...the very most fantabulous Holiday vitrines ever. We discovered them while doing some zen wandering down in Cherry Creek with our family on the way to a sushi dinner. My husband is particularly good at discovering the most fantastic things while zen wandering...he's a sort of diviner that way. These windows were designed for a holiday project staged by Denver's Museum of Outdoor arts. The exhibit is called Magical Holiday Machines: The Wondrous Keep of EmryGweldig, and the designer is Denver artist Lonnie Hanzon, whose career has run the gamut from the performing arts and fashion design to major public works and intallations. My hat is off to Hanzon...I have long been a fan of magical vitrines, but none has inspired me quite as much as this extensive work. Here, you can see where I got the idea for my ephemeral apothecary. I'd like to make it a permanent installation in our house...if only I can find the space. We're a couple of magpies. This dancer in her rotating glass cage kept catching on the hems of my imagination. I love chalkboards, and I love fantastical and incongruous equations. Makes me think of Max Fisher and the most difficult math problem in the world. Very Whoville-esque. A cousin, captivated. Dancing golden shoes. Possibly my favorite...the "arrivals and departures" sign just sets my skin tingling! The Q, rapt in front of the caged dancer, easily her favorite magical mystery machine. It's difficult to make out, but this bejewelled gypsy train makes its way through steep, velvet mountains into a sky full of gilded clouds. Bewitching. The magical end to this tale is that, a few days later on a frigid, crystalline afternoon, I decided to bundle up the Q and go back during the daylight hours to take some more photos, thinking I could get better light on some of the displays. Now, Cherry Creek is an area we know quite well. I parked in the structure by Whole Foods, carrying a thoroughly swaddled Q, set off past Hapa Sushi (where we had eaten dinner that night) in the direction that I remembered finding the vitrines. We walked...and walked...and walked. Round and round a six-by-three-block radius, up and down the streets with their holiday windows. No magical mystery machines. I could find neither the windows, nor the building, nor the open square in which they had been located. It was like Brigadoon...like they had been just a mirage, there for us to discover on a single special night, and vanished in the mist with the daylight. Though I really had hoped for some more photos, I suppose it's really better this way.