On December 16th, 1960 a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Super Constellation collided midair over Brooklyn with a United Airlines Douglas DC-8. The T.W.A. flight — a slow moving propeller plane — was heading from Columbus, Ohio en route to LaGuardia. The other plane, a much more advanced jetliner, was destined for Idlewild airport (JFK) with 77 passengers from Chicago. All together, the crash killed 134 people, being one of the worst air disasters at the time. It is a fascinating story that was highlighted extremely well on the NY Times City Room blog.
The coverage included additional information about T.W.A. co-pilot Dean Bowen that, as well as being a skilled aviator, he was also a talented photographer. Through his travels he used Kodachrome to document life as he saw it. One commenter even pointed readers to a Flickr set of Bowen’s images.
Perched on a sea cliff in Phuket, Villa Amanzi is the “luxury villa” hotel built in 2008 by architects Original Vision. At a fairly spacious 2,644sm (more room then I’d ever need) you can fill the place up sleeping 12 people and if you go at the right time you can get the place for $2000/night. At $166/person for each night that’s not so bad. After you fly to Thailand, I mean.
Lumitectura is a musical video about the relation of light, music and architecture. This gorgeous video is actually one clip, separately defined by 3 elements. The first, the actual video, shot between 2 and 6 pm. The second is the speed of playback for that single video, synchronised manually to the music. Third and last is the application of about 50 masks, which define where the underlain movie will appear on the screen. It’s this process that makes it possible to have multiple light situations in the same moment.
Kumi Yamashita has a secret power. She can place wood or metal objects in just the right light to make mysterious shadow people show their true selves. The genius of it all lies in the fact that without the lighting and shadows the objects would never give away her secret. These surprising silhouettes only come out when beckoned to do so. Thanks to Shawn (the fabulous producer of the Last Night tracks) for bringing these to my attention!
ill Studio has some typographic marvels over at their website including this piece from the 2007 illuminati exhibition at the Lazy-Dog gallery in Paris. I’ve found myself overly drawn to the white-on-white text look with only shadows to spell the words and this is a beautiful piece of balance and form with all the type chosen. It’s also hard not to get excited at how well they can work their logo into a piece, it’s my dream to make logo’s that work so well one day.
A provocative new sculpture has opened at the U.S./Canada border crossing near Vancouver, BC. It’s a ‘billboard’ but not necessarily what you’d expect from your standard billboard. I’ve seen a few different, intelligent and thought provoking advertisements over the years and I’m always intrigued by the concept. I hope to one day work on a project like this, an effective and different approach to the average-every-day-regular… a welcome reprive from the overall marketing trend of make it big, make it bright, make it obnoxious since we have to compare with all the other big, bright and obnoxious ads out there. A little restraint and thought goes a long way in saving the world from sensory overload. We must remember that when everyone’s shouting, no one’s listening.
I love that this advertises nothing. Non-Sign II is the brainchild of the Seattle art and architecture firm Lead Pencil Studio, commissioned by the federal government. Lead Pencil Studio’s Daniel Mihalyo sheds light on the concept:
Borrowing the effectiveness of billboards to redirect attention away from the landscape… this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond.
This is an art installation created by Mehmet Ali Uysal, displayed at the Chaudfontaine park in Belgium. The unusual park addition replicates the clip, a common smart tool used to hang clothes for drying. The giant clipper becomes the focal point of this particular area of the park shown below and looks great while adding a bit of originality to its surroundings. From what I understand, the installation hopes to raise awareness of the affect of modern art in regular situations, and I applaud. Art has the ability to transform a simple and unattractive space into an area that feels alive, and I’d love to see more installations like this in BC and Canada.
How great is this? This makes me want to move to Krakow, Poland to live in the headquarters of RMF Radio. You’ve got domes, portals from each dome to each other, air conditioning (key!) and probably wonderful neighbors (probably deer, in this case, but still acceptable). This architecture is amazing.