Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ready! Aim! Art?


Deb Clarke gave me the “Heads” up on this Info. So I knew it must’ve had something to do with Art.

Is it Art?  Is It Intelligent Design?   What do You think?

Urinal Art

This Just in from;

“Sometimes your mind wanders in the most unusual places. It happened to me the other day as I was releasing the few extra beers I drank, and found myself concentrating on that little fly in the urinal. Then I thought about how that little insect made life a little better for the cleaning people who probably have less to clean, and for the customers of the place who have had a little more fun while in the restrooms (yes it doesn’t take much for a drunk guy to have fun).

So if you think about it, this simple drawing of a fly improved everybody’s life a little. But how?

  • By staying simple.
    A common advice for webdesigners is: “Don’t make the user think”. In our particular case, the urinal user doesn’t think and just follows his instinct: he pisses on that damn annoying fly that’s teasing him.
  • By understanding the user’s needs.
    In the urinating situation, all the user needs is a little guidance to focus on keeping the place clean, without even thinking about it. If the user instinctively knows what to do, your design is good.
  • By making a clever use of white space.
    Less is more, every designer knows this sentence I guess. If you designed this, many clients would probably have asked you to make the fly bigger or add more flies, which would in both cases be totally useless.” 
  •   From Designer-Daily

News From Kurt Ankeny

Winter 2010

Classes on Offer, Gallery Viewing by Appointment

Dear Joey,

Winter is a time on Cape Ann where we tend to hibernate and wait for warmer weather, but it helps to keep busy to pass those short days and long nights without going stir crazy. Please consider taking a class or dropping by to view some paintings.

Drawing and Painting Classes

Close-up of Brush FerrulesWinter is a great time to learn a new skill you want to use in the warmer months. Whether you’ve always wanted to be able to join those easel jockeys out at Halibut Point on warm summer evenings, or make sketches of places you visit on vacation, I can help you develop the skills. I hold a drawing class on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m., and a painting class (any medium, including pastels) on Saturday mornings from 10 to noon.

If you’re interested, please contact me via email to sign up. Classes are $25 each session or 10 sessions for $180. More information can be found at

Gallery Viewings by Appointment

Church SunsetAlthough I don’t hold regular gallery hours during the deep winter months (it’s commonly known that most retail is pretty dead between New Years and Tax Day) I’m still available to open the gallery for private viewings by appointment. If you would like to stop by and say hello, or have a particular painting you would like to see, please give me a call at 978-281-2803, or you can drop me an email at

New on the Blog

If you’re not aware, I was a resident artist in Dinan, France for the month of December. I’m posting articles about my travels, my work and sightseeing on my blog. You can find it at

Decorate A Bowl!

The Open Door Pantry Benefit

Join the Good Time Team from North Shore 104.9 and The Open Door Food Pantry on Thursday, February 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to decorate a bowl for the annual Empty Bowl Dinner.

The decorating evening will be held at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester. Bring your creativity and a friend. Children welcome. Decorating is free, but reservations are required. or 978-283-6776.

Visit our web site for more information.

Thanks to Jo-Ann Castano for the Info!

Marine Construction-Sheet Pilings On the Essex Causeway

Not all pilings serve the same purpose.  Shown below is sheet piling.  They are driven into the shore vertically to create bulkheads. 

Marine Construction-Sheet Pilings On the Essex Causeway, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

The neat thing about sheet pilings to me is the way they interlock at the top during the pile driving process.  In this photo you can see how they interconnect-

The men operating the cranes lift one section of sheet piling way up in the air so they can line up the two pieces that will be lined up next to each other and guide the one piece that is supported by the crane so the slot lines up with the one that is already driven into place.  This is a pretty dangerous job as they can weigh several tons each.  Keeping fingers clear is obviously very important (well said Captain obvious). 

Interconnected Sheet Pilings

Once the crane operator has the two pieces of sheet pilings lined up they drive them down into the sediment along the shore until they hit resistance.  They have hydraulic hammers which vibrate the sheetpilings down so that the fill which is placed behind the newly created bulkhead will not seep out from underneath.


Once all the pilings are driven to resistence they will be cut off evenly at the top and the newly created bulkhead will be back filled.

To view previous posts about marine construction you can click the Marine Construction category I’ve built over the years from oither local projects.

Finally here is a video of sheet pile driving in action-