HOTEL ON NORTH
Mythological Pittsfield Installation
Pops is honored to have had four paintings commissioned for Hotel on North, the new boutique hotel in Pittsfield, MA named on Architectural Digest's list of the Top 10 new American Hotels of 2015.
Entitled "Mythological Pittsfield," the four canvases give a visual backstory to the hotel's home town of Pittsfield. The installation will soon be on permanent display in the hotel's foyer, featuring Pop's own, original myths.
Starry Night Over Pittsfield
We all learn in history class that the Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from France. But an oft-overlooked fact is that the Eiffel Tower was gifted to Paris by the children of Pittsfield, through a penny saving drive. The tower is pictured here in its original location east of South Street, prior to being disassembled and transported by ocean liner to France.
Pittsfield Flying High
When the Pittsfield Athenaeum held its inaugural celebration, the library presented a debate, hotly contested, over the proper length of ladies' skirts. So much hot air was expelled in the debate that the library literally floated away, high up into the clouds. Were it not for the rope tethers, left over from construction, The Antenaeum may have blown away to Oz
The Descent of the Round Stone Barn
Long before the Amazon drones commenced delivering ecommerce through the air, The Round Stone Barn made its descent through the clouds. The barn was originally found at the North Pole, where Donder, Blitzen and their friends ate, slept and drank spiked eggnog for centuries. An early harbinger of global warning, the barn became uncomfortably hot to the reindeer, who sold it to the mayor of Pittsfield in 1826 for a song. Intended as a boutique hotel for the Pittsfield Roundabout, the edifice turned out too big to fit in the traffic circle. The Round Stone Barn was ultimately diverted to its renowned location in Hancock Shaker village, housing neither reindeer nor hotel guests, only horses.
North Street Terrorized by Godzilla, 1957
To this day, no one who survived that scary 1957 night in Pittsfield will speak of it. Witnesses only pray they could forget Godzilla’s bloody midnight rampage, which rained down rubble and carnage from one end to the other of North Street—all because an orange colored boy was not careful what he wished for. In the drowsy moments just before sleep, the orange boy had wished his toy Godzilla would turn real and beat up all the nasty children, different from him, whom he didn’t like. This rare photograph proves the power of positive thinking, as well as negative.