New York Magazine goes behind the scenes with Joshua Allen Harris, creator of incredibly awesome garbage bag balloon art.
A student group in Poland executed a series of projects where they used the lights in their dorm room to create awesomeness. In the above video you can see a game of Snake and a bit of Pong at the very end. Their YouTube channel has several other videos, including this James Bond video:
There have been several examples of students using the same technique to create massive games of Tetris. Here’s a video a Russian group that pulled it off:
Cuprocking is the brain child of Sydney based artist Andy Uprock. By mapping out large areas of cyclone fencing and sticking plastic cups into the existing diamond shaped holes, Andy transforms streets and public areas into floating walk-by galleries. Andy typically uses around 2,500 individual cups for each piece and recycles them between each project.
Another very cool similar project worth checking out: You Are Beautiful
Several news organizations, including the Daily Mail, are reporting that “faceless” figures are popping up at Wimbledon and several posh parties around London. Blogger Nick Burcher noticed the logos they are wearing are for the car company Lotus, and was able to sleuth out that the whole thing is actually a viral marketing stunt.
Given how easy it is to find the facelesspeople.com website through Google I think it is amazing that there has been so much Faceless People coverage and so little realisation that the Faceless people are part of a clever viral marketing rather than a political statement or art!
New York Artist Dan Witz has been installing really awesome photo stickers on new buildings in Brooklyn. He writes:
In the past few years much of my neighborhood in Brooklyn has been torn down to make way for luxury housing. For better or worse it’s a whole new street-scape out here. Personally, I can’t say I like the new modern architecture very much, it’s sterile and alienating and so arrogantly disconnected with its surroundings sometimes it seems like giant alien space ships have landed. But let’s face it, bemoaning gentrification in New York City is futile, it’s like complaining about the noise or other unstoppable forces of urban nature.
So for this summer’s piece I tried to make the best of it. These are photo-based, heavily re-painted stickers, mounted on plastic and glued to the walls of the Ugly New Buildings. In May I put up around 30 and about half are still there.
See tons more: Ugly New Buildings
(via: wooster collective)
Man on Wire is a new documentary currently in limited release about an amazing stunt that took place at the World Trade Center in 1974.
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After an hour dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested and thrown into an underground prison. Until that moment no one but Petit and his team of accomplices, who had spent months planning their illegal ‘coup’ (as they referred to it amongst themselves) knew anything about it.
Born out of a dream and an idea, Petit and his team of accomplices spent eight months planning the execution of their ‘coup’ in the most intricate detail. Like a team of professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night – all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself…