Standing on Avenue B and looking east down 8th Street, I saw an unidentifiable Pink Thing that caught my eye, and I went to investigate. Because: Pink Thing.
It was a bright Pink Mylar Balloon in the shape of a Number 1! Someone had tethered it to the railing running around the side of the Church of St. Brigid, which is situated at that corner. The balloon’s origin remains a mystery.
Last December, when I was celebrating my annual Christmas in California extravaganza, I spent a few days in San Diego visiting friends. While there, I had the opportunity to make merry at one of those oversize-Chinese Lantern Festival exhibits that pop up in stadium parking lots around the country at this time of year, and it was just amazing! If you live in the NY Tri-State area, you can visit the one they are having on Staten Island, and there is even a Groupon Deal for reduced-price admission! Score: a Direct Hit!
Here is the Lantern Tree Seen from the Opposite Side!
Why not do a little Googling and find out if there one going on where you live? It will be worth it!
Grown Up Flowers is the name of a fun Public Art installation that you can see at several locations along Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave) in Midtown Manhattan. This Pink Flower, which is called Rose, lays prone in front of 1221 Sixth Avenue, and just a bit further on you can see her Orange friend, peeking out just a bit in the background.
I found these guys by accident when I was heading to the train after checking out the Anselm Kiefer sculpture in Rockefeller Center, so it was a nice surprise!
A Sign in front of Rose provides a bit more back ground on the Grown Up Flowers Project. It Says:
Before it was Manhattan, the island was covered with wild and beautiful flowers. They’re still found in front of buildings, but they’ve never been able to complete with the scale of their surroundings, until now. Grown Up Flowers is a multi-site installation by Playlab, Inc. that imagines flowers inflated to many times their normal size, giving viewers a new perspective on these iconic and playful representations of beauty. Wander along Sixth Avenue to see these colorful flowers sitting, lounging, floating, standing tall, or even bending down to greet you.
Here is a map to all of their locations:
The flowers are secured in place with cables and lit from the inside for nighttime viewing. Find out more about Grown Up Flowers at This Link.
Doesn’t looking at this very gigantic Pink Flamingo Pool Foatie just make you think of summer, and how much fun it is to float around in the pool on a sunny summer day, perhaps while enjoying a cold tropical drink? Ah, the life.
We found this guy at ICFF, hanging out in the booth for Sunny Life of Sydney, Australia; a company that seems to represent a lot of neat products associated with Summer. Summer!
Hey, did you remember to set your clocks back one hour before you went to bed? I sure did. Because an extra hour of sleep is an extra fucking hour of sleep, bitches. I do not like to miss out on that, even if it only happens once a year, and the price paid by those of us with day jobs is having to wake up in pitch black darkness every weekday until April. You can’t fight it, so you just have to go with the flow.
Anyway, I hope you had a fun Halloween. This week’s Video Clip features the Bay area psychedelic pop band, The Mantles. I’m not going to overthink this one too much, because it’s Sunday after all: a day of rest. And I admit that I originally thought the band’s name was The “Manties,” which is hilarious. You can see I am already in a relaxed state, so please chill with me as we enjoy the Brit-Pop-y sounds of a song called “Doorframe — Brit-Pop-y, I say, because its hypnotic, chime-y guitars and laid back vibe remind me very much of a less megalomaniacal version of The Stone Roses. Visually, The Mantles throw in a few Inflatable Palm Tree props for effect as they perform outdoors on what looks like boardwalk area, which I am sure was freezing. The post production adds layers of kaleidoscopic textures to an overall carefree video, emphasizing the fact that, while spring is still six months away, it can live forever in our minds.
The Mantles latest CD, All Odds End (Slumberland Records) was released on October 16th, 2015 and is available on iTunes and wherever fine music is procured. Enjoy!
If you missed the Jeff Koons Retrospective that just closed at the Whitney Museum this past weekend after a 3-plus month run, then you missed your chance to see this lovely piece of art up close and personal. Your bad! Like his famous Balloon Dog — the reflection of which is visible in the photo above — Moon (Light Pink) is one of Koons‘ mammoth steel sculptures with the hypnotic mirrored finish that make it so much fun to photograph, but impossible to get really clean shots due to its endlessly reflective surface! I think Moon looks like an oversized, inflatable button. Love this thing!