Archive for May, 2010
On May 14th, Nike unveiled the Bowery Stadium—one of 6 installations in the world and the only one in the US. Designed by Rafael de Cardenas, the Stadium is art installation, retail space, sports community center—and all Nike.
The main space is a compelling expression of sports, design and desire. The first installation, “Order and Progress,” is a celebration of Brazilian soccer. Already premiered, was a short film with Spike Lee, “Everything is Practice,” directed by Jake Sumner (Sting’s talented kid). The basement space below serves as both a creative incubator and local sports programs hub and forum (the locker room will knock your jocks off).
We were thrilled to be a part of Nike’s mission and vision as we project-managed the build, installation, staffing and opening events. We’ll continue and manage the space—including retail, and produce main events throughout the year.
Bowery Stadium is open to the public Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 7pm– 276 Bowery St. in Manhattan.
Well played, Nike.
I’m not sure if this is properly called stop motion or time lapse – so I’m calling it lapse motion. Seems fair. Done by Kai Regan (who MKTG is currently collabing with on another project), the song is “Heart it Races” Architecture in Helsinki.
BTW, how sexy is the BK Bridge at dusk?
I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities, but the only time I was I seriously star-struck was when I met the incomparable Dr. Nina Simone. Yes, she demanded that everyone address her as “Dr. Simone.” But we were all happy to comply. She performed at a benefit at Carnegie Hall, shortly before her death. Despite her ailing health, she retained her wry humor and unmistakable singing voice. While Sting, Elton John and others noshed on organic gourmet food backstage, Dr. Simone was content with a street vendor’s hotdog and soda.
Certainly, Dr. Simone’s life story could be written in the trash-tabloid style so popular these days, it is a story rich with fodder the likes of which would make the fauxhemians at Gawker blush. Author Nadine Cohodas employs a more academic approach to discussing the life of this oft-troubled artist. She keeps it factual without diminishing the storytelling.
It’s a great read, and if you’re a fan, you’ll love the book. If you don’t know who she is, then you need to get caught up. Seriously.
85,000 + fans were on hand to witness the battle between Mexico vs. Ecuador in the first pro event ever at the new Giants stadium in the Meadowlands, NJ. The match ended in an anticlimactic nil–nil tie, but the size of the crowd for a game that meant little to either team’s fortunes is interesting. Also interesting is that the US national team couldn’t draw half that crowd for a friendly.
Some not so die-hard futbol fanatics in attendance were a bit disappointed at the lack of goal scoring, tie breaking shoot outs and Zinedine Zidane head-butts. On the bright side we’ll all get our far share of the previously mentioned antics starting on June 11. US team’s first game is England, June 12th. Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaallll.
You never know what you’ll find on eBay these days, it’s like going to the Salvation Army—could be dross or an unearthed gem. A recent series of random searches by a good friend brought up such a mystery: matchbooks purportedly by Saul Bass. A little research proved them to be authentic—comissioned for The Ohio Match Company circa 1964. Beyond reaching outside his milieu, the designs are classic 60’s but more in keeping with some of his contemporaries like Eames/Girard/Harper than his signature bold colors and organic but highly geometric shapes.
This is a follow up to the 1/15/2009 post highlighting TrustoCorp after signs were popping out in Miami during Art Basel. TristERRRRRR- TrustoCorp takes on the island of Manhattan and in their words, “highlighting the hilarity & hypocrisy of human behavior.” Takes on an interesting shape. CLICK HERE to check out their new addition to the campaign.
We’ve all been struck with a case of wanderlust, pondered where we’d journey first if we struck it rich. For some it’s the allure of relaxation and a cruise around the world, others dream of the rush of a Mt. Everest climb. Still others crave an Anthony Bourdain style gastro-tour of Europe (Garcon, more vino, please). Whichever way your hot air balloon blows, this book will take you there.
If the comfort of your backyard is as far as you’re going to get, slap on the SPF 50 and take a journey through the pages of 1000 Places to see Before you Die (or until you’re cryogenically frozen). Next on my list—Morocco!
As fans of ABC’s “Lost” wait with more anticipation than the prospect of a pony from Santa, theories, commentaries, diaries and the like in-between are flooding the internet, (creating even more buzz than the YouTube release of “Charlie Bit Me – Autotune Remix”). With only two and a half hours left to cap off what has been a wild ride of mystery, time travel and creepy black smoke, fans are coming together to celebrate this highly anticipated climax in epic fashion.
Professor Thom’s, a New York City bar on 2nd Ave, is hosting “Lost-a-Thon” —a 4-day showing (beginning on May 19) of all 120 episodes of “Lost” back-to-back, while raising money for charity…and trying to set the Guinness World Record for longest television marathon. Open to the public at literally all hours of the day right up until the last “Lost” logo flashes at the close of the final episode, the marathon at Professor Thom’s is a must for any “Lost” junkie. As “Lost” heroic heartthrob, Jack Sheppard, would advise, “Either watch together or die alone.”
In 2009 NYRR changed the direction of the Brooklyn Half Marathon course starting it at Prospect Park and finishing in Coney Island. Immediately the race became one of the premiere events on the NYC Running calendar. This weekend 10,000 runners will toe the line for the 2010 version including several MKTGers.
MKTG participants will include: Sarah Lee, Jennifer Blank, Erika Amundson, Jennifer Stencil, Scott Towel, Kevin Starkes, Jackie Lee, Ozzie Myers, Paul Leone, Elizabeth Wong, Kazi Ahmed, Peter Hess, Shaun Matusewicz, Ross McGraw, and Harry Norton.
Good luck to all and check back here Monday for the embarrassing results.