les rues

Juliana Santacruz Herrera filled the potholes in Paris with thick wool yarn bright colors.
her Flickr
[flores en el ático]

Herring Gull


Mumbai Skateboard

"Under the supervision of German curator Tobias Megerle, a dozen Mahim woodcarvers produced their own take on the traditional skateboard, the 'Mumbai skateboard'."
[Notcot/CNN Go]

The Door

“The idea is to install small doors, unexplained portals, throughout the city. To start, in San Francisco. These doors would be scaled down to a size that is cognitively possible but whimsically improbable. Tiny ones. Like, Alice Through The Looking Glass, maybe 15-25 inches or so. I don’t imagine them to be operable, but the more detailed in appearance the better. Each artist would create his or her contribution to the project, where the frame, molding, window or lack of window, color, state of decay, and other intricate details speak to the artist’s unique take and contribution. The doors would be sent to me, to be installed by me and a couple others, around the bay area. Anyone based around here is more than welcome to join me as we find the best location for each piece. We’ll select spots that bode well aesthetically with the individual doors and are in areas that will see a lot of traffic but are least likely to be removed by anyone. Sounds contradictory? It is, but we’ll do our best. The doors will be fixed with adhesive and installed in a way to look as natural as possible—as natural as a 16 inch tall weathered oak door can look on the side of parking garage. If anyone would want to stake out a spot before hand, via Google maps street view or some such method, and create a piece to be installed somewhere specific, that’s just fine. The installation process of each piece will be photographed along with reaction shots from passersby. The photographs, information, and story will probably be compiled together afterward– though into what I’m not sure. If this goes well I’d like to expand on or replicate the project in other cities.”
Jeff Waldman

Tree Socks

Suzanne Tidwell and Beth Newfeld temporarily covered six 20-foot tree stumps at a busy intersection in Seattle with giant winter-themed knitted socks adorned with embroidered snowflakes. They will knit Spring socks, Summer socks, Fall socks and then the trees will be cut down.
[Seattle Sketcher]

Der Keil

Markus Hofer

Washed Away

This footage of the Tsunami hitting the Japan streets is too stunning not to share.

"A six-minute video taken from the street as the tsunami literally washes a town away. James MacWhyte, an American living in Tokyo, posted this video to Facebook."

"I want to show everyone the news media we are being presented with here in Japan," he wrote. "I think it's quite different from what you see on CNN and other Western news outlets. One thing about Japan—there are professional cameramen EVERYWHERE!"
[via Gawker, Reddit, Farhad Manjoo]


"Developers are planning to bulldoze 5 Pointz in Queens, an icon of graffiti culture worldwide, and replace it with new high rises."

[WNYC Culture]