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Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak Remembered

Originally posted on Nicole M. Cleary:

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Maurice Sendak, most notably the writer and illustrator of the children’s book Where The Wild Things Are, passed away today. There were many books I loved as a child, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, and of course Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Like the other author’s on my list, Mr. Sendak dared to do something different with his writing. He created a world of imperfect heroes, creepy characters, and dark story-lines.

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“The Hunter Gracchus,” a short tale by Franz Kafka

Originally posted on Biblioklept:

“The Hunter Gracchus”

by

Franz Kafka

Two boys were sitting on the wall by the jetty playing dice. A man was reading a newspaper on the steps of a monument in the shadow of a hero wielding a sabre. A young girl was filling her tub with water at a fountain. A fruit seller was lying close to his produce and looking out to sea. Through the empty openings of the door and window of a bar two men could be seen drinking wine in the back. The landlord was sitting at a table in the front dozing. A small boat glided lightly into the small harbour, as if it were being carried over the water. A man in a blue jacket climbed out onto land and pulled the ropes through the rings. Behind the man from the boat, two other men in dark coats with silver buttons carried a…

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Windsor, May 1829 — Walton Ford

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1001 Street Chairs of Cairo

From Domus

“Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo is a portrait of the capital of Egypt as seen through the lens of the thousands of curious chairs that dot the sidewalks of Cairo.

With a documentary photographic approach, the project seeks to present the creative practices of design that occur on the sidewalks along with the unplanned interventions in the public space that give Cairo its distinctive character.

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Radical chic: Avant-garde fashion design in the Soviet 1920s

Urban Choreography:

Funky design layouts – I especially like the fabric designs

Originally posted on The Charnel-House:

In part, a response to Alana Massey

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Alana Massey recently guest-wrote a short article for The New Inquiry’s beauty blog “The Beheld,” which is usually run by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. Its title is rather excruciating: “The Party’s girls and party girls: Negotiating beauty in the Soviet Union.” Parts of it are okay, however, the insufferable puns notwithstanding.

What follows is a brief reflection on her piece and some thoughts of my own, concerning one of its major lacunae.

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Let’s get a few other minor quibbles out of the way before proceeding to the stronger points Massey makes, though:

  1. First, there’s this tone of casual familiarity to the whole piece that really grates on me, and I could’ve done without the self-indulgent anecdote about getting a bikini wax at Spa Jolie. Could be that I’m just old-fashioned, even slightly prudish. Don’t think so, though.
  2. Beyond that, the Tiqqunesque typologies — the

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Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens

living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens

living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens

 From Designboom 
living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens
all images © guy boily

mosaicultures internationales montréal 2013
montreal botanical gardens, quebec
now through september 29, 2013

a horticulture competition featuring over 40 living plant sculptures is exhibiting at the montreal botanical gardens in canada. ‘mosaicultures internationales montréal 2013’ displays two and three dimensional constructions, cultivated by 200 international horticultural artists originating from more than 20 countries, making it the largest eco-responsible event to come to quebec. mosaiculture is a multifaceted discipline, drawing on a range of craftsmanship and knowledge — sculpture for the framework, painting for chroma, and ecology, for the understanding of the maintenance of the floral medium. this year’s event challenged the artists around the theme ‘land of hope’ as it reflects their own culture, drawing influences from icons of peace and promise for a environmentally sound world. collectively, over three million colorful flowers and plants were used in the environmental designs, creating a colossal body of living vibrant art.
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video courtesy of mosaicultures internationales montréal 2013


‘a true story’ presented by shanghai, china


‘planting plane trees to attract the phoenix’ presented by beijing, china


‘a dove for peace’ presented by hiroshima, japan


‘the man who planted trees’ presented by mosaicultures internationales de montréal


‘gypsy or gaia?’ presented by gaziantep, turkey


the making of the horticulture sculptures

Collateral Landscape – seeing it as it is!

Milan-based architect and photographer Antonio Ottomanelli maps the forces unleashed following the events of September 11, 2001, which cast distant realities — Kabul, Baghdad, Sadr City, Herat, Dokan, New York City, Gaza — into a “state of entanglement”.

From  domus

 

  • Top: Residential Zone, Haifa Street,Baghdad, Iraq, October 2011. Above: Durul aman new Parliament House, Durulaman, Afghanistan, September 2010
  • Durul aman new Parliament House, Durulaman, Afghanistan, September 2010

An architect by training, Ottomanelli looks to the inhabited landscapes as a register of human activity, consisting of both destruction and reconstruction. The representation of the landscape is critical but not judgmental; conflict is expressed not through bullet-holes and bomb craters but through images of brand-new gated communities and pristine parliamentary buildings. These places are not the theatre in which the plot unfolds but rather a cast of actors in themselves. The position of the images is not fixed and will change throughout the duration of the exhibition. Selected photographs are accompanied by descriptions of the landscapes, hand-written by the local guides who accompanied Ottomanelli during his reconnaissances.Joseph Grima (@joseph_grima)

Al Zawraa residential zone, Baghdad, Iraq, October 2011

 

Through 23 June 2013
Antonio Ottomanelli: Collateral Landscape
Triennale Design Museum

Viale Alemagna 6, Milan

 

 

Baghdad, Iraq, October 2011

Khulafa Street, Baghdad, Iraq, October 2011

Manhattan, Financial District, NYC, NY – USA, September 2012

Kaso Mall – Court Street, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 2011

High Line – West Village, NYC, NY – USA, September 2012

Panoramic viewpoint, Dokan, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 2011

  • Panoramic view, Dokan, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 2011
  • Panoramic view, Dokan, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 2011
Manhattan, Financial District, NYC, NY – USA, September 2012

Sunday Mural

Originally posted on urbanstructures.:

BLU, Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin

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Giardino dei Tarocchi

From Land8 by Shavawn Coleman

 

When most people think of Italy, their first thoughts are of the Colosseum, the Vatican, or Venice’s Grand Canal. Not many imagine a colorful, imaginative, unique sculpture garden tucked away in Tuscany.

My first impression upon arriving was just WOW! This was not like the typical gardens I had been visiting all summer. I was engulfed with bright colors, intricate mosaic work, and enormous sculptures. The winding paths kept me intrigued as to what might be around the next corner. I was in Niki de Saint Phalle’s dream!

The Giardino dei Tarocchi (Tarot Card Garden) is about 2 hours north of Rome. Being based on Tarot Cards, this isn’t your typical Italian garden. The designer, Niki de Saint Phalle started the layout and design of the garden in 1978 and opened it to the public in 1998. De Saint Phalle was a French sculptor best known for her large, voluptuous, and colorful statues exhibited all over the world.  She worked and lived on the site of the Tarot Card Garden until her until her death in 2002.

 

High Priestess and Magician

One of the first sculptures to capture your attention is based on the High Priestess Card. This work represents feminine intuition, which, according to the tarot, is one of the ‘keys’ to wisdom. On top of the High Priestess is the Magician. According to de Saint Phalle’s website, “The magician is the card of God the creator of the universe. It is he that created the marvelous joke of our paradoxical world. It is the card of active intelligence, pure light, pure energy, mischief and creation” (http://www.nikidesaintphalle.com/).

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