Le Pays des Miracles
Le Pays des Miracles
Sol Lewitt, 1974
Landscape intervention by Jonas Dahlberg to honour Norwegian terrorist attack victims
Polish Matchbook Label
Status: Unbuilt | Location: Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11205
On a post industrial site in Brooklyn, New York, Super docking imagines a self sustaining working waterfront that is the center for green and clean industries that are incubators for new technologies. The site is adaptable to climate change, geared for living infrastructure and seamless land and water interface. The project showcases the historic dry docks, which are dedicated to 3D digital printing and scanning, ecological testbeds, and moving raw materials and finished goods on and off the site. The surface of the site mitigates land and sea, clean water and pollutants, combined sewage overflow and sets the terrain for pedestrian movement through the site. The project is a living vascular membrane, it is a ecological industrial landscape established to manage both man made and natural systems, while considering land use needs and the urgency to aggregate innovation for social and economic diversity. It encourages research, both as an industrial activity and as an ecological activity to promote new products and areas of industry.
A Form of Happiness: Dopamine
We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.
A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic.
- Lee Jones
Battle between Carnival and Lent
This is a 16th century copy of now, unfortunately, lost painting by Hieronymus Bosch.
The inscription at the bottom of the painting reads “This is the dance of Luther with his nun”— a (seemingly disapproving) reference to Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora which could not have been made by Bosch who died a year prior to the publication of the 95 theses.
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Painting by some weird sourpuss. :p
Triple Helix is a kinetic sculpture by Reuben Margolin.
Margolin on his project:
For years now, whenever my mind was free to drift, I’ve invariably found myself trying to imagine the confluence of three waves. I had a feeling the forms created would be beautiful, and somehow true to this world. But the design proved wonderfully elusive, and the mental pursuit took me down all sorts of paths…
The Triple Helix has 1027 hexagonal wood blocks, a welded steel frame, three aluminum helices and a polycarbonate matrix with 9280 pulleys. The sheer number of parts combined with a high level of precision almost got the better of me, but served to dramatically increase both the fluidity and variability. The combined amplitude is greater than the diameter, resulting in a continuous wavescape of steep contours and smooth curves. The forms are mathematically complex, full of unexpected saddles and peaks. At the same time its sensuousness reminds me of traditional figure drawing: I keep wanting to get a pad of paper and spend time studying each pose it takes.
You can see it in motion in this video:
Murray sits on his favorite bench and remembers how his beloved Coney Island used to be.
by Joseph Williams
How a stone learns to fly (I)
Rammed paper pulp, polystyrene, wood
78 × 39 × 27 in