Every mall can be inspiring. Within each one there is a sea of history and story. There are the faces of companies, and the visual stimulations spotted through glass. There are offerings in the street from the strangers you’ll never meet. North Park Center did not lack in its rich journey and design. The lighting made it easy to photograph those moments I wanted to look closer into. The mysteries I wanted to unfold, and the questions I wanted answered.
Below are this week’s answers…
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On a leased cotton field on the outskirts of Dallas, TX innovator Raymond Nasher built the largest mall in the U.S. at the time of Northpark Center's opening in 1965. The architecture was open and light to best display the Nasher family’s vast art collection. Today the mall sits in the buzzing heart of this fashion driven metropolis, it’s walls lined in fresh greenery and sophisticated works of grandeur; it is the very symbol of Dallas today.
Six Hammering Men These men represent the mall machine and their arms the monotonous routine. Their simple movement is consistent not conformed to the duplicated trade agent but the shifting structure as a whole. Their hearts the gears and arms the metal; They are monotonous and eternal. The mall; a looped track on turn over; An operation of shrouded loss and return. The shifting gears maintain all control When a laborer flees his post: A pinion thrusted efforts the utmost. But the beams the bolts they still remain. The perpetual flow of the mall doesn’t abstain. The shifting cogs Can’t register the soul.
I love when visual merchandising really captures the story of a company’s journey. After the Industrial Revolution Marlboro, Mass was the leading city of shoe manufactures in the U.S. In the thick of the U.S. Civil War Frye opened his own Shoe factory there in 1863. The Frye Company's signature boot, The Harness Boot, was designed in 1960, a tribute to the companies 100 year long legacy and based after the shoes of the Calvary men who fought in the civil war. Rings suspend by raw leather straps from the ceiling of this shop, and the walls are lined with the raw brick of the factory walls pulling you back to the lives of the factory workers during these revolutionary times while you shop their legacies over a century later.
In 1984 Ross Perot funded a little company called Babbages, a small shop that offered PC gaming supplies. Today that small shop in the North Park Center has grown to a foot print of over 7,000 locations under the name of Game Stop! Check out how shopgirl feels about these digital dragons on the blog today. Photo Cred: @josh_chappell
Somewhere along your stroll from Neiman’s to Nordstrom artist Ivan Navarro captures the story of an immigrant’s individual journey to the fluid and free country of America. It is a climb made alone in hopes to achieve belonging, and “claiming ownership of that free self” (Morrison) through one’s personal home and patriotism. Truly a stunning eye opening piece of a never ending journey that has persisted since the foundation of this nation.
Art provokes thought and inspires whimsy in the everyday. It makes us think beyond the ordinary and dream of bigger possibilities. So many wonders to be found at Northpark Center, check the blog for you're own daily dose of North Park wonder, and then plan you're next visit! https://shopgirlanonymous.com/2017/06/07/7-wonders-you-never-knew-about-north-park-center/
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