Here we go again … walking my dogs through Glen Ridge, which has a lot of interesting slate sidewalks, where I tend to imagine seeing things in the odd shapes and grooves. So … what do you think I’m seeing here? Any ideas?

seeing things on slate sidewalks

The shape on the sidewalk, below right, seems to have an eye and a long beak, which makes me think of a plague mask, used by doctors in France and Italy in the 17th century (learn more here). What do you think? Am I making a logical visual connection here?

plague mask comparison

If you’d like to dive deeper into the plague and art history, check out our feature on Grunewald’s Isenheim Alterpiece and plague doctors here.



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