E Pluribus Unum

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Inspired by the motto of the United States—E Pluribus Unum or Out of Many, One—Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has created a monumental landscape portrait on the National Mall in Washington DC. The portrait image is a composite highlighting the diversity of America. The enormous portrait, visible from space, is composed of 2,000 tons of sand, 800 tons of soil and 10,000 wooden pegs.

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The first of Rodriguez-Gerada’s TERRESTRIAL series to be created in the U.S., “Out of One, Many” will be in place until November 1st, when it will be tilled into the grounds of the National Mall.

 

 

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#NYC

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Polish filmmaker Piotr Wancerz created the wonderful time-lapse video below that celebrates America’s greatest city. Simply titled “#NYC”, the action follows model Roza Puzynowska as she displays a large hashtag sign at some of New York’s most famous locations.

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Almost as good as a Tardis

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Mobile phones have rendered most of London’s thousands of iconic, red telephone boxes redundant. Fortunately, art and technology are coming to the rescue for these beautiful 20th century architectural works and saving some from obsolescence.

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A group of four artists, Aura Satz, Holly Pester, Lawrence Hamdan and Dan Scott, have launched a project to repurpose phone boxes as art sites. The first of the works is a sound installation housed in an authentic 1924 Giles Gilbert Scott designed booth, which has been set-up in the entrance way of Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly.

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In another project, a tech start-up company, called appropriately Solarbox , has been transforming disused telephone booths into solar powered charging stations for mobile devices. The first of the free green Solarbox stations was installed outside of the Tottenham court Road tube station.

If you’re concerned that London’s famously cloudy weather is less than conducive to solar power, each of the boxes will have a 150 watt roof-top solar panel and batteries to store the energy. The Solarboxes will be open daily from 5:30am to 11:30pm and will be funded entirely by advertising revenue.

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Book Selling Is A Dirty Business

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These days authors and booksellers have to dig deep to find new ways to garner attention for new releases. To promote the new children’s title Sam and Dave Dig a Hole creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen enlisted the help of south London’s Tales on Moon Lane children’s bookshop. Their little video below explains it all.

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Canary Islands: Latitude of Life

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The Canary Islands Tourist Board, which represents the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, recently commissioned seven artists from seven different countries to create original artwork based on the distinctive architecture, culture and landscape of each island.

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The artists, Ekaterina Koroleva, Malika Favre, Mads Berg, Ben Heine, Paula Bonet, Steve Thompson and Jens Magnusson, each visited a different island and put their individual stamp on Latitude of Life: Canary Islands. You see more about the creation of the project and all of the illustrations here.

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Never Too Old For A Room Mate

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These days when I’m visiting a city for more than four or five days, I prefer to rent an apartment over a hotel stay. I usually choose a local rental agency over Airbnb for the more reliable service in case of problems. But now there’s another option from the owners of the Room Mate Hotels chain.

Their new service BeMate.com, which is currently available in ten cities, offers apartments within a ten-minute walk of a Room Mate Hotel or affiliate. Guests have access to all of the hotel’s facilities and services. They can pick-up keys, store luggage, use concierge services, rent bikes, and get help with apartment issues immediately.

BeMate has more than 2,000 apartments in cites like Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Granada, Salamanca, Amsterdam, Florence, Miami, New York and Mexico City, with plans for hundreds more by the end of next year. In most location, nightly rates begin at about $200 US.

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Yes, You Can Really Go There

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Just Norway

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Norway: a time-lapse adventure is the result of a five month, 15,000 kilometer road trip across Norway from the southern fjords to the Russian border in the Finnmark. This extraordinary video is the work of the gifted young photographer Morten Rustad, who managed to do the impossible and capture the grandeur of Norway that mere photos usually cannot convey.

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Poe Comes Home

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Tomorrow afternoon, a new bronze statue “Poe Returns To Boston” will be unveiled at Edgar Allan Poe Square, close to the Boston Commons and the iconic author’s birthplace. Almost 165 years to the day after his death at age 40, Edgar Allan Poe returns to the city of his birth in the form of a life-size bronze statue. Striding against the wind, coat and hair blown back, the ever popular writer stares straight ahead. An imposing raven flies in his path, as a trail of manuscript pages flies from his briefcase, along with a telltale heart.

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Poe only lived briefly in Boston after his birth. Before he was two, he was abandoned by his father and his mother had died. But he returned to Boston in 1827 when his first book of poetry “Tamerlane and Other Poems” was published there.

The sculptor Stephanie Rocknak says that she hoped to foster a genuine connection between the viewer and Poe when they stand in front of the statue. She made the piece only 5’8″ tall so people could relate to another human being, not just a famous historical figure.

Robert Pinsky, the former US Poet Laureate, will speak at the dedication, and there will be a series of readings and musical events around Boston’s Literary Cultural District to mark the dedication.

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Around the World

The photo/video/clip-art site Shutterstock.com’s compilation video “Around the World in 80 Clips” will have you packing a bag and heading to the airport.

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