The splendid Canadian city of Quebec is a gem of a travel destination that’s too often overlooked by visitors from the rest of North America, especially during the long, cold, snowy winters. But a new tourism initiative featuring colorful outdoor art installations may get more of us to venture above the 45th parallel during the frigid months.
“Lumière sur l’art” or “Light on Art” features 34 gigantic light fixtures with colorful lampshades installed along Avenue Cartier in the Montcalm neighborhood. Created by Alfred Pellan and Fernand Leduc, the exhibition is designed to get tourists to stray from Quebec City’s gorgeous old town and discover what the other districts have to offer.
The official tourist bureau, which sponsors the project, promises a new outdoor art installation every winter for the next five years.
Located in a southwestern Tokyo suburb, within sight of Mount Fuji, Shonan T-Site is a uniquely Japanese take on the bookstore. Owned by the entertainment retailer Tsutaya, the store is situated in a former Panasonic factory complex that is being redeveloped as a model town project.
Incorporating three buildings that stretch over two blocks, the store extends along a 120-meter-long “interior street’. The retail space includes book and periodical sections, a café, an Apple store, a lounge area, small retail shops, a printing shop, and restaurants with stunning views of Mount Fuji.
Within 24 hours of the horrific terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a group of Parisian artists came together to create a memorial mural at the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum in Paris. Calling themselves “French Kiss”, the collective (which includes Cokney, Lek & Sowat, Hugo Vitrani, Nicholas Gzeley, André, Felipe Batista, and Alëxone) painted a poignant 50 meter-long mural.
Recently photos of the newest variant of the official Canadian passport have been popping up around the web. The colorful documents incorporate optical variable ink that only reveals hidden features under UV light. Hopefully, U.S. passport designers will take note.
After spending an afternoon at New York City’s magnificent Metropolitan Museum of Art this week, I had the odd experience of stumbling across artist/filmmaker Masashi Kawamura’s new blog “What They See”, which invites an encounter with the museum from a novel perspective. Instead of surveying the art, the artworks observe us. Kawamura challenges the museum visitor to engage with the paintings and sculptures as museum residents and characters with individual POVs.
The Indian travel search engine and booking site ixigo.com produced this comical video which suggests tricks and hacks to make full use of that expensive hotel room you shelled out your hard earned travel budget on. I’ll own up to using some of these gimmicks over the years—who hasn’t cooked dinner in the hotel room kettle?
H/t to the folks behind sizvideos for this set of crazy gifs:
This charming short animated video titled “Lost in the Train Station” was created by the Barcelona graphic design studio Hey and Yago Busquets.
Last week some anonymous tech savvy bibliophile hacked a digital traffic sign in central Los Angeles and left this message:
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Illustrator James Chapman created this wonderful graphic (see below) on the simple act of answering the telephone in ten different languages for the language learning site Babbel.com. You can find more of his whimsical, educational illustrations, such as “How to sound Like a Monkey” and “Spooky Ghost Sounds From Aroud the World”, on his blog Chapmangamo.