stockholm

    • transitionofthoughts

      Ahh that’s interesting. I have been to Stockholm but I guess my trip was too short so didn’t get a chance to take the subway though I did take the train from Drottninggatan to the Airport :).

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