Welcome to a very belated edition of Lovely Things. As I’ve said in a previous post, or on twitter, or somewhere in that weird world of social networking, my past weekend has been crazy busy! Saturday was filled with lots of working and then followed up with the most amazing concert I’ve ever been to (VNV Nation, see “Putting the Camera Down“), so finding time to sit down and collect all my lovely things from the week just didn’t happen. Realistically, I could’ve written the post and queued it during the week, but hey, I’m only human. So here’s the past week’s lovelies:
1) VNV Nation
Yes, I’m going there…again. If you haven’t checked out the band, do so. This song has been stuck in my head since Saturday and yeah. Fan girl moment.
2) Nicholas Tee Ruiz
Nicholas Tee Ruiz is an employee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan (New York) and is responsible for special exhibitions and events. The artworks inspired him so much that he decided for each exhibition he’d design himself a bow tie that fit the theme and would make one out of everyday objects. Interested in the quirky, modern bows? Ruiz has a kickstarter-project set up so you can help him to make his bow tie hobby his job.
3) Julien Mauve – Back To Childhood
“A few months ago, I was hanging around in my grandparent’s attic. What I found among other things was a box full of toys I used to play with as a child. Each of them reminded me of a particular moment of my childhood and I felt emotionally connected to them.
“Instead of storing them back into their box, I tried to imagine what they could look like in our adult world. Going further than their power to generate nostalgia, toys offer those who animate them a marvelous power to reinvent the world.”
4) Anna Schuleit – Bloom
After 91 years, in 2003, the headquarters of the prestigious Massachusetts Mental Health Center ( MMHC ) was to be demolished to make way for new structures. The closure was also the occasion for a moment of reflection and remembrance for the people who worked and stayed in this building for years, whose lives were affected – often unconsciously – by its dimensions, directions, and traffic ways, whose memories still remain connected with the MMHC over the course of nine decades. But how to commemorate in some way with a building that is rich in history, hope and sadness, waiting to be demolished? The answer to that question was Anna Schuleit . The artist was commissioned to solve that problem and to pay tribute to the artistic MMHC . With a limited budget and only three months of planning, Schuleit and a huge team of volunteers, created a massive public art installation called Bloom . The concept, though simple, was difficult to build a large scale, it was installed about 28,000 flowers in vases in every square meter of MMHC including hallways, stairwells, offices and even in the pool, a veritable sea of flowers. The public was invited for a limited period of 4 days to visit the facility for a moment of reflection and rebirth.
5) Bike By Me
Bike By Me is a company that let’s you design your own bike in all sorts of colors.