Posts in the "Public Art" Category

April 4, 2011

monday explosion.

seriously. i needed this to get the week started.

also: take a look at this. ridiculous. scratch the surface. Thank you VHILS—amazing talent. Amazingly fresh.

Love, CH


April 1, 2011

Wafaa Bilal

Yup. Surgically implanted.

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for his interactive, performance based work focused on international politics & human rights. Of course the political context of his art is really just the icing; it’s his exploration of the twisted side of human nature that really rules the roost.

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April 1, 2011

Who’s crafty?

I’m ashamed to admit that I have only recently discovered the SOWA Open Market – Boston’s original weekly outdoor and indie market. I’m less ashamed to admit that the idea of “crafts” kind of makes me super nauseous sometimes. I mean, really. Can we talk about this for a minute? I’ve never been to the notoriously awesome markets like Renegade-I know those have more good than bad. Around here, we tend to see the same kind of faux vintage-y thing in every stall. So I feel I have some justification for barfing at the thought of $45 bead necklaces that spell out “live, laugh, love.” GROSS.

However, since I’ve been raising the flag for doing shit with your hands, my uber-un-neuseatingly crafty friend Mary and I have decided to…get crafty. Ugh. But considering that the design work and identity for SOWA is pretty dope, I figure it’s gotta be more screenprinted canvas bags with subtle drug references on them as opposed to poorly knit scarves for cats.

Here’s where you guys come in: I need your opinions, suggestions, complaints, etc. What do you wish you could see more at these kinds of markets? What would you like to see less of? What have you bought? What have you rolled your eyes at?

And for all of you NH locals, Portsmouth will have it’s very own market at Strawberry Banke starting this June.

If you’re not local, this might be yet another great excuse to see the magical seacoast and visit your pals. EH-HEM, BECKERS.


March 16, 2011


I love old large metal light-up signs. No shocker, right?

Aleksi Hautamäki + fellow designers at Bond-Agency have scavenged old light-up signs, gutted them and added some new LED hotness. It’s always great to see iconic things from our past brought back to life with a new age twist. Especially when the photos look this good.

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March 4, 2011


Andrew Wonder is a director/cinematographer based in NYC and he’s pretty ballsy to say the least. Undercity follows a likeable and really knowledgeable young explorer, Steve Duncan as he shows us forgotten subway lines, sewer systems and tunnels beneath the streets of New York. I’ve long had a love affair with abandoned places and NYC seems to have a lockdown on some of the greatest forgotten places on earth. Think of Vinegar Hill or Kings Park Psychiatric Center; places you’d never imagine to have remained.

Wonder’s film is captivating in the sense that you follow the “guide” and almost get caught several times. It really feels like you are down below the city with them, evading police and the third rail. Of course, they also run into several people who live in the tunnels. One woman has been a “resident” for 28 years and found the tunnel with the help of some homeless cats who now live with her. There is a touching moment where the film happens upon a section of graffiti that memorializes the transition of most of the tunnel people into city housing in 1995. Remember Guiliani’s big clean up? Yeah. For better or for worse.

It’s a film worth watching and though it’s long and tense, there is a big payoff at the end. I’ll give you a hint: Williamsburg bridge and a really, really good view of the city.

You can find out more about Wonder and his films at Check out his still photography too, it’s reminiscent of all the old masters who would shoot from the hip in the streets, capturing “real people.” If nothing else, it may reignite your sense of physical wonder. Makes me want to get off my computer chair and climb over some shit.


March 2, 2011

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi

An inspiring video exploring the terrain of WiFi network signals invisible to the naked eye. Timo and his fellow innovators use controlled flashing LED lights attached to a long rod in front of  a long-exposure camera to capture the magic. The outcome is beautiful in a big way. I appreciate the process used and how they have no idea what they are going to find on film until they review the capture.

Also, the WTF factor for onlookers watching a guy slowly walk around with a blinking light stick at night must be priceless.



January 21, 2011

Portlandia: The truth is so funny

How IFC describes their new program, Portlandia:

The 6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series PORTLANDIA, created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney), premieres on IFC Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Each episode’s character-based shorts draw viewers into “Portlandia,” the creators’ dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon.

I mean, this clip above, really? Perfect. Also, the best name dropped compilation of things that make me really angry. Handy!

More clips below, or, you can visit the IFC site directly. Carolin, I would love to get your opinion on this one. Particularly since I have never been to Portland. Not that that’s going to stop me from being judgmental. Nothing ever will!

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