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NYC Recast as a City of Women

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From The New Yorker magazine: What if the New York City subway map paid homage to some of the city’s great women? 

 

I love this map from Rebecca Solnit’s new book, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (University of California Press, 2016) which was co-edited by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. Like so many of life’s most wonderful things, I was made aware of this map by Maria Popova in her blog, Brainpickings. Having read several of Solnit’s books in the past, I’m really looking forward to reading this one, especially since I’ve lived in New York and love it. And of course there’s my love of trains!

If I were still a college professor, I can imagine creating a whole course around this one map. I think it would be the best class ever.

Filed under: Current Events, Design, Travel, Writers

Re-envisioning Cash

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I love this Huffington Post story about graphic designer Travis Purrington, who wondered: what would our money look like if we dropped the dead white guy theme? Here’s a summary of the project:

As part of a master’s thesis design project at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, Purrington developed new versions of U.S. currency. He based his designs on his study of other world currencies and America’s currency history.

The resulting bills use imagery from the arts, nature, and science. Specifically Purrington samples the DNA helix, farmland, circuit boards, and the art of Alexander Calder. Beautiful!

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Take a Walk in the Garden at Rice Gallery

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The current exhibit at Rice Gallery is “Garden Object,” an installation by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo, who run a design studio called El Ultimo Grito. The garden they’ve created at Rice is rather otherworldly, as gardens go. Here’s a link to the “making of” video, definitely worth 2 minutes of your day. For more information, including the artistic statement, visit the Rice Gallery site.

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Fun with the Funnel Tunnel, Houston

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In the median of Montrose Boulevard, a colorful tube of art graces my morning drive to work. The tunnel by Patrick Renner stretches a city block in front of the Art League Houston. It’s fun whizzing by this wonder before I’m fully awake.

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Current Events, Design, Poetry,

Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park

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WITS summer campers write stories and poems while inspired by “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park, the art installation currently on exhibit in the Rice University Art Gallery.

The art installation “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park is currently on display in the Rice Gallery at Rice University. The combination of chain link fencing and colorful plexiglass converts the space into a kaleidoscopic wonderland. The exhibit will continue until August 30, 2013.

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Soo Sunny Park “Unwoven Light” – Rice University Art Gallery – Houston, TX (Photo credit: Mr. Kimberly)

 

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From Station to Station with Doug Aitken

photo from Wired Magazine

photo from Wired Magazine

Starting in September Doug Aitken’s art will take a journey by train. Here’s an excerpt about the project:

Aitken’s Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour will travel to 10 different locations by rail on a train the artist himself designed that is intended to be a “kinetic sculpture [that will] act as a cultural studio,” according to an announcement released today. The artist will curate a site-specific event at each of the Station to Station stops thanks to contributions from the likes of experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, artist Liz Glynn, and digital media artist Aaron Koblin. The tour will also feature music from Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dirty Projectors, Twin Shadow, and Dan Deacon.

If only Houston were one of the lucky cities! So cool. And beautiful.

via Wired

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My Daily Poetry Fix by Stefan Hengst

It happens to most creative people: one day Stefan Hengst found himself in a bit of a lull. In his effort to jump-start his creative process, he did a yearlong iPhone photography project that he called “My Daily Poetry Fix.” He collected snapshots he took with his phone each day and shared a few on Facebook  Soon patterns began to emerge, and the design elements that resonated in him became clear. It worked for him. Would it work for you?

Learn more about the Poetry Fix project on his site. 

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Change Your Desktop, Change Your Perspective

Here are a few new free desktop designs that I like from around the web:

1) Geometric Bliss from How About Orange

2) Smashing Magazine continues to share monthly desktop calendar imagery.

3) Pixelgirl collects some great imagery for the computer contemplation. This fried egg comes from Marceline Smith.

4) Just Eleanor has free downloads from her magical work as a graphic designer and artist.

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OTRO – Skateable Glow-in-the-Dark Art

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Architects: L’Escaut Architectures
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OTRO is a daring skateable artwork by architect and designer Koo Jeong A. It is composed of concrete bowls, a cradle and a tunnel. For more about this beautiful  artscape, click here.

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Rice University’s Final Frontier: Skyspace

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Photos by Karen Warren  © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Look up! A new public art work by James Turrell will soon grace the landscape of the Rice University campus in Houston. Due to open officially in a few weeks, the new “Skyspace” will put on a light show each day at sunrise and sunset.

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An Optical Chapel

 

 

David A Brown created an Optical Chapel in an office space that was once an optician’s office in downtown Houston. The installation incorporated 11,000 photographs. The project was featured in FotoFest 2012.

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What Would You Do With 40,000 Pieces of Junk Mail?

If you were Amanda Nelsen, you’d make art with it. I love that she took something that’s wasteful and rather insidious and used it creatively. Isn’t it beautiful? [via The Artful Desperado]

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The Amazing Rex Ray

for more about the awesome Rex Ray, visit his website

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Havel and Ruck Redux

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Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, the creators of Inversion, have created a new piece of temporary public art by the Houston artistic team of Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Located at Project Rowhouses, the structure is part art, part stage and part park. It’s also awesome art. There are concerts and activities planned there (3705 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX) this fall.

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City Lights: Robert Montgomery

The urban lyrics of Robert Montgomery are nested so tightly into the cityscape, you might not notice. But they are there, each of them, a ghost in the machine.

Check out his site here.

(via My Modern Met)

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Design, Photography, Poetry, Travel

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