Where Are the Nutcrackers? Where Have all the Hippies Gone?

Where are the Nutcrackers?  Clara wants her Nutcracker!

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Clara is cold and lonely without her Nutcracker!

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Seriously, I kind of miss the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker March they’ve had the last two years, where they deposit giant nutcrackers designed by artists at random intersections, malls and parks around downtown.  See their website for last years, or my Flickr album.

As I started taking pictures of them around town, the nutcrackers kind of grew on me last year, and I was looking forward to taking pictures of all of them this year.  Alas, they didn’t create any new ones this year.

I did find some of the Nutcrackers from the last two years hanging out at Pacific Place while debating walking home through the snow Tuesday night.

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I also found out online that some of the other Nutcrackers are hanging out at Salty’s. Still, it’s not the same.  No more hanging out on street corners, the Nutcrackers have gone uptown!

As was the case last year, our Jimi Hendrix nutcracker seems a little put upon, being forced to hang out at the corporate Pacific Place digs.

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Fear not, corporate America had co-opted more of the 60’s at Pacific Place, perhaps so Jimi won’t feel so alone.

Yes, that’s right, Barneys of New York wishes you a Hippie Holiday!


On not just one, but two floors of Pacific Place!


To add to the  irony, this quote from Janis Joplin was in the downstairs display window:


Corporate America sells the anti-corporate hippie culture of the 60’s.  To steal a quote from Crosby, Stills & Nash, “Who won?”

I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the Barneys of New York display windows on the 40th Anniversary of the WTO Protests.  Buy your chic, sweat shop made, Anarchist garb here, and pepper spray body wash!  Harken back to those mad days of the 90’s when people thought they could make a difference against corporate America! 

Maybe they’ll even smash some of their own windows for the effect!

This is just satire.  I hope.  Or are we going to party like it’s 1999? (OK, maybe that’s not quite what Prince had in mind.)


One thought on “Where Are the Nutcrackers? Where Have all the Hippies Gone?

  1. Hi, Colleen – FYI, the annual Nutcracker March was actually produced by the Downtown Seattle Association. I will forward your blog to their attention to let them know the Nutcrackers have been missed this year. (I missed them too!)


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