Shadows, Lost Generations and Automobile Alley

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?—Lionel Richie

Shipping Container Store Perch'd Modern

This sign would have been so popular in 1984. Hello. Hello.

Here is something pretty to look at while I’m waiting on GoDaddy to release my domain.

By the way, thanks, GoDaddy, for the good times. 

I took these pictures the weekend before last. The blue building is Perch’d Modern, “a unique modern goods store perched inside a shipping container.” It’s located on trendy 9th Street just east of Broadway in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley.

Hello, shadows.

I’ve always liked shadows. I love shadow art and shadow puppets. Did you hear about the British artists who made mind-blowing shadows out of trash? True story.

Perch’d Modern appears to have been designed with shadows and reflections in mind. Cool, huh?

There are train tracks near this stretch of 9th Street. They’ve been here for generations and are just as loud and dangerous as they’ve ever been. But, they don’t drowned out or scare away the shadows. I said, “Robert, look at the shadow on the train,” and he said, “Wow, I missed that.” It required no sun or shadow modeling, although someone did have to plant the tree, lay the tracks and drive the train.

…I never thought I’d get this old dear
Never had a reason to live so long
and the Lord’s been like my shadow
Even when I was wrong
No, I never thought it would turn out this way…
From Eva Cassidy’s Anniversary Song

Lost Generations and Midlife

During the Roaring Twenties, Automobile Alley was the retail playground of the Lost Generation (born 1883-1900) and the G.I. Generation (born 1901-1920). Based on the Strauss-Howe generational theory Generation X is most like the Lost Generation in that it embodies the same Nomad archetype. There are four archetypes: Nomad, Artist, Hero and Prophet.

If a person lives 80 years, he can be expected to live through four turnings: Awakening, Unraveling, Crisis and High. These cycles repeat themselves throughout the generations.

So, Generation X, like the Lost Generation, was born during an awakening. Our youth was marked by an unraveling and our midlife is now marked by crisis. A high awaits us in our old age. This is exactly how it went for the Lost Generation. The last 20 years they walked the earth, was a period of American dominance as a Superpower.

Dwelling Spaces inside Wayne Coyne's The Womb Art Gallery

Dwelling Spaces inside Wayne Coyne’s The Womb Art Gallery | Automobile Alley

Generation Y

Today, the revitalization of Automobile Alley is based on a series of contributions that cut across generational lines. Investments from Silents and Boomers coupled with the innovations of Generation X have culminated in a playground for none other than Generation Y.

Here were a bunch of them running around Automobile Alley, Bricktown and Myriad Gardens on prom night. Most of them were either students from Harrah or Bethel Acres.

Prom Dresses 2013

Prom in Oklahoma City | 2013

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