Archive for May, 2010

Umbrella Masacre 2010

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As Tuesday’s wind and rain subsided, the city woke up to a stunning work of contemporary art that might be the most ambitious project the City has seen since Christo and Jeanne-Claude installed The Gates in Central Park. Part statement of the tragic interplay of man vs. nature, and part parasol graveyard, NYC’s sprawling streets became the tragic canvas of literally thousands of mutilated and abandoned umbrellas forlornly lying—twisted, mangled, dead. There’s no telling who the unnamed artist who conceived this staggering work is, but it raises the bar for public artists everywhere.

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May 19th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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The life you save may be your own

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Amoco yo-yo, Significant Object

At the PSFK conference a few weeks back we heard a keynote given by Rob Walker.  His talk was about a project called Significant Objects (website) which began by asking the question, “Why do we value what we value?”

The architects of the project collected thrift store items and asked writers to author an invented narrative about the item to see if the story foisted upon the object made would increase its value.   “A participating writer is paired with an object. He or she then writes a fictional story, in any style or voice, about the object. Voila! An unremarkable, castoff thingamajig has suddenly become a “significant” object.”

“Each significant object [SO] is listed for sale on eBay. The SO is pictured, but instead of a factual description a newly written fictional story is used. However, care is taken to avoid the impression that the story is true; the intent of the project is not to hoax eBay customers.  The author’s byline will appear with his or her “story.”  The narratives have thus far, proved the hypothesis—a story will add significant value to objects. By the way,  a portion of auction proceeds goes to charity.

While preparing to write this post, I got to thinking about what I value.  What is the thing that, having three minutes to escape a burning building, I would risk my life to save?  My vintage Levi’s jacket, Ann Demeulemeester boots, my grandmother’s engagement ring?  Nope, the answer for me is a box.  It’s a box of keepsakes, mementos.  There is not a single thing of actual value in the box as the contents are mostly old concert tickets, magazine clippings, random photos, notes, business cards, etc.  But as a collective they can probably give one a good sense of the story of my life and are therefore  deeply significant (if to no one but me).

Which really is the point of Significant Objects, AND the utterance of “rosebud” in Citizen Cane, AND the point of Don Draper’s “Carousel” monologue from Mad Men.  We value not the thing but the meaning behind it–the story.  So quick, your building’s on fire; what’s in your “box?”

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May 17th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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Bridge this

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Bridges are humankind’s way of getting past obstacles, linking places and shortening distances. But they don’t have to be boring. The photos are disappointingly small, but worth going through. Includes a da Vinci designed bridge from 1502.

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May 10th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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“Game Over” for Mario

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Don’t worry, no need to run and tell your eleven-year-old nephew that Mario is out of commission, Peach has got him taken care of. Instead, check out Polish artist Kordian Lewandowksi’s rendition of Michelangelo’s sculpture, “La Pieta,” one of the most well-known sculptures of all time. You’ve seen it every art history book, learned about it in school and maybe even seen it in person at St. Peter’s Basillica. But surely you’ve never expected to see it like this.

Using a large block of Carrara Styrofoam and cutting it with a chainsaw and smaller tools for precision, Lewandowski sculpted, “Game Over,” a full-sized tribute to the most recognizable video game character of all time, our favorite plumber Mario, posed as Jesus, dying in the arms of Princess Peach as Mary.

Though I don’t expect to see this during my next trip the Vatican, the sculpture does stand to be a great pop art piece and is a fantastic, conversation-starting example of combining our modern culture with fine art.

Now imagine Peach as Antioch’s “Venus di Milo” or Bowser as Rodin’s “The Thinker…”

Via http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/9567/michelangelo-nintendo-remix.html and http://wielkiartysta.pl/content/index.html

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May 7th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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Guerrilla Gardening

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We all know what guerrilla marketing is by now.  Another clandestine op that’s not quite as well known yet is guerrilla gardening—unofficially greening up barren corners of whatever concrete metropolis you live in.

Now, a company called Common Studio has made it easier to throw plant grenades (little balls of clay, seeds and earthworm stuff) by creating Greenaid, combining vending machines and public activism. All you do is pop a quarter into a “candy” machine, get a ball, clandestinely plant it where you will and wait for it to turn an empty lot into an urban oasis.  That’s seriously underground.

From Treehugger via WebEcoist

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May 5th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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SNEAKERS ARE STILL EVOLVING

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HANDMADE CHUCKS

Pulled this from Opening CeremonyHandmade Leather Chuck – SE individually hand made by italian-trained designer Ryusaku Hiruma. No detail has been overlooked in these all-leather converse all stars. Shoe features a hand-stitched body, hand-cut adornments and leather soles. Only 64 pairs of each shoe are created, worldwide. Available in milk and black. $600.

I don’t know if I’d pay six hundred for a pair of chucks but they are hand made and the odds of someone else rocking these are slim. This just shows how the sneaker is still evolving.

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May 4th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

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