I don't know about you, but I have never liked the circus. The performers seemed to try too hard. I don't like clowns, either - they never scared me or anything, I just never thought they were funny. In Green Bay we only got the Shrine Circus, which is kind of a cheap knock-off circus. The few times I went, there was a strong scent of animal waste in the arena, and I remember thinking that those animals weren't happy to be doing those tricks. That's really what ruined it for me.
Sometimes I wonder how much longer the circus of my childhood will last. I was a pretty cynical kid, and that was over 30 years ago! Does the circus delight children anymore? Or are today's kids expecting Cirque du Soleil when attending that event?
It may seem contrary, but I LOVE circus ephemera! The Big Top, the caravan, and yes - even the clowns. Bring it on!
I got this straw box (and the straws!) at an estate sale for mere pennies - literally! I think I paid 13 cents for it! That clown on the front is fantastic, and the colors are perfectly circus-y. As Mike Wolfe of American Pickers would say, "I had to have it". And for that price? Who wouldn't!
These bottle caps aren't necessarily circus-related, but they sure feel like it to me. It's the dots that do it, I think. I love them!
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For as much as I claim to not enjoy the circus, I certainly have done my share of art pertaining to it! Here are a few pieces I've created over the years:
|"Conquering my Fears" ATC|
|"Step Right Up" ATC|
|"Perpetual Circus Event" collage, made for the "To the Power of N"|
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