Architectural photographer Andrew Latreille, a Melbourne native based in Vancouver, has just returned from Venice for the launch of the architectural exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale (running now through November 25th).
The exhibition features a selection of photographs from Latreille’s exhibit THEN and NOW, which pairs photographs, made in Vancouver and the Yukon, that illustrate stories of the making of architecture, showing moments in construction, and moments when the architecture is complete.
You can see the stunning photographs — including one of new Vancouver House being built that you won’t soon forget (you may even seek out this view for yourself) — in his photo gallery here. Read on >>
Shopping for a birthday present and pate when I saw this mural, called “Seagulls” by the busy and prolific Priscilla Yu. Cheerful, lively, colourful. I like it a lot.
The mural covers a concrete barrier or wall of some sort, whose purpose is either to disguise an electrical transformer (or some other sort of industrial box) to passing peds; or to protect us all from what looks like a heat exchanger on the box.
Whatever it is, I’m glad that it has evolved into a home for art.
Dianna noticed these banners on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, between Clark and Renfrew in what is now termed, by the Hastings North Business Improvement Association (BIA), the East Village.
One of the banners features a hipster crow leaning on a bicycle:
Probably the oddest part is the crow reading a book. What’s the backstory here? What’s the connection to Hastings Sunrise?
And…and who did it?
Trust New York City to lead the way. In this post from Curbed.com the David Bowie retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum has used its starpower to transform the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in an ode to Bowiedom.
There are also five different transit MetroCards that have been Bowie branded, and those have been released in a limited edition of 250,000 not consecutively but randomly. The Broadway-Lafayette subway station’s walls are full of photos of Bowie’s remarkable performances, images and life. And here’s the coolest part, this subway station was the one closest to Bowie’s New York City home. You have until May to see this unique collaboration of images that have been curated with the co-sponsorship of Spotify. Spotify is also introducing the “David Bowie Stories” series, looking at the musical icon’s life, tales and essays in concert with photos and videos from the David Bowie Archive. This subway artshow/branding has been an effective blend of pop culture history and art. Here is an opportunity for other transit systems pick up the idea of crossmarketing cultural events and exhibitions, making art in transit more accessible to all.
Below is a six-minute YouTube video of a transit walk through the Bowiefied Subway Station.
Bailey Gumm has written about an accepted trend at the only liberal arts college in Utah. A communications student created a “dog spotting” page on Facebook asking students to check in when they see a certain canine on campus grounds. “You can get a little upshot of fun every once in a while during your day,” said Enan Whitby, a sociology major. “The fact that the community is so close, it’s nice seeing your friends interact with dogs and thinking, ‘Oh I might run into that dog later today.’”
This college may be unique in that dogs can be seen in the Writing Centre and in the buildings. And it has also attracted neighbours who are not part of the university community but want to see the dogs. One professor noted “Students have periods of stress and may be away from home where they may have a pet,” Baxter said. “For some students, having dogs they can visit regularly, walk, or cuddle makes a real positive impact on their lives while at college.” “A 2017 study of more than 3.4 million people, published in Scientific Reports, found that dog owners live longer and have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, according to an article in TIME Magazine. There are also studies that connect the positive impacts of animals on mental health. The Facebook page for the college’s dogspotting can be viewed here.