I was riding my bike up Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge (NJ) and noticed something odd on the ground as I rode by quickly. Depending on the day, it might be a 50-50 chance that I’ll stop and go back to take a second look at whatever it was that caught my eye while passing by. Since I had my phone/camera with me, this was one of those days that I decided to stop, go back 10 feet, and take a look.
My initial view of this chunk of rusty metal is seen below left; glancing at it here, it looks like the bottom part of a bed frame – would you call it the bed “feet,” or bed “legs?” It looks like it was so rusty that it just snapped off of the bed frame.
Well, I guess that’s the logical way to see this thing, but to be honest, when I first looked at it, I wasn’t thinking about beds at all. To me, it looked like a little man … a rusty “bust” – as in “a sculpture of a person’s head, shoulders, and chest.” So I picked “him” up off the street and put him on the curb, as you can see below right. Does it look a little more like a robot head or bust now that you see him upright? I think so – it’s like he has red hair, big eyes, and a firm, round chin. If I wasn’t on my bike, I might have brought him home with me.