I was walking downtown on the High Line when I just happened to notice this cool new mural from renowned Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, done in his signature, harlequin-pattern, Technicolor style. Painted on the side of the Chelsea Square Market at the corner of 18th Street and Tenth Avenue, the three-story image features the profiles of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, facing each other in a tribute to their roles as two of the world’s greatest humanitarians. Gandhi, of course, led India in its quest for independence from British rule by pursuing a campaign of non-violence that was later emulated by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement. Mother Teresa was awareded the Noble Peace Prize, and was granted sainthood by the Catholic Church, for her work ministering to the poor of Calcutta. This piece went up in late August, 2018.
New York-based Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for thinking way outside the box. On the look out for interesting materials, he aims to strike a balance of artistic and practical qualities of design, and his sense of humor often ends up in the mix. In this case, Errazuriz obtained the bodies of taxidermy chickens (which died of natural causes) to create these fun and unique Chicken Lamps. Who says upcycling has to be dull?
In one model, the light bulb is seen emerging from the bird’s hindquarters, just as an egg would.
In the other, the chicken’s head has been replaced by the light bulb. These lamps stand on the chicken’s two feet, mounted on a plexiglass disc. Available from R and Company.
Photographed at The Salon Art and Design at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.
If you happen to be planning an outing to the Whitney Museum to see the new Andy Warhol exhibit, From A to B And Back Again, why not make a day of it: do some shopping, walk the High Line, enjoy a delicious lunch at Bubby’s, and stop by the outdoor Plaza at the Standard Hotel to check out their amazing Psychedelic Christmas Tree Forest!
As you can see, these trees are decorated with oversize sweets such as Gummy Bears, Candy Canes and Gum Drops! Fun!
While you stroll among the trees and take assloads of selfies for your Instagram feed, you can also enjoy a hot beverage!
Find This Forest of Colorful Holiday Trees at The Standard Hotel Plaza, Located at 848 Washington at 13th Street, New York 10014
In this scene, mermaids, tritons, and marine cherubs effervesce from the sea around the mighty marine god, Neptune. John Singleton Copley derived the image for The Return of Neptune (1754) from an engraving of 1749 by Simon Francois Ravenet, after a design by the Italian painter Andrea Casali. It is among Copley’s earliest works, executed when the artist was about fifteen years old. He may have been introduced to the European print while viewing works in the collection of his stepfather, Peter Pelham, a well-known engraver and print seller in Boston. Colonial American furniture makers had similar access to prints and design books that they used as inspiration for carving patterns, decorative motifs, and geometric proportioning.
Photographed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Adult Contemporary Electronica: Yes, it Exists. This week’s Video Clip comes from Westerman, an artist who’s flown under my radar until the link to his latest single, “Outside Sublime,” arrived in my email box. Lucky me, lucky you!
With a penchant for creating songs that explore and interrogate the nature of personal connection, Westerman’s new visual is a soothing, ethereal look at the fantasy world one escapes to when opening up to another person. Aurally, “Outside Sublime” is not just easy listening, it’s completely effortless. This is the soothing break your mind needs after a long weekend spent holiday shopping and hanging out with your family, trust me.
Director Beatrix Blaise shared a creative insight on how the video for “Outside Sublime” came together: “When I first heard it, I instantly imagined glistening watery scenes, fireflies and some sense of harmonious escape. Out of that came a kind of visceral world, where each thing in it was trying to mirror a human softness and duality.”
“Outside Sublime” can be found on Westerman’s just-released Ark EP, out now on Blue Flowers. Enjoy!
Like it or not, it’s time to start picking up Holiday decorations for your home. If you have a Flying Tiger store in your town, get over there now, because they are stocked wall-to-wall with amazing stuff for the holidays, including a selection cool glass ornaments for your tree. Check out this Pink Dinosaur, which I saw while I was shopping there recently.
I’m pretty sure it is meant be a Stegosaurus, and the price is only $3!
Head over there and pick one (or more) up now, before they are all extinct!