21 July 2014

Monday miscellany

Suzie Chaney often uses plaster and burnt paper for her sculptures (via)


Love this "diamante poem" by a 6th-grader (via)


If you like to see a city from "up high", here's a guide to viewing points for London. Last but not least comes Greenwich Park - great view across to Canary Wharf, and it's free.


Coming soon to the Euston Road - these electronic eyes will be on the Wellcome building.

"The Wellcome Trust has set up two massive pairs of eyes in the windows of their London headquarters to watch over Euston Road and react to people passing by. The artwork, ‘Eye Contact,’ by Peter Hudson is a video installation made from real footage taken from the eyes of 68 volunteers. The giant screens then recreate digital eye-scapes that consist of over 650 coloured pixels, lit by 16,000 LEDs. These are programmed to change throughout the day — rolling, staring, flirting — before they close at sunset when the building goes to sleep. And if that’s not weird enough, the eyes are set to pop open if anyone passes by at night."


"The Bartolomeu de Gusmão Zeppelin Airport located in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz in the western outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, inaugurated on December 26, 1936 by President Getúlio Vargas.  Before this day the rigid airships were docked at Campo dos Afonsos, where probably Le Corbusier landed [when he visited Rio for the second time, in 1936]. 

"Between 1931 and 1937, Deutsche Lufthansa had regular flights between Germany and Brazil, operated by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin using its rigid airships Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg. As a consequence to the Hindenburg disaster on May 6, 1937 at Lakehurst Air Naval Station in New Jersey, USA, the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin requested to the Brazilian Government on June 17, 1937 the suspension of services. 

"The hangar is the only original surviving example of structures built to accommodate this kind of airships in the world."  (source)

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