Tokyo-born, Dusseldorf-based sculptor Ramon Todo is best known for his melding of stone and glass, but I really love his new “Book Series”.
One look at at Dokk1 in Århus, Denmark and you can see why it has been named the best new library of the year by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The enormous waterfront library is a perfect example of the successful joining of design and functionality. The low energy building has LED lighting throughout, solar panels, and is even cooled by sea water. Best of all, it has a futuristic, robotic parking garage underneath.
A few years ago, I posted a story on the Norwegian Broadcasting Company’s longest, slowest television show. Viewers in Norway—and geeks like me around the world—were riveted to their screens for the non-stop, 134 hour-long telecast of the Hurtigruten boat trip up the nation’s coast to the Arctic Circle. In recent years, Norwegian TV has broadcast exciting Slow-TV shows on hot topics such as knitting, firewood, and fishing. Now fans of Slow-TV can get their fix anytime on Netflix, which is offering all of these shows, although some are actually edited, including the complete 7 hour train ride from Bergen to Oslo on the wonderful Bergensbanen.
This month, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Park Service. Over the decades, the Park Service has commissioned wonderful art work to encourage folks to get out and enjoy these national treasures. Some of the most enduring art is in the form of posters created during the 1930s by the Federal Art Project, which provided work for thousands of struggling artists, designers, photographers, and printers.
I am constantly in awe of the process and artistry involved in street art mural work. This short video observes the brilliant Polish muralist BEZT from the ETAM Cru collective as he creates a gorgeous piece titled simply “Europe” in Mannheim, Germany.
H/t to artist Michaela Greave and R.W. Fassbinder