Category Archives: New York

Nova by SOFTlab

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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute recently announced that SOFTlab is the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.  The second annual competition called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation at the heart of the Flatiron District. SOFTlab’s winning proposal, Nova, will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. Continue reading

Dancing pavement

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In light of recent precipitation well everywhere and the comments I’ve heard over a lifetime, it’s time to tap into the wondrous wetness. Like a great artist, rain is polarizing, and there seems to be a social media explosion from both parties when the phenomenon strikes. Everybody has a say on the matter, whether they cozy up in bed with a movie or go on with their daily life, only dampified.

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South Bronx Timeline

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Artist team Andrew Antonaccio and Fillio Galvez, known as 2Alas, worked over a six day period, with the help of local volunteers, to paint “South Bronx Timeline,” a mural located at 138th Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx. DOT Art partnered with the East Harlem Council for Community Improvement to replace the two murals presented in partnership with El Museo del Barrio that had previously beautified the bridge walls of the underpass beneath the 138th Street Bridge. Continue reading

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

Olympic Cauldron, London, 2012, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Edmund Sumner

Olympic Cauldron, London, 2012, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Edmund Sumner

Thomas Heatherwick has been called the Leonardo da Vinci of our times, and this kind of acclaim is not thrown around lightly. His UK-based design firm takes inventive approaches to problem solving, whether crafting an ergonomic chair or designing urban landscapes. If you find yourself in New York City, you can explore their work and creative process at the exhibit Provocations: The Architecture and Design of the Heatherwick Studio. Presented by the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the exhibit features a wide range of their work, spanning multiple scales and climates.

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OY/YO

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Brooklyn Bridge Park has undergone a massive renovation that offers great views, engagement spaces and rotating art installations.  Currently, acclaimed artist Deborah Kass’ monumental sculpture OY/YO, commissioned by Two Trees Management Co., walks the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation. Sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression, OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. Continue reading