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Nele Azevedo’s ice people, via Flavorwire

Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo’s ice people: 1,000 small sitting figures made from ice. The Berlin installation, intended to draw attention to climate change in the Arctic, lasted until his last figure melted in the heat of the day.


The Manneken-Pis, a bronze statue of a young boy urinating that is a symbol of Brussels and a major tourist attraction, has had to stop peeing because of sub-zero temperatures, Belgium’s tourist office said on Wednesday.

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Speaking truth to power is dangerous business. An artist and the University of Wyoming are being threatened by coal companies and state legislatures for this art points to this extraordinary piece located on the University of Wyoming campus. Big coal contributes millions to the University, and republican law makers have made veiled threats to the school to pull funding.

Both the Guardian and the New York Times picked up the story. Salient bit: 

But as Drury charts on his blog, his comment on the connections between that calamity and coal was too close to home. By day three of construction, the mining industry was accusing the university of ingratitude towards one of its main benefactors – in what some have seen as a veiled threat to cut funding.

"They get millions of dollars in royalties from oil, gas and coal to run the university, and then they put up a monument attacking me, demonising the industry," Marion Loomis, the director of the Wyoming Mining Association, told the Casper Star-Tribune. “I understand academic freedom, and we’re very supportive of it, but it’s still disappointing.”

Then two Republican members of the Wyoming state legislature joined in, calling the work an insult to coal. The subject of university funding also came up.

"While I would never tinker with the University of Wyoming budget – I’m a great supporter of the University of Wyoming – every now and then, you have to use these opportunities to educate some of the folks at the University of Wyoming about where their paychecks come from," Tom Lubnau, one of the state legislators, told the Gillette News-Record.

The university said it was standing by Drury’s work, although it was not necessarily endorsing his message.

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Me, I really like Chris Drury’s Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around installation on the University of Wyoming campus. Lawmakers in the coal-packed state, not so much

I visited my friend in NYC last weekend. Here’s some pics from the Highline I & II. Update: Some of these look stretched due to tumblr’s new photo essay format. Sorry y’all. Tumblr’s still got some figuring out to figure out. 

Anyone know where this is? 
Update: It’s in Lima, Peru. Made of recycled materials. Click for slide show. h/t Studo630.

Anyone know where this is? 

Update: It’s in Lima, Peru. Made of recycled materials. Click for slide show. h/t Studo630.

(via principlesofaesthetics-deactiva)

Reminds me of the Centrale Montemartini museum in Rome, where they converted a diesel electric power station into a beautiful space to display ancient roman statues. (I also met my amazing girlfriend there).


“In the last few years of the twentieth century the Mayor of Lille in northern France had a quandary. The old swimming pool in the small town of Roubaix had been closed in 1985 due to safety problems. 

So, why not simply knock the old building down? What was the problem?

The swimming pool just happened to be a stunningly beautiful example of Art Deco architecture. Time for a peculiarly French solution.”

 (via Kuriositas: The Swimming Pool that Turned into a Museum)

You gotta click through to see the bird houses. I friggin love birds. 


A Tour of the High Line’s New Section 2

Section 2 of the High Line public park, an elevated railway running down Manhattan’s Tenth Avenue renovated by architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfrothat has quickly become an urban design icon, opens to the public today. But visitors to the park yesterday were greeted with a soft-opening preview, complete with popsicle vendors, public art projects and plenty of opportunities to lounge in the grass. The new section may not cause as much stir as the launch of the first, but the 10-block stretch from 20th to 30th street is full of subtle surprises, from flyover walkways to hidden forests.

Stockholm, Sweden’s famous metro-subway art.

More pics here

This is a Fake. Supposedly, Banksy used a helicopter to graffiti the famous Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s a striking image, but I’m calling it a clever photoshop. I scanned the national and regional Brazilian papers and there’s no mention of it. Second, since when has Banksy used a helicopter?? Third, there’s only on one source for this image, something called The Poke. The Poke quotes mayor ‘Romario Valdez.’ The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro is Eduardo Paes. Finally, the quasi-official banksy site has not authenticated. Fake.


BREAKING NEWS: Banksy, the international clandestine graffiti ninja, pulled off his greatest ever stunt last night (June 3), transforming Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Christ the Redeemer’ into a 39.6 metre high statue of Osama Bin Laden.

Hanging from the helicopter as it hovered in front of one of the world’s most famous landmarks, Banksy was able to finish his spray-paint amendments within a couple of hours. The affect is astonishing: Bin Laden’s arms outstretched as if waiting for death, the first bullet hole just appearing in his body.

So sweet. Here’s another angle.


Vercorin, Switzerland

by Lang Baumann

(via landscapearchitecture)

Urinal is a public attraction. OK, cool city planning. But $60,000 for cheap steel tubes?

Source: National Journal


Philly Bench Brings Up Questions of Public Space by Kyle Chayka

Is there such a thing as anti-public seating? We’re all used to the presence of urban furniture as an accessible public good, from benches to bike racks and bus shelters. But what happens when the design of these resources is actually anti-user? A public bench in a Philadelphia train station brings up exactly that question…. READ MORE.

Great. Let’s throw everything in the ocean and call it a reef. 


For more than a decade, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has treated the Atlantic as its very own graveyard, tossing thousands of old subway cars off a barge to rust away on the ocean floor. An environmental crime? Hardly. The program creates habitats for marine life from Georgia to Jersey and gives New York’s aging subway cars a vibrant (and free!) retirement home.

Now, New York photographer Stephen Mallon has captured the MTA’s artificial reef program in a gobstopping collection of stills that look like what you’d get if you combined an Ed Burtynsky series with the freeze frames of The Matrix and the train porn of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (without the agro hostage situation). We’ve got lots of details on the program and a selection of Mallon’s photographs above.

Check out the full slideshow over at Co. Design.

From my one of my favorite tumblers:


Blood and oil: The practical business of trading with despots
For every western firm that’s trucked with North Africa’s bloodiest despot — which includes about 70 Canadian firms consisting of prominent companies such as Suncor and SNC Lavalin, which is building, among other things, a prison there — there must be dozens dealing with China’s communists. Today these investors are celebrated here as savvy visionaries in breathless business press profiles of companies cashing in on Asia’s boom; should the hammer come down hard in China someday, they could well face the same blistering scrutiny that Libya’s enablers now sense.

Illustration by National Post graphics editor, Richard Johnson