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Snow Monsters

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DOT Art has partnered with the Dominique Lévy Gallery and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership to present the installation of “Snow Monsters” at the Flatiron Plaza on Broadway and 23rd Street. The group of 12 white and gray marble sculptures, created by Swiss-artist Peter Regli, are meant to “interrupt the quick glance” of passerby within the urban atmosphere of the plaza. Continue reading

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Alley of Light

alley of lightDuring the 2014 Amsterdam Light Festival, the dutch-based design offices of Serge Schoemaker Architects and Digiluce have created the “Alley of Light”, a 12-meter long passage surrounded by a 4-meter high three-dimensional matrix of 2000 handmade bulbs. The work is defined by its illumination. Recalling the typical narrow alleys of red and grey bricks in the historic center of the city, the installation visualizes the theme of this third annual event in an unorthodox way. Continue reading

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Urban Scenes on the Silver Screen

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My first visit to New York City was a disorienting experience. Manhattan is so thoroughly filmed and documented that you can’t help but feel you know the place through TV and movies alone. Turning the corner onto the former set of a film brings to mind the classic optical illusion My Wife and My Mother-in-Law, in which you can perceive a young lady or an old woman in the same illustration, but never both at once. Here’s the restaurant from Seinfeld. Here are the alien spaceships from Men In Black. Here’s that corner of Central Park from Home Alone. And here’s the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, which I can’t place but I’m positive I’ve seen somewhere before. And on top of all that, the actual geography of Manhattan — the way all these disparate scenes and settings fit together — was never quite what I expected. Continue reading

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Peek-A-Boo, Eye See You

Located deep in the Vancouver’s Pacific park are the remains of seven ‘Sentinels’. Hand picked by creative studio Dear Human, these grand Douglas firs were cut down over a century ago. The project offers an alternative perception to everyday landscapes by revealing the hidden potential of overlooked places. What remains are eerie empty eye sockets that have been given a second life with some fine crafted porcelain peepers. Continue reading

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Winter Beers at Toronto’s Wychwood Barns

This is our second story in a short series on activating public space in the winter. Read the first story about Toronto’s Distillery District.

It is conventional wisdom in Toronto that this city is no good at winter. The moist winter air goes right through your layered defenses and straight to your bones, but it hardly sticks around long enough to truly acclimatize to the season. It’s three months of ice periodically interrupted by slush. Most Torontonians bundle up, hunch over, and—if they are lucky—relearn how to get around the labyrinthine PATH tunnels downtown.

On January 15, The Brewery Market at Wychwood Barns demonstrated that outdoor public events can be well attended and enjoyable even when the temperature is below freezing. Like the Brewery Markets that are held most Sundays throughout the summer, this special winter encore had two local brewers serving a small selection of beers paired with seasonal foods—in this case, gourmet hot dogs and artisanal marshmallows.

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Winter Warmth

This is our first story in a short series on activating public space in the winter.

Weather impacts who Canadians are as a people and greatly influences when and how we choose to go outside and spend time in public space. Quite frankly, most often we abandon our public spaces – aside from skating rinks and hills where we ski, board and sled – for the colder months of the year, re-emerging at the first sign of Spring and sporting short sleeves probably before we should. There is a reason why Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is considering expanding what is already the world’s largest urban tunnel system, connecting much of the downtown business district.

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