I photographed the building, part of a (former?) mental institution, from a train back into NYC as the sun was setting--both literally, hence the nice orange light, and figuratively, on 2010.
The kaleidoscope (and top of my head, which was turned into a monster, the likes of which I had coincidentally just recently dreamt about) are from a period of busy artistic activity in early 2010, that has not shown a recurrence in early 2011.
The inset, carried over from the background of c1 in 3494, is a photo of disintegrating, discarded playing cards on a Chinatown sidewalk last week. Which is not to say that 2011 will be the year of disintegrating, discarded playing cards, but maybe simply that we (meaning me, at least) tend to get a little too caught up in the new calendar year = new leaf mindset.