Knit Graffiti and Yarn Bombing, An International Movement

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Yarn Bombing is one of the coolest forms of urban art I’ve ever seen. It has become an international movement, adding brightness and color in a non-destructive matter to cities around the world.

 

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“Wooly Bully”- the bull statue on Wall Street, New York, NY covered in yarn by Olek, the most famous yarn artist.

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a bus in Mexico City, Mexico

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a London telephone booth

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a World War II tank in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Juliana Santacruz Herrera patches up cracked streets in Paris, France

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a yarn bombed train seat in California on the Berkeley-San Francisco BART

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statue in Bali, Indonesia

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For more pictures, here’s a tumblr dedicated to yarn bombing.

FYI, yarn bombing is considered illegal, just like graffiti. Even though it is able to be removed, it is destruction of public property.

Amsterdam Street Art

Amsterdam- a city packed with some trippy people and some trippy street art. It’s funky and filled with wild colors. While being aesthetically pleasing, Amsterdam’s graffiti is also filled with political messages. Currently, the Amsterdam municipal government has attempted to decriminalize graffiti and make it more socially acceptable by creating legal opportunities to paint in specially designated areas. An example is Project ASA.

Look for the political slogans and faces in some of these pictures.

Nic Fiddian-Green and The Horse Head

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Ever since he saw the Horse of Selene, Nic Fiddian-Green has worked hard at perfecting the form of the equine head. He works in clay, plaster, beaten lead and marble, and he oversees the casting into bronze himself. He was born in Hampshire, England. Many of his exhibitions have been in London. He hast casted international attention in major exhibits in Italy, USA, and Australia. His recent encounter with a life-threatening illness has caused him to revise his work into a much deeper and thought-provoking vision. Even though all his sculptures portray a human head, they are viewed as a form of self-portrait. His sculptures are representations of his strong faith and persistence through life’s challenges.

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For more information,visit his website, nicfiddiangreen.com, or for a little insight into Nic Fiddian-Green’s creative mind, read this interview from The Telegraph.

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“The Subway That Time Forgot”: New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

Opened in 1904 for the Manhattan Main Line, the City Hall Station was supposed to be the heart of the subway system. With the looks of the Grand Central and the emptiness, the secret station looks like the one from Harry Potter. Due to new, stronger trains, the station was forced to close in 1945 since it wasn’t made for the larger trains. Trains were then forced to get off a stop before at the Brooklyn Bridge. Nowadays, the 6 train passes through the station, allowing passengers to view its glory from inside the car. Even though you can’t get off on the stop, the train travels through slowly enough for people to view the beauty. To make the station even cooler, street artists of the Underbelly Project have turned it into a little, creepy art gallery (look at the picture above). Those who explore deep into the tunnels can see it during the night. However, only go by foot if you don’t mind getting arrested or the small possibility of getting hit by a train…
How to travel to the station: Simply stay on the 6 train instead of getting off at Brooklyn Bridge, the last stop. The train actually makes a turnaround through City Hall station as it starts its return trip uptown.
There’s also some really cool hidden London Tube Stations. Click the links below for some info on them.

La Ville de L’amour et de Lumières

Paris, the city of love and lights! In case of improper French, I apologize to those of you who speak French, for the title was the work of google translate. Oh, how I love Paris. Originally born in Manhattan, New York City, the big apple most always takes the cake on my favorite city. However, Paris is a close second. It has so much culture, a perfect mix of old and new. I love the contrast of architecture seen in Paris. A prime example is the huge glass Louvre Pyramid smack in the middle of the 12th century Museé du Louvre. The point of my shenanigans is French photographer and panoramic master Gilles Vidal. He has created the most ridiculously stunning panoramas I have ever seen. For those of you who want to see just why I am in love with Paris or just want to see a unique view of the city, check out Gilles Vidal’s mind-blowing, full panorama of the City of Paris. It’s from a height above the Eiffel Tower.

Link to the main website: gillesvidal.com

Link specifically to the Paris panorama for those who have trouble navigating through French writing: gillesvidal.com/blogpano/paris.htm

Check out his other work… it’s completely fascinating.

SIDENOTE: This is not the same Gilles Vidal as the Peugeot car company design chief, this one’s way more entertaining.

In Remembrance on Veteran’s Day

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quaint yet powerful picture, just as our soldiers should be remembered

Originally posted on Passport to Bliss:

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For all those soldiers who bravely serve (or served) our country, and for those men and women who sacrificed their lives in the name of American freedom…we thank you.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE by Irina Werning

Argentinian born photographer Irina Werning took up the “Back to the Future” project in 2010. Werning, who was always fascinated by old photographs, decided to have people recreate photographs from their past. It is quite an interesting project and was done impeccably well. Werning is currently based in her home town of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Check out Werning’s site to view the full project and her other work. Here are some of my favorites.