By the Sea

Sometimes all it takes is a clever paint job to make an ordinary object extraordinary.

Fire hydrants in the hands of an artist look like dogs, cartoon characters, or patriotic figures.

Electrical transformers and switch boxes can sport scenes as humorous as a giant light switch or as inspirational as wide mountain vistas.

My most recent vacation took me near the sea. And I thought this character — and his four friends along the boardwalk — were charming.

Oscar? Or Octavia?