Portland-based street artist MC Monster travelled all the way to NYC to put up this epic fantasy mural depicting the mysterious yet peaceful confrontation between a Wizard in a Moon-shaped boat and what is either a Dinosaur, or the Loch Ness Monster. To say that this tranquil scene encourages imaginative extrapolation is an understatement. The mural went up in November of 2018 at the First Street Green Art Park (located at 33 East 1st Street, NYC), and those murals tend to change every three or four months, so don’t wait too long to go check it out!
Rockwell Kent (1882 – 1971) was a self-proclaimed wanderer who felt most at home in the wilderness. His artistic and philosophical devotion to nature lead him to explore far-reaching places that served as inspiration for his rugged landscape paintings, as well as several published travelogues.
Moonlight, Winter (1940) depicts the farm in New York’s Adirondack mountains, where Kent eventually settled in 1927. The scene conjures the artist’s vision of a certain — if somewhat distant — harmony between there vastness of the night sky and the quaint shelter of human life.
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.
This week in Eye on Design, we get a bit more in-depth to take you inside an exclusive industry party, held at the FLOS lighting showroom in Soho, for the launch of the Superloon floor lamp, designed Jasper Morrison.
Superloon is a minimally designed, flat disc lamp mounted on a gyroscopic axis atop a three-legged stand. The moon-inspired light surface for which the lamp is named is the result of a revolutionary Edge Lighting technology, which combines maximum performance, efficiency and visual comfort. Superloon includes the Dim-to-Warm function: as the intensity decreases, the light goes from a colder blue tone to a warmer spectrum, as seen with popular filament lamps.
The stem includes the Soft Touch sensor, which reinvents interaction with the product. This optical sensor guarantees a fluid and precise control of the light flow with a simple, natural touch of the hand.
Morrison offers the following insight about his inspiration to integrate this new technology with contemporary, modern design:
“A couple of years ago Piero Gandini showed me a new LED technology which consists of a ring of LEDs that send light sideways into the edge of a flat composite disc of translucent white material which, when lit, appears to be a flat white disc. Superloon is the answer to the question of what to do with this intriguing technology. Mounting the disc on a gyroscopic axis allows the light to be directed in infinite directions, while the light it gives out is broad and diffused but can be dimmed to a soft glow.”
In the above image, you can see easily how Superloon was inspired directly by the moon as a light source.
Superloon is ideal as ambient light or reading lamp, its emission of the light is adjustable in intensity and temperature thanks to the Warm Tone Dimming. And its definitely conversation piece in any room or setting.
The food was also pretty special. Design, Booze, Food: I had a great time this party!
Jasper Morison’s Superloon Floor Lamp is available for Purchase at FLOS, Located at 152 Greene Street (Corner of Houston), Soho, New York. Find a Location near You at This Link! Available Finishes: Chrome, Black, and White. Contact the Store for Pricing.
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!
Wouldn’t it be cool if the moon really looked like this, at least some of the time?
Sam Rockwell Stars in Moon
Hey what’s up? How is your Saturday going? I just got in from a pass through Trader Joe’s (milk chocolate covered peanut butter crackers, mmm) that I made on my way home from seeing the amazing new film, Moon. All I knew about this film going in was that David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones is the director, and it stars Sam Rockwell (who was so excellent in Choke). If you don’t know much about Moon, I would recommend not reading any reviews, because the element of surprise that you get from the film as its plot unfolds is so worth it. Moon features some familiar themes of advanced future technology and life on an isolated space station that we saw in classic sci-fi films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running. But I was really not expecting the twists and turns that Jones throws at you in this truly original story. Rockwell’s portrayal of Sam Bell, an astronaut who wonders if he is going insane as his three-year mission on the space station comes to a close, is top notch and finely nuanced, and Kevin Spacey is fun as the voice of the ship’s computer, Gerty. Clint Mansell (Pop Will Eat Itself), who does the soundtrack music for all of Darren Aronofsky’s films, wrote the score. Moon is a very beautiful, eerie and touching film that I am giving two thumbs up!
Duncan Jones and his Dad, David Bowie
“Mutants and superheroes are a dime a dozen, but good old-fashioned sci-fi films are increasingly hard to come by. And that makes Moon (in theaters 6/12) a welcome departure from Hollywood’s increasingly effects-driven everyday offerings. Directed by Duncan Jones (a.k.a. David Bowie’s son, formerly known as Zowie Bowie) and co-written by Nathan Parker (son of British director Alan Parker), Moon depicts Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell)’s lonely tenure on a faraway lunar station. A robot (voiced by Kevin Spacey) is his only companion; messages from his wife and daughter are delivered via satellite. And it isn’t long before space sickness – or something even more sinister – takes hold of his imagination. Jones turns out to be a sharp, unfussy director. But Rockwell – who is quietly turning into one of our most gifted and versatile actors – walks away with the film.” From the trailer, this looks like it might be a very good mix of Silent Running and 2001. I plan to see it.
Watch the trailer for Moon: here
Thanks to Very Short List for the tip!