Through Half-Deserted Streets


Montreal-based comic book artist and illustrator Julian Peters has created a terrific graphic version of T.S. Eliot’s classic poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. Here’s a sample, but you can see the rest in its entirety on Peters’ blog.





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Is Globalization Now Complete ?


On December 18th, the new Bollywood film Dilwale starring the always popular Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol will be released. Nothing unusual about that. What’s noteworthy is that the movie was filmed in South Iceland. The trailer below offers sweeping cinematic glimpses of black beaches, lofty mountains, majestic waterfalls like Skógarfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Svartafoss, and the glorious glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón.

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Don’t Volunteer (I mean it)


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Virtual Visits


One of my favorite museums in the world is the awesome British Museum in London. Every time that I visit the UK capital, I try and spend at least a few hours there. Now we can all pop into this extraordinary institution without dropping a bundle on a plane ticket to London because the British Museum has partnered with Google so that we can see more than 4,500 objects from the collection from the comfort of our digital devices.


Using Google Maps technology, the Google Cultural Institute offers the opportunity to virtually wander the British Museum at our leisure. Check it out right here.








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Perpendicular Gothic


If you have ever visited the awe-inspiring King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, or if you have seen the wonderful holiday choir concerts from the 16th century English Perpendicular Gothic church, you will enjoy the short film below from a trippy light show presented there a few weeks ago.

The magical and poetic projections were created by Mexican artist Miguel Chevalier to accompany speeches by local luminaries such as Stephen Hawking.






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Coast to Coast

Brooklyn-based designer Tom Harman took a three day train journey from New York City to San Francisco this September. Along the way, he took short videos using his iPhone. He edited the footage into a compelling under five minute video. Take a look:

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Fluctuat nec Mergitur


If you follow TBTP, you are probably aware of my admiration for street artist Seth Globepainter aka Jukien Malland. This week, following the horrific terror attacks in Paris, he left a simple, but moving message for the world. Using one of his wonderful child characters, he painted the longtime Paris city motto on a wall at Place Ménilmontant in Belleville. The very apt Latin phrase Fluctuat nec mergitur means “tossed but not sunk”.


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A NSFW Tour of NYC


Comedian Greg Benson may be from Texas, but he effing loves New York City. His highly condensed, expletive-laden tour of the city hits just enough of the highlights to feel his love for the Big Apple. If you can handle the language, it will put you in a New York state of mind too.


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Before The Flood


Sean Yoro, aka “Hula”, is a Hawaii-born, New York City-based artist who made waves last year with a series of photorealistic murals of women that he painted from his surfboard. His latest project, called “The Warning”, involves equally dramatic paintings on sheets of acrylic, which are fixed to icebergs.


Completed at an undisclosed location in the North American Arctic, the project aims to raise awareness about people already being affected by rising sea levels due to climate change.





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First Cut Is The Deepest


I’m always ambivalent when I see a new set of book art collages from British artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson. The Bristol-based artist’s work is undeniably brilliant and original, but I can’t help cringing when I think about the irreplaceable 19th and 20th century volumes that are destroyed in the process.


Korzer-Robinson creates the amazing 3D collages by painstakingly cutting out the text and leaving just the images from books in a process that took months to refine. Here’s how he describes the work:

The book pieces in the pictures have been made by cutting into the books, cutting around some of the illustrations and removing others. The composition is built only using the imagery that is already in a particular volume. I try to create hints of a narrative in my pieces without being too concrete, and this is something people seem to respond to. It is an invitation to the viewer to engage with the imagery, to enter into a dialogue with what they see.



You see more of the work and even purchase prints of the collages on the artist’s website.





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