Are We There Yet?

You may remember Schutz as the artist whose painting we featured on the cover of EW, November 2017.

If you’re like most of us in the U.S., you’re sick of hearing about the upcoming presidential election. Some, however, get caught up in the moment. That may explain how Dana Schutz’s “Trump Descending an Escalator,” which depicts his June 16, 2015, glitzy announcement to run for president (as reported by The Guardian), sold for GBP550,000 (US$711,774), according to HYPERALLERGIC. With the auction having taken place on October 20, the timing is probably not coincidental, considering the election date of November 3.

Commenting on the 88- X 75-in. canvas painting, Schutz explained: “I wanted to get that moment of suspense, when you know something is going to happen, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. In real life, he looks so dumpy, like a refrigerator. I’m happy with how the face turned out, kind of like a mask, with something guarded but threatening about it. He’s coming down, taking us to lower levels of everything.” 

If the Brooklyn-based artist is voting this year, it’s safe to say it’s not for the incumbent.

Dana Schutz, “Trump Descending an Escalator” (2017); image courtesy of Phillips via HYPERALLERGIC

You Found What?

Social media site Reddit is like a virtual scavenger hunt: No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll always find something interesting. Newsweek, the online news site, came across something fascinating for “elevator-maintenance folks” — the question, “what is the weirdest thing you have found at the bottom of the elevator [pit]?” Answers ranged from weapons to jewelry, a “Chucky” doll head to a Christmas tree. Flip through our photo gallery, and check out the original Reddit post for more. And, if you’ve got a story about an interesting find, drop us a line in the comments section.

Time for Wasting Time: Fascinating Niche Escalator Podcast

We have our own podcast, sure, but it’s just us reading the daily news, newscaster style — a simple way for vertical-transportation buffs to keep up with the latest news by simply logging on to our site and plugging in their earphones. Apparently, there are other vertical-transportation-specific podcasts out there that get a little more jiggy with it. Your author found out about one such such podcast through The Guardian, in a piece titled, “A show about escalators, a show about cows: what’s your favourite extremely niche podcast?” Guardian writers described Australia’s Lindsey Green’s “People Movers” podcast about escalators as an “absolute joy,” with a “well-defined sense of sound design and humor throughout.” Your author visited Green’s podcast website, and was very impressed by the segment titles and photos, such as this one of Green at the Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system in Hong Kong — the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world — which has been featured in ELEVATOR WORLD. We are looking forward to actually listening to Green’s podcast, but fear it will be a tremendous — but fun and informative — time waster.

Green’s joy from riding Hong Kong’s Central-Mid-Levels escalator system in Hong Kong — the longest in the world — is apparent.