Saturday, December 6, 2008

Taxi Art

Today, when I got into the taxi, I was immediately struck by the beauty of a pair of jade objets d'art. At first sight, I thought they were Singha, the Thai mythological lions, or perhaps foo dogs, those lucky Chinese dog statues in front of buildings throughout Asia. But, upon closer inspection, I realized they're neither Singha nor foo dogs with their wings and stylized swirly fur. I decided to ask the driver about them and he told me he shares the taxi with another driver, and they're not his. The only thing he could tell me about them is that they're made out of plastic and that he thinks his co-worker bought them at a "buy one, get one" sale.  So much for thinking about the green statues as one-of-a-kind art pieces.