This week I have some great stuff to share.
So great, I can hardly wait.
Here you go:
1.) Artist and metalsmith Cathy McLure strips away the plush furry coats from motorized stuffed animals and then casts the disassembled plastic limbs in bronze, while living most of the mechanisms exposed. Cathy says, "The underlying plastic object embodies more potential for my imagination than the stuffed object layered with intricate marketing identities. It is these unstuffed plastic oddities that I reinvent in precious metals. This contrast between the discarded forgotten object and the cherished one underscores societal contradictions and reintroduces us to the magical quality of flipping frogs, drumming monkeys, and slowly turning carousels." Find out more about Cathy's work here.
|Very Tim Burton-y|
|Creepy....and super cool!!|
|I love it!!|
2.) You know how I love urban ruins....right?? Well check this out. I give you the S.S. United States. Here is the background: in 1952 the SS UNITED STATES was the fastest ocean liner ever built, and the largest passenger liner to be built in the USA. Today, she sits at the Delaware River pier in Philadelphia. Currently the ship is owned by the nonprofit SS United States Conservancy. It is estimated it will cost over $200 million to renovate the ship. Redeveloping her as a stationary entertainment complex with a hotel, restaurants, retail, with educational and museum components. In it's hay day she carried heads of state, royalty and celebrities in its 400 round trips. Passengers included Presidents John F. Kennedy, actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco, and England's King Edward VIII! Right now she looks bad....but soon.....well...let's hope she gets fixed up!!
THANKS TO Modern-ruins for the before and afters!)
|The lounge now...|
|The lounge then|
|The dining hall NOW|
|dining room THEN|
|The bridge now....|
|The ballroom now....|
|the telephone technology then!!|
|Crew quarters now...|
|she is in bad shape|
|so grotty - I love it!|
|LOOK AT THESE FLICKER SHOTS!!! |
3.) My movie pick of the week: X-men: First Class. I know what you are thinking!!! "Rob are you geeking out??" No. It was a really good story. SERIOUSLY. And it was set in the 60's mostly...so the look is LOVELY!! you should see it!! If even just fro january jones and Michael Fassbender (depending on your sexual preference)!!!
Here are some still shots:
4.) Tokyo Disneyland. I love good design....but this place.....WOW!!!!!!! Check out these stills from Tokyo Disney Sea theme park (click on them to see larger images):
5. Finally....as many of you who read my newsletter know....
I acquired a gallery in London, ON. (my home town)