This is one of Brandon Jan Blommaert‘s junk sculptures. I love the idea of re-using junk but I think what I like the most is the close resemblance to the monster in Where the Wild Things Are… which, by the way, should be an awesome movie!
I’ve been obsessing about design lately.
I used to believe life was all about timing but I have changed my mind. Now I firmly believe life is all about design. Some things work by design while other things don’t… by design.
On a simple scale, this bridge is illustrative of that very idea.
It’s here!… Today, September 19th is the second annual Park(ing) Day. Conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
This is obviously a “green movement” but I think it has greater implications. I was lucky enough to walk past three of these exhibits on my way into the office… one of which I had enough time to sit at while enjoying my coffee for a bit and I can honestly say that it changed my morning. If nothing else… it will change your perspective… and only good things can come of that.
If you get inspired and are interested in participating next year, check out the Park(ing) Day How to Manual for hints on how to create your own parking project. Have fun – and send me pics!
Right now JR is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the context of favelas has encouraged him to meet women for whom crime, violent loss of loves ones and arbitrary repression are part of everyday life. Favela da Providencia was chosen to host the project for it’s strong historical relevance – it was the first favela of Rio de janeiro and carried the title of the most dangerous of all.
Through the portraits of the women, coming from different origins and generations, you reach their stories and understand their vision of life in the contezt of conflict. In each photo you can face a different part of the woman’s expression of life. This perspective unites hill and asphalt to give a face to the favela.
The art project is completely independent and not sponsored by any institution or brand. The technique used is simple – the portraits become oversized prints which are pasted on the architecture with the help of the community.
GENEVA (AFP) – A giant inflatable dog turd by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before it landed again, the museum said Monday.
The art work, titled “Complex Shit”, is the size of a house. The wind carried it 200 metres (yards) from the Paul Klee Centre in Berne before it fell back to Earth in the grounds of a children’s home, said museum director Juri Steiner.
The inflatable turd broke the window at the children’s home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Steiner said. The art work has a safety system which normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.
Steiner said McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if the piece would be put back on display.