Saturday, October 25, 2014

432 Park Avenue. It's Life Jim, But Not As We Know It...

432 Park Avenue New York.
432 Park will suffice.
It's an exclusive address.
A bit like Ramp Road really.
Seen here is a look at life in the US$95m penthouse at the top of the tallest condominium building in the Western hemisphere.
With stunning views over Manhattan.
Designed by architect Rafael Vinoly with interior styling by Deborah Berke, it's life at 1396 feet. Towering over the One World Trade Center without its spire at 1368 feet, the Empire State Building at 1250 feet and the Chrysler Building at a lowly 1046 feet.
It's life Jim, but not as we know it.
And that's ok...

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Zealand Leads The World In Economic Growth But Some Of The Country's Poor Resort To Living In Cars...

According to the number crunching gnomes at Credit Suisse, New Zealand's wealth since the year 2000 has grown more than any other country in the world.
It must be something in the water down under because Australia ranks second.
I'm sure the economists in Auckland, New Zealand's richest city, are patting themselves on the back, congratulating each other and saying how clever they are.
And I'd applaud them too, maybe I will, when we eliminate poverty and reduce the growing gap between the haves and the have nots.
I should live that long.
So people like the Tuuu family of five are not compelled by circumstances beyond their control, to live in their car.
In the country called Aotearoa,
The Land Of The Long White Cloud.
For some, the forecasted future continues to appear bleak with black clouds
and very little sunshine coming their way...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stephane Malka's Urban Dwelling Made From Recycled Doors And Windows Is Known As Parasitic Architecture...

The Paris based architect, graffiti artist and conceptual designer Stephane Malka does more than just think outside the square.
He attaches his out of left bank field add-ons known as Parasitic Architecture to the bare walls of existing buildings and structures.
He created this 'Bow House' in a public plaza
in Netherland's city of Heerlen in
the Province of Limburg.
If you're in the area, go and have a look.
But be careful. It might grow on you...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christopher McCandless And His Abandoned Magic Bus.The Film Into The Wild Has Been An Inspiration To Many And One Person In Particular...

Christopher 'Alexander Supertramp' McCandless. His 'Magic Bus' and 'Into The Wild'. The film that has inspired many and changed one young man's life in particular.
Young Chris McCandless wished to make a difference with his life.
He did. He's inspired thousands all over the world and in particular, down under in New Zealand, nineteen year old Brando Yelavich was inspired partly by his hero 'Supertramp' to walk the entire New Zealand Coastline.
He dreamed it and he did it as those of you who've been following him here will know.
The latest update on Wildboy Brando is here. And for a fuller insight into the inspirational young man Christopher McCandless, who we see in the first photo sitting outside his Magic Bus and who died from possibly eating poisonous wild berries, look here.
Here's to the Supertramps of the world...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tom Fruin's Wonderfully Colourful Stained Glass House Is On Display At Brooklyn Bridge Park...

New York Installation Artist Tom Fruin
is showing off his stained glass Kolonihavehus sculpture at this years Dumbo Arts Fest at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Made from thousands of pieces of discarded coloured plexiglass and framed in black metal, the sculpture is especially wonderful at night.
If you like his little house you might have a look at his Watertower installation here.
And at the Dumbo Fest, the Performance duo CoreAct put on daily acts in the colourful house featuring 'everyday dilemmas and lifestyle paradoxes'. Whatever that means...