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dreaming in the shadows of the Sleeping Maiden

Mt. Tam glimpsed from the parking lot of the Town Center in Corte Madera

It’s Memorial Day, which might explain the absence of traffic on a main road in Marin on a Monday afternoon during what would be rush hour. There was something in the long shadows on the empty streets that called to my mind the paintings of de Chirico, the founder of the scuola metafisica art movement. In particular, I was thinking of his The Disquieting Muses. Not a single tree in sight in that picture, with the industrial landscape closing the horizon and fencing in the relics of classicism, which makes it very unlike the lush hills and slopes of Mt. Tam in the spring-filtered light in my photo. Still, the road, the way it cuts through seemingly to nowhere and flanked as it is by the lawns and hedges in the dark shadows has an unsettling quality for me. Hence the disquieting muses this afternoon….